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 Human Family O God, you made us in your own image and redeemed us through Jesus your Son: Look with compassion on the whole human family; take away the arrogance and hatred which infect our hearts; break down the walls that separate us; unite us in bonds of love; and work through our struggle and confusion to accomplish your purposes on earth; that, in your good time, all nations and races may serve you in harmony around your heavenly throne; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Salaam, Shalom, Shanti, Peace! Prince
  • General prayer: Prayers for John Cummings and a speedy recovery
  • General prayer: Healing prayers for Debra and success on her treatment
  • General prayer: Prayers for restoration of heath for Deacon Terry Price.
  • General prayer: For all open search processes, including Canon to the Ordinary and the parishes listed below.

Bishop's Writings

Intentional Acts of Kindness

Thursday, July 14, 2016

July 14, 2016

Dear saints,

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Diocese Calls Canon to the Ordinary

Saturday, June 25, 2016

The Episcopal Diocese of Rochester has called a Canon to the Ordinary. The Rev. Canon Johnnie E. Ross, who for the past eight years has served as rector of St. Raphael Episcopal Church in Lexington, Kentucky, will officially join the Diocese of Rochester on August 15.

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RFP: Broker Services for 935 East Ave., Rochester

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Criteria for Broker Selection: 935 East Ave., Rochester Extensive experience marketing both residential and commercial properties Successful track-record of sales of similar properties in the area Well developed, thoughtful and innovative marketing plan Expertise in dealing with historic districts and property developers Fee structure

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A Litany after the Orlando Massacre

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

June 12, 2016

O God, in whose image all people are made,

Have mercy on us.

O Jesus, healer and lover of all souls,

Have mercy on us.

O Holy Spirit, source of courage and hope,

Have mercy on us.

Holy Trinity, divine community, gather us as one,

Have mercy on us.

We weep as Rachel for her children,

Hear our prayer.

We weep for the innocent victims of Orlando and everywhere,

Hear our prayer.

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