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April 16, 2010

“A Story of Uncommon Dedication and Courageous Achievement”

Bethlehem University celebrates the Opening of Brother Vincent Malham Center

Courageous achievementAs blessing prayers surrounded the 100 years old house, official opening and dedication of Br. Vincent Malham Center took us to memories of the past, where Br. Vincent Malham was the Vice Chancellor. “He played beautiful music and loved beauty and art,” said Br. Peter Bray, Vice Chancellor of Bethlehem University, “he put a lot of effort to add beauty to the University’s campus,” Br. Peter continued.

Even in his death, Br. Vincent Malham name will always be connected to beauty; this Center will help us understand more the beauty of the Palestinian culture, “he will be delighted to name this Center after him,” added Br. Peter.

Dedicated for cultural studies, this multi purpose Center will give an opportunity to Bethlehem University students and faculty to research and promote the Palestinian culture, music, and poetry. It will also be used as a place to welcome Bethlehem University local and international guests. In its next step, this Center is planned to be used to maintain Palestinian oral history, “the Center will be a research reference for all cultural songs,” says Professor Moin Halloun, “videos of these songs will be archived online along with written format to enable researchers to conduct their research,” he further explains.

Courageous achievementThe dedication ceremony was celebrated with the presence of H.E Abdel Fattah Hamayel, Governor of Bethlehem, Dr. Victor Batarseh,  Mayor of Bethlehem, as well as Mr. Ratib Rabie,  President of the Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation (HCEF). HCEF assisted the University in remodeling the Brother Vincent Malham Center. While Bank of Palestine added value to the celebration by decorating the Center with ten paintings by young Gazzan  artists.

The Bethlehem University music group WAJD performed Palestinian music during the ceremony whereas the blessing was officiated by Father Peter DeBruhl, Father David Neuhaus, and Father Jamal Khader of the Bethlehem University faculty.

Br. Vincent Malham served as Vice Chancellor for Bethlehem University for nine years, from April 1997- June 2005. He was killed on 2 May 2008 in a tragic automobile accident while on a trip to visit his sister in Louisiana. Br. Vincent was well known for his warm and loving personality.

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Bethlehem University faculty and staff as well as students wish to thank all donor to the Brother Vincent Malham Memorial Fund and all others who made this Center part of Bethlehem University.


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