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Welcome to Calvary Episcopal Church!

Welcome to Calvary Episcopal Church! We are an inclusive faith community, grounded in our rich traditions and committed to serving all. Our unique location in downtown Rochester, Minnesota, surrounded by the Mayo Clinic, gives us the opportunity to minister to not only our parish family but also visitors to our community.

Many members of our congregation have come to us from other spiritual traditions. Whatever your faith background, and whether you come from near or far, we invite you to become part of our Calvary family.

Mayo Clinic Visitors

Calvary Episcopal may be the only church in the world that is surrounded by a major medical center. From our unique corner of the world, we are called to minister to those seeking health care in Rochester. We embrace this opportunity, and we invite and encourage you to make Calvary your spiritual home while you are in Rochester. If we can be of any assistance to you, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Healing Service

Visitors to Rochester are invited and encouraged to attend this service at 5:15 p.m. on Mondays. We pray for people facing physical and emotional pain, directing our spiritual energy to God's healing grace for the courage to move forward beyond hopelessness. Anyone who wishes may be anointed with oil, symbolizing the ongoing touch and renewal in Christ.

10 things to Know About Us

  1. We're glad you're here! We extend God's peace to you.
  2. You're right in the middle of our mission and vision. We seek to be a spiritual oasis where all are healed, transformed, and empowered to serve God, through cultivating their God-given gifts. We welcome new members, new ideas, and new energy.
  3. We welcome you to worship with us. From mid-September to the Sunday before Memorial Day, we celebrate Holy Eucharist each Sunday at 8, 9 and 11 a.m. Rite I at 8 a.m. is a quiet, reflective service with no music. The Rite II services at 9 and 11 a.m. feature hymns and our choirs. From the Sunday in Memorial Day weekend to the Sunday of Labor Day weekend, we celebrate Holy Eucharist Rite I at 8 a.m. and Holy Eucharist Rite II at 10 a.m. During the week we have a healing service at 5:15 p.m. on Monday and a Rite II Holy Eucharist at noon on Wednesday.
  4. Children are welcome at all of our services. Children's worship bulletins and crayons are available from the ushers every Sunday. We offer a staffed nursery for ages infant - 5 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. every Sunday morning throughout the program year and from 8 to 11 a.m. during the summer months. The nursery is on the main floor by the northwest entrance.
  5. You can come early, stay late, or both. We offer choirs and educational programs for children, youth, and adults. On Sunday morning education for all ages is offered from 10 to 11 a.m. Three youth groups, covering elementary through high school students, are available during the school year as well as Vacation Bible School in August for children through 5th grade. Choir rehearsals for various age groups are held during the week.
  6. Parking. Mayo Clinic allows our parishioners to park free on Sunday in the Damon ramp on Third Avenue SW directly north of Calvary. Metered, on-street parking surrounds our building. Meters are free at night and on weekends.
  7. We are an inclusive, diverse and energetic community. We welcome all people, and we look forward to getting to know you.
  8. Outreach is an important part of our parish life. We are focused on service and engaged with the Rochester community. Our Service Core extends outreach to several non-profit agencies throughout Rochester, Minnesota and the USA.
  9. Fellowship abounds year-round. We are a community that loves doing things together all year. Many of our parish festivals are common among Anglicans, others aren't strictly tied to the religious calendar.
  10. We'd love to get to know you! Fill out a visitor card located on the back of the pews. Explore this website. Visit us on facebook. Give us a call. Email one of our staff.