August 24, 2012
FOND DU LAC, Wis. – As part of Marian University’s Founder’s Day Liturgy, two editions of The Saint John’s Bible will be blessed by Archbishop Listecki on Saturday, September 8 at 4:30 p.m. in the Dorcas Chapel.
The Saint John’s Bible is the first handwritten, illuminated Bible commissioned since the advent of the printing press. It was commissioned in 1998 by the Benedictine monks of Saint John’s Abbey and University to ignite the spiritual imagination of believers throughout the world and to illuminate the word of God for a new millennium.
The Saint John’s Bible is being created by a team of scribes, artists and craftspeople in a scriptorium in Wales under the artistic direction of Donald Jackson, one of the world’s foremost calligraphers and the Scribe to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Crown Office at the House of Lords in London, England.
Marian University will be receiving two volumes of The Heritage Edition – a full-size fine art edition of the original masterpiece, each signed and numbered by Donald Jackson. Each volume is approximately 2 feet tall by 3 feet wide when open and weighs between 13 to 20 pounds. The book of Wisdom and the book of Pentateuch will be on display in the Cardinal Meyer Library September – November.
Generous support from the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Agnes (CSA) provides the two volumes of the Heritage Edition to be on loan. The volumes will also be on display at Agnesian HealthCare and the Monroe Clinic, both sponsored by CSA, throughout the year.
Questions about the Heritage Edition Bibles can be directed to the Office of Mission and Retention at 920-923-8963. For more information about the Saint John’s Bible visit www. saintjohnsbible.org.