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: Restoration of health for the Rev. David Smith
  • General prayer: Prayers for Mark Brummitt for restored health
  • General prayer: Prayers for Mother Mary for restored health
  • General prayer: Prayers for Buz Stewart for restored health
  • General prayer: Prayers for Phil Schaefer for restored health

Bishop's Writings

A Busy August Welcomes In Autumn

Monday, September 18, 2017

Dear saints,

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Our Leader is a Good Shepherd

Monday, August 14, 2017

 

Dear friends,

I hope you and yours are enjoying our rather rainy summer. Please join me in rejoicing and thanking God for a successful launch of the first-ever College for Congregational Development sponsored by the Diocese of Rochester. This week-long intensive involved the engagement of eighteen congregational teams of clergy and lay leaders who met and marinated in learning-communities. If you pause a little and take just that information in you will realize that about half of our active diocesan clergy sat in learning communities with their lay leaders to engage in intense aspects of everything from personality characteristics, spiritual practice, change theories and many more important aspects of being church leaders in this changing world.

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News

Bishop Prince G. Singh to be Honored

Wednesday, October 18, 2017


Rural & Migrant Ministry is honored to carry forth the work of the Rev. George Exley-Stiegler. Through his ministry as an Episcopal priest George blazed a trail for a ministry of social transformation within the farmworker communities of western New York.  With his passing in 2013 we were honored to create an award in his name, and to bestow it upon those who have lived into his witness.

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Congresswoman Louise Slaughter visits Church of the Ascension Rochester

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Congresswoman Louise Slaughter visited the Church of the Ascention Monday evening to address her constituents of New York's 25th District.  The U.S. Representative also fielded questions on topics that included healthcare, Medicare, the Children's Health Insurance Program, the Affordable Care Act, DACA, North Korea and gun laws.  

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Ending Hunger One Step at a Time

Monday, October 16, 2017

Congrats to St. James Hammondsport, Good Shepherd Savona, and the Hammondsport Youth Group! They walked in the Crop Walk, "Ending Hunger One Step at a Time" yesterday. The walkers enjoyed a taco bar at St. James before going on the three mile walk. Walkers from St. James and the Youth Group raised $692!

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