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

  • Parish in transition: St. Luke's - Fairport, NY
  • Parish in transition: St. Luke's - Brockport
  • Parish in transition: St. George's - Hilton, NY
  • General prayer: For the Ennis and Mazzarella families who mourn the loss of their beloved mother, mother-in-law and grandmother, Mavis Ennis, on February 28
  • General prayer: Prayers for Phil Schaefer for restored health

Bishop's Writings

Episcopal General Convention 79 Austin, Texas 2018 - Reflections

Monday, July 16, 2018

Thoughts and reflections from your participation in GC79.

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General Convention 2018

Monday, July 9, 2018

I am happy to report that we are up and running as your eyes, hands, feet, heart and mind in Austin, Texas, proud to represent you as Deputies and Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester.

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News

Albany bishop Rejects General Convention Compromise on Gay Marriage, refuses to Allow Rites

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

[Episcopal News Service] Albany Bishop William Love, in a Nov. 10 pastoral letter to his diocese, forcefully condemned the Episcopal Church’s adoption of same-sex marriage rites, vowed to reject a General Convention resolution intended to offer the rites in all dioceses and suggested Episcopalians in his diocese would leave the church if his directive were overturned.

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Presiding Bishop’s statement on Albany's Bishop William Love’s Pastoral Letter and Directive

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

November 12, 2018
 Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry has issued the following statement:
 I have read the recent statement from Bishop Bill Love of the Diocese of Albany and am aware of the deep hurt on all sides of the issues it addresses. I have been, and will continue to be, in conversation with Bishop Love about this matter. Along with other leaders in The Episcopal Church, I am assessing the implications of the statement and will make determinations about appropriate actions soon.

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New REACH Home

Friday, November 9, 2018

The 2018-2019 REACH Home will open in mid-November. You are invited to an Open House on Saturday, November 17 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at 102 N. Union Street, Rochester. All are welcome.  

Please consider bringing something from our “Needs List” that is included in this Newsletter.  Please note parking is very limited and we ask you to park on Union Street or on side streets nearby.

On Sunday, November 18 we will be open to welcome guests.

Our Personnel Committee has now named a House Manager for this year and is currently filling all of the staff positions.

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