The Saint John's Bible

Monday, 28 January 2013


Something remarkable happened at Saint John's Abbey and University in Collegeville, MN in 1998.  The first handwritten, hand-illuminated Bible in 500 years was commissioned to be completed. A team of artists and scholars, brought together by renowned calligrapher Donald Jackson, combined the ancient techniques of calligraphy and illumination with an ecumenical Christian approach to the Bible rooted in Benedictine spirituality. The result is a living document and a monumental achievement that captures the beauty and tradition of centuries of liturgy that will carry it into the future.

Two presentations will be held at The Center At Donaldson, and sponsored by the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ.

In the spirit of Intergenerational Living and Learning, Catherine Kasper Life Center and Ancilla College are co-hosting this event so that participants of all ages can hear about and experience the Saint John’s Bible. 

The presentations welcome participants to view and explore copies of the Heritage Edition, a fine art reproduction and participate in conversation with Jason Engel, Saint John representative, who will share the story behind this monumental undertaking and talk about the meaning and details of some of the stunning artwork. Several approaches were taken to represent the divine, along with imagery showing the modern era. The Saint John's Bible uses the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) translation of the Bible. This translation was chosen because it is theologically sound and because its predecessor, the Revised Standard Version, is officially authorized for use by most Christian Churches: Protestant, Anglican, Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox. Participants of all ages are welcome to attend. The presentations will be held at Catherine Kasper Home at 3:00 p.m. ET and Ancilla College at 6:45 p.m. ET on Monday, March 18. Website: