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Awards

The Pio Cardinal Laghi Founders Award for Outstanding Support to Bethlehem University

The Pio Cardinal Laghi Founders Award for Outstanding Support to Bethlehem University is presented to a charitable organization that has contributed greatly to the Bethlehem University Foundation in its work of supporting Bethlehem University.

Archbishop Laghi was instrumental in the creation and formation of Bethlehem University and is recognized by the University as one of the principal founders. Because of his love and support of Bethlehem University, his commitment to Catholic Education, his service to the Universal Church, and his dedication to peace in the Middle East, “The Pio Cardinal Laghi Founders Award or Outstanding Support to Bethlehem University" was created by resolution of the Board of Directors of the Bethlehem University Foundation in 2016. Recipients of this award are recognized for carrying on his legacy of outstanding support to Bethlehem University.

The award is presented annually by resolution of the Board of Directors of the Bethlehem University Foundation. Its recipients thus far are:

  • In 2022: The Southeastern Lieutenancy of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem for its support of the Foundation, most notably, the Southeastern Lieutenancy Endowed Fund for the School of Nursing and Health Sciences at Bethlehem University.
  • In 2019: The Northwestern Lieutenancy of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem for its support of the Foundation, especially to the Sir John McGuckin Mentoring and Internship Program, which annually brings students from Bethlehem University to the United States to intern during the summer.
  • In 2018: The Bethlehem Association Scholarship Fund for its continued generosity in scholarship gifts to Bethlehem University Foundation.
  • In 2017: The Middle Atlantic Lieutenancy of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem for a 1.5 million dollar gift to underwrite John Patrick Cardinal Foley Hall, the new home for the School of Nursing and Health Sciences at Bethlehem University.

The Archbishop Pietro Sambi “Star of Bethlehem" Award for Services to Bethlehem University Foundation

The Archbishop Pietro Sambi “Star of Bethlehem" Award for Services to Bethlehem University Foundation is presented to an individual who, by giving generously of their time and/or talent, has been of particular service to Bethlehem University Foundation in its ministry of supporting Bethlehem University.

During his tenure as Apostolic Delegate to Jerusalem and Palestine, Archbishop Sambi served as Chancellor of Bethlehem University. Archbishop Sambi always referred to Bethlehem University as “The real Star of Bethlehem." Described as “a great pastor of the Church and a great missionary of the Gospel," Archbishop Pietro Sambi believed in patient work, the value of dialogue, and that charitable love and mutual respect were paramount to resolve differences. For his tireless work and commitment, “The Archbishop Pietro Sambi ‘Star of Bethlehem’ Award for Services to the Bethlehem University Foundation was created by resolution of the Board of Directors of the Bethlehem University Foundation in 2016. Recipients of this award carry on his legacy by assisting the Bethlehem University Foundation in its sole mission of supporting and promoting Bethlehem University.

The award is presented annually by resolution of the Board of Directors of the Bethlehem University Foundation. Its recipients thus far are:

  • In 2022: The Reverend Monsignor Archimandrite Robert L. Stern in recognition of his commitment to Bethlehem University and Bethlehem University Foundation as he was a founding member of the International Board of Regents for Bethlehem University and of the Board of Directors for Bethlehem University Foundation. 
  • In 2019: The Most Reverend Gerald F. Kicanas in recognition of his support of Bethlehem University and his support for the endowed scholarship in his name.
  • In 2018: Mr John Steger for creating the Brother Vincent Malham Faculty Recognition Award Endowment and for nine years of service as member and Chair of the Board of Directors of Bethlehem University Foundation.
  • In 2017: Mr. William Doty for outstanding service as a member of the Board of Directors for Bethlehem University Foundation.