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: Prayers for restored health for Tristan, son of Bliss Owen
  • For those who have died: For Dr. Nadene Hunter, who has died. We bid your prayers for her family and friends.
  • Prayers for peace: For the people of Afghanistan, Iraq, Israel, Nigeria, Palestine, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Yemen, and all places affected by violence.
  • Thanksgiving: The Rev. DeDe Duncan-Probe, Rector of St. Peters in the Woods, Fairfax Station, Virginia, was elected Bishop Diocesan of Central New York. We welcome our new neighbor, a woman elected to this office in NYS, with joy! Thanks be to God! Alleluia!
  • Parish in transition: St. Stephen's, Rochester

Bishop's Writings

September is Here!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

I can sense the energy around getting back to the rhythm of work, school, and other such gifts alongside the consciousness of our larger world and our common future — especially with a Presidential election looming over us.

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News

Living Generously: A Report on the 2016 TENS Conference

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

We were pleased to represent the Diocese of Rochester at the annual stewardship conference held in Pasadena, Calif., at All Saints Episcopal Church on June 2-4.  This conference is sponsored and facilitated by The Episcopal Network for Stewardship (TENS). Our diocese is a partner in this network.

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Presiding Bishop Michael Bruce Curry comes to Rochester this November!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

This November, Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Bruce Curry will be present at several public forums and worship services in the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester. A native of Buffalo, Curry graduated from Hobart & William Smith Colleges in Geneva and earned a Master of Divinity degree in 1978 from Yale University. Before becoming presiding bishop, he served as the 11th Bishop of the Diocese of North Carolina. He is the author of Crazy Christians: A Call to Follow Jesus.

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The Rev. Jimmie Sue Deppe installed in Gates

Friday, July 29, 2016

The parishioners of the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany, Gates, and the wider community of the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester came together on Sunday, July 10, 2016, in celebration of the installation of Rev. Jimmie Sue Deppe as the parish’s new rector. This special service was led by Bishop Prince Singh. The ladies of the parish hosted a joyful reception for everyone afterwards.

The Rev. Bryan Cones delivered the sermon, which is below.

Numbers 11:16-17, 24-25
Romans 12:1-18
Luke 10:1-2

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