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Bethlehem Bethlehem University News - Volume 18 Issue No. 1 2009-2010 University in the holy land Inspiring Innovation ... Creating the Future A Message from the Published by the Development and Vice Chancellor Public Relations Office Editorial Committee Ms. Dina Awwad (BU ’05) Here at Bethlehem University we talk quite a lot about hope. In many ways hope Brother Jack Curran, FSC Ms. Stephanie Rhodes is the underlying factor in all that we do. As an oasis of hope and peace, we bring a sense of values and the sacred to our daily lives and to our views of education. Contributors Sister Ruby Abellana, spc Ms. Nadira Araj Our dedicated faculty and staff work hard to match the education that we Mr. Demitri Awwad are providing to the actual needs of the Palestinian society. For our students, Ms. Dina Awwad (BU ’05) living as they do in the midst of occupation, they must be educated to face the Ms. Vera Baboun Brother Peter Bray, FSC realities Palestine today – and into the future. With your support, our faculty and Mr. Philip Daoud students together are inspiring innovation and creating the future. Mr. Elias Halabi (BU ’07) Ms. Rania Hazboun (BU ’96) Mr. Joseph Hodali (BU ’08) One of the significant issues that concerns us as a University is to insure that Ms. May Jaber our programs prepare our students to create the future of Palestine, helping Father Jamal Khader them to continue with relevant graduate education and to also find meaningful Ms. Haifa Lama employment. This is why our faculty are continuously involved in self-assessment Brother Joseph Loewenstein, FSC Brother Jean Manuel, FSC and quality review activities. The graduates of Bethlehem University are building Dr. Norma Hazboun Masrieh their futures here in Palestine. Ms. Raphaela Fischer Moura Ms. Nida Qumseih Mr. Mousa Rabadi In coming here to Bethlehem University, I knew that I wanted to focus on Ms. Mary Sabella teaching and learning, and how research and community service are integrated Brother David Scarpa, FSC into the teaching and learning process. These are core realities for us as a Brother Dominic Smith, FSC Dr. Inge Tiemann University – and mindful of our role as a Catholic university – values, morals, Mr. Max von Danwitz and ethics are infused throughout all we do. Dr. Hala Yamani Photography: This issue of our University Newsletter highlights some of the ways our students, Bassel Mansour (BU ’09) faculty and staff are involved in comprehensive and innovative education that Dima Musallam (BU ’10) is rooted in the needs of the Palestinian society. In particular, you’ll read about David Clement Elias Halabi (BU ’07) our ongoing efforts to provide practical career development education for our students, helping them transfer their classroom knowledge into work that Special Thanks contributes to their country. This new career development initiative would not Student Ambassadors be possible without the support Cardinal Foley, Grand Master of the Equestrian Design and Printing: Order of the Holy Sepulchre, and other benefactors such as Lieutenant Mary Nour Design & Print Co. email@example.com O’Brien and the USA Northwestern Lieutenancy who established the John Selina Tabash Nour (BU ’98) McGuckin Mentorship Program, and the foundational inspiration of Mr. Cor Jan David Nour (BU ’95) van Heesewijk of The Netherlands Lieutenancy who pioneered these internships Electronic address: and career focused efforts. We are most grateful! www.bethlehem.edu firstname.lastname@example.org Together, and by association, we are all building a future of hope for the people Temporary mailing address: of Palestine. Thank you! Public Relations Office PO Box 11407 92248 Jerusalem Sincerely, Location address: Rue des Frères Brother Peter Bray, FSC, EdD Bethlehem, Palestine Vice Chancellor USA address: Ms. Kate Casa Executive Director Brother Dominic Smith, FSC Executive Assistant Bethlehem University Hecker Center, Suite 330 3025 Fourth St, NE Washington, DC 20017-1102 Tel. 202-567-6097 Bethlehem 2 University News Table of Contents Bethlehem University in Figures Remembrances 4 2009 - 2010 Brother Georges Absi appointed President Student enrollment: Feedback + BU Mission Statement 5 Master’s Degree: 87 Higher Diploma: 239 Professional Diploma: 42 Forum theater meets the German street 6 Baccalaureate: 2,589 Diploma: 97 Total Student Enrollment: 3,054 Continuing education for development 7 Faculty and staff: 311 Full- and Part-time Faculty: 164 “My hidden talents” Full- and Part-time Staff: 147 Incubating success 8 Student Demographics Resistance with Love as Its Logic 9 26% 31% Technology & the Culture of Democracy Male Christian 69% 74% 10 Female Muslim Student Music Group The People of Malta Enhance Technology at Bethlehem University 11 Defining Freedom By Its Limits Student Home Areas Changing Attitudes to Save Lives Bethlehem 12 Jerusalem Bethlehem and Georgetown Fostering Hebron Hope in the Holy Land Other 13 60% Mapping Genes that matter 30% Developing Palestine 14 8% 2% Social Work Palestine Transformational Development 15 Sources of Income Student-paid tuition Visitors 16 Donations, Gifts & Donations for Student 19 Scholarships Grants for Operations Thank You & Programs Vatican Gift How Can You Help 23 Palestinian Authority Allocation Bethlehem 3 University News Remembrances Remembrances Brother Mark Boyle, FSC, passed away on 10 August 2009 after having served students in his native England as well as in Nigeria and at Beth- lehem University in the Finance Office and as an English teacher from 1999 through 2003. “He was a very much liked teacher,” says Brother David Scarpa. “He was my guide, a father figure to me,” reflects Kaied Ghiyatha (BU’02). “Brother Mark was a delight in Community,” remembers Brother Neil Kieffe. “A man of simple and unassuming faith and a simplicity of life” is how Brother Anthony Porter describes Brother Mark. Sister Mary Bellarmine Aristorenas, spc, passed away on 6 August 2009. In addition to serving in her native Philippines, at Bethlehem Univer- sity from 1991 through 1999 she taught Nursing and also worked in the Archives. “By nature and as a nurse she was a caring and friendly person,” is how her library colleague Rebecca Calaor describes Sister. “She was a humble, modest, and joyful person,” recalls Dr. Mellie Brodeth. Sister Mary was laid to rest in Cebu, Philippines, next to her sister in Christ, Sister Violetta Ortega, who also served at Bethlehem University from 1999 through 2004. May the souls of Brother Mark, Sister Mary and all the faithful departed rest in peace. Brother Georges Absi Appointed New President of Bethlehem University On 17 June 2009 Vice his support as the Patriarch of Palestine, Israel, Jordan, Egypt Chancellor Brother Peter ” Jerusalem, noted Brother Peter and the Sudan. He served on the Bray announced that Brother Bray. “Bethlehem University is Board of Trustees of Bethlehem Georges Absi will serve also well served with Brother University since 2003 and is as President of Bethlehem Georges Absi’s leadership and highly respected throughout the University, succeeding His commitment. He has a deep Middle East in the educational Beatitude Archbishop Fuad appreciation for the mission field. Twal who served from March of Bethlehem University and 2006. likewise brings significant The President of the University competence to this new serves as a representative of “I am grateful for the service of ” responsibility. the Vice Chancellor with the Archbishop Twal as President of Association of Arab Universities Bethlehem University and am Brother Georges, a native of and presides over graduation delighted that the educational Egypt, is the Provincial Superior and other official University efforts of Bethlehem University of the Proche Orient overseeing ceremonies. will continue to be blessed numerous Lasallian educational throughout the Holy Land with enterprises in Turkey, Lebanon, Bethlehem 4 University News FeedBack Bethlehem “What a pleasant surprise to see a photograph in your magazine of University my husband and me from when our Equestrian Order visited the Mission University. I enjoy reading about and supporting the University.” Statement Mrs. Carole Cannon, Edinburgh, Scotland “Thanks to Bethlehem University for its warm hospitality during our pilgrimages with Kevin McGuirk, our pilgrim master. The visits were warm and informative, helping us to understand the needs there and the day to day situation for one of the works we support.” Thomas Mulligan, KC*HS, Lincolnwood, Illinois, USA Bethlehem University is a Catholic co-educational “The last issue of Bethlehem institution in the Lasallian University News surpassed all tradition whose mission is others; they just keep getting to provide quality higher better all the time!” education to the people of Florence I. Gregoric, Silver Spring, Palestine and to serve them Maryland, USA in its role as a center for the advancement, sharing and use of knowledge. The “The Breast Cancer Research “I read about the semester University emphasizes Foundation is proud of our exchange program at the Universidad LaSalle in Mexico excellence in academic association with Bethlehem University and hope that the City for Vivian Ghobar (BU ’10). programs and the research being funded will bring She mentions that many students development of students as us closer to our shared goal of in Mexico told her that she was committed people prepared the first Palestinian they met. to assume leading positions prevention and a cure.” At the University of Stuttgart in Myra J. Biblowit, President, and Germany where I am working in society. The University Margaret Mastrianni, Deputy on a Masters in Information aspires to foster shared Director, New York, NY, USA Technology, I met a Mexican values, moral principles and student who told me that I was a dedication to serving the “Thank you for the work of the second Palestinian she met! common good. Bethlehem University. We pray for And yes, last year she was in class you and the faculty and students with Vivian at the Universidad and alumni.” LaSalle in Mexico City! What an Kathie Armstrong, Columbia, amazingly small world!” Maryland, USA Amir Bannoura (BU ’08) Tell us what you think about our programs, our newsletter, your visit… Talk Back tell us about YOU! We want to hear from you! E-mail us at email@example.com. Bethlehem 5 University News Forum Theater Meets The German Street Palestinian Theater of the Oppressed in Germany: A Unique Exercise in Multiculturalism The 50th Anniversary Celebration Society, “was to express the right also involves asking the audience of the Association for Development of women to be equal to men.” to actually get involved in the Cooperation of German Catholics The play depicts a female student’s production, to put themselves in (AGEH) provided a venue for struggles running for a seat in the the place of the protagonist, and to Dr. Hala Yamani of the Faculty of male-dominated university Student imagine change,” says Dr. Hala. Education and Dr. Inge Tiemann, Senate. In one scene, Dr. Hala AGEH-sponsored Visiting explains, “the man is saying politics It was “incredibly interesting,” says Consultant for Participatory is not for women…it needs a power Zhim-xum Ho, a member of the Learning at Bethlehem University, base that women don’t possess.” German group, “While we had to bring together Bethlehem some differences, the similarities University students with German “In the new production, by playing were greater.” Nathalie Asmari (BU street-theater actors in a unique the role of students coming from ’11) saw the experience as “a great cross-cultural transformative Germany to study Arabic in enrichment.” learning experience using forum Bethlehem, the German students theater. bring an intercultural dimension to Dr. Hala Yamani trains students the play’s conflicts,” says Dr. Inge. preparing to be teachers and others During the Fall 2009 semester seven “This had the added advantage of in forum theater techniques and Bethlehem students traveled to building a bridge to the German skills. She began incorporating Germany and engaged with three audience,” who were themselves forum theater in her teacher German actors of the street-theater unfamiliar with the inner workings education work at the Faculty of group headed by Francisco Mirallas of Palestinian society. Education at Bethlehem University Hernández to present a new version upon her return from her doctoral of the Bethlehem University Drama The partnership exposed both program in the United Kingdom Society forum theater production of groups of student-actors to a few years ago. Forum theater is a Leish la? (Why Not?). different teaching and learning powerful transformative teaching methodologies. The focus of the and learning methodology. “It’s the “The original concept of Leish la?,” German street theater group is best for us to raise the awareness explains Dr. Hala Yamani, Assistant primarily to explore a topic that’s of the community about issues of Professor of Education and Director already a subject of public interest injustice and oppression,” says of the Bethlehem University Drama whereas “the Palestinian focus Dr. Hala. Bethlehem 6 University News Continuing Education for Development “My Hidden Talents” Career Coach Guides Students in Career Development Workshop “I learned that I have abilities that can make a difference in the lives of others,” wrote one participant in the 3 July 2009 Career Development Workshop organized by Mary Sabella of the Counseling Office and Philip Daoud of the Alumni Relations Office. Online Professional Diplomas in Project Management and E-business There’s a big difference between their performance is crucial for being an industry expert and economic development. But being a successful business owner. getting working professionals into For instance, having superior the classroom is a major challenge. knowledge of IT systems doesn’t So Bethlehem University automatically sell those services to introduced Palestine’s first-ever paying consumers. online accredited professional diplomas in Project Management With the cooperation of the Sometimes Palestinian business and E-Business as part of a Expos(t)e Foundation, Ms. Caroline owners face exactly that problem. blended learning format that Bun, an international career and “Through our needs assessment combines online coursework with personal development coach from research we found a gap in the occasional face-to-face class time. The Netherlands, led students private sector,” explains Eman The first cohort graduated on 17 through personal exploration Hadweh, Program Officer at July 2009. activities designed to help them Bethlehem University’s Institute understand their strengths, values, for Community Partnership (ICP), With initial funding from the beliefs, and potential. Participants “with many small business owners World Bank and the European were enthusiastic as they envisioned having technical background but Commission, the diplomas their future professional lives. Ms. not having business marketing have become self-sustaining. Bun noted that some participants and managerial background.” The reason is simple, says “had big insights and others became aware of some limitations they Eman, “Participants find the created for themselves.” With small and medium program helpful and are willing enterprises making up ninety- to pay because they see it as an Building upon the initiative nine percent of the Palestinian investment in their future success.” of Mr. Cor Jan van Heesewijk business sector, improving and Mr. Ben Dicker of The Netherlands Lieutenancy of the EOHSJ, more career preparation activities, including opportunities for mentoring, internship, and apprentice placements are forthcoming through the cooperation of the Counseling Office, Alumni Office, and faculty members with funding support from H.E. Cardinal John Foley, Grand Master of the Equestrian Order, Lieutenant Mary O’Brien of the USA Northwestern Lieutenancy, and the Doty Family. Bethlehem 7 University News INCUBATING SUCCESS Q: You’re a Computer and special needs people. My Information Systems graduate of classmates and I focused on Bethlehem University. So what helping paralyzed persons control got you interested in computers the movement of the cursor on the in the first place? monitor by using their thoughts. Working with our faculty advisor, Joseph: I guess you can say Dr. Suheil Odeh, Maha Sleibi that I followed in my father’s (BU ’08), Elia’ Salsa’ (BU ’08) and footsteps. He’s a systems analyst I used a medical device called an who studied in London. For 17 electroencephalogram that is used years we have had our family in hospitals to detect and analyze computer business in Bethlehem. brain waves and we choose the I’ve been working with him a lot waves that control what we want. since childhood. When I finished high school I thought about Q: You had to figure out which studying neurosurgery in Italy, brainwave corresponds to a but decided to focus on computer thought for moving the cursor in Joseph Hodali (BU ’08) is developing a new computer information systems business model, supported by funding from the World Bank through the LaSalle Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (LCEI) at Bethlehem University. Here, Joseph talks about what inspired him to study computers in the first place. information systems at Bethlehem a particular direction then code University instead since there the programming to actually is a wide span of applications of move the computer cursor based technology these days. You can on that recognition? find technology everywhere and it is developing so fast. For example, Joseph: Yes, that’s it. And we I did my Senior Seminar on brain- got accurate results in how the computer interfaces where you algorithm classified the brain blend neurosurgery, computer waves for the left hand and for the engineering, and electrical right hand. Eighty percent of the engineering to help paralyzed time it worked! Your Help Is Needed! The newly established Alumni Relations Office assists the faculty in seeking professional career mentors as well as business organizations to offer local and international internship placement opportunities for current Bethlehem University students and recent graduates like Joseph Hodali. If you are interested in serving as a career mentor or if you know of opportunities for career internship opportunities, Please Visit http://alumni.bethlehem.edu/ Mr. Philip Daoud, Alumni Relations Officer firstname.lastname@example.org Bethlehem 8 University News Resistance with Love as Its Logic Technology & the Culture of Democracy Palestinian Christians Speak of Faith, Hope, and Love in the Midst of Occupation Nadira Araj & Yahoo! co-founder Jerry Yang at the IGF09 Opening Session Social Networks, Privacy, & Freedom of Expression Ms. Nadira Araj, Lecturer in Business Administration, For more than two years, Father “This means for us, here and now, didn’t just attend the 4th Jamal Khader, Dean of Arts and in this land in particular, that God Internet Governance Forum Chairperson of Religious Studies, created us not so that we might (IGF09), she tweeted it! One of has been working with other engage in strife and conflict but 20 DiploFoundation Internet Christian Palestinian theologians rather that we might come and Governance Capacity Building on a statement “of faith, hope know and love one another, and and love” concerning the Israeli- together build up the land in fellows (and the only one from Palestinian conflict. love and mutual respect.” This Palestine), Ms. Araj reported live is the message that Bethlehem on event sessions at the IGF in The Palestinian Kairos Initiative University seeks to impart published “A Moment of Truth” Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt from 15- to our Christian and Muslim 18 November 2009 via tweeting on 11 December 2009. Reflecting students each day through formal on a similar Kairos movement and blogging. The IGF gathers interreligious dialogue as well as which occurred in South Africa through the realities of our daily stakeholders from government in 1985 based on the concept shared campus life. “A Moment of and civil society to address that discrimination is a sin, the Truth” urges communities of faith internet policies, including Palestinian Christians call the to “come and see” this Holy Land Israeli occupation of Palestinian privacy, security, cyber-crime, to know its people and reality. and net neutrality. As a research lands a sin, and wrote about their reality of life under occupation (Copies of the document are fellow, Ms. Araj explores issues and declare a theology of justice available via: of intellectual property rights and and human dignity. http://www.bethlehem.edu/ open access. archives/2009/2009_076.shtml) Bethlehem 9 University News Student Music Group Combines Music with Memory The Bethlehem University group under the direction of student and saxophone player curriculum includes required Ms. May Jaber, Assistant to the Tamer Al Sahouri (BU’10), who courses in religious studies, Dean of Students. Wajd is named studied for 11 years at the Edward human rights, Arabic, and in honor of Mr. Wajd Za’rour, a Said National Conservatory of English. Students also have a saxophone player and member Music (ESNCM), worked hard fine arts requirement, providing of the class of 2011 who died with other students like Manar opportunities to explore in a car accident on 20 January Alami (BU ’11), to make Wajd’s the historical and modern 2008. His mother, sister and dream a reality. expressions of art, music, film, grandmother were present for and theater. the 19 November 2009 opening The Wajd group also performed performance. at the 23 December “Rock to In addition to the University’s Bethlehem Concert” which was Student Choir under the “When he was a student with co-sponsored by the University direction of Sister Patricia us, Wajd dreamed of starting Alumni Relations Office with the Crockford, this Fall saw the debut a musical group,” explains Ms. efforts of Mr. Elias Halabi of Wajd, a new student musical Jaber. After his death, fellow (BU ’07). Bethlehem 10 University News Defining Freedom By Its Limits The People of Expressing Thoughts Through Art Malta Enhance Technology at Bethlehem University ”Freedom is a vague concept in Palestine,” says Ms. Samar Ghattas “We are grateful for the who teaches art at Bethlehem University. “Living under occupation,” government and people of she continues “has distorted Palestinians’ understanding of freedom Malta as part of our family of because we have limited opportunities to exercise it.” During the Fall benefactors whose support and 2009 semester her Art Appreciation students reflected on personal presence among us are powerful and social freedom to prepare for their 4 December 2009 Exhibition. reminders that indeed we are not “Art is the conclusion of a process of asking oneself questions and forgotten,” said Brother Peter Bray searching for answers,” posits Ms. Ghattas. “Our goal is for students during a signing ceremony with to come to appreciate art as the product of human thought.” Mr. Alan Bugeja, Representative of Malta to the Palestinian Authority. Earlier in the Fall 2009 semester, Changing Attitudes the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Tonio Borg, and Mr. Bugeja to Save Lives visited Bethlehem University to affirm the long-standing support of the Maltese people and “Many Palestinians used to government for the educational have very negative ideas about efforts of Bethlehem University. donating blood,” says Mai More than ten Bethlehem Jaber, Assistant to the Dean University graduates have of Students. “Some thought earned their Masters in Human it weakened the body, and Rights and Democratization others were simply terrified of from the University of Malta. blood and needles.” However, On 16 December 2009 Mr. thanks to a successful Bugeja signed a grant on behalf awareness campaign of his government, pledging conducted by the University’s to assist Bethlehem University Nursing students, nearly 150 with funds to purchase new students and faculty donated computer equipment as part of blood in the November 2009 the commitment of the Ministry Blood Drive. of Foreign Affairs Bethlehem 11 University News Bethlehem University Graduate completes Masters Degree at Georgetown University With Honors! It is good news that Raphaela refused to abandon what had Fischer Mourra earned her become ‘his country’ and ‘his bachelors from Bethlehem people.’ He felt he could help his University, the oldest Catholic patients even more during such university in the Holy Land, in hard times.” Then on November 2007. You might say it is greater 16th, some neighbors cried for news that she earned her masters help. Their home was bombed by from Georgetown University, the an Israeli fighter jet. Raphaela’s oldest Catholic university in the father ran out to help. However, United States, in 2009. However, tragically, while he was attending for Raphael and for the people of to the medical needs of a person Palestine, the best news is that she who was shot in the street, Dr. is now back home in Bethlehem Harry himself was also hit by as a faculty member in the rocket fire from the Israeli military English Department at Bethlehem and killed. University! “Harry was the last word uttered Encouraged by her teachers at by my Mom before going into Bethlehem University, supported complete silence,” Raphaela by her family and a generous wrote for her graduate course Thanks to the significant anonymous donor, Raphaela is thesis paper, “…we understood financial support of an one of the Bethlehem graduates everything. And everything meant anonymous donor and with returning to serve the people of nothing. Nothing was left of him. her own superior academic Palestine through education. We became fatherless.” Dr. Harry’s achievements as an English funeral was attended by more than major at Bethlehem Raphaela’s present situation is 10,000 people. University, Raphaela remarkable. Her future (and Fischer Mourra (BU’07) that of her students) is looking Bethlehem University is proud completed her Masters in even brighter. She brings with to have Ms. Raphaela Fischer Journalism at Georgetown her a personal background of Mourra, daughter of Dr. Harry University in Washington, strength and determination. The and Norma Fischer, wife of DC in June 2009 – with memoir that Raphaela wrote Munir (who is also a graduate highest honors! for her Georgetown masters of Bethlehem University, Social program (http://www.welcom. Work, 2000), and mother of Ariana org.nz/?sid=1092) was powerfully (3 year old daughter), as a faculty startling and gives us a glimpse of member. Welcome home Professor her character. Her father, Dr. Harry Raphaela! Fischer, a German medical doctor, volunteered to come to Palestine in 1980 to work at Life Gate with Inspiring people who are disabled. Here Harry met Norma, a social worker Innovation at the Bethlehem Social Welfare Directorate, with whom he fell in love and married a year later. ... In the year 2000, Raphaela was in Creating her early teens. Her town of Beit Jala was a place of intense violence with frequent gun battles between the Future! Israeli soldiers and Palestinians. “When the political upheaval started,” recalls Raphaela, “Dad http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harald_Fischer Bethlehem 12 University News MAPPING GENES That Matter Research helps Palestinian Families Understand Disease Risk No Hereditary Research Lab (HRL) existed in Cancer Research Palestine when Professor Dr. Moien Kanaan Foundation and is returned in 1993 from his graduate studies designed to provide in the United States. Now, at Bethlehem the basis for genetic University a well-respected lab exists, counseling for families at high risk. significant findings have resulted, and a Dr. Moien explains that researchers Masters Degree in Biotechnology is in place believe that a germ line mutation to prepare highly qualified personnel for may be present in high risk careers in university teaching and research; families, which may also medical and agriculture labs; pharmaceutical increase susceptibility companies and vaccine production plants; to environmental and food industry and environmental damage that monitoring organizations. ultimately triggers cancerous cell With a historically high rate of close-relation changes. Research marriages, the increased potential for genetic so far has found two diseases also presents significant potential genetic changes among for learning about genetic mutations that can the 180 participating provide critical information for families and families, leading researchers to use doctors concerning genetic diseases and their different testing methods to find prevention, provided there are appropriate structural changes that DNA analysis ethical and moral interventions and scientific would have missed. research activities involved. The HRL’s most established research For more than fifteen years, Dr. Moien and project involves the genetics of hearing loss. his colleagues at Bethlehem University as well This has been ongoing for about a decade and as Dr. Mary Claire King and her colleagues is funded through the US National Institutes at the University of Washington and others of Health (NIH). About 2% of Palestinians have made tremendous strides in this sort are born with hearing loss, which is of research. With significant grant funding double the global rate, and intermarriage from a variety of sources, they’ve pulled is most likely a major factor in these together equipment and human resources to dramatically high rates. Investigation research conditions like autism, congenital has so far led scientists to map 5 loci heart disease, breast cancer and hearing loss: of interest from genetic mutations diseases with strong genetic components that responsible for hearing loss. So what is take a high toll on the Palestinian population. the difference between a gene and a locus? In real terms, explains Dr. Moien, “coming to Their work on breast cancer, for instance, Bethlehem is the locus; coming to my office reflects concern among Palestinian health is the gene.” Researchers at the HRL have also experts over a dramatic increase in the been able to profile about 25 novel changes number of new breast cancer cases, with that are only reported in the Palestinian breast cancer making up 36% of new cancer population, meaning they’ve documented diagnoses in women. There also seems changes that haven’t shown up in any to be a shift towards more breast cancer previous scientific reports. The diagnoses in relatively young women, with results of the HRL work high risk families having with multiple are made available to cases of breast and/or ovarian cancer individuals and families among close family members. The breast to help them learn and cancer research conducted at the HRL at understand about risk Bethlehem University is in its third year factors for hereditary of funding through the US-based Breast diseases. Bethlehem 13 University News Developing Palestine Graduating the Third Cohort of Change Leaders for Palestine “In Palestine we find that underpinnings of the successful societal needs with the realities economic, social, and cultural establishment of the MICAD of the international development development has been supported program which had 24 graduates field, offering courses in the social and often times directed by in its third cohort on 6 November sciences, international relations, international organizations. 2009 joining the 51 previous politics, economics, development While their roles are significant Masters degree graduates. theory, and project management. and appreciated, we need local Palestinians more involved “This program is so valuable,” “This graduation sustains hope in directing the development remarks Mr. Rami Sabella, in all of us that our country Palestinian society,” says Dr. Fadi MICAD Academic Coordinator, is in a good condition with Kattan, Dean of the Faculty of “because it leads us towards such talented men and women Business and Program Director an income-dependent state.” committed to improving for the Masters in International MICAD is a two-years themselves and our society,” Cooperation and Development Masters degree designed for remarked Mr. Fuad Kattan, Chair (MICAD) at Bethlehem working professionals whose of the Board of Trustees. University. This is one of the responsibilities link Palestinian Social Work Palestine Del Rio Family Foundation & University of Washington Social Work Faculty at the University of Washington. our new-found kindred spirits Dr. Eddie and her colleague, Dr. and colleagues, and being able to Ratnesh Nagda, accompanied take in some of the experiences the Del Rio family – Nelson, of the larger community,” says Suzanne and Nelson Jr. – for an Dr. Ratnesh, “have convinced August 2009 exploratory visit to me about the important work of Bethlehem University to get a taste nation-building that we have to do of the situation in Palestine and to together.” consider ways social work might change things for the better. The Del Rio family has generously agreed to support a University The visit convinced them that of Washington – Bethlehem “Our time in Bethlehem was social work has a unique role University partnership to so intense, inspiring, and life- to play in Palestine through strengthen the presence of social changing,” writes Dr. Eddie Uehara, Bethlehem University. “Having work at Bethlehem. Potential Dean of the School of Social Work the wonderful conversations with outcomes of this initiative include Bethlehem 14 University News Transformational Development Exploring Gender, Technology, and Dialogue (as distinct from mainstream clinging firmly to traditional American feminism of the 1960s genders roles as a way to counter and 70s), the transformational change. When 25 Bethlehem approach “empowers individuals University students participated to understand and articulate with students from Champlain their own needs, promoting University in an online global what will ultimately be more learning module last spring, sustainable change generated by the course revealed conflicting local communities,” explains Ms. perceptions about women in the Baboun. West. Some Bethlehem University students found acceptable Western To Ms. Baboun it’s very clear behavior inappropriate, while that gender matters must involve others admired the perceived “I am an agent of change in my both men and women. “It is freedom. For some of the own life,” says Ms. Vera Baboun, both of them,” she says, “or it Palestinian students, it was the an English Instructor at Bethlehem will fail.” Teaching gender from first time they had tackled issues of University who also lectures on a transformational development gender in an academic setting. gender to students in the Masters perspective means re-examining in International Cooperation and the role of power in human The internet-based course Development (MICAD) program relationships. “Each of us own discussions between the Bethlehem and leads gender training on a specific kind of power,” Ms. University students and their various UNESCO-funded projects. Baboun posits, “either I use American counterparts, which Her work is part of a power as a force or as a capacity; centered on an analysis of Simone comprehensive development offering completion, extension, de Beauvoir’s The Second Sex, philosophy in which and elaboration to others, rather were designed to push students’ “transformational” development than trying to keep power as a boundaries. As individuals and needs to complement what is monopoly.” as a group they were encouraged often an economic-focused to critically examine themes of “sustainable” development Gender is a complicated issue in “women as the other, women as perspective of international aid development. It can be “a way to the second sex” as well as the roles agencies. Rooted in gender theory face or to oppose progress,” Ms. culture and religion may play in and ethnic American feminism Baboun explains, with societies defining gender expectations. graduate education in the US, and developing the first Master of Social Work program in the West Bank. “What amazing work you are all doing!” writes Nelson Del Rio Sr. “The time Nelson Jr. spent with you and the Brothers is the first significant amount of time he has spent with men of faith committed to education and it has set a wonderful impression in his mind of what commitment, faith, and love can do. He really does see enhancing the undergraduate components, providing exchange the Brothers as a group of Super social work curriculum, supporting opportunities for UW faculty and Heroes like the Fantastic Four plus youth leadership, interfaith students in Bethlehem, facilitating a few more.” dialogue, and nation building Bethlehem faculty further Bethlehem 15 University News 28 July 2009 YMCA-YWCA Journey for Justice 26 Aug 2009 Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter with Brother Peter Bray 16 Sept 2009 Catholic Theological Union, Chicago with Fr. Donald Senior 30 Sept 2009 Father Stefan Kemmler, Switzerland 2 Oct 2009 Birmingham Diocese Pilgrimage 16 Bethlehem News 7 Oct 2009: Belgian Technical Cooperation, Dr. Jaak Lenvain University 11 Oct 2009: EOHSJ, USA Western with Patrick Powers 13 Oct 2009 Dr. Detlef Brümmer and Family, Germany, with Scholarship Students 15 Oct 2009 EOHSJ, USA Northern Lieutenancy with Bishop Michael Sheridan 16 Oct 2009 United Palestinian Appeal with Ghassan Tarazi 20 Oct 2009 Abbott Thomas Davis Group 20 Oct 2009 EOHSJ, USA Northwestern 23 Oct 2009 Bishop Robin Leamy, SM, and Pat McCarthy with New Zealand Catholic Group 26 Oct 2009 EOHSJ, Magdeburg, Germany 28 Oct 2009 EOHSJ Dortmund, Germany 29 Oct 2009 EOHSJ, USA Northern with Bishop Robert Finn 3 Nov 2009 EOHSJ, USA Northwestern with Rev. Eric Hollas THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY 19 May 2009 – 8 December 2009 Signum Fidei: $150,000 + Carolyn Parmer Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Mayhew Wick Family Foundation, Fr. Josef Middle East Children‘s Alliance Bethlehem University Foundation Wick (MECA) The Holy Land Christian Mr. Donald Orscheln, Orscheln Ecumenical Foundation, Mr. Rateb Chairman’s Club: $10,000+ Industries Foundation, Inc. Rabie Mrs. Mary Simon in memory of Aid to the Church in Need Brother Daniel Casey Founders Club: $50,000+ Arab Student Aid International Sisters of St. Paul of Chartres, (ASAI) Mother Myriam Kitcharoen, SPC ABU: Association en faveur de la EOHSJ-Germany, S.E. Dr. rer. pol. St. Bridgid‘s Parish, Fr. John Pearce, Bethlehem University Heinrich Dickmann CP Belgian Technical Cooperation EOHSJ-North Central Lieutenancy, The Brigidine Sisters, Masterton Deutscher Verein vom Heiligen USA, H.E. Jack Rapp, KC*HS Community Lande, Herr Heinz Thiel EOHSJ-Northwestern Lieutenancy, United Holy Land Fund (UHLF) EOHSJ-Grand Magisterium, H.E. USA, Lt. Lady Mary O‘Brien, United Palestinian Appeal (UPA) Cardinal John Patrick Foley LGCHS European Commission Sr. Mary Kay Milne, OSU Vice Chancellor’s Club: $1,000+ Mr. and Mrs. Frank Jungers Mr. Mario Nazzal, Bethlehem 2000 Mr. Jack A. McCrane Palestine Foundation, Chile Ms. Maysoon Abdelhady Ministry of Education and Higher Dr. and Mrs. Samir Abu-Ghazaleh Education, H.E. Mrs. Lamis Al-Alami Chancellor’s Club: $5,000+ Mr. John Albina Mr. Jose Joaquin Said Saffie, Mr. Bashir Anastas Bethlehem 2000 Palestine Rev. Fr. Thomas Baima Anonymous Foundation, Chile Fr. Desmond Berry, KHS, St. Sir John and Lady Ann Marie Arnold MISSIO, Rev. Dr. Hermann Patrick’s Catholic Church Mr. and Mrs. James Barmettler Schalück, OFM Frau Dr. Maria Elisabeth Velten- Bethlehem Association Scholarship The Breast Cancer Research Bock Fund, Dr. Edward A. Hazboun Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Elias Botto Herr Aloys Bolle EOHSJ-Northern Lieutenancy, Brother Dennis and Associates Trustees Club: $25,000+ USA, Lt. George T. Zirnhelt, Program, St. Agnes Church, Rev. KC*HS Lee Roos Catholic Relief Services EOHSJ Germany Province South Brothers of the Christian School- De La Salle Provincialate-Australia, West Germany, Frau Rosemarie Turon Community, Br. Francis Br. Ambrose Payne, FSC Hagenbucher-Kehl Eells, FSC Schmidt Family Foundation Five Brothers Investment Mrs. Jane Anne Borst in memory The John C. & Carolyn Noonar Rev. Fr. Adam Forno, KHS of Larry Borst Parmer Private Foundation, Ms. Frau Rosemarie Hagenbucher-Kehl Christians Aware Scholarship Bethlehem 19 University News THANK YOU Fund, Mr. Bernard Kilroy Joseph Reynolds Rev. Bruce Shipman Christian Brothers Community Mr. Yasuhiko Sata Mrs. Zita Smith, St. Theresa’s Lewis University, Br. William Walz, Mr. Dany Shein Primary School, Plimmerton FSC Mrs. Charlene Shoen Mr. Joseph Tan Christian Brothers Roncalli Mr. and Mrs. Sandor Straus Mr. Mario Toumayan Community, Br. Thomas Mr. Dimitrios Thanos Dr. Eddie Uehara McPhillips, FSC The Assumptionist Fathers U.S. Catholic Holy Land Mr. and Mrs. Jack Curran Community, Wellington Pilgrimages, Rev.Fr. Alex Kratz, OFM Dr. and Mrs. Raja’i Dajani The Parish of Corpus Christi, Mr. Anthony Watkins Mr. George E. Doty Headington, Rev. John Baggley Rev. Mark White, CP EOHSJ-Western Lieutenancy, H.E. Trust International Insurance Sir Patrick D. Powers, KGCHS Company Century Club ($100+) EOHSJ-Swiss Lieutenancy, Mr. and Mrs. William Voss Gran Priore Mons. Vescovo Pier Fr. Don Willette, Blessed John Anonymous in honor of Br. Jerome Giacomo Grampa, XXIII Catholic University Ministry Sullivan S.E. Giorgio Moroni Stampa Rev. Patrick Armstrong, Our Lady Rev. Paul Esser Special Friends ($500+) and St. Hugh Parish Experience Travel and Tours, Ms. Rev. Andrew Ashdown, Friends of Linda Ramsden Rev. John Baggley Sabeel-UK Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Eyerman Mr. and Mrs. William E. Ball Mr. and Mrs. Ross Bacica Mr. Bob Fahrer Mr. and Mrs. Robert Becquet Mr. and Mrs. Frits Bergman Mr. and Mrs. James Frane Br. Martin Borg, FSC, M.Ed., De La Mr. James J. Biedron First Congregational Church of Salle College Br. Peter Bray Old Lyme, Rev. David W. Good Dr. and Mrs. George Carey Donna & Robert Boies Friends of Bethlehem University- Ms. Margaret Coulter Dr. John Borelli Ireland, Prof. John Kelly De La Salle Institute, Br. Richard Mr. and Mrs. John Butterfield Ms. Joan Tonning Hug in memory Moratto, FSC Mr. Guy Butterworth of Mildred Tonning EOHSJ-Germany, Province Ms. Carole Cannon Mr. Edward Karkar Rhineland Westfalia, Herrn Dr. Dr. Claire and George Carey Mr. Nils Kamsvaag Hans-Peter Niedrig in memory of Br. Robert Carnaghi, FSC Harry and Ana Katz Prof. Dr. Tacke Ms. Joan Castellan Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Keene Mr. Mike Giacaman Ms. Susan M. Castellan Fr. Stefan Kemmler Mr. G. K. Glynn Catholic Theological Union, Fr. Mr. and Mrs. Michael Ladah Bishop Emeritus Ambrose Griffiths Donald Senior, C. P. Ms. Mary Levin Ms. Erica Hahn Christian Brothers of the Midwest, Mr. John McCaffrey, KCSG, KCHS Mr. Mohammad A. Hamdan Miguel House Community Mr. John O’Hagan in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Thurmond Jackson in Christian Brothers, Bishop Walsh Baby Mary O’Hagan memory of Hadiya Bitar Community Miceal O’Rourke Ω Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Jezycki Cenacle Sisters, Wellington Herr und Frau Neidhart ¶ Mr. and Mrs. Robert Mertz community Palestine Securities Exchange Mr. W. Dennis Owen, AFSC Rev. Msgr. Joseph Ciampaglio Barbara Reynolds in memory of Monsieur Marcel Paris Mr. Charles Clifford Bethlehem 20 University News FOR YOUR GENEROSITY 19 May 2009 – 8 December 2009 Mr. Stephen M. Colecchi, D.Min. Mr. and Mrs. Paul Helmer Ms. Alice Moore Rev. Robert Crawford, M.M. Br. Peter Henderson, FSC Mr. and Mrs. Glen Mueller Monsignor John R. Dale Mr. and Mrs. L. J. Henry Ms. Geraldine Munoz Prof. David Depew Mr. and Mrs. Pat Hoggard Drs. Frank and Mary Neal Mr. Joseph M. Derham Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Howen Ms. Charlotte L. Nesseth Jenny and Mel Desembrana Mr. Kent Hughes Mr. and Mrs. Jose Niembro Ms. Ann S. Dickson Ms. Lourdes Jalando-on Mr. Joseph T. Nix Ms. Elisabeth Dilas Rev. Michael Karunas Sir John Nutley, KCG*HS Dr. and Mrs. Jared H. Dorn Ms. Theodosia Ola Kehinde Mr. and Mrs. Maurice David Fr. Garret Edmunds, O.F.M. Br. James Kelly, FSC O‘Daniel EOHSJ-Germany, Dortmund Ms. Veronica Kerr Mr. Ron W. Ohmes section Drs. Nabil and Mouna Khoury Mr. Joe Oram EOHSJ-Germany, Magdeburg Mr. and Mrs. Walter Kimbrough Mr. and Ms. Paul Perera, Sri section Mr. and Mrs. Ivan King Lankan Catholic Association-UK Dr. Samira El-Zind Mr. & Mrs. John Jay King Mr. Peter Phelan Dr. Richard Ellenbecker Mr. and Mrs. Mike King Mr. and Mrs. John Pielemeier Rev. Kail Ellis, OSA, PhD Br. Bernard Knezich, FSC Fr. Mark Pierce Br. Edward Everett, FSC Dick and Sandy Kolasa Ms. Jean Pike Mr. Barry and Mrs. Angela Mr. and Mrs. Hans Kruitwagen Mr. Lawrence Pfundstein Fairweather Rev. Msgr. Raymond J. Kupke Mr. & Mrs. James O. Phillips Rev. Joseph R. Farrell, KHS, Msgr. Richard LaRocque Mr. Matthew Pico English Martyrs Catholic Church Geraldine Lawhon, LCHS Professor Alain Pique Mr. Anthony J. Fasano Mr. and Mrs. James Leahy Deacon Sir Richard and Lady Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Finnegan Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Leddy Katherin Pizzato Mr. Christopher Foley Br. Anthony Lenz, FSC Mr. Chuck and Mrs. Ede Radloff H.E. Cardinal John Patrick Foley Mr. Kevin Mackey Br. Joseph Reilly, FSC Mr. and Mrs. Athol Forrest Rev. Fr. Paul Maddison Mr. and Mrs. Curt Reis Mr. and Mrs. Craig Foster Mrs. Celia McArdle Mr. and Mrs. Peter Ryan Dr. Frederic Gannon, M.D. Professor Vincent J. McBrierty Rev. Fr. Patrick Sammon, St. Fr. David Garcia Mr. James McCavitt Anthony of Padua Parish Mr. John Gardner Rev. John McCormack Mr. and Mrs. Louis A. Santalesa Mr. Greg A. Gaut Mr. Nigel McFarlane Vincent E. Shaw, KGCHS Ms. Maryn Goodson, Dr. and Mrs. James McGill Ms. Della Shenton, 5th Gospel Westmoreland Congregational Mrs. Anne McHugh Retreats Church Ms. Cecily McNeill Mr. and Mrs. Art Sheridan Br. Paul Grass, FSC Mrs. Rosemary Mellor Fr. Owen Sinclair, Our Lady of Rev. Msgr. Edmund O. Griesedieck Herrn Burkhard Migge Fatima Parish of Waikanae Mr. Nicholas Griffin Msgr. Dennis Mikulanis, S.T.D., Sisters at Bethany Convent Br. John Guasconi, FSC San Rafael Parish Barbara and Louis Smith Msgr. James Habiger Mr. and Mrs. Don Minore Mrs. Heather Sangster Smith Rev. Larry and Mary Hansen Mrs. Cheryl Minvielle Ms. Lorraine Sostowski Lily and Albert Hazbun Br. Dale Mooney, FSC Þ Ms. Ana Spitzmesser Bethlehem 21 University News THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY 19 May 2009 – 13 October 2009 Ms. Eleanor St. John Mr. and Mrs. William D’Souza of Br. Vincent Malham, FSC Rev. Brian Stanley Ms. Elizabeth J. Dawson Mr. and Mrs. Des McMahon Mr. and Mrs. John Steger Mr. Tim Devane Ms. Alice Meyer Ms. Linda J. Stine Ms. Elisabeth Dilas Mr. and Mrs. K.E. Moody Mr. Reinhard Suchsland Ms. Ruby Donato Mr. Donald Muncy Professor Daniel van Steenberghe Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Dorsey Rev. Dr. Stephen W. Need Mr. and Mrs. Sandor Straus Mr. Albert Doumar Ms. Daisy G. Neves Ms. Kathleen Taylor Mr. Tom Dowd Ms. Jean Ann Nolan Dr. Paul E. Teschan, M.D., F.A.C.P. Rev. Joseph Doyle, SSJ Mr. and Mrs. Maurice O‘Connell Mr. and Mrs. Michael Toso Mr. Norman Ewers Mr. and Mrs. John O‘Leary Ms. Gloria Truitt Mr. and Mrs. Doug Fake Mr. and Mrs. Julian Obmaces Mr. and Mrs. W. van Gaalen Ms. Sheila Ferguson Ms. Dolores G. Oller Ms. Sonia Vandama Mr. Robert Fernandes Luke and Elaine O`Reilly Br. Joseph Ventura, FSC Rev. Martin Flatman, St. Peter’s Br. Benedict Oliver, FSC Ms. Kristin Walker Church Professor Carolyn Osiek, RSCJ Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Waring Pam & Jeremy Freeman Don and Linda Patera Mr. and Mr. John Watkins III Mr. and Mrs. Robert Friel Mr. and Mrs. D.W. Pryor Patrick White and Pauline Smetka Greg Gaut and Marsha Neff Ms. Anne Rado Mr. and Mrs. Denys Wright Ms. Therese Giana Mrs. Susan Record Ms. Lorraine Ybarra Mr. and Mrs. Edward Grayson Mr. and Mrs. David Robinson Mr. James H. Yocum Mr. Michael Gwilliam Desmond and Mary Rogan Mario and Mary Vivian Zelaya Mrs. Jana Hall Mrs. Ann Ross in honor of Thomas Burk, Kathie Mr. John Anthony Hilton Br. Basil Rothweiler, FSC Burk and Moriah Grey Ms. Vera Masrieh-Homsi Dr. Judith Schaefer, O.P.Ph.D. Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Howen Mr. David Schultze II Silver Anniversary ($25+) Rev. James Kane Mr. Robert Schwendau H.E. William Cardinal Keeler, DD Dr. Charles C. Scott, Ed.D. Ms. Elizabeth Adolph Dr. David H. Kelly Sr. Marie Skidmore Mr. Gregory Appleton Mrs. Elizabeth Kilkenny Mr. and Mrs. Art Sheridan Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Arena Sr. Martha Ann Kirk Mr. Kenneth Solak Ms. Gloria S. Ash Mr. Fritz Kitowski Mr. Michael Sommers Ms. Ann Bailey Mr. and Mrs. Alan Krause Fr. Kris Sorenson Mr. Amir Bannoura Mr. and Mrs. Bill Lambert St. Patrick‘s Parish of Georgetown- Mr. John Barry, III Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Laubach Invercargill Dr. and Mrs. Gabriel Batarseh Frank & Julie Litecky Mrs. Dolly Sullivan Br. Dominic Berardelli, FSC Ms. Barbara Lubinski Mrs. Gill Tebbs Mrs. Maria C. Berna Mr. and Mrs. L. R. Macaskill The Institute de Notre Dame des Dr. Eleanor Shaheen Braddock, M.D. Ms. Patricia Mach Missions Tony and Marie Brear Mr. and Mrs. Donald Mahoney Br. Frank R. Walsh, FSC Mr. and Mrs. John Castle Mr. John P. Martin Mr. and Mrs. William Jr. Waring Mr. and Mrs. Juan Catapang Br. William Martin, FSC Mrs. Barbara Warner Mr. Michael Chojnacki Ms. Maria Martindale Sr. Wanda Wetli Dr. John L. Connolly, DDS Mr. V.G. McCardle Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Wirtel Mr. and Mrs. James Corcoran Mrs. Kathleen McCartain Mr. and Mrs. John Zemblidge Mr. Charles Curry Br. Joel McGraw, FSC in memory Ms. Paula Ziadie Legend Matching gifts Þ Patricia Barbernitz Endowed ® Summerhayes Endowed Scholarship Scholarship Fund, St. John the for Religious Studies & Bank of America United Way Campaign Evangelist Roman Catholic ¥ Brother Joseph Loewenstein Endowed Community of Columbia, MD Scholarship Fund ₣ NSTAR Foundation Ψ Siman Family Endowed Scholarship ß Marguerite Sa’ad Endowed ¶ Jan and Gordon Forbes Endowed Scholarship Fund ** PG & E corporation Scholarship đ Beatrix Stork Endowed Scholarship Ω Madeleine and Shehadeh Botto ♣ Edward Stork Endowed Scholarship Endowed Scholarship Bethlehem 22 University News HOW YOU CAN HELP It is your support that makes possible all that we do and we are deeply grateful! 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Bethlehem University officials come to Bethlehem to pursue traveled to Gaza on Sunday, 10 their education at the Vatican- January to mark the occasion of sponsored Bethlehem University. Ms. Berlanty Azzam completing 11 January 2010: Bethlehem, Palestine her semester courses, to encourage As reported in the Washington • Ms. Berlanty Azzam completes other students from Gaza who Post, CNN, BBC, America course requirements for her seek to pursue their education at Magazine, The Chronicle of Higher bachelors degree! Bethlehem University or other Education, Maan News and other • She did it! You did it! We did it! Palestinian universities in the media, Berlanty’s case drew high- • 75 days from when she was West Bank, and to recognize the level attention: including inquiries blindfolded, handcuffed, and taken more than 430 other graduates of from the State Department of the from Bethlehem to Gaza Bethlehem University from Gaza. United States, members of the US • Berlanty graduates in Gaza at the Congress, members of Parliaments Holy Family Church Brother Peter Bray, Vice and Ministers of Foreign Affairs • Bethlehem University expressed Chancellor, the Papal Nuncio from Ireland, the UK, New gratitude to Gisha and to thousands H.E. Archbishop Antonio Franco, Zealand, the Netherlands, and of local and international friends Chancellor, Brother Joe, Vice Australia, as well as Vatican who joined in the efforts to seek Chancellor Emeritus, and Trappist officials, Cardinals, and Bishops justice for Berlanty. Abbott Thomas traveled to Gaza Conferences in Canada, the UK, • “I am so happy and grateful to my for the 10am Mass at the Holy the United States, and Germany. teachers and all of the friends of Family Church where they met Pictured above are other Bethlehem University who came Ms. Berlanty Azzam and her Bethlehem University students forward to help me. I really worked family and friends as well other from Gaza who still await hard and prayed for this moment Bethlehem University students permission from the Israeli and will do my best to help others who await permission from the military to come to Bethlehem for who seek to study at my university” Israeli military authorities to their university education. said the exuberant 22-year-old Berlanty Azzam. Pray for them and help to support our “Gaza Student Initiative” efforts. www.bethlehem.edu email@example.com
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