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 the people of Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada, and for the saints of the Diocese of Athabasca as major wildfires threaten the entire city.
  • General prayer: Prayers of healing for Kathy, sister of the Rev. Mary Ann Brody.
  • General prayer: Prayers of healing for Dr. David Dean, father of the Rev. Dahn Dean Gandell.
  • Thanksgiving: We give thanks for a successful ROC the Diocese event - with more than 30 participants!
  • Thanksgiving: Thanks be to God for the birth of Rory David Casey-Campbell, son of Eileen Casey-Campbell and Brian Casey-Campbell!

Bishop's Writings

News

Coffee & Congregational Development - May 7

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Greetings in this season of Easter! I’m writing to let you know about a gathering of parish leadership being planned for Saturday, May 7, 2016, at Incarnation Church in Penfield.

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April 9 Public Policy Poverty Event Changed to Poverty & Race, Now Shorter Day

Monday, April 4, 2016

Dear Friends,

Shortly before Easter, the Public Policy Committee learned that we would not be able to offer a poverty simulation for our April 9 workshop. Unfortunately, our facilitator for the event had something come up and will be out of town.

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Save the Date: Clergy Celebrations in April!

Friday, March 11, 2016

Join saints of the Diocese and members of Rural & Migrant Ministry as we give thanks for the ministry of the Rev. Canon Julie Cicora. After seven years of service as Canon for Mission & Ministry, Julie is transitioning from Diocesan House to begin closer work with rural and migrant workers.

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