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...


  • 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

A Call to Watch and Pray

Friday, June 19, 2020


Dear saints,

I pray that you and yours are well this Juneteenth. I have been asking us to watch and pray. I now call upon you to do so by considering a diocesan wide sacramental journey to engage our baptismal identity as a Eucharistic community. Let me describe this call first and then explain why.  READ MORE HERE

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Greetings of Pentecost

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Dear saints,

Greetings of Pentecost, when the Spirit of God breathed a church—a brand-new creation—into being!

Grateful for your thoughtful engagement and paths forward in planning for hybrid forms of gathering as congregations. Vestries, please accept my heartfelt appreciation for not rushing into things just because we can. Discretion is the better part of valor. 

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You're invited

Monday, June 29, 2020

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Exciting News from Bishop Singh!

Monday, June 29, 2020

Dear saints,
In this season when we are all dealing with several stresses, I am happy to share some good news! We plan to Ordain Reverend Deacon Josh Barrett as a priest in God’s holy, catholic and apostolic church!  On August 15, 2020, at 11AM, God willing and the people consenting, Josh will be ordained at an outdoor liturgy in the park across the street from Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Addison, NY.  

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You're Invited!

Monday, June 22, 2020

You're invited to an Interfaith Prayer Service.   Click here for the POSTER

Read a statement from the United Christian Leadership Ministry HERE


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