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

Bishop Provisional Stephen Lane joined our Diocese in February 2022.    More from Bishop Lane...

Leadership is also supported by Diocesan and District Deans


  • General prayer: For the Human FamilyO 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.
  • Parishes in transition: Almighty God, giver of every good gift: Look graciously on your Church, and so guide the minds of those who shall choose priests for our parishes, that they may receive a faithful pastor, who will care for your people and equip them for their ministries; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
  • General prayer: Prayers for all those affected by the historic flooding in the southern part of our Diocese and Pennsylvania.
  • 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's Writing / Enews June

Wednesday, June 21, 2023

Dear Friends:


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Bishop Stephen Lane introduction video

Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Dear friends, 

Below is a video from Bishop Stephen Lane.  You can also read his message below.  If you have any questions or want to contact Steve, please email the Executive Assistant to the Bishop, Sarah Herzog.



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Bishop's Writing / Enews July

Wednesday, July 17, 2024

A good bishop “is not the master of your faith, but the servant of your joy.” (anonymous)
This quote arrived with a funny card depicting ancient sculptures of saints in various states of
torture, ecstatic joy, and labor and was hand-labeled: “some days as bishop,” “occasional days as
bishop,” and “most days as bishop.” That this is hard work is not surprising, but the quote
immediately spoke to me. I feel called not to direct your faith or correct your ways but to witness

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General Convention 2024 Wrap-Up

Wednesday, July 17, 2024

General Convention 2024 Wrap-Up

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The Rt. Rev. Sean Rowe elected 28th presiding bishop of The Episcopal Church

Wednesday, June 26, 2024


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