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
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
Formation and education are an integral part of
Prayer and worship undergird all aspects of Convention, most notably through the Convention Eucharist.
2023 Diocesan Convention | October 21, 2023
The 176th Annual Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Milwaukee will take place on Saturday, October 21, 2023, at the Madison Marriott West in Middleton.
The pre-convention meeting took place over Zoom on Monday, September 18. You may find the link to the recording of the meeting here. Please email Graicey Van Spankeren at for the passcode to watch the recording.
If staying overnight in Middleton the night before the convention, click here to book your room in the reserved hotel block by Tuesday, September 19. The group rate is $139 per room. Each room sleeps four (either in two queens or one king and one pull-out couch). There is plentiful free parking at the hotel.
If you book a room at the Marriott Madison West outside of the room block or past the room block's deadline, please email your confirmation number to so your room can still be counted towards the minimum room count for the event.
Submit names, dates of birth and death, and photos for inclusion in the video photo necrology to communications officer Sara Bitner ( ) by Friday, September 22. Make sure to send the highest resolution pictures possible.
2022 Diocesan Convention
photos by Karen Buker
The 175th Annual Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Milwaukee met on Friday, October 7, 2022, at the Westin Hotel and Saturday, October 8, 2022, at the Italian Community Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Election Results (uploaded 10/11/22)
Minutes of the 175th Annual Convention (draft)
Convention Recap Handout
Bishop Lee's Pastoral Address
Creation Care Video: Reducing Your Carbon Footprint
Convention Photo Albums: Photos by S. Bitner & K. Buker; Photos by K. Buker
Bishop's Welcome, Agenda and Wi-Fi Information
Minutes from the 174th Diocesan Convention for approval
Reports to Convention
Nominations and Bios (updated 10/3/22)
2022 Resolutions (updated 10/8/22)
Diocesan Convention | October 9, 2021
The 174th Diocesan Convention was held remotely on Saturday, October 9,
You may watch the live stream recording of the Convention below.
Recordings of the Address from Bishop Lee and video remembrance of those in the diocese who have died in the past year are also available.
If you have any questions, you may contact Barbara Klauber, administrative assistant, at or (414) 272-3028/ext. 111.
Minutes of the 174th Diocesan Convention (Draft)
Bishop Lee's Address to the Convention text
Proposed Diocesan Budget for 2022
Nominations for All Elected Positions
Rules of Order
Special Rules for Virtual/Distance Conventions
Special Convention | June 26
A Special Convention to confirm Bishop Jeffrey Lee as the provisional bishop of the diocese was held on June 26. You may view a recording of the proceedings below.
2020 Diocesan Convention
The 173rd Annual Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Milwaukee was held remotely on Saturday, October 3. The convention was livestreamed and it is available to view on our YouTube channel, along with a special pastoral address from Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and Bishop Steven A. Miller, a tribute video with Bishop Miller to celebrate his 17 years of ministry with the diocese, and a remembrance video of those who have died in the diocese in the past year.
Rules of Order for Diocesan Convention 2020
Nominations for Positions
2021 Budget Packet
Reports to the 2020 Diocesan Convention
Approved Minutes from the 173rd Diocesan Convention
Special Convention: July 16, 2020
Bishop Miller called a special convention on Thursday, July 16, 2020, for the sole item for consideration: amending the canons to allow us to hold our fall diocesan convention by virtual or electronic means.
2019 Diocesan Convention
The 172nd Diocesan Convention was held on Saturday, October 19,
2018 Diocesan Convention
2017 Diocesan Convention
Constitution and Canons of the Episcopal Diocese of Milwaukee (Revised October 2020)