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

  • Thanksgiving: Thanksgiving for marriage equality in the United States of America.
  • Thanksgiving: Thanksgiving for the election of the Rt. Rev. Michael Curry to serve as the next Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church.
  • General prayer: For all traveling to General Convention, including those from the Diocese of Rochester: Rev. Canon C. Denise Yarbrough, Rev. J. Brad Benson, Rev. Lance Robbins, Rev. Christopher Streeter, Susan Woodhouse, Neil D. Houghton, Susan B. Hartney, Carl Johengen, Rev. Paul Frolick, Rev. Kit Tobin, Rev. Michael Hartney, Marlene Allen, Bishop Prince Singh, Kristy Estey, Matthew Townsend, Rev. Dahn Gandell
  • For those who have died: For all killed in terrorist attacks in Tunisia, France and Kuwait on June 26 - we pray with those who mourn in the wake of these horrible events.
  • General prayer: For Paul Humphrey

Bishop's Writings

Mrs. Eileen Denise Yarbrough

Friday, June 19, 2015

I write with deep sadness to inform you of the death of Mrs. Eileen Denise Yarbrough on June 17, 2015. Mrs. Yarbrough is survived by her husband, John Yarbrough; daughter, the Rev. Canon Dr. C. Denise Yarbrough; and grandchildren, Bonnie Turner and Robert Turner.

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Update from Bishop Singh: Progress on Peace & Justice

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Here's a General Convention update from Bishop Singh regarding his work chairing the Social Justice and International Policy Committee, as well as the work of the House of Bishops regarding a number of topics, including marriage. "There is a thoughtfulness and mindfulness that is precious to our process."

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Lay Deputy Update: Neil and Susan talk marriage equality in the Church

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Lay deputies Neil Houghton and Susan Woodhouse discuss the move towards marriage equality in the Episcopal Church - and what this means both to LGBTQ members of the Church and straight allies.

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Clergy Deputy Update: Progress With Resolutions

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

At the same time the House of Deputies was debating A037, the House of Bishops was voting to send Resolution A036 to the House of Deputies. Now we’re cooking! This amendment proposes a constitutional change to the marriage canons. Glad it made its way successfully through the House of Bishops, and looking forward to debate in our House.

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