Diocesan 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 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. 

2019 Diocesan Convention

The 172nd Diocesan Convention will be on Saturday, October 19, 2019 at the Madison Marriott West Hotel beginning with on-site registration/check-in at 8 am and ending by 5 pm.  

Visitors are welcome at Convention!  Members of parishes who have never served as a lay deputy may find it informative to observe a convention. All members of the diocese are welcome to attend the Convention Eucharist and worship with their brothers and sisters from around the diocese. 

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Madison Marriott West Hotel for the night of October 18 for those wishing to stay overnight. Please contact the hotel directly at (608) 831-2000 to reserve a room in the Diocese of Milwaukee block. Hotel rooms must be reserved by September 27 to receive the group rate of $134/night.

Convention Schedule | Saturday, October 19

8-9 am                On-site check-in and late registration
9-10:30 am      Convention Eucharist                                           
10:30-11 am   Buffet breakfast/continuation of registration            
11 am-1 pm     Business Session I                                              
1-2:00 pm         Lunch                                                                       
2-5 pm                Business Session II                                                   

Questions?  Contact Barbara Klauber, administrative assistant, at or (414) 272-3028 / ext. 111. 

Pre-Convention Convocation Meetings

Waukesha Convocation 
Tuesday, October 1, at 7:00 pm, at St. Alban’s, Sussex

Metro Convocation
Monday, September 23, at 7:00 pm, at St. Peter’s, West Allis

Central Convocation
Saturday, October 12, at 9:30 am, at St. Peter’s, Fort Atkinson

West Convocation
Wednesday, October 2, at 7:00 pm, at  St. Luke’s, Madison

South Convocation
Thursday, September 12, at 7:00 pm, at St. Matthew’s, Kenosha

North Convocation
Monday, September 30, at 6:00 pm, at St. Aidan’s, Hartford

River Convocation
Saturday, September 28, at 10 am, at Trinity, Baraboo

Information for Clergy and Lay Deputies Attending Convention
2020 Diocesan Budget — DRAFT
Nominations with Bios
Descriptions of Positions to be Elected
Nominations Form 2019
How to Submit a Resolution
Registration Form
Visitor Registration Form
Convention Mailing — July 19

2018 Diocesan Convention

Minutes of the  2018 Convention (draft)
Bishop's Sermon to the 171st Diocesan Convention
Photo Gallery
Election Results 

2017 Diocesan Convention 

Minutes of 2017 Convention (draft)
Election Results 
Photos from 2017 Diocesan Convention
Report of Task Force on Canon 28

Constitution and Canons of the Episcopal Diocese of Milwaukee (Revised October 2018)