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Bethlehem University​'s Vice Chancellor visiting Sydney - Thur 6th Feb

posted Jan 25, 2014, 10:39 PM by Sean Donovan
Jean Reid writes:
"We did actually visit Bethlehem University last October, and were addressed by the Vice Chancellor, Br Peter Bray.  Very interesting and heartening situation.

It has been going for 40 years, and was established on request of the residents of the West Bank as they cannot travel eg to study at Uni in Tel Aviv!

Currently 3000 students, 70% Muslim and 30% Christian studying together; 75% female - as many young men learn a trade instead."

and has forwarded the following from CathNews:

"Pope Francis will visit Jerusalem and Bethlehem in May, and the eyes of the world will be on the Holy Land. Given that upcoming historic event, a degree of understanding of the situation in Palestine would be a help to observers.

To this end, CathNews is delighted to support The Broken Bay Institute’s upcoming evening with


Bethlehem University is truly a beacon of hope in the Holy Land. There, 75% of the students at the University are female and 70% are Muslim. Christian and Muslim students learn together how to be leaders in a land torn by religious intolerance.

Brother Peter will give an update on the issues in Palestine, the major changes at Bethlehem University, and the whole question of religious freedom in Palestine.

This free, public event will take place on Thursday, February 6 2014. Arrival 6 for 6.30pm – 7.30pm (includes question time). (Donations to help further the work of the University of Bethlehem, however, would be gratefully accepted.)

The location is The Broken Bay Institute,  Caroline Chisholm Centre Building 2, 423 Pennant Hills Road (enter via City View Road), Pennant Hills 2120.

Dr GERARD GOLDMAN, Director of The Broken Bay Institute, will moderate the evening.

Please join the BBI team for this fascinating insight into life in Palestine today from a man who has a unique view on the unfolding history of the Holy Land.

If you are unable to attend the event in person, it will be available on BBI’s website, and also on the CathNews YouTube platform.

To book, click here.


Nina Elliott on 02 9847 0030 or email:

I am looking forward to seeing you at this important event.

Peace and grace

Christine Hogan