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

LET IT SHINE!

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Dear saints,

Happy New Year, and Happy Martin Luther King, Jr., Day! This historic government shut down has left many casualties and is creating more chaos as it continues. Yesterday, I heard about one of our clergy spouses who had been affected and was just called back to work. That was an exception, of course. Let me know what you are seeing and how you are responding as the church in your local context. I commend a litany for this government shutdown written by our Rev. Dahn Gandell, the President of Province 2!

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Racial Reconciliation, Healing and Justice

Thursday, January 3, 2019

A message from our Bishop on a task force working on Racial Reconciliation, Healing and Justice.

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News

Bishop Will Appeal Restriction on Punishing Priests for Same-Sex Marriages

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to include Bishop William Love’s response to Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s actions.

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Celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Dr. King called Local 1199 "my favorite union," addressing its Delegates just a few weeks before his death.  Coretta Scott King became the Honorary Chairperson of Local 1199 shortly after and called on the union to leave New York City and organize health care workers across the nation.  1199 in Rochester is one product of that project.  The union was started here in 1973 at UR's Strong Memorial Hospital.  The workers began holding a Dr. King remembrance at URMC every year starting in 1981, initially on his birthday of January 15, and later on the national holiday.

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Let it Shine!

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Dear saints,

Happy New Year, and Happy Martin Luther King, Jr., Day! This historic government shut down has left many casualties and is creating more chaos as it continues. Yesterday, I heard about one of our clergy spouses who had been affected and was just called back to work. That was an exception, of course. Let me know what you are seeing and how you are responding as the church in your local context. I commend a litany for this government shutdown written by our Rev. Dahn Gandell, the President of Province 2!

Read more »