Bethlehem University Mourns Death of Msgr. Conor Ward

The Bethlehem University community is mourning the death of a longtime friend and supporter Monsignor Conor Ward who passed away peacefully on Sunday, 18 July 2021, in Dublin.

Prof. Msgr. Conor Ward was a founding member of the Friends of Bethlehem University in Ireland and served as its honorary treasurer for many years.

Msgr. Ward association with Bethlehem University goes back to the mid 1980’s when he assisted faculty members to visit Ireland to engage in research. He also visited the University campus many times and sometimes for extended periods of time. He learned to cope with curfews and closures that were imposed on Bethlehem during that time. He supported faculty members both personally and professionally and formed deep personal friendships.

Msgr. Ward received the “Bethlehem University Special Service Award” in 2003 during the thirtieth anniversary of the University for his invaluable contribution to the development of the University in the 1990’s and 2000’s. He assisted Bethlehem University in its 1997 strategic plan, which directed many decisions in subsequent years, including the institution of new degree programs in Religious Studies and Computer Science.

In tribute to Msgr. Ward, St Brigid’s Parish in Cabinteely wrote “throughout the whole of his life, so too he (exemplified) graciousness, courtesy and a wisdom which exuded an inner calm … a gentleman, a scholar and a living witness as a faithful and devoted priest.”

Bethlehem University shall always be indebted to Msgr. Ward for his invaluable contribution to the development of the University and his generosity and support will forever be an inspiration to the Bethlehem University community.

May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

Pictured above during the thirtieth anniversary of Bethlehem University in 2003, when Msgr Conor Ward received the Special Service Award, are from left to right: Brother Vincent Malham, FSC (Vice Chancellor) (RIP), Msgr. Conor Ward (RIP), His Excellency Most Reverend Pietro Sambi (RIP) (Chancellor and Apostolic Delegate).