President Reports

 

Read our President’s Reports below, on the COVID-19 pandemic and the current humanitarian crisis in Bethlehem.

President Report March 2020

President Report July 2020

President Report September 2020

President Report January 2021

President Report August 2021

President Report January 2022

Meet Our President, Ambassador Michele B. Bowe, DM

 

Born in Norfolk, Virginia, Ambassador Michele B. Bowe lived outside the United States for her early life, including many years in Amman, Jordan. She is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Foreign Service (BSFS) and Georgetown University, Masters of Arab Studies (MAAS). She speaks Arabic, French and Spanish in addition to her native English. After graduation, Michele worked as an Economist, specializing in the Jordan River Valley region. She is married to Jim Bowe, KM and is the mother of five grown children.

She has served in many leadership capacities within the Order of Malta, including as the Hospitaller for the Federal Association and as Regional Hospitaller. She is an immediate past member of Federal Association Board of Directors and a current member of Lourdes Committee. Ambassador Bowe served as a director for the Order of Malta’s Fund for Forgotten People and for Malteser International. In addition, she served on the Board of Catholic Charities- Archdiocese of Washington, the San Miguel School and Jesuit Refugee Services. In October of 2013, Michele was elected to serve as the President of Holy Family Hospital of Bethlehem Foundation. Ambassador Bowe is one of two Foundation board members who also serve on Holy Family Hospital’s International Board of Directors.

In 2014, Ambassador Bowe was the keynote speaker for the International Strategic Conference in Rhodes for the Order of Malta. Ambassador Bowe is regularly invited as a guest speaker on national and international news programs and on several nationally syndicated radio programs featuring the Order of Malta, Holy Family Hospital of Bethlehem and life in Palestine. She speaks regularly on topics including Christians in the Holy Land, Humanitarian Diplomacy, Vocation to Marriage and topics related to the Order of Malta.

In 2015 she was appointed as the Minister Counsellor to the Representative Office of the Sovereign Order of Malta in Ramallah, helping to diplomatically strengthen ties between the Order of Malta and the Palestinian Authority. In 2017, she was named Ambassador from the Order of Malta to the State of Palestine. Ambassador Bowe is the recipient of several awards including the James Cardinal Hickey Award, The Archdiocese of Washington Manifesting the Kingdom Award, The Star of Bethlehem award, the Pro Merito Melitensi with Crown medal and the Pro Merito Melitensi with Plaque medal.

In her spare time, you will find her in her garden at home, skiing with her family or tending the ancient olive grove of the Order of Malta in Jerusalem.