Episcopal Diocese of Rochester
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Jazz Vespers at Two Saints / video

Monday, September 24, 2018

St. Luke's and St. Simon's, also known as "Two Saints" in Rochester has been offering a unique non-denominational service called Jazz Vespers.  Each Jazz Vespers service lasts approximately 45 minutes and includes prayer, a contemporary reflection on the theme, and jazz, with light refreshments. These services are free and open to the public. All are welcome.

Here's a look at this progressive approach to evangelize!  


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Memorable Year for St. John's / Catharine Acolyte Mallory Rhodes!

Monday, September 24, 2018

Throughout the summer and around the east she has beamed with pride at shows and fairs as her hard work, dedication, and perseverance has been rewarded. Be it a blue ribbon, a congratulatory word, or a hug from family and friends, a lot of memories have been made this year at the All-American Dairy Show this week in the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg. Perhaps no youth is having a more memorable year than...

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Witness Palestine Film Festival

Friday, September 14, 2018

The story of the widespread, nonviolent Palestinian uprising of the late 1980’s, the First Intifada, is told through the lens of a young activist, Naila Ayesh. This remarkable period was shaped at the grassroots, with much of the leadership springing up from neighborhood-based women’s organizations.

Jews Step Forward

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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

REQUIRED READING Please come prepared on Oct 27th

Resolution A - Amendment to Canon 7


87th Convention Official Reports.pdf 

ESLC Convention Message

2017 Diocesan Audit

2018 Nominees Election Worksheet FINAL.pdf 

2018 Standing Committees 

Convention 87 Agenda


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Monday, August 20, 2018

St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Rochester has partnered with the West Irondequoit School District and the Greater Rochester Summer Learning Association (GRSLA), also known as summerLEAP.   SummerLEAP is a tuition-free summer learning and enrichment program for low-income students, serving students from PreK -8thgrade at host institutions, including the Harley School, Allendale Columbia, University of Rochester, Monroe Community College, SUNY Brockport, SUNY Geneseo, Nazareth College, and the YMCA. 

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Another Roadblock in the Effort to Help the Homeless

Thursday, August 16, 2018


Canandaigua- Members of the Canandaigua City Zoning Board of Appeals upheld a previous decision by the city zoning officer that St. John’s Episcopal Church needs a permit to utilize St. John’s rectory as a day center for homeless families last night.  The permit was denied last year by the city Planning Commission.  Last night's ruling by the ZBA was based on the interpretation of zoning code.  This is another road block in the efforts of St. John’s and The Rev. David Hefling.

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