The Episcopal Diocese of Rochester
Joy in Christ, as a way of life

Our Mission & Vision

Our vision: Joy in Christ, as 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...

Latest Prayers

  • Prayers for peace: For the people of Afghanistan, the Dominican Republic, Greece, Iraq, Israel, Mali, Minneapolis, Nigeria, Palestine, Paris, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Ukraine, and all places affected by violence.
  • General prayer: Ms. Alice Eddy as she prepares for surgery on December 3rd.
  • General prayer: Prayers for the restoration of health of Salva Dut's father, Mawien Dut.
  • For those who have died: For Frances Fileri (mother of Diocesan Chancellor Phil Fileri), who has died, and for the Fileri family and all those who mourn.
  • General prayer: For Woody Seufert, for restoration of health.

Bishop's Writings

Bishop Singh's Convention 84 Address: Seeing the Face of God in Each Other

Thursday, November 19, 2015

I invite you to a moment of silence. Let us come together in heart, mind and spirit, and especially draw our attention to the memory of all veterans among us and those who defend freedom and are in harm’s way. Will those of you who are veterans please stand so we might give thanks to God for your ministry. Thank you.

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Interfaith leaders gather to urge care, tolerance for refugees

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

ROCHESTER - On November 23, faith leaders from the American Baptist Church, the Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester, Temple Sinai, the Hickey Center of Nazareth College, the Hindu Temple of Rochester, the Sikh Gurudwara of Rochester, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester, the Islamic Center of Rochester, the Presbytery of the Genesee Valley and the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester gathered before the press to condemn both recent acts of terrorism and the increase of intolerance directed at Muslim refugees from Syria and other war-torn regions.

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Nov. 29: Climate Change March, Starting at Two Saints

Friday, November 20, 2015

The Episcopal Diocese of Rochester is joining the Rochester March for Global Climate Action! A coalition of concerned nonprofit organizations, churches, and businesses will march on Sunday, Nov. 29, through downtown Rochester.

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Convention confirms new Treasurer

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

The 84th Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester has confirmed Terry Butwid of Christ Church, Pittsford, to serve as the treasurer of the Diocese for a five-year term. The Bishop and Standing Committee nominated Butwid.

Butwid earned his MBA from American University and studied at the Tuck School, Dartmouth College. He was the Executive Vice President and a Principal at Conifer Realty, and was the president of Conifer Management. He has experience in corporate banking and investment.

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