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Message from Bishop Lee regarding COVID-19 cautions and awareness

In this video from Bishop Lee, he shares his guidance about how we should be responding to COVID-19, particularly the Delta variant, at this time.

  1. Get vaccinated.
  2. Wearing a mask indoors is a good idea and ought to be strictly observed by those who are not vaccinated and in our regard for children and those who cannot be vaccinated.
  3. Observing distancing protocols, having communion in one kind, and sharing the peace without touching one another are all recommended practices.

You may keep track of how COVID-19 is affecting your community on the CDC COVID Data Tracker:

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services has information about getting vaccinated here:

Bishop's Visitation Schedule Available

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We emailed Bishop Lee’s Visitation Schedule for 2021-2023 to parishes and clergy yesterday, along with copies of the visitation forms and Bishop Lee’s guidelines for visitations. 

Here are the forms:

Bishop's Visitation Cover Letter — 2021-2023
Episcopal Visitation Schedule 2021-2023
Visitation Form and Confirmation List
Visitation Guidelines and Chrism Recipes

These forms are also posted on our website on the Clergy page and also on the Churches in Transition page.

If you’ve not yet done so, please note the date your parish will be visited by Bishop Lee and look over the guidelines, as they have changed and you will want to be familiar with them.

Questions?  Please contact Patty Jaffke at or  (414) 272-3028 ext. 156.  She will be happy to help you.

Posted by Barbara Klauber

Bishop Jeffrey Lee Is Provisional Bishop in the Episcopal Diocese of Milwaukee

At a Special Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Milwaukee held this morning, the Rt. Rev. Jeffrey D. Lee was approved as the provisional bishop for a period of two years by clergy and lay deputies of the diocese. The convention was held remotely via Zoom and livestreamed to the diocesan YouTube channel. The Special Convention was called by the Standing Committee of the diocese, a group of elected clergy and lay leaders. The Standing Committee has been serving as the ecclesiastical authority for the diocese since January 1, 2021, when the Rt. Rev. Steven A. Miller resigned as the 11th diocesan bishop after serving the diocese for 17 years.

Bishop Lee comes to the diocese after serving as the 12th bishop diocesan for the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago, a position that he held from 2008 until his retirement at the end of 2020. In his introduction of Bishop Lee to the Special Convention, Fr. Scott Leannah, president of the Standing Committee, noted that during his time in Chicago, Bishop Lee helped to bring about cultural and structural change. Leannah also described Lee as, “a recognized leader in the national church, an innovator, teacher, and a man with the heart of a shepherd” and further said that “we are blessed to have him walk with us during this time in our common life.”
In his remarks to the convention, Bishop Lee thanked the clergy and lay deputies for entrusting him with the oversight of the diocese. He noted that he will endeavor to be a good steward of their trust, and “I will willingly and to the best of my abilities exercise the oversight you have asked me to hold for you.” He went on to say, “This Church of ours does not belong to us. It does not belong to the rector, it does not belong to the vestry, it does not belong to the altar guild, it does not belong to the feeding ministry team, it does not belong to the bishop. This Church belongs to God alone, and so do we.” Lee noted challenges that are before the Church at this time, and said, “infinitely stronger than any of those things is the love of God.”
Bishop Lee began serving the Diocese of Milwaukee on April 1, 2021, as the provisional bishop-elect.

A recording of the Special Convention can be found here.

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