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
A native Pennsylvanian, Rebecca Schlappich returns to her home state after almost a decade of residence in New York City. She has worked in administration for Mark Wood Violins and Electrify Your Strings, Michael Meth Law Offices, and Eyeball Records. These days, she wears many hats in her professional life, including teaching with Play On Philly, an afterschool program at St. Francis de Sales, during the day and running shows at Boot and Saddle, a recent addition to the musical venues of Philadelphia, during the evening. As a graduate of Manhattan School of Music, Rebecca has a vested interest in the local musical communities, and will be participating in the production of three upcoming performances with The Mendelssohn Club. When she’s not working, Rebecca moonlights as a member of a New York-based rock band. She is thrilled to be a part of the St. Mary’s community.
Rebecca Schlappich, Parish Administrator
Phone: (215) 386-3916
Office Hours: Tuesday- Friday 8:30AM-1:30PM
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Patrick O’Brien, Sunday Sexton
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