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September 23, 2010

Mass of the Holy Spirit - Bethlehem University Celebrates the Start of the New Academic Year

New academic year“We meet here together united as one body to thank and ask God for his blessing and guidance as we start the new academic year at Bethlehem University”.  With these words His Excellency Bishop William Shomali, Auxiliary Bishop to the Latin Patriarch in Jerusalem, addressed the celebrants as he led the annual Mass of The Holy Spirit at the University Chapel on Thursday 23 September 2010.

It is a tradition at Bethlehem University to start the new academic year with a Mass of the Holy Spirit.  The mass is an occasion where the administration, faculty, staff, and students - Christians and Muslims - come together in prayers to offer thanks to God and to pray for the success of the new academic year.

New academic yearBishop Shomali concluded his homily saying “as a car navigator that guides a driver to the best and fastest path to reach his/her destination, we ask the Holy Spirit to guide our work and efforts as we embark on this new academic year”.

Several students, staff, and faculty members participated in the mass by readings, intercession, offertory, and choir.  Mr. Fuad Kattan, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, and Mr. Bassam Abu-Rdeneh, member of the Board of Trustees, and his wife joined Bethlehem University Community in celebrating the start of the new academic year.


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