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Pastoral Team

Kori Pacyniak, MDiv, STM, Pastor

Kori joined the pastoral team of Mary Magdalene Apostle Catholic Community (MMACC) in January of 2017, coming from a background in academia and non-profit work that focused on queer and trans theology, work with veterans and survivors of trauma, and church communications. Kori holds a Master of Divinity (MDiv) from Harvard Divinity School with a concentration in queer theology and a Master of Sacred Theology (STM) from Boston University School of Theology with a concentration in Trauma and Theology with work that focused on LGBTQ veterans and service members. Born and raised in Chicago, Kori has a passion for traveling and has studied in Rome, Poland, and Brazil and been part of multiple social justice trips and pilgrimages to Israel and Palestine. Kori previously served as parish intern at St. Luke's and St. Margaret's in Boston, assistant chaplain at Suffolk University, scholar in residence at the Religious Institute and social media strategist for TransEpiscopal. Kori is pursuing ordination through Roman Catholic Woman Priests (RCWP). Kori lives in San Diego with her platonic life partner, Jessica, and their three cats.

Jane Via, Ph.D., Pastor Emerita

Jane Via has a B.A. in Spanish Language and Literature from Purdue University, a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Marquette University, and a J.D. from the University of San Diego. After several years of teaching Religious Studies at a Catholic college and university, she served as an attorney at County Counsel in San Diego, CA and a county prosecutor with the District Attorney's office in San Diego for a combined 26 years. Jane recognized her call to become an ordained Roman Catholic priest when she learned of the Roman Catholic Womenpriest (RCWP) movement in Europe. She felt compelled to use her theological knowledge, her teaching and public speaking skills, and her love of the church to call the church to change, rather than leave the church. Gandhi once said, “Be the change you want to see in the world.” Jane is trying to be the change she wants to see in the church. In 2005, Jane founded MMACC with Rod Stephens, a Roman Catholic priest. Jane was ordained a deacon in 2004 on the Danube River and was ordained a priest in June of 2006 on the Bodensee off Swiss shores. Jane is a member of the Immaculate Heart Community of Los Angeles. She lives in San Diego with her husband, Phil Faker. They have two adult sons.

Rod Stephens, Retired Associate Pastor, Co-Founder

Rod Stephens was ordained a Roman Catholic priest on May 25,1974 for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and served as a priest of the Diocese of Orange when it split from the LA diocese in 1976. He was welcomed and incardenated as a member of Roman Catholic Women Priests in 2008. In November 2005, Rod and Jane Via co-founded MMACC. Rod served as co-pastor then Associate Pastor with Jane Via for 9 years, and with Nancy Corran for 7 years, before retiring. Along with Jane, Rod is a member of the Immaculate Heart Community of Los Angeles. He is the Founder and Director of SACRA FORMA, a design studio for architecture, graphics, and liturgical consultation since 1974. Rod is also one of the founding members of The Catholic Worker in Orange County which feeds and houses 125 homless women a night. Rod also worked for several years on the board of Housing Works, an IHM related project to provide affordable housing to homeless people in Los Angeles. Rod lives in Irvine with Howard Seller, his partner of thirty plus years, who is Professor Emeritus at Cal State University, Fullerton.

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