Bethlehem University celebrated its 40th anniversary with events in Chicago, IL, and Washington, DC, gathering academic and church leaders, dignitaries, alumni, and friends. Established in 1973 as the first university in Palestine and only Catholic university in the Holy Land, the university began with 112 students and 17 faculty members. Today it has a student body of more than 3,000 with upwards of 14,000 graduates around the world.
A legacy dinner was held in Washington, DC, on Sunday, Nov. 3, where Brother Peter Bray, FSC, vice chancellor of Bethlehem University, presented a Doctorate in Humanities to His Eminence Theodore Cardinal McCarrick. Long-time supporter and frequent visitor to Bethlehem University, Cardinal McCarrick is the Archbishop Emeritus of Washington, DC.
Another celebration dinner was held in Chicago, IL, on Friday, Nov. 1, where a Doctorate in Humanities was also presented to Brother James Gaffney, FSC, to honor his inspiring leadership and support. Bro. James has served as president of Lewis University in Romeoville, IL, for the past 25 years.
Money raised through these two events will be used to support the purchase of the Mount David Property, a piece of land in Bethlehem that will increase the current campus size of Bethlehem University by one-third.