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: Bill Petersen for restored health
  • 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
  • Prayers for peace: For the release of kidnapped girls in Nigeria; for the many who, after two and a half years, have not been seen or heard from. We give thanks to the 21 released to the Nigerian government in October 2016, the first large group to be freed since their 2014 kidnapping.
  • General prayer: Healing prayers for Debra and success on her treatment

Bishop's Writings

A Special Easter Message

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Click here for Bishop Singh's Easter message.

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A Lenten Message from Bishop Singh

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

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Racism Report Now Available

Monday, April 23, 2018

In November of 2016, EDOR engaged in a year-long pilgrimage that involved diocesan-wide teaching, study and listening around the theme of Seeing the Face of God in Each Other. This pilgrimage culminated in a significant visit from the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, Most Rev. Michael Curry, who blessed, challenged and encouraged us. His visit was punctuated by a poignant liturgy of Repentance, Reconciliation and Healing at the 85th Convention of our Diocese.

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Watch Bishop Singh's Presentation

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Bishop Singh was the latest speaker for the lecture series at Christ Church Rochester.

WATCH HERE for video of Bishop Singh's presentation.

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Watch Bishop Singh on 13 WHAM TV

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Bishop Singh was interviewed today on the community program Many Voices, Many Visions hosted by Norma Holland at the ABC affiliate, 13 WHAM TV.  The show offers perspective and conversation with news makers in the Greater Rochester area.  The program aired Sunday, April 15 at 9am on channel 13.  Click HERE to watch the episode.

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