On Saturday, June 27, 2020, Bethlehem University represented by its Vice-Chancellor Brother Peter Bray, FSC, EdD, announced the appointment of Fr. Iyad Twal as Executive Vice President, to replace Dr. Michael Sansur who has decided to take one year’s leave from the university after serving in this position for nine years.
Br. Peter mentioned in his announcement that this appointment is for one year effective at the beginning of the new academic year 2020-2021.
Fr. Twal is currently the Chairperson of the Department of Humanities at the Faculty of Arts at Bethlehem University and was the chairperson of the Religious Studies Department and is a teacher of Philosophy there as well.
Fr. Twal has assumed a number of administrative positions in his professional career. He was appointed Director-General of the Latin Patriarchate Schools in 2016 and has served as a Parish priest in Birzeit, Al-Zababdeh and Beit Sahour as well as at the Latin Patriarchal Seminary in Beit Jala. He holds a Ph.D. In Theoretical and Political Philosophy.
Following is a briefing on Fr. Iyad Twal biography:
Fr. Iyad Twal was born in Amman in 1973.
1994: BA in Philosophy, Latin Patriarchate Seminary
1997: BA in Theology, Latin Patriarchate Seminary
09/07/1998: Ordained Priest in Madaba
1998-2000: Vicar, Immaculate Conception Parish in Bir Zeit, Palestine
2000: Parish Priest, Immaculate Conception in Bir Zeit; Deputy Director of the Latin Patriarchate School; Animator of Catholic Scouts in Palestine
2000-2003: Formation in different fields: Education for Peace; International Relations; Crises Management
2003: Director, Latin Patriarchate School in Bir Zeit
2003-2005: In charge of Latin Patriarchate Minor Seminary; Member of the Seminary Clergy Team; Member of the Ad Hoc Committee with the Jewish people
2005-2006: Parish Priest, Visitation in Zababdeh, Palestine; Director of Latin Patriarchate School in Zababdeh
2009: Completed Licentiate in Epistemology and Theoretical Philosophy at the Pontifical Lateran University, Rome
2012: Completed Doctorate in Theoretical Philosophy and Political Philosophy at the Pontifical Lateran University, Rome
09/2012: Parish Priest, Our Lady of Fatima in Beit Sahour, Palestine; Professor of Philosophy at the Latin Patriarchate Seminary
09/2013: Professor of Philosophy and Head of Religious Studies, Bethlehem University
2015: Chaplain, Misericordia Confraternity
06/2016: Member, Appeals Court, Diocesan Tribunal in Jerusalem
08/2016: Director of Latin Patriarchate Schools in Palestine and Israel
08/2019: Chairman of the Humanities Department at Bethlehem University
The Catholic Center for Studies and Media in Jordan conveys heartfelt wishes of success to Fr. Twal wishing him further achievements in the service of the Lord and the Christian community in Bethlehem.