Janine is the rector (senior pastor/priest) of Good Samaritan Episcopal Church in San Diego, California. Raised in an extremely observant Italian Catholic family, she often asked why girls could not be altar servers or priests. This question nagged at her through high school vocational exams (“You are bested suited to be a priest, a stand-up comedian, or a editorial cartoonist”), graduate school in English and creative writing, a failed marriage, and many years of attending Catholic churches and feeling empty.
The Summer of Pedophilia in the Catholic Church jogged her out of her spiritual lethargy on Pentecost of 2003, when she finally determined to go visit another church and walked into an Episcopal church. That’s when the call to priesthood became obvious (and possible). She attended Yale Divinity School and was ordained to the diaconate on June 16, 2012 and to the priesthood on January 9, 2013. She has served as theologian in residence at Christ Church in Bronxville, NY and Senior Associate for Congregational Development and Welcome at All Saints Church in Pasadena. She was called as rector of Good Samaritan in 2016 and also serves as Director of the Center for Ethics and Spirituality at the University of California, San Diego.
She does not believe the Church is dying. She does believe that God, Christ and Spirit are alive and well and willing to help us organize ourselves better.