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 Tony Swan for restored health
  • General prayer: For Cindy.
  • General prayer: Prayers for restored health for Bishop Clay Matthews
  • General prayer: Prayers for John Cummings and a speedy recovery
  • General prayer: Prayers for restoration of heath for Deacon Terry Price.

Bishop's Writings

Love as Faith in Action

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Dear friends,

I'd like to share with you the speech that I gave at the recent gathering of the Greater Rochester Community of Churches (GRCC).

The Rev. Alan Dailey told me that the GRCC's Metropolitan Award is given annually to someone who has through their life and work, shown a willingness to put their Faith into Action. Well, when I look at the kindnesses shared freely and thoughtfully by people in our neighborhoods,

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Leadership Feedback Reveals Key Formation Areas: Relationship, Stewardship and Leadership

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

 

Dear saints,

I hope you and yours are enjoying this joyful Easter season! Pray that the abundance of rain has not caused too many hardships in your area.

Let me share with you a few significant emerging gleanings:

  1. What we are learning about our registered numerical growth in 2016
  2. What we are learning from the sampling of leadership feedback surveys
  3. What some of our Episcopal Church’s emerging visional ferment looks like

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News

Now Accepting Original Prayers for General Convention

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Submit an original prayer for the 2018 Pocket Book of Prayers

The Board and Staff of the United Thank Offering of the Episcopal Churches is inviting submission of original prayers from each diocese to be used in a Pocket Book of Prayers to be available at the 2018 General Convention. The prayers selected for publication will be used throughout the world.

 

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Scholarships Available

Friday, June 2, 2017

The Rev. Canon James B. Prichard Memorial Scholarship Fund

The Prichard Memorial Scholarship Fund was established to assist clergy children of the Diocese with expenses associated with higher education. The scholarship fund will also serve to keep communication with young people of the Diocese as they attend college or university.

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Diaconate Ordination

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Sat.  June 3  - Diaconate Ordination

Church of the Good Shepherd, Webster
11:00 a.m.

We will joyfully celebrate the ordination of three faithful ministers in God's church!

Padraic Collins-Bohrer - Transitional Diaconate
Michael Laver - Transitional Diaconate
Stephen Robb - Vocational Diaconate

Clergy: Red stoles

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