On October 14, 2017 the Diocese of Milwaukee will hold its 170th Annual Convention at St. John's Northwest Military Academy (SJNMA) in Delafield, WI. The Convention will begin at 9:00 am and adjourn not later than 5:00 pm. This will be a one-day event featuring the business meeting, Convention Eucharist, social time, and other activities still in the planning stages.
The 169th Annual Convention of the Diocese of Milwaukee took place on October 7-8, 2016 at the Madison Marriott West Hotel in Madison (Middleton), Wisconsin. By clicking on these links, you may view preliminary photos and ELECTION RESULTS and Bishop Miller's PASTORAL ADDRESS.
Workshop Schedule 2016 (updated 05 OCT 2016)
DIOCESAN BUDGET for 2017 (proposed)
- Clergy and Lay Deputy registration form
- Visitor registration form
- EXHIBIT - VENDOR registration form
HOTEL RESERVATIONS Rooms in Diocese of Milwaukee block at Madison Marriott West Hotel may be booked for night of October 7th directly with hotel. Rate is $129/night; deadline is September 7th.
REPORT ON THE 2015 DIOCESAN CONVENTION The 168th Diocesan Convention took place on Saturday, October 17, 2015 at St. John's Northwestern Military Academy (SJNMA) in Delafield, Wisconsin. This was a new venue for diocesan convention and despite some glitches with the heat, etc. most deputies enjoyed being at the beautiful and historic institution and interacting with the cadets -- and hope to return for future conventions. We are grateful to SJNMA for hosting convention and welcoming us with such hospitality. Below are photo galleries and election results. Minutes of the convention meeting are posted below, along with photos and the sermon preached by Bishop Miller at the Convention Eucharist.
Minutes of the 2015 Diocesan Convention (approved by the 2016 Convention)
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 typically celebrated at a host parish near the Convention site. Convention members also gather for Morning Prayer and Noonday Prayer.