Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Katherine of Serbia hosted a fundraising event in New York to raise money for the restoration of a monastery in Egypt. Crown Princess Katherine is also a trustee of the British associates of Saint Catherine Monastery.
His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales is the patron of the British associates of Saint Catherine Monastery. President George H. W. Bush is the patron of the American Associates. The Foundation maintains a close relationship with a number of institutions in the United Kingdom, Europe and the United States, as well as with some of the leading universities, museums and libraries on cultural, educational and fundraising events and initiatives.
The Saint Catherine Foundation supports conservation work at the Saint Catherine’s Monastery in Egypt. The monastery was built between 548 and 565 and is one of the oldest working Christian monasteries in the world. The site contains the world’s oldest continually operating library, possessing many unique books including the Syriac Sinaiticus and, until 1859, the Codex Sinaiticus.
Last year, in 2017, the Saint Catherine Monastery Foundation celebrated its 20th anniversary in London. During this time, tremendous work on the restoration of the monastery was accomplished.
The Crown Princess has always done charitable work. During her interview with Royal Central last summer, the Crown Princess said: “I had parents that taught me the joy of giving, not the joy of taking. And they didn’t just tell me; they lived their life by giving. They prepared me for my role without knowing what my future would be. I was very young, and when you learn the joy of giving when you are young, you never forget it. I prayed to God for an opportunity to give of myself since that is happiness, and God gave me Alexander and a whole country. So when you pray, you have to make sure that is what you want.”