Last month, The Catholic University of America and the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception held the 24th annual Christmas Concert for Charity, which raised $9,000, the University announced.
This year's concert benefited Bethlehem House, a Washington, D.C.-based residential community for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Catholic University has worked with Bethlehem House since 1997, when the University started its Best Buddies chapter. Students make weekly visits to Bethlehem House throughout the academic year, "where they pray and eat with the residents," according to the University.
The University reports:
“My friends from Bethlehem House and I are deeply humbled and grateful for this gift,” said the diminutive Dolores Wilson, director of the program, as she stood in the ambo of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on the evening of Dec. 6.
...Wilson said she was thankful for the “deep friendships” that have developed between Bethlehem House residents and CUA students. “Our friends with disabilities teach us what it means to be real and prayerful. I am touched every night during prayer moments by the deep relationship they have with Jesus.”
Sponsored jointly by the University and the Basilica since 1990, the concert benefits a different Washington, D.C.-area charity each year. The first portion of the much-loved Christmas tradition features the Choir of the Basilica, conducted by Peter Latona, director of music.
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