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: 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

Happy Thanksgiving Message

Wednesday, November 20, 2019


Rejoice in the Lord always; again, I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Philippians 4

Joy in Christ is a way of life for all followers of Jesus. When we chose joy, we also chose hope. Hope draws us to gratitude and gratitude is the foundation of peace that all will be well. John Lennon said, "everything will be okay in the end and if it's not okay, it's not the end."

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Clergy Leadership Resource Reallocation Strategy Update

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

October, 2019

Dear friends, 

Thank you for the outpouring of prayer for my mother and our family!

Last month I announced my Clergy Leadership Resource Reallocation Strategy and

promised more information on these significant changes that I have made as Bishop. My decisions followed my sense of how to organize ourselves to optimize our help across the Diocese, 

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Philadelphia 11 Reunion / One Priest from our Diocese

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Up until the early seventies, some in The Episcopal Church struggled with the idea of ordaining women as priests.  Eventually, an ordination service was held on Monday, July 29, 1974, called The Feast of Saints Mary and Martha, at the Church of the Advocate in Philadelphia, where eleven women serving as deacons presented themselves to be ordained them as priests. These women became be known as the “Philadelphia Eleven.”  One of them, Merrill Bittner served as a Deacon in the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester.

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Bishop Singh’s Homily at the 151st Diocesan Convention of Central NY

Friday, November 22, 2019

“Be genuine.” Bishop Prince Singh’s Homily at the 151st Diocesan Convention OF Cental NY

Homily preached by the Rt. Rev. Dr. Prince Singh, Eighth Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester, at the 151st Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Central New York on Saturday, November 9, 2019 at the Holiday Inn Convention Center in Liverpool, New York.

Scriptures: Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4, Psalm 119:137-144, 2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12, Luke 19:1-10 (Proper 26C)


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Partnering with Catholic Charities + video

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Bath, NY hosts Catholic Charities and their Turning Point monthly food truck.  Turning Point feeds over 100 households in Steuben County, which has a poverty rate of 15 percent.  Catholic Charities is grateful for the partnerships with St. Thomas, Foodlink and even the U.S. Navy to help curb the effects of poverty.  Click the video box to watch these partnerships in action.

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