The Episcopal Diocese of Rochester
Joy in Christ, as a way of life

Our Mission & Vision

Our vision: Joy in Christ, as a way of life.

Our mission: To grow and develop congregations spiritually, numerically and in missional leadership.

With Christ’s help, we seek to fulfill our mission and vision through:

  • Radical hospitality: Embracing all as equal and beloved members of Christ’s body.
  • Passionate spirituality: Encouraging all members of Christ’s church to be on fire with the Gospel.
  • Thoughtful engagement: Creating safe environments for discussion and works related to justice, peace and equality.

Our Faith

We are followers of Jesus Christ, our Lord, and we believe in the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We strive to love our neighbors as ourselves and respect the dignity of every person.

We are affirming. Both men and women, including those who are married, are eligible for ordination as deacons, priests and bishops. We believe in amendment of life, the forgiveness of sin, and life everlasting.

Holy Communion may be received by all baptized Christians, not only members of The Episcopal Church, during our services. We uphold the Bible and worship with the Book of Common Prayer.

Our Parishes

The Episcopal Diocese of Rochester is a collection of 46 diverse parishes spread throughout the region. Our diocese includes urban parishes in the heart of Rochester neighborhoods, country churches in the northern reaches of Appalachia, parishes in small towns and suburbs, and beautiful lakeside chapels.

We have parishes in Allegany, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Schuyler, Steuben, Wayne and Yates counties - view the parish map to see parishes near you. The Episcopal Church Welcomes You.

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Our Leadership

As Episcopalians, leadership roles are shared by our bishop, the Rt. Rev. Prince G. Singh, and lay and clergy committee members who are democratically elected at our annual Convention. These elected committees develop the diocesan budget, advise the bishop on matters related to ordinations, guide people through vocational discernment processes, oversee the use and disposition of property, and more. More about elected leadership...

Bishop Singh has served as the VIII Episcopal Bishop in Rochester, New York, since his election in 2008. As bishop, he walks with the 46 diverse parishes that comprise this diocese. More about Bishop Singh...

Latest Prayers

  • General prayer: For Chip and Cindy.
  • Thanksgiving: For the call of the Rev. Leslie S. Burkardt to serve as Rector of St. Thomas', Rochester.
  • General prayer: Prayers for Michael Lynch and family
  • General prayer: Prayers for the repose of the soul of Robert Furlong, for his wife, Shirley, and in-laws, the Rev. Terry and Mrs. Dianne Price as they grieve
  • General prayer: Prayers for repose of the soul of Wendell Hercules, beloved husband of Hazeldene

Bishop's Writings

Coverage in regional media about Zion House

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Dear saints,

You may have noticed some coverage in regional media about Zion House, a ministry run by Zion Episcopal Church in Avon. They state that Zion House is closing at the end of May, which is not yet determined.

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Diocese Sees "Mustard Seed" of Growth in 2016

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

First Numerical Growth in ASA in More Than 20 Years

Dear saints,

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Nominations for 2018 Diocesan Office to Open May 1

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Nominations for 2018 elective offices will open on May 1, 2017.

2017 Elective Offices Roles and Responsibilities

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Grant Applications Open April 1! Parish & Partnership Mission Grants, SDG

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Applications are currently being accepted for 2017 Parish & Partnership Mission Grants and Sustainable Development Grants.

Three important notes:

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Spring Public Policy Workshop - Youth Incarceration

Thursday, April 6, 2017


Saturday, May 6,  9:30 - 3:00


Parish Hall, St. John's, Canandaigua


Youth Incarceration Issues In New York State


Jon Greenbaum, Lead Organizer for Roc/ACTS
Rosemary Rivera, Organizing Director of Citizen Action of New York

To Register

Contact Dorothy Romanet or 585-621-5215 (can leave message for call back)
Mention any dietary or accessibility needs

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