Dear Friends of Bethlehem University and the Bethlehem University Foundation,

Blessed Advent!

Thanks to the generous benefactors of the Bethlehem University Foundation, over the course of the last fiscal year, we sent $1,664,059 to Bethlehem University. Additionally, the Foundation collected over $470,000 for the Annual Fund and contributed over $420,000 to the endowment. The Foundation also established two new endowed funds. Thank you!

This Christmas, I come with hat in hand asking for your support for an exciting project at Bethlehem University. This past June, the University broke ground on John Patrick Cardinal Foley Hall. Foley Hall will house the School of Nursing and Health Sciences. Once completed, it will provide needed space and create an improved learning environment with first-rate simulation labs, classrooms, and meeting space. The graduates of this program bring quality healthcare and Lasallian values to a portion of the world in need of physical and spiritual healing.
Cardinal Foley, a priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the late Grand Master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre, was a tireless advocate for peace and justice in the Holy Land. Bethlehem University had a special place in his heart and he was an invaluable supporter. In recognition of his friendship, Bethlehem University awarded Cardinal Foley an honorary doctorate in May of 2011, just seven months before his death. Brother Peter Bray, FSC, Vice Chancellor (President) of Bethlehem University, is shown presenting the honorary doctorate to Cardinal Foley.

Thanks to an initial gift of $1.5 million from the Middle Atlantic Lieutenancy of the Order, the life and legacy of His Eminence John Patrick Cardinal Foley will be memorialized in stone in the construction of Foley Hall. Four million dollars has already been raised by people from around the world, and now Bethlehem University needs $500,000 to complete construction. An additional $1,100,000 is needed for training equipment and furnishings. Every gift brings the project closer to completion, and I hope you will join me in supporting this worthy endeavor. The names of donors who contribute $500 or more will be prominently displayed in the new building. For further details on how you can help, including naming opportunities, please click here or call me at 240-241-4381.
I also want to share with you that the Foundation created the Saint Teresa of Calcutta Endowment to support the School of Nursing and Health Sciences. This endowed fund was named in memory of Mother Teresa and honors her life dedicated to serving those on the peripheries. Much like the esteemed saint, the nurses and health science professionals trained at Bethlehem University serve all members of society, especially the poor and suffering.

All endowed funds are invested in the United States with T. Rowe Price and managed by the Board of Directors of the Foundation. Contributions to the endowment are “forever gifts,” allowing the Foundation the ability to create a long-term and sustainable future for Bethlehem University. You can contribute to the Saint Teresa of Calcutta Endowment or the construction of John Patrick Cardinal Foley Hall by designating your gift on the Foundation's donate page .

The generous benefactors of the Bethlehem University Foundation are the “stars of Bethlehem,” as you allow the light that is Bethlehem University to continue to burn brightly. Please know that the names of all donors from the past year will be placed at the altar in Bethlehem University’s Chapel of the Divine Child during Christmas Mass at Midnight. Your intentions will be lifted up by the grateful students, faculty, and staff in the town where Jesus was born.

Thank you for your support and be assured of my prayers. Have a Merry Christmas!



John L. Schlageter, Esq., KCHS
Executive Director
*Saint Teresa of Calcutta photo: © 1986 Túrelio (via WikimediaCommons), 1986 / Lizenz: Creative Commons CC-BY-SA-2.0 de
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.

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