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. 

Bishop Miller announces a Special Convention: July 16, 2020

Bishop Miller has announced that a special convention will be held on Thursday, July 16, 2020, at 4 p.m. This convention will be held for the sole item for consideration: amending the canons to allow us to hold our fall diocesan convention by virtual or electronic means. Please see the links below the video for more information, including the notice of the convention.

A notice of this meeting is being sent to the clergy, wardens, lay deputies, and parishes of the diocese. 

Notice of Special Convention
Video of Bishop Miller announcing the Special Convention
Certificate of Election of Lay Deputies for the Special Convention
Registration Form for the Special Convention

2020 Diocesan Convention

The 173rd Annual Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Milwaukee was originally set to take place in Milwaukee on October 2-3 with the presiding bishop present as our special guest. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, those plans are no longer realistic and the bishop, chancellor, and convention officers are working to develop a format that will fit the current circumstances. You will receive more information on this in the near future.

At this time, we are putting out the call for nominations and resolutions for the diocesan convention, because our Constitution & Canons require that they be submitted at least 60 days prior to convention. Whatever changes may be made to format, the date of the 2020 convention business meeting will remain October 3, making the due date for resolutions and nominations August 3, 2020.

Nomination Form
How to Submit a Resolution
Description of Positions to be Elected at Diocesan Convention

2019 Diocesan Convention

The 172nd Diocesan Convention was held on Saturday, October 19, 2019 at the Madison Marriott West Hotel.  

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

172nd Convention Minutes (draft)
172nd Convention Election Results
172nd Convention Appointments
Canon 34
2020 Diocesan Budget with Transition
Standing Committee Report to 2019 Diocesan Convention
Information for Clergy and Lay Deputies Attending Convention
Nominations with Bios
Descriptions of Positions to be Elected

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 2019)