Clergy shortage hits Catholic colleges

Without Jesuits, how can you call yourself Jesuit?’

PHILADELPHIA — The shortage of Roman Catholic clergy isn’t just being felt in church.

Religious orders that have founded and run Catholic colleges and universities across the U.S. — in some cases for more than a century — are grappling with how to retain the institutions’ distinct religious identities in the face of declining numbers of priests and nuns.

The Rev. Timothy Lannon, president of Saint Joseph’s University, can envision a time when a lay person will lead the Jesuit school in Philadelphia because of the dwindling number of his brethren.

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