Episcopal Diocese of Rochester
Joy in Christ, as a way of life

Prayer List

Prayers and Petitions

  • For wisdom among world leaders to resolve the threat of nuclear war

  • For a deep conviction and consistent peaceful actions among us to safeguard the freedoms our forebears fought and achieved to build a more perfect union

  • For Charlottesville, Virginia, and all the hopes and losses we have experienced

  • For the Gandell family as they return and re-vision from their mission trip to the Diocese of Central Tanganyika, Tanzania

  • For all mission trips

  • For the Tri-Diocesan gathering between Bishops and some of their staff from the Episcopal Dioceses of Central, Western New York, and Rochester in August

  • For the new President of Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Dr. Greg Vincent, his spouse Kim and their family

  • For Canon Johnnie Ross and family as they move their home from Kentucky this week

  • For the Pastoral Crisis Response team as they begin their ministry among us under the leadership of Rev. Jay Burkardt

  • For the envisioned Day Center at St. John’s, Canandaigua

  • For Rev. Phil Schaefer's restoration of health

  • For Tony Swan and restoration of health

  • For the health of Rev. Lynne McNulty
  • For Cindy, who is recovering from surgery

  • For the health Mavis Ennis, mother-in-law of the Rev. Ginny Mazzarella

  • For people in places impacted by visible and invisible violence
  • For those negatively impacted by rising water levels due to the overabundance of rain in our region
  • For all who are in discernment in response to God's call to serve
  • For all lay people who are in discernment and leadership of ministries

  • For all who are in discernment for Holy Orders

  • For immigrants

  • For persons who are LGBTQ

  • For the human family

  • For First Responders and those serving in the Armed Forces and their loved ones

  • For our 86th Diocesan Convention on October 28th, all delegates, nominees, and guests, and the two Pre-convention meetings

  • For the repose of the soul of Abner McKee, beloved father of Bill McKee, and comfort for his family as they mourn

  • For the repose of the soul of Rev. Doug Carroll, spouse of Donna Carroll, and comfort for the family in their grief

  • For the repose of the soul of Heather Walker, daughter of the Rev. Paul Walker

  • For the repose of the soul of Janice Browning, beloved mother and mother-in-law of Lisa and Richard Krapf, and for the family as they mourn

  • For the repose of the soul of Katherine Van den Blink, beloved wife of Han, and for the family as they mourn

  • For Mother Mary, for restored health

  • For Buz Stewart, for restored health


Parishes in Transition

  • St. James', Watkins Glen
  • St. John's, Catharine
  • St. Mark's, Newark; St. John’s, Sodus; and Christ Church, Sodus Point

Almighty God, giver of every good gift: Look graciously on your Church, and so guide the minds of those who shall choose priests for these parishes, that they may receive a faithful pastor, who will care for your people and equip them for their ministries; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Prayers for Peace in the World

  • For the people of Guam, North Korea, Afghanistan, Iraq, Israel, Nigeria, Palestine, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Yemen, and all places affected by violence.
  • For the release of kidnapped girls in Nigeria; for the many who, after three years, have not been seen or heard from. We give thanks to the 82 released to the Nigerian government on May 5, the second large group to be freed since their 2014 kidnapping.

Compassionate God and Father of all, we are horrified at violence in so many parts of the world. It seems that none are safe, and some are terrified. Hold back the hands that kill and maim; turn around the hearts that hate. Grant instead your strong Spirit of Peace - peace that passes our understanding but changes lives, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.



  • For the freedom to worship and practice various faiths
  • For the successful launch and engagement of the first College for Congregational Development under the leadership of Rev. Paul Frolick and Rev. Canon Allissa Newton

  • For the birth and of baby Ramona Joy Kohlmeier, daughter of David and Nathan Kohlmeier and granddaughter of Rev. Susan and Chuck Kohlmeier

  • For a successful RISE (formerly Creation Week) Camp, and Missionpalooza with thirty-five participating youth from over seven parishes

  • For all who are graduating from various stages of school and college