The Rev. Mariclair Partee Carlsen joined us as our rector on March 15, 2013. Born in Atlanta, GA, she first discerned a call to ordained ministry as an undergraduate at the University of Georgia’s Episcopal Chaplaincy, and was active as a lay preacher and altar server there. She received her J.D. from the UGA School of Law, and worked as an attorney in Atlanta before moving to New York to attend the General Theological Seminary of The Episcopal Church, from which she graduated in 2007. Mariclair was ordained deacon in 2006 and priest in July of 2007 in the Diocese of Atlanta. After a curacy at Trinity Episcopal Church in Bucks County, PA, she was appointed the Canon for the Ministry of the Baptized at the Cathedral Church of the Nativity (Diocese of Bethlehem, PA), where she greatly enjoyed her four years on staff.
Mariclair lives in Philadelphia with her husband Mitchell Partee Carlsen, and their beagles, Beauregard and Myrtle. All three will make occasional appearances at St. Mary’s. When not wrangling dogs or writing, Mariclair reads voraciously and experiments with cooking dishes from countries in which she has travelled. She is currently pursuing her Doctor of Ministry in Congregational Development through Seabury-Western Seminary, and sits on the editorial board of The Young Clergy Women’s Project, a community of about 900 women under 40 in ordained ministry from around the world.
But what do we call her? Simply Mariclair is fine. If you would prefer something a little more formal, Mother Mariclair will do as well.
The Rev. Mariclair Partee Carlsen
Rector of St. Mary’s and Episcopal Chaplain to Penn
Phone: (215) 386-3916
Sabbath Day: Monday
Anna Albrecht, Parish Administrator
Anna joined St. Mary’s in June 2014. A Pittsburgh native, Anna moved to Philadelphia in 2013 to embark on a big(ger) city adventure. She has quickly adapted to Philly life — she is enjoying living in West Philly and hopes to live there for many years to come!
Phone: (215) 386-3916
Office Hours: Tuesday- Friday 9 AM-2 PM
Gonzalo Vizuete, Sexton
Patrick O’Brien, Sunday Sexton
David Shunskis, Organist and Choirmaster
David Shunskis has been a church musician for over forty years. He is formost a pianist and a piano teacher. He is a faculty member at Settlement Music School where he regularly presents recitals and children’s concerts. His principal teacher was the late Vladimir Sokoloff of the Curtis Institute with whom he studied for over ten years.
In the spring of 2013 as part of the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts David played at the Kimmel Center where he also played on the Jacob’s Music Noonday Recital Series.