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Bethleham celebrating 300 years of De La Salle

Posted on 16 January 2020
Bethleham celebrating 300 years of De La Salle

On April 7th 2019, Bethlehem University faculty, staff and the De La Salle Christian Brothers commemorated the 300th anniversary of the death of Saint John Baptist De La Salle, the founder of the Brothers of the Christian Schools and the Patron Saint of all teachers.

The worldwide tercentenary campaign is titled "#300LaSalle: One Heart; One Commitment, One Life.

At Mass in the Chapel of the Divine Child, presided by Father Peter DuBrul, a faculty member for more than 40 years, the De La Salle Christian Brothers publicly renewed their vows.

The Brothers have administered Bethlehem University since its inception in 1973.  Brother Brendan Fitzgerald, Brother Joseph Neary, and Brother Anthony O'Connor were the founding brothers who served in Bethlehem.

The first University Vice Chancellor, Brother Joseph Loewenstein who arrived at the University in 1975, celebrated his 75th Jubilee as a Brother on 28 July 2019.  Brother Joe, who now lives in Lincroft, New Jersey, USA, was recognised and acknowledged for his years of committed service to youth.  Brother Joe spent more than 35 years in Bethlehem and was highly influential in shaping the University as it is today.

Two other jubilarians making significant milestones are Brother Dominic Smith and Brother Henry Chaya.  Brother Dominic, who celebrated his 60th jubilee, served Bethlehem University Library as its director for 10 years.  Since 2009, he has been working as a Development Associate at the Bethlehem University Foundation in Beltsville, MD.

Brother Henry joined the Faculty of Science in 2003 and was a founder of the computer science program which became the software engineering department in 2017.  Brother Henry returned to the US and celebrated his 40th jubilee in July.

Bethlehem University would like to offer its sincere congratulations to these Brothers on their jubilees.

Thanks to the work of many on campus, Bethlehem University honors the heritage and contributes to promoting the legacy of Saint John Baptist de La Salle through its mission of providing quality higher education to the people of Palestine.

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