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Canon for Finance and Administration Retiring

 December 6, 2021

 To the clergy and parishioners of the Episcopal Diocese of Milwaukee,

I write to you today to announce the retirement of the Rev. Dr. Kevin Huddleston, Canon for Finance and Administration, at the end of this year. Canon Huddleston began serving in this role several months before Bishop Miller’s retirement and his leadership during this transition has been crucial. I’m grateful for Kevin’s work on behalf of the whole diocese, especially in welcoming me to the Diocese of Milwaukee in this time of transition.

“It has been an honor and a privilege to serve the people and parishes of the Episcopal Diocese of Milwaukee. I am grateful for the opportunity I have had to contribute to the process of the transition and transformation of our diocese. However, I have discerned that it is time for the diocese to move in a new direction regarding its structure. It is also time for me to transition to a new chapter in my ministry,” said Canon Huddleston. His retirement will be effective December 31, 2021.

I give thanks to God for Canon Huddleston’s ministry and leadership among us. I am grateful for all that he has given to the diocese; we are stronger for the gifts of his ministry. We have begun to reshape the ministry of the Finance Office. The Finance Office has been transitioning from outsourcing the accounting of the diocese to doing the accounting in-house. Caroline Senn has been overseeing this transition since she was hired in late October, and she will be the contact person for any finance-related questions. You may reach her at or 920-757-3173.

Please join me in offering thanks to Canon Huddleston, for his leadership and ministry with us. 

In Christ,


The Rt. Rev. Jeff Lee
Bishop Provisional of the Episcopal Diocese of Milwaukee

Bishop Steven A. Miller to Retire

Dear Friends in Christ,

Some years ago when Cindy and I were replacing the roof on our home in Racine, one of our neighbors came by and asked if there was a problem with the roof or was it “just time.” We responded it was “just time.” This phrase has now become part of our family vocabulary. That conversation came to me as I prepared to write this letter to you.

After over thirty-five years of ordained ministry and almost sixteen years as your bishop, it has become clear to me that it is time for me to retire and pass the crozier on to the 12th bishop of Milwaukee. Last night, the Standing Committee, Chancellor and I met with the Rt. Rev. Todd Ousley of the Office of Pastoral Development to inform them of my intention to retire in November of 2020 and to begin the process of electing the next bishop of this Diocese.

I have felt a multitude of emotions as I considered these plans, but gratitude for our work and life together in my 16 years as your bishop is first and foremost. I have loved being your bishop and serving Christ with and among you. Our diocese has made a distinctive commitment to forming young persons for ordained ministry and giving them the opportunity to lead, as evidenced by the fact that we have the second-youngest average age of priests in the Episcopal Church. Moreover, thanks to the joint venture with LZ Developers at St. Francis House, our campus ministries at UW-Madison and around the Diocese are on a sure financial footing.

We have also reformed the way that we as a diocese come together to do the work that God has given us to do. Our governance is more representative and transparent than ever, and by making some difficult choices, we’ve lowered the percentage that parishes pay into the diocesan budget and the percentage of the diocesan budget that comes from these assessments. And through some difficult years in the life of our church, our diocese has remained united—not of one mind on all the issues of the day, but united in Christ nonetheless.

With my impending retirement, you have an opportunity, from a position of stability, to face the future. I pray that God will bless you with wisdom and courage, and that the Holy Spirit will lead you in discerning the role our diocese is called to play in the lives of our members, our communities and our church.

In the months I have remaining with you, Cindy, the girls and I hope to have the opportunity to say good-bye to many of you in person. Please be assured that you are in my prayers and that I will carry you all in my heart wherever God calls me to go.

Yours in Christ,

 The Rt. Rev. Steven Andrew Miller
11th Bishop of Milwaukee

PDF of Bishop Miller's letter