Episcopal Diocese of Wisconsin

The Episcopal Diocese of Wisconsin, originally the Diocese of Wisconsin and later the Diocese of Milwaukee, is the diocese of the Episcopal Church in the United States of America located in the state of Wisconsin. It is in Province V (for the Midwest region). The diocese was originally formed in 1847, but was re-established in 2024 by the merger of the Episcopal Diocese of Eau Claire and the Episcopal Diocese of Fond du Lac into the Diocese of Milwaukee.

Diocese of Wisconsin
CountryUnited States
Ecclesiastical provinceProvince V
Congregations99 (2022)
Members10,874 (2022)
DenominationEpiscopal Church
EstablishedJune 24, 1847
CathedralCathedral Church of All Saints, Milwaukee
St. Paul's Cathedral, Fond du Lac
Christ Church Cathedral, Eau Claire
Current leadership
BishopMatthew A. Gunter
Location of the Episcopal Diocese of Wisconsin
Location of the Episcopal Diocese of Wisconsin



The reunited diocese retained the three historic cathedrals of the former Dioceses of Milwaukee, Eau Claire, and Fond du Lac.



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.[1]

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.[2]

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.[3] In October 2021, it was announced that the three dioceses would actively pursue reuniting as one diocese in Wisconsin.[4] On May 4, 2024, the three dioceses voted to approve reunion as the Diocese of Wisconsin.[5] The merger agreement received approval at General Convention in June 2024.

List of bishops


Bishops of Wisconsin (1847-1888)

  1. Jackson Kemper (1859–1870)
  2. William Edmond Armitage (1870–1873)
  3. Edward Randolph Welles (1874–1888)

Bishops of Milwaukee (1888-2024)

  1. Cyrus Frederick Knight (1889–1891)
  2. Isaac Lea Nicholson (1891–1906)
  3. William Walter Webb (1906–1933)
  4. Benjamin Franklin Price Ivins (1933–1952)
  5. Donald Hathaway Valentine Hallock (1953–1973)
  6. Charles Thomas Gaskell (1974–1985)
  7. Roger J. White (1985–2003)
  8. Steven Andrew Miller (2003–2020)
    *Jeffrey D. Lee (2021-2023, bishop provisional)[6]

Bishops of Fond du Lac

  1. John Henry Hobart Brown (1875–1888)
  2. Charles Chapman Grafton (1889–1912)
    * Reginald Heber Weller, Coadjutor Bishop (consecrated 1900)
  3. Reginald Heber Weller (1912–1933)
    * Harwood Sturtevant, Coadjutor Bishop (consecrated 1929)
  4. Harwood Sturtevant (1933–1956)
    * William Hampton Brady, Coadjutor Bishop (consecrated 1953)
  5. William Hampton Brady (1956–1980)
  6. William Louis Stevens (1980–1994)
  7. Russell Edward Jacobus (1994–2013)
  8. Matthew Alan Gunter (2014–2024)

Bishops of Eau Claire

  1. Frank Elmer Wilson, First Bishop of Eau Claire, (1929–1944)
  2. William Wallace Horstick, Second Bishop of Eau Claire, (June 29, 1944 - Resigned Dec 31, 1969)
  3. Stanley Hamilton Atkins, Third Bishop of Eau Claire, (1970–1980)
  4. William C. Wantland, Fourth Bishop of Eau Claire, (1980–1999)
  5. Keith B. Whitmore, Fifth Bishop of Eau Claire, (1999–2008)
    * Edwin M. Leidel, Jr., Bishop Provisional of Eau Claire, (2010–2013)
  6. William Jay Lambert III, Sixth Bishop (2013–2020)[7]
    *Matthew A. Gunter (2020-2024, bishop provisional)

Bishops of Wisconsin (2024-present)


9. Matthew A. Gunter (2024–Present)



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.


  1. ^ "The Episcopal Diocese of Milwaukee". Archived from the original on 2012-03-08. Retrieved 2011-02-16.
  2. ^ "History and Archives". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2013-03-08.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ Paulsen, David (October 5, 2021). "Wisconsin's three Episcopal dioceses to pursue reunion as one, leaders announce". Episcopal News Service. Retrieved October 6, 2021.
  5. ^ "Dioceses of Milwaukee, Fond du Lac, Eau Claire vote to combine as Diocese of Wisconsin". Episcopal News Service. 2024-05-06. Retrieved 2024-06-24.
  6. ^ "Bishop Jeffrey D. Lee". Episcopal Diocese of Milwaukee. Retrieved 20 January 2022.
  7. ^ "Bishop Lambert". Archived from the original on 2016-03-03. Retrieved 2013-03-18.

43°00′N 89°30′W / 43.000°N 89.500°W / 43.000; -89.500