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22 May 2013

De La Salle Day at Bethlehem University:
A Renewed Oath for the Future

De La Salle DayBethlehem University held its 17th annual celebration of De La Salle Day, held every May 15 on the Feast of St. John Baptist de La Salle, the patron saint of teachers and the founder of the Brothers of the Christian Schools. Celebrations of the day include annual recognition and thanks to the faculty and staff of Bethlehem University. 

In his opening speech, Brother Peter Bray, Vice Chancellor, said, “on the De La Salle day we recognize the faculty and staff of Bethlehem University, who have provided their service to the students here in Bethlehem University,” as they are following the will of St. John Baptist De La Salle.

A Mass prayer at the Chapel of the Divine Child was led by His Excellency Most Reverend Archbishop Giuseppe Lazzarotto, Chancellor of Bethlehem University, and Father Peter DuBrul.

De La Salle DayDuring the Mass, the De La Salle Christian Brothers at Bethlehem University publicly renewed their oath to fulfill the mission of St. John Baptist De La Salle, as demonstrated through their service at Bethlehem University.

Following the mass, faculty and staff were recognized for their service to Bethlehem University, and those who reached “milestone” anniversaries at the University received awards for their service, as they were recognized in five-year increments. The ceremony was held in Anton Sansur Hall in the social-cultural center, and included a video about the life of St. John Baptist De La Salle, screened by Brother Peter Iorlano, Coordinator of Institutional Values and coordinator of the day’s events. 

Two of the staff were recognized for 30 years of service to Bethlehem University: Mr. Ibrahim Nuaimi, Supervisor of the Computer Labs, and Ms. Firial Bannoura, Chemistry Lab Assistant. 

All were invited to a buffet of mixed grill and other food prepared by the students of the Institute of Hotel Management and Tourism under the supervision of Chef Peter Hermantas and Mr. Nabil Mufdi, Director of the Institute.



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