Episcopal Carmel of Saint Teresa
A contemplative community for women in the Episcopal Church
123 Little New York Road, Rising Sun, Maryland 21911
410-658-6736 Monastery


Sister Teresa Irene

sistertheresaitene1.jpg (44769 bytes)Sister Teresa Irene, OCD, formerly Irene Forbes Perkins, is the founding member and coordinator of the Episcopal Carmel of Saint Teresa.

Sister is a life long Episcopalian who has long felt called to the Carmelite way of prayer and solitude within community. Early in life she was a member in first vows of the Episcopal Community of the Transfiguration, after which she pursued a career as a Registered Nurse, which included directing and consulting for nonprofit agencies. She served as Senior Warden of her parish and was on the Diocesan Commission on Ministry. For many years she has a healing ministry and remains a member of the Order of Saint Luke. Her writing have been included in Weavings, Sharing, and other publications.

Sister is a graduate of Education for Ministry, The Shalem Spiritual Guidance Program, and studied Pastoral Ministry at St. Thomas University. She is a member of Spiritual Directors International.

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This is me sitting on the lawn at All Saints
with GiGi the new cocker.

Feeling drawn to the hidden contemplative life, she surrendered her career, going to the Sisters of the Love of God, Oxford England to test her vocation. Although her vocation to the contemplative monastic life was confirmed, Sister felt called back to the United States, where with the help of God and the support of many, she is bringing the monastic Carmelite life to the Episcopal Church.

Please keep the Episcopal Carmel of Saint Teresa in your prayers and consider if God might be calling you to contribute in some way.

Profession of First Vows Sermon
October 15, 2003

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