Our Pastor

The Rev. Eileen Lindeman is delighted to make Holy Spirit in Charlestown her spiritual home. She is now serving as priest-in-charge as of August 2015. The Lindemans moved to Westerly in the spring of 2015 from Block Island where Eileen was the Vicar of St. Ann's by-the-Sea until August of 2015.

The Rev. Eileen comes to Holy Spirit as an experienced parish priest, chaplain and spiritual director. Prior to moving to Rhode Island, the Lindemans lived in California for 20 years. She was the Interim Rector of St. Bede's in Menlo Park. She served as the Spiritual Director for The Episcopal Christian Educators national conferences. She was on the Stanford Hospital board of chaplains for five years. From 1996-2006 Eileen was the Associate Rector of Christ Church Coronado in San Diego, where she was named Chaplain of theYear for the Sharp Hospital System. As a Chaplain for San Diego's Episcopal Community Services she worked with the Homeless Mentally Ill and as the Chaplain for Emergency Services, she was named ECS Chaplain of the Year in 1997. She was the Episcopal Church Women Chaplain for 8 years in San Diego and served for four years as the Chaplain for the California Chapter of the Companions of the Holy Cross. Eileen worked as the all school Chaplain and teacher of religious studies at The Bishop's School in La Jolla,CA.

Prior to her ordination as the second woman ordained in the diocese of Nebraska in 1996, Eileen worked extensively in social service agencies. She was the co-ordinator and teaching assistant in field education for Yale Divinity School, New Haven, CT. 

She was honored for her work as an advocate for persons with developmental disabilities by Nebraska Governor, Ben Nelson. She was asked by the University of Nebraska Medical School to write a book on Respite Care for use by parents and those who train respite care providers.

Eileen is married to the Rev. Mitch Lindeman who is the Priest-in Charge for Trinity Church (Pawtuxet Village) in Cranston. The Lindemans have three adult children and are expecting a second grandchild this spring. Theo the dog and two parrots round out their household.

Eileen has maintained a Spiritual Direction practice and given retreats for 25 years. Rev. Lindeman received her Master's in Spiritual Direction from Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska and is certified to offer retreats using the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius Loyola. Eileen is especially interested in the spiritual focus of integrating contemplation and action.

She is available to offer spiritual direction and retreats as requested. Contact her by phone at 650-207-1315.

 In the words of Sr. Joan Chittister, OSB, "There is nothing easier in spirituality than to lead people down the path of prayer forms without ever asking them what goes on inside of them as a result. At the end,consequently, it is possible to get a praying person; it is not always possible to get a spiritual person. Praying people get their prayers in and wait for God somehow miraculously to deliver them from their private demons. Spiritual people expect the demons. What they look for is a way to find God even there." 
~ from"Wisdom Distilled From the Daily"