03 November 2016
Bethlehem University Receives a Gift from the Middle Atlantic Lieutenancy of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem
(Left to Right) H.E. Michael Ruck, KGCHS, Brother Peter Bray, FSC., and Mr. John Schlageter, KCHS, at a recent gathering in Washington, DC.
In October of 2016, the Middle Atlantic Lieutenancy of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem held its annual Investiture in Washington, DC. At the event, His Excellency Michael J. Ruck, KGCHS, Lieutenant of the Middle Atlantic Lieutenancy of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, announced that the Lieutenancy has given Bethlehem University a gift of $1,500,000 towards our Institute for Community Partnership (ICP) Expansion Project. The Lieutenancy offered its generous gift after learning about the project from Mr. John Schlageter, Executive Director of the Bethlehem University Foundation. The completed building will be named in honor of the late Grand Master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre, His Eminence John Patrick Cardinal Foley.
The Lieutenancy obtained the funds from an endowment from the Estate of Lady Rose Bente Lee Ostapenko. Lady Rose entrusted part of her estate to the Lieutenancy to help carry out their charitable works.
About Bethlehem University, His Excellency, Michael Ruck, Lieutenant of the Middle Atlantic Lieutenancy, USA, said, “The work of Bethlehem University is at the heart of the mission of our Order. As the only Catholic University in the Holy Land, Bethlehem University gives daily support to the remaining Christian Community. Additionally, the University is creating an environment where all live in peace in the hope for a better future. Having recently returned from a visit to the Holy Land, I cannot think of a more fitting way to honor the life and legacy of Cardinal Foley while also fulfilling the wishes of Lady Rose than by supporting Bethlehem University.”
Brother Peter Bray, FSC, Vice Chancellor of Bethlehem University, expressed his gratitude saying, “I am ever mindful that Bethlehem University would not exist but for the generosity of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. Once again, the Order has led the way by giving their direct support to the work of the University. Once completed, the ICP Expansion will be a fitting testament to the life of His Eminence John Patrick Cardinal Foley – a great friend of Bethlehem University on whom I had the privilege of bestowing an honorary doctorate shortly before his death. It will also serve as a testament to the long and lasting relationship that exists between the University and the Order of the Holy Sepulchre in our joint ministry of supporting the Christian Communities in the Holy Land. I thank the Middle Atlantic Lieutenancy for their extreme generosity in support of Bethlehem University.”
John Schlageter, Executive Director of the Bethlehem University Foundation, said, “I am thrilled that the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre has once again taken the lead in supporting Bethlehem University. I am honored that the Foundation was able to play a role in securing this substantial gift for the University.”
With this gift, another milestone in the developmental plans of Bethlehem University will be achieved thanks to the generous support of the Middle Atlantic Lieutenancy of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem and other friends of Bethlehem University in the Holy Land.