Of the 40-some employees who have lost jobs at Catholic institutions since 2008, nearly half have lost their jobs this year.
Formation numbers are up in the U.S. for the Salvatorians, the Catholic religious community also known as the Society of the Divine Savior. The Salvatorians' U.S. province, based in Milwaukee, has generated an approximate 17 percent growth in vocations within the last three to four years and now have 17 men in formation.
According to the order, this growth came through a collaboration between ordained and lay, a focus on social relevance, and bringing out the uniqueness of each individual in formation.
In light of recent firings of gays and lesbians from Catholic institutions, Benjamin Brenkert has left the Catholic church after 10 years of pursuing priesthood in the Jesuit order.
"I can't be a Jesuit priest because I can't be a member of the Catholic church right now," Brenkert told NCR. "I can't be an openly gay Jesuit discerning priesthood in the Catholic church if LGBT employees are being fired from Catholic institutions."
NCR exclusive: Blase Cupich, named Chicago's new archbishop on Saturday, says church leaders have to be "real" and "cannot base your decisions on a past era."
Theologians and graduate students came from across the United States and Canada to celebrate Dominican Fr. Thomas O'Meara's work in ecclesiology.
If Sr. Miriam Teresa Demjanovich is canonized, she will become the second person born in the modern United States to be named a saint.
Even in your 50s, 60s and beyond -- even if you are seriously overweight, have already developed high blood pressure, high cholesterol or diabetes; even if you've indulged in a steady diet of bad habits or have never set foot in a gym or walked farther than where you parked your car, it's not too late.
With regular exercise, such as dancing, swimming or hitting the gym, you can still become stronger, healthier and more energetic while slowing the effects of aging.
Health & Well-Being: Music therapy is more than just singing songs with people to make them feel better; it's complex tapestry of counseling and performance.
Essay: Lionel Ferbos grew famous for tending the flame of music that spanned the years of his life. His sendoff was true to form.
My Table is Spread: By "facts," scientists mean what we can see and touch and measure. What humans have learned about the Creator apparently falls into fiction.