- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 21, 2014

ERIE, Pa. (AP) - A woman has sued a residential treatment center run by Catholic nuns in northwestern Pennsylvania, claiming its “growth and change” therapeutic philosophy violates her beliefs as a Jehovah’s Witness.

The Erie Times-News (http://bit.ly/LNcF6R ) reports Sharon Shepherd has filed the federal lawsuit against Gannondale, where she was fired from her job as a bookkeeper in June.

Shepherd claims that happened because she believes in “predetermination” - which she does not otherwise define in her lawsuit - but contends it as odds with the center’s treatment philosophy.

Gannondale is run by the Sister of Our Lady of Charity, and is a treatment center for women who are court-ordered to live there.

An attorney for the center declined comment on the lawsuit, saying he has yet to receive the complaint.

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Information from: Erie Times-News, http://www.goerie.com

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