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ITC appointee Sr. Prudence Allen on Network sisters

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Five women have been appointed to the International Theological Commission, including Sr. Prudence Allen, a member of the Religious Sisters of Mercy of Alma, Mich. Formerly chair of the philosophy department at St. John Vianney Theological Seminary in Denver, she is now a member of the chaplaincy team at Lancaster University, England.

Preview: Salvatorians collaborate on formation

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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.

Jesuit leaves church after firings

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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."

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