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

Our Mission & Vision

Our vision: Joy in Christ 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.

View the parish map...

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...


  • Parish in transition: Good Shepherd - Savona
  • Parish in transition: St. Peter's - Henrietta
  • Parish in transition: Incarnation - Penfield
  • General prayer: For Rhonda Rogers, formerly of Christ Church, Rochester, who is in discernment for Holy Orders in the Diocese of Texas.
  • 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: For those serving in the Armed Forces and their loved ones.
  • General prayer: Prayers for Phil Schaefer for restored health

Bishop's Writings

Christ's Presence in the Sacrament

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

July 18, 2020

Dear friends,
I want to personally thank you for your faithfulness in navigating this season of COVID-19 to the best of your ability. You have shown courage, creativity, and flexibility. Accompanying the faithful, you stepped into uncharted territory with trepidation, but also with curiosity. Together, you helped navigate challenges...

Read more »

Mission Home Run for Jesus

Thursday, July 16, 2020


One of the clearest teachings of Jesus that transcends religious and other categories of reality is when he identified with the outcasts of his time. “...just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.” Matthew 24:40. 

Read more »


Register - 2020 Children’s Interfaith Weekend

Tuesday, September 29, 2020


I hope you are well.  I’m writing to let you know that the 2020 Children’s Interfaith Weekend is scheduled for October 16-18, and it will include some familiar components as well as some new.  It will have the same purpose as always – to pray for children as they face tremendous challenges and to take action on their behalf.

·        Register your congregation here.

Read more »

Watch Bishop Curry on the Today Show

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Click below to watch Bishop Michael Curry on the Today Show today!

Read more »

Exciting leadership news

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

The Rev. Keisha Stokes has been appointed Pastoral Leader for Zion Church, Palmyra and Pastoral Associate for St. John’s Church, Canandaigua by the Bishop, with affirmation of the Vestries. You may remember that Keisha's Deacon Ordination was May 17th of this year.

“Keisha, is a rising woman leader in our church. She was raised in our diocese and is promising to be a thoughtful, pastoral and passionate follower of Jesus. I know she will be a terrific leader who empowers others.”  said Bishop Singh.

Read more »