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Retirement of Canon Peggy Bean

February 11, 2021

To the faithful in the Episcopal Diocese of Milwaukee,
We write you today to announce the retirement of Canon Peggy Bean, Canon for Congregations. Her retirement will begin on Monday, March 8, 2021. There is much for which to be grateful and to celebrate in Peggy’s 23 years of ministry to God’s people in this diocese. 

  • Peggy worked hard in the area of congregational development. She created a new system for offering developing congregations financial and organizational support.
  • Peggy was instrumental in creating the Congregational Development Institute in the Diocese of Milwaukee. This program became so successful and well-known that other dioceses throughout the church adopted it, and Peggy, in turn, served as a consultant to get those new programs up and running successfully.
  • The formation and on-going operation of the Hospitality Center, Racine County’s largest day shelter for people who are hungry, seeking hope, and, in many cases, homeless, located at St. Luke’s, was due in part to Peggy’s support and dedication.
  • Many clergy serving in our diocese are here because of Peggy’s work in the area of deployment. Her deployment work here has also led to opportunities for her to serve the Church on the regional and national levels.
  • Parishes carrying heavy debt often found relief from those financial burdens due to Peggy’s careful work through the Commission on Mission and Development and through the diocesan Finance Committee.
  • Several new rectors, priests-in-charge, and vicars attended Fresh Start, a program for fostering relationships among clergy and their congregations during their transitions into new calls, facilitated by Peggy.
  • Lay leaders throughout the diocese were blessed by Peggy’s leadership, wisdom and insight as a trainer in areas of lay ministry leadership and development.

… and there is more. 
We give thanks and praise to God for Peggy’s ministry and leadership among us, and we pray for God’s blessings upon her in the years ahead. Tokens of appreciation, cards, and notes can be sent to Peggy at the following address:
Episcopal Diocese of Milwaukee
Attn: Peggy Bean
804 E. Juneau Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53202

Thank you and may God continue to bless us all and the common life we share in the Diocese of Milwaukee.

Fr. Scott R. Leannah, President
Standing Committee of the Diocese of Milwaukee
(414) 379-0632

A Note from the Standing Committee: February 10, 2021

Dear Friends,

Your diocesan Standing Committee hopes and prays that you are doing well and in good spirits. With all of you, we look very much forward to when we can begin, in some fashion, to gather for worship and fellowship. Until that time, we want you to know that you are in our prayers. We are edified by the many stories and examples of parish communities engaging in worship, formation and outreach in creative and meaningful ways. We are aware that there are also some real struggles and challenges in our diocese.

In the meantime, we want to check in with you.  In the coming weeks, members of the Standing Committee will be reaching out to parish communities and leaders. We’d like to hear how things are going. We want to know if we can be of support or encouragement. If you have specific needs, we’d like to know that, as well. 

We are working hard to be of service and assistance- please let us know how we can serve or support you. May God continue to bless the Diocese of Milwaukee!

Fr. Scott Leannah, President
Standing Committee

A Pastoral Directive On Ash Wednesday

January 15, 2021

A Pastoral Directive On Ash Wednesday

As the churches of the Diocese of Milwaukee plan for the commemoration of Ash Wednesday on February 17, the Standing Committee offers the following pastoral directive to the clergy and churches of the diocese. 

All churches are encouraged to observe Ash Wednesday in a manner consistent with the previously published Way Forward Guidelines for worship. While we will not be able to gather in large groups this year, the guidelines do allow for in-person imposition of ashes and reception of Holy Communion both indoors and outdoors by one individual or household at a time (see this link for the relevant guideline that applies). Please notify the Way Forward Taskforce at if you would like approval to offer these sorts of gatherings for your parishes.

In addition, clergy are reminded that imposing ashes in the traditional manner is a relatively covid-safe activity so long as all other Way Forward Guidelines are followed and social distancing is maintained except for the moment of imposition. Imposing ashes can be considered safer in terms of the virus than the sharing of Holy Communion because no participants remove a mask. Like all activities, being outdoors further minimizes the risk of virus spread, but parishes may elect to use their buildings for the sake of warmth. 

With this directive, we are also issuing two changes to existing diocesan liturgical policy.

First, if the clergy and people desire to share Holy Communion as a part of an Ash Wednesday liturgy, they may use the service Communion Under Special Circumstances (BCP pp. 397-99) and distribute the Sacrament from the reserve. The rubrics for that service clearly state that it is to be "[used] with those who for reasonable cause cannot be present at a public celebration of the Eucharist," which, in our estimation, is all of us during this season. In addition, effective immediately, this service may be used on any occasion parishes wish to distribute Holy Communion: a live-streamed or recorded video of a service of Holy Communion is no longer required before distribution of communion in this manner. Of course, if a parish wishes to present a livestreamed or recorded service for Holy Communion and offer in-person distribution, they may still do so. 

Second, the Standing Committee wishes to explicitly bless clergy of the Diocese of Milwaukee using liturgies which disconnect the imposition of ashes from the remainder of the proper liturgy for Ash Wednesday. Some versions of these liturgies have become better known as Ashes to Go. While clergy participating in this sort of liturgy are urged to do so in covid-safe ways and according to the Way Forward guidelines, the Standing Committee wishes to clearly state that all clergy of the diocese may offer these liturgies without fear of reprisal from the Ecclesiastical Authority of the Diocese.

We wish you every grace and mercy for the observance of a blessed Lent. 

The Standing Committee
Episcopal Diocese of Milwaukee

The Rev. Scott Leannah, President
Ms. Margaret Done
Ms. Celia Fine
The Rev. Andrew Jones
The Rev. Dave Mowers
Ms. Tammy Prather
The Rev. Jana Troutman-Miller
Mr. Marcus White
Mr. Mark Ehrmann, Esq., Chancellor

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