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 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
  • General prayer: Prayers for Dick Henshaw for restored health

Bishop's Writings

Episcopal General Convention 79 Austin, Texas 2018 - Reflections

Monday, July 16, 2018

Thoughts and reflections from your participation in GC79.

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General Convention 2018

Monday, July 9, 2018

I am happy to report that we are up and running as your eyes, hands, feet, heart and mind in Austin, Texas, proud to represent you as Deputies and Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester.

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News

Witness Palestine Film Festival

Friday, September 14, 2018

The story of the widespread, nonviolent Palestinian uprising of the late 1980’s, the First Intifada, is told through the lens of a young activist, Naila Ayesh. This remarkable period was shaped at the grassroots, with much of the leadership springing up from neighborhood-based women’s organizations.

Jews Step Forward

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More Info

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

REQUIRED READING

Please come prepared on Oct 27th

Resolution A - Amendment to Canon 7

2017 Convention 86 Minutes (Coming soon!)

Official Reports  (Coming soon!)

2017 Diocesan Audit

Nominee Worksheet (make your election selections in advance of Convention)

2018 Appointed Committees  (Coming soon!)

 

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A Confirmation Retreat - Register now!

Monday, August 20, 2018

Not your typical retreat! If you're between 5th and 12th grade, preparing to be, or have been confirmed in the Episcopal Church, and are curious how you can make a difference in the lives of others, you won't want to miss this fun overnight gathering! 

This is a chance to spend time with Bishop Singh, and discover ways of following Jesus building beloved community.

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