On the 31st of January, Bethlehem University welcomed Her Excellency Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, President of the Republic of Malta. President Coleiro Preca is shown offering a gift of appreciation to Brother Peter Bray, FSC, Vice Chancellor (President) of Bethlehem University.

Brother Peter praised the good relations between Bethlehem University and the Republic of Malta, especially the academic cooperation, and expressed his hopes to further develop this relationship in the near future. President Coleiro Preca said that the people of Malta view with utmost importance the suffering of the Palestinian people.
During her visit, the President gave a lecture entitled "Tourism for Peace" in which she described how tourism can open opportunities for cooperation and harmony between people, especially in Bethlehem. President Coleiro Preca is a Special Ambassador for Sustainable Tourism, appointed by the United Nations World Tourism Organization. At Bethlehem University, the Institute for Hotel Management and Tourism helps young people find meaningful employment in the Holy Land, allowing them to remain in their homeland by training them for careers in tourism and hospitality. Students from the Institute for Hotel Management and Tourism are shown with President Coleiro Preca. To read more about President Coleiro Preca's visit, please click here .
On the 4th of February, His Eminence Edwin Cardinal O'Brien, Grand Master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, visited Bethlehem University. Cardinal O'Brien, a priest of the Archdiocese of New York who previously served as Archbishop of Baltimore and Archbishop for the Military Services, USA, is a friend of Bethlehem University and a personal supporter of the Bethlehem University Foundation.
The Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem is a Catholic order of knighthood under the protection of the Holy See. Its primary mission is to support the Christian Shrines and preserve the Christian presence in the Holy Land. The Order has generously supported Bethlehem University. Many of the buildings on campus and endowments at the Foundation are named after Knight and Ladies of the Order.

John Patrick Cardinal Foley Hall, which is currently under construction, is named after the former Grand Master of the Order and is made possible because of the 1.5 million dollar gift from the Middle Atlantic Lieutenancy of the Order. Once completed, Foley Hall will house the Faculty (School) of Nursing and Health Sciences at Bethlehem University. To read more about Cardinal O'Brien's visit, please click here .
About Bethlehem University:
Jointly founded by the Vatican and the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Bethlehem University annually enrolls more than 3,200 students in bachelor, master, and professional diploma programs. A Catholic co-educational institution, the University is the only Catholic/Christian university in the Holy Land. The University's mission is to provide quality higher education to the people of the Holy Land and to serve them in its role as a center for the advancement, sharing, and use of knowledge.

About Bethlehem University Foundation:
The Bethlehem University Foundation is the U.S. registered not-for-profit organization entrusted with the sole mission of supporting and promoting Bethlehem University. The Foundation is a means for United States citizens to make a tax deductible donation in support of Bethlehem University.

To learn more about the Foundation, visit  www.bufusa.org   
or like the Foundation's Facebook page " Bethlehem University Foundation "