The Rev. Mariclair Partee Carlsen
Rector of St. Mary’s and Episcopal Chaplain to Penn
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 daughter, Ruby. All will make occasional appearances at St. Mary’s. When not wrangling a toddler or writing, Mariclair reads voraciously and experiments with cooking dishes from countries in which she has traveled. She is currently pursuing her Doctor of Ministry in Congregational Development through Bexley-Seabury Seminary, and sits on the boards of Episcopal Community Services and the University City Hospitality Coalition.
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.
Phone: (215) 386-3916
Sabbath Day: Monday
Lawrence Mullen, Parish Administrator
Lawrence joined St. Mary’s in May 2017. Lawrence is originally from South Jersey and moved to Philadelphia when they began their undergraduate degree at Temple University. They were an English major, with a concentration in Creative Writing and will continue their education this fall at Arcadia University, enrolling in their Dual Degree Master of Arts in English and Master of Fine Arts in Poetry program. Their hobbies include writing, researching, visiting new restaurants, playing with their cat, and re-watching the original Star Wars trilogy as often as possible.
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 foremost 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.
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