On Friday, July 5, the Bethlehem Community celebrated our Founder’s Day- Bethlehem Day. Bethlehem College is celebrated each year around the date of the death of the foundress of the Sisters of Charity, Mary Aikenhead who died on 22 July, 1858. The day honours the vision and mission of Mary Aikenhead and the Sisters of Charity, and those who founded our College 138 years ago. It is also a reminder that we all need to continue their legacy to bring the compassion and love of Jesus to the poor and marginalised. We do this through fundraising for a Sisters of Charity ministry. This year again the students chose – Safe Haven, a place of safety for women and children fleeing domestic violence.
The day began with a community celebration of the Eucharist. The liturgy and music were beautiful. We were also honoured to hear from distinguished Ex student Sarah Haid, an International Human Rights Consultant from the HSC Class of 2003.
The celebrations continued with a multicultural food fare and concert where we honoured the rich cultural diversity of or community through food, music and dance.