The Rev. Irene Tanabe
Priest & Rector
The Rev. Irene Tanabe embodies the mixture of Japanese and American cultures that is the spirit of All Souls Church. Irene’s father was the son of Japanese immigrants to America and raised in Seattle, Washington. Her father worked for the US Civil Administration in Japan, and for the United States Navy after reversion. Irene’s mother was from Hokkaido and lived in Tokyo. Irene was born in the US Army hospital in Tokyo and lived most of her formative years in and around the American military communities in Japan. She attended Department of Defense Schools and graduated from Kubasaki High School here on Okinawa, and then returned to her hometown in Seattle, Washington. The Rev. Tanabe received a J.D. from the University of Colorado in Boulder and practiced law in in Seattle for two decades before following a call to ministry. She received her Masters in Divinity from Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, California. She was most recently served as Rector of Epiphany Episcopal Church in Honolulu from prior to being called to serve at All Souls Church.