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
  • 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

A Word to the Beloved

Friday, May 14, 2021

Dearly beloved,

Jesus’ teachings on love have one common theme and purpose. The love of Christ is an unconditional welcome, and its purpose is that it is known by its cost when practiced. “By this, everyone will know that you are my disciples if you have love one for another” in John 13:35 is a costly call to discipleship. 

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Bishop's Message / Enews April 2021

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Dear saints,

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Celebration of the life of the late Rev'd Marilyle Sweet Page

Thursday, June 10, 2021


Dear friends,

A memorial service will be held at Christ Church in Rochester on Saturday, June 12, 2021, at 1:00 pm to celebrate the life of the late Rev'd Marilyle Sweet Page.
All are welcome. Please wear a mask if you are not vaccinated.

You can also watch the service livestream.  




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A Death in our Diocesan Family / Father Abi's Father

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Dearly Beloved in Christ,

I am deeply saddened to inform you that Father Abi’s beloved Father Irai Isai Chelvar (Tamilnadu State Awardee) Pulavar. A. John, Rtd Teacher, Former Secretary and Catechist of CSI Goudie Memorial Church, Former Correspondant of CSI Primary Schools, Madras Diocese has accepted his Call to Eternal glory on June 10, 2021.

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Doing Mission in a Creative Way

Monday, May 10, 2021

Thanks Be To God.

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