Rev. Kori R. Pacyniak

The Rev. Kori R. Pacyniak (pronouns: they/them) is a non-binary Catholic priest who has served as pastor of Mary Magdalene Apostle Catholic Community (MMACC) since January of 2017. 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 holds a Master of Divinity (MDiv) from Harvard Divinity School, a Master of Sacred Theology (STM) from Boston University School of Theology, and is currently a PhD candidate (ABD) at the University of California, Riverside, focusing on Queer and Trans Studies in Religion. Their dissertation examines the religious experiences of transgender Catholics. Kori leads workshops on trans inclusion and deconstructing gender binaries for various groups including churches, healthcare organizations, and non-profits.  

Kori also serves on the anti-oppression task force of the Women’s Ordination Conference (WOC), as co-chair of San Diego Pride's DevOUT Interfaith Coalition, and on the steering committee of TransEpiscopal, an organization working for the full inclusion and support of transgender and non-binary persons within the Episcopal Church. 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).  

Kori is currently working on a co-authored book Paschal People: Trans Theology through the Liturgical Year, which is scheduled to be published in 2023.  

Rev. Kori R. Pacyniak