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...


  • General prayer: Prayers for all those affected by the historic flooding in the southern part of our Diocese and Pennsylvania.
  • Parish in transition: Good Shepherd - Savona
  • 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.
  • Prayers for peace: For the people of Afghanistan, Iraq, Israel, Nigeria, Palestine, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Yemen, and all places affected by violence.
  • Prayers for peace: O God, who created all peoples in your image, we thank you for the wonderful diversity of races and cultures in this world. Enrich our lives by ever-widening circles of fellowship, and show us your presence in those who differ most from us, until our knowledge of your love is made perfect in our love for all your children; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. BCP

Bishop's Writings

Bishop Singh's Video Christmas Card

Saturday, December 25, 2021



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Bishop's Writing - Enews December 2021

Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Dear saints,

The profound message of Christmas is that you are loved and don’t need to be afraid anymore. God, the very source of love, loves you. We all need to hear this and, more importantly, experience it from other humans and other beings. I must say that you may be disappointed if you’re looking for such profound assurances in places of inauthenticity. ​We create church, ​a safe community,​ where new beginnings of love, fearlessness, and unity are possible. May we intentionally create church, again and again!

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You're invited

Friday, January 7, 2022

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
Bethlehem Lutheran Church

Fairport, NY
Zoom Presentation

Monday: 1/24/22 and 1/31/22 - 7:00 PM
Presenter: The Very Rev’d William H. Petersen, PhD, DD

With Pastors Abigail Hoffman and Amy Walter-Petersen

Registration: https://bit.ly/ZoomJan2022
Please view the webinar after registering


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2022 Registration Now Open - College for Congregational Development

Monday, December 20, 2021

Registration is now open for the 2022 College for Congregational Development Weeklong Intensive - July 24-29, 2022. 

For more information, and to register CLICK HERE



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You're invited!

Monday, December 20, 2021

Save the date! Blessed Absalom Jones Celebration on February 19th at 11:00 am.  Links coming soon!

Rev. Keith Patterson is recruiting  singers for a diocesan choir for the Absalom Jones celebration.  Contact Keith if you're interested!

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