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

An Update from Bishop Singh / COVID-19

Thursday, March 26, 2020

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March Enews Message

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Dearly beloved,

How can we be separate yet together? Amidst the unknown, we know we have to be physically apart for this season to keep everyone healthy, regardless of age. We have not been more dependent on our interdependence than we are now. To help us practice this out of love for one another, we are doing the following in our Diocese:  READ MORE

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News

An Update from Bishop Singh / COVID-19

Thursday, March 26, 2020

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Gleaners Kitchen still ready for lunchtime

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Here's a great way to continue a mission while dealing with COVID-19.  

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A Lenten message from Bishop Singh during COVID-19

Friday, March 13, 2020

Dearly beloved,

How can we be separate yet together? Amidst the unknown, we know we have to be physically apart for this season to keep everyone healthy, regardless of age. We have not been more dependent on our interdependence than we are now. To help us practice this out of love for one another, we are doing the following in our Diocese:  READ MORE

 

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