Episcopal Diocese of Milwaukee

Diocese of Milwaukee

Diœcesis Milvauchiensis
CountryUnited States
TerritorySouthern area of Wisconsin, including Milwaukee
Ecclesiastical provinceProvince V
Congregations48 (2022)
Members6,401 (2022)
DenominationEpiscopal Church
EstablishedJune 24, 1847
CathedralCathedral Church of All Saints
Current leadership
Location of the Diocese of Milwaukee
Location of the Diocese of Milwaukee

Episcopal Diocese of Milwaukee, originally the Diocese of Wisconsin is the diocese of the Episcopal Church in the United States of America located in the southern area of Wisconsin. It is in Province V (for the Midwest region). The Rt. Reverend Steven Miller was the most recent bishop, serving until December 31, 2020. Jeffrey D. Lee served as bishop provisional from 2021 to 2023. The diocese's standing committee has been serving as the ecclesiastical authority. Matthew A. Gunter, Bishop of Fond du Lac and Provisional Bishop of Eau Claire, has been serving as assisting bishop.[1]


The see city is Milwaukee. Cathedral Church of All Saints, Milwaukee is the mother church.


The diocese was formed after Jackson Kemper was named the Episcopal Church's first missionary bishop and oversaw the church's mission to the Northwest Territories from 1835 to 1859. He became provisional bishop of Wisconsin from 1847 to 1854 and first bishop of the Diocese of Wisconsin from 1854 to 1870.[2]

In 1875, the Diocese of Fond du Lac was created to serve the northeastern 26 counties of the state. The Diocese of Eau Claire, was carved out of the diocese in 1928 for the counties in the northwestern part of Wisconsin. The Diocese of Wisconsin became the Diocese of Milwaukee in 1886.[3]

During the first two decades of the 21st century, membership declined from 15,000 to 8,000.

In 2021, it was announced that the diocese of Fond du Lac, Eau Claire, and Milwaukee would contemplate entering an agreement of greater collaboration.[4] In October 2021, it was announced that the three dioceses would actively pursue reuniting as one diocese in Wisconsin.[5]


  1. Jackson Kemper (1859-1870)
  2. William Edmond Armitage (1870-1873)
  3. Edward Randolph Welles (1874-1888)
  4. Cyrus Frederick Knight (1889-1891)
  5. Isaac Lea Nicholson (1891-1906)
  6. William Walter Webb (1906-1933)
  7. Benjamin Franklin Price Ivins (1933-1952)
  8. Donald Hathaway Valentine Hallock (1953-1973)
  9. Charles Thomas Gaskell (1974-1985)
  10. Roger J. White (1985-2003)
  11. Steven Andrew Miller (2003-2020)


Nashotah House, in Nashotah, which is a seminary for the Episcopal Church, and St. John's Northwestern Military Academy in Delafield, Wisconsin, a private Episcopal military academy, are also located in the Diocese of Milwaukee.

Cadle Mission and Racine College were also located in the diocese.

Parishes in the diocese[edit]


  1. ^ Paulsen, David (2023-07-26). "Three Wisconsin dioceses propose dividing state into fellowship regions as part of reunion plan". Episcopal News Service. Retrieved 2024-04-13.
  2. ^ "The Episcopal Diocese of Milwaukee". Archived from the original on 2012-03-08. Retrieved 2011-02-16.
  3. ^ "History and Archives". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2013-03-08.
  4. ^ Paulsen, David (March 16, 2021). "With Diocese of Eau Claire at a crossroads, Wisconsin's three dioceses eye greater collaboration". Episcopal News Service. Retrieved March 17, 2021.
  5. ^ Paulsen, David (October 5, 2021). "Wisconsin's three Episcopal dioceses to pursue reunion as one, leaders announce". Episcopal News Service. Retrieved October 6, 2021.
  6. ^ "Bishop Jeffrey D. Lee". Episcopal Diocese of Milwaukee. Retrieved 20 January 2022.

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