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.

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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...

Prayers

  • Parish in transition: Good Shepherd - Savona
  • Parish in transition: St. Peter's - Henrietta
  • Parish in transition: St. John's - Clifton Springs
  • 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.

Bishop's Writings

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Thursday, April 18, 2019

An Easter message from Bishop Prince G. Singh

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Lent

Friday, March 22, 2019

(This is an updated version from our monthly E-news.)

Lent is our opportunity to face up to the values we have carried in our assumptions. We recently read about, and some of us even saw images of terrorism in New Zealand. Such actions originate from manifestations of Islamophobia that grow out of an assumption that some (READ MORE) -  Dear saints march 19_19-3.pdf

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News

A Partnership with our Diocese + video

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

For over 50 years, Sheen Housing has been an advocate for families, seniors, veterans and persons living with disabilities of all denominations and races who need housing repair assistance in maintaining their residences, elevating their quality of life and eliminating home hazards that threaten their health and safety.  The Episcopal Diocese of Rochester partners in this important community assistance through radical hospitality and thoughtful engagement related to justice, equal rights, and safe, decent, affordable, accessible housing.  Watch the video to see the results.

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Celebrating the Ordination of Melanie Duguid-May

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

For the past six months, Rev. Dr. Melanie Duguid-May has been serving as the pastoral leader while a transitional deacon at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Bath, NY.  Last Friday, the Rt. Rev. Price Singh ordained Melanie to the priesthood and appointed her as their priest-in-charge.  Congratulations to Melanie and St.

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Bishop Singh speaks at local NAAAS Conference + video

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

The National Association of African American Studies held their 3-day Regional Conference (NAAAS) here in Rochester, at both St. John Fisher and Nazareth Colleges.  The goals of the NAAAS are: "To serve as a resource for scholars in the field who desire information and support for research related to the African and African American, Hispanic, Latino(a) and Chicano(a), Native American and Asian experiences."  

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