Diocese: Diocese of New York and New Jersey
Deanery: New York State Deanery
855 Goodman St South
Rochester, New York 14620
543 Seneca Pkwy
Rochester, NY 14613
From the Rochester Expressway
Exit the “Rochester Expressway”—Interstate 490—at Goodman Street. Travel south on Goodman Street, toward Highland Hospital. The church is on the right side of Goodman Street, three blocks from Interstate 490, at the corner of Benton Street.
Parking is limited in the church lot, but street parking is available surrounding the church. Please enter the church through the main (front) entrance. The church hall and restrooms are located downstairs. For more detailed directions, visit our parish website at www.stjohnsroch.org or call 585-442-6860 and leave a voice-message with return phone number.
Schedule of Services
All services are conducted in the English language.
5:00 PM Vespers followed by individual Confessions.
9:45 AM Hours; 10:00 AM Divine Liturgy followed by fellowship and religious education.
General Confession is held on the first Saturday of the month after Vespers.
Thursday, 7:00 PM Bible Study and “Seekers Forum” held in the church hall
For a complete list of upcoming services, please visit the Events page on the parish website.
Questions and Information
For more information, visit our parish website at www.stjohnsroch.org or call us at 585-442-6860 (leave a voice-message with your return phone number). You may also contact Father Ken James Stavrevsky directly by calling 585-458-5627 or sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Saint John the Baptist Orthodox Church was founded in Rochester, New York on the Sunday of the Myrrh-bearing Women (May 17) in 1964. That year, a group of Orthodox faithful joined together with the desire to establish an Orthodox parish where the Divine Services would be conducted entirely in the English language. Faithfully enduring many difficulties and overcoming obstacles, the parish grew and found a home at its current location—a truly inviting and lovely place of worship, centrally located and easily accessible from the entire greater Rochester area. The parish has become an icon of Orthodox unity, where people from diverse ethnic heritages and cultural roots gather together as the “One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church.”
Parishioners represent a wide diversity of backgrounds—“cradle-born” Orthodox, converts from a multitude of religious traditions, and those seeking Christ and His Church. Many faithful have been added to the Body of Christ through the faithful witness of St. John’s parish, and for this great blessing and joy we offer thanks to God. At St. John’s, we celebrate the uniquely precious gift that each woman, man, and child is within our family of faith. We strive to be a community of love: for God and for one another. By the grace of God, we work to faithfully be “the Church” in the midst of our unworthiness. We know that we are sinners. We know, also, that our parish is the haven of those who repent and the salvation of those who contritely seek God’s forgiveness. God has been merciful, gracious and good to us—for in this holy house, we have seen the True Light!
In this holy house, the fullness of the Orthodox Faith is opened to us. We hope and pray that the Holy Spirit will lead others into the fullness of Christ and His Holy Church through an encounter with Orthodoxy at Saint John’s parish. We welcome all—Orthodox Christians and seekers—to journey with us. If you live in the Rochester area or plan a visit to upstate New York, please join us for worship!