Reverend Canon Janine Stock, the daughter of a Hispanic immigrant and a Mohawk Indian, was raised to be the “non-traditional traditionalist” that most of her friends know her to be. Adamant that everyone has a place at the table, she comes to the Independent Catholic movement with as diverse an educational background as her home life. In addition to her Master of Pastoral Theology, Rev. Janine is a licensed attorney and holds both a J.D. and M.B.A., graduating with Distinction. She is currently completing her Doctorate in Ministry and has attended post graduate classes at Oxford. She is the first woman Catholic priest to be ordained in San Diego County. She has been in a committed lesbian relationship for 10 years. She is a founding member of both Interfaith Clergy Committees supporting Marriage Equality California and San Diego Pride and a signatory on several amicus curiae briefs in support of same sex marriage.
Reverend Canon Stock was ordained to the sacred Priesthood on Saturday November 20, 2004, at All Saints Parish, an American Catholic Church of the Diocese of California, appointed pastor in January of 2005 and later appointed to the very important role of Vicar General to serve the Diocese in California. She is the first openly lesbian woman to hold such a position in the State of California. For her service to the Church and the GLBT community, particularly in San Diego, she was appointed the honorary title of Canon in April of 2007.
She has recently released her first book entitled Made in God’s Image: Stations of the Cross for Inclusive and Welcoming Communities which is available through OurSpirit Publishing, Inc. located in Vista, California.
When discussing her ministry as an American Catholic priest, Canon Stock said, "We are proud to serve those that Rome, for now, has turned away from its table. This includes the divorced, the dissenters, the marginalized, the GLBT community and countless others. It is our prayer that we will all be united again, but until then, we intend to make the rich traditions of Catholicism available to all who wish to love and serve their God in this particular way.”
(This biographical statement provided by Janine Stock.)