Diocesan Convention

June 20, 2018

The 171st Diocesan Convention will be held at St. John's Northwestern Military Academy, Delafield, on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018.  Visitors are WELCOME -- see Visitor registration form below.

Convention-related documents, reports, and forms are listed below.

Bishop's sermon to the 171st Diocesan Convention


Election Results

Instructions for Clergy, Lay Deputies & Visitors to 2018 Convention

Convention Schedule 2018 

Pre-Convention meetings in Convocations - SCHEDULE for 2018

Map of Convention site (St. John's Northwestern Military Academy)

Budget for Diocese of Milwaukee - proposed 2019

Nominations with Bio's for positions to be elected at 2018 Convention

Resolutions for consideration at 2018 Convention

Minutes of 2017 Diocesan Convention - DRAFT

Deputy Registration form (for Clergy and Lay Deputies)

Visitor Registration form (for all non-deputies attending Convention)

General information on the October 13, 2018 Convention 

Diocese of Cuba - clergy pension gap

Nomination form

Description of positions to be elected

Resolutions - info on submitting

Convention flyer

Information on the book to be discussed at Convention


August 9, 2018

At this year's Diocesan Convention, you will be voting on a proposed resolution to approve a new canon, Canon 8 — “Of Parish Status and Oversight.”

It is Bishop Miller’s hope that you will familiarize yourself with the proposed canon, be ready to discuss it, and vote on it. In order to help you with that, we are sharing the proposed canon with you now, and we’ve prepared an FAQ to answer some basic questions. Those who have attended other Diocesan Conventions know that we’ve been working on this proposed canon for several years. We’d like to resolve this. By coming prepared, you will help us achieve this result.

Please review the following:

  • Canon 8 (includes an introduction from the Very Rev. Dr. Steven Peay and a glossary at the back)
  • Canon 8 FAQ

If you have any questions, please contact:

The Rev. Scott Leannah ( ), co-chair
Bill Robison ( ), co-chair
The Rev. David Simmons ( ), President of the Standing Committee and member of the Commission



On October 14, 2017, the Diocese of Milwaukee held its 170th Annual Convention at St. John's Northwest Military Academy (SJNMA) in Delafield, Wisconsin. See links below for photos, election results and official minutes of the meeting.

Minutes of 2017 Convention (DRAFT)

Election Results 

PHOTOS from 2017 Diocesan Convention

2017 Diocesan Convention Information 

Pre-Convention meetings in Convocations (list of meetings)

2017 Diocesan Convention Schedule

Registration Form (clergy and lay deputy)

Visitor Registration Form

Nomination Form & Description of Positions Being Elected 

Resolutions - ALL

Nominations with biographical sketches - ALL (Revised 09.26.17)

Diocesan Budget for 2018 (proposed)  

Report of Task Force on Canon 28

Resolutions - How to Submit

Convention Information & Convention Flyer

Diomil Reads


Interested in being nominated for a diocesan committee but you're not sure? Care to learn more about what is involved? I invite you to read some interviews with a few of our members who serve on diocesan committees or as deputies to the General Convention.

Bill Robison, Deputy to the General Convention

Jamie Cairo, Standing Committee

Meredie Scrivner, Executive Council




The annual Convention is where members of the diocesan community gather to conduct the business of the diocese, strengthen fellowship, equip and expand their capacity for ministry, and renew their faith through prayer and worship.

The annual Convention and special conventions are convened by the ecclesiastical authority of the diocese, usually the bishop, or in the absence of a bishop, by the Standing Committee. Each parish of the diocese is entitled to appoint up to four lay deputies to serve as members of the Convention. All clergy canonically resident in the diocese, and in good standing, are considered members of Convention.

Occasionally Special Conventions are convened to address a matter of critical consequence to the life, work and health of the diocese; or to elect a bishop.

The principal business of the annual Convention is to address legislation and resolutions, elect officers of Convention, and members and representatives of canonical bodies, establish the assessment for funding the diocesan budget, and adopting a budget for the coming year. The bishop, who serves as president of Convention, gives his report on the state of the diocese in his pastoral address.

Formation and education are an integral part of Convention through workshops, presentations, exhibits, and networking. A program, speaker, or new initiative is often highlighted during the business sessions, and ministry celebrated through the presentation of the Bishop’s Shield award to persons who given exemplary service to their churches and communities.

Prayer and worship undergird all aspects of Convention, most notably through the Convention Eucharist.

The Constitution of the Episcopal Diocese of Milwaukee (Revised October 2014)