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

President Designates Churches "Essential"

Wednesday, May 27, 2020


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COVID Task Force

Wednesday, May 27, 2020


Dear friends,
Greetings on the Feast of the Ascension! Yesterday, our Governor made an announcement moving congregational “reopening” to today, with a limit of ten people, and masked while observing physical distancing. The truth is that we are not prepared to regather right now. As Jesus reminded the disciples before ascending, READ MORE

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A statement from Rev. Matthew Martin Nickoloff

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

"Proud to serve on Rochester's Police Accountability Board, which I still believe is one of the most effective tools we have for creating lasting and systemic change here. Thank you for spreading the word that, now more than ever, we need to support the City Council in appealing the decision to strip the Board of its disciplinary powers, in direct violation of the majority will of the citizens of Rochester."  Rev. Matthew Martin Nicoloff, Saturday 5.30.20

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Presiding Bishop joins call for national day of mourning

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

[Episcopal News Service] Presiding Bishop Michael Curry has joined other faith leaders in calling for a national day of mourning and lament on June 1 as the United States exceeds 100,000 documented deaths from COVID-19, and invites Episcopalians to commemorate the victims during worship services this weekend.

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Sewing a needed resource

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Instead of closing SewGreen during the COVID-19 pandemic,
Deacon Georgia Carney chose to listen to, and carry out a calling - virtually through Zoom.  

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