DevOUT Co-Chair

Kori Pacyniak

Kori Pacyniak

Pronouns:  They/Them/Theirs


Born in Chicago to Polish immigrants, Kori spend many formative years in New England and came to San Diego in 2017 when they were called as Pastor of the Mary Magdalene Apostle Catholic Community – an inclusive church that draws on Catholic spirituality and liturgy and centers issues of LGBTQ inclusion, ordination equality, and social justice. Much of Kori’s work and ministry focuses on making sure queer and Trans people have the liturgical and theological resources to reclaim spiritual and faith traditions. Kori was ordained a deacon in June of 2019 and a priest in February of 2020, becoming the first transgender and non-binary person ordained through Roman Catholic Women Priests (RCWP).

In addition, Kori serves on the steering committee of Trans Episcopal, an organization working for the full inclusion and support of transgender and non-binary persons within the Episcopal Church. They are also pursuing a PhD at the University of California, Riverside, focusing on Queer and Trans Studies in Religion. Kori’s academic work focuses on the intersection of queer and Trans identities with religious and ethnic identities. Their dissertation will look at the experiences of Trans Catholics with religious and secular rituals.

In their free time, Kori enjoys board games, pop culture, road trips, and camping, especially adventures that take them off the beaten path. They live in Mira Mesa with their platonic life partner and four rescue animals.