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Being in an environment where faith is a visible part of daily life is something Michael Lovell, the first lay president of Marquette University, welcomes.
In his short time at the university, he said he has delivered more faith-related speeches than ever.
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."