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

  • For those who have died: For Denise Pieratti, who has died. We pray for her family and friends, who mourn.
  • General prayer: For Alison Parker, 24, and Adam Ward, 27, who were killed by gunfire while reporting on-air in Moneta, Virginia, on August 26.
  • For those who have died: For Jonah Barley, Raekwon Manigault and Johnny Johnson, who were murdered outside of the Boys and Girls Club of Rochester on August 19, 2015. We pray for their families, friends and all who mourn, and for an end to violence in our city.
  • General prayer: For the restoration of health of the Rev. Mark Stiegler.
  • General prayer: For Richard Krapf

Bishop's Writings

The Rev. Barbara M. Humphrey

Friday, July 10, 2015

I write with deep sadness to inform you of the death of the Rev. Barbara M. Humphrey on July 8, 2015. Barbara is survived by her beloved husband, Paul, children and grandchildren.

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Summer Worship at St. Andrew's by the Lake

Monday, August 10, 2015

Sunday morning brought gorgeous weather to St. Andrew's Chapel by the Lake in Webster - and with it arrived a small crowd of Episcopalians seeking to start their day with worship in the quaint space. The chapel, a ministry of the Church of the Good Shepherd in Webster, dates back to 1848 and was built as a one-room schoolhouse. Services are being held on Sundays at 9 a.m. until September 6th. The chapel is also used by Good Shepherd for Christmas morning and Easter Vigil services.

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Change-Ringing Bells Arriving in Rochester

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

The autumn of 2015 will be the beginning of a new musical experience for Rochester. Ten bells hung for change ringing will be installed at Church of the Ascension on Lake Avenue, in the Maplewood neighborhood. The bells will ring on Sunday mornings to call the congregation to worship, and they may ring for special occasions (weddings, funerals, and celebrations). They will not ring tunes, they will ring changes — that is, permutations on the order of the bells.

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Holy Land Trip in 2017

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

The Episcopal Diocese of Rochester and the Rev. Lynne Sharp present an exceptional opportunity to join in a pilgrimage to the Land of the Holy One, visiting the places of the birth, life, ministry, death, and resurrection of Jesus, as well as Jewish and Muslim holy sites, and a fascinating and informative encounter with the present-day cultures and challenges of Israel-Palestine. The pilgrimage is from April 30 to May 12, 2017.

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