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Department of Religious Studies


Faculty members in the Religious Studies Department try each year to arrange trips outside the Bethlehem area as a supplement to classroom learning. On one such trip in early May 2003 Bishop Boulos Marcuzzo, Latin Patriarchal Vicar of Nazareth, arranged to take Religious Studies Department students on a pilgrimage to Nazareth, one of the most important Christian cities in the Holy Land, and a place that many Bethlehem University students never have a chance to visit. They stayed for one night and two days with the Sisters of Nazareth and visited the Church of the Annunciation, Beisan, Capernaum, the Mount of Beatitudes, Tabgha, Lake Tiberius, and the Church of Saint Elias in Haifa.

Sally Kaissieh (BU ’04), a teacher in the Department who joined the pilgrimage, commented, “Not only was it a much needed change of atmosphere for all of us, but more importantly, it was marvelous to be able to see and touch what we had been studying in class all these years. Opportunities like these make our time at Bethlehem University all the more memorable and meaningful.”

Michel Rock (BU ’02), a religion teacher at Bethlehem University, said that his class trip to the Galilee in 2000 was special for a number of reasons. “It was an exceptionally personal trip because it was the first time many of the students in the Department were able to visit the sites that are sacred to the Christian faith,” Michel said. “I will never forget the experiences of this trip because together all my friends and I followed in the steps of Jesus. It was an incredibly spiritual feeling.”


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