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Bethlehem University Hosts Dinner, Celebrates Grant


From: Christian Brothers Conference

November 05, 2014

Bethlehem University looked to the future at the recent Bethlehem University Foundation Legacy Dinner. The gathering, with the theme “Moving Forward,” was held November 2, 2014, at the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in Washington, D.C.

Brother Peter Bray (right)

congratulates Reverend Larry Snyder.

Courtesy James Tkatch

Among the highlights of the evening, Omar Faqih, Counselor of the General Delegation of the PLO to the United States, addressed attendees. Also, Reverend Larry Snyder, President and CEO of Catholic Charities USA, received the Bethlehem University Medallion in recognition of his 25 years as a priest, 10 years of leadership at Catholic Charities USA, and his unwavering support of Bethlehem University.

In his remarks, Brother Peter Bray, FSC, Vice Chancellor of Bethlehem University, announced a lead grant that will help fund renovations to the library. The grant is for $1.5 million from American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (ASHA), a division of United States Agency for International Development (USAID), with Christian Brothers Conference as the grantee.

 Courtesy James Tkatch

The $2.9 million library renovation project is the first step in a comprehensive facilities master plan that will shape the university over the next 40 years and beyond. The renovation will transform one of the oldest buildings on campus with state-of-the-art “green” features and modern design. It will include a quiet study area, meeting rooms, a rooftop library café, IT pods and Wi-Fi access. So far, Bethlehem has raised about $2 million.


Bethlehem University Foundation
Phone: +1-240-241-4381
Fax: +1-240-553-7691
Beltsville, MD USA
Bethlehem University in the Holy Land
Phone: +972-2-274-1241
Fax: +972-2-274-4440
Bethlehem, Palestine