As president of The College of St.
Scholastica, I’m very pleased to announce A Year with the Saint John’s Bible. This is a special way for us to honor the 125th anniversary of the founding of St. Scholastica Monastery. The College’s identity and character has been shaped by the Benedictine charism. The Saint John’s Bible is the first completely handwritten and illuminated Bible commissioned by a Benedictine Abbey since the invention of the printing press more than 500 years ago. Master calligrapher Donald Jackson, senior scribe to Her Majesty the Queen’s Crown Office at the House of Lords in London, England proposed the project in 1995 to Saint John’s Abbey and University, and after assembling a team of international calligraphers and artists, delivered the final pages in 2011. The mission of the Saint John’s Bible is to ignite the spiritual imagination of people from all faith journeys. And to this end, Saint John’s University, under the direction of Mr. Jackson, created the Heritage edition, which is a seven volume facsimile true to the scale, beauty and artistic intent of the original manuscript. And it will be the College’s honor to host the Heritage volume containing the four Gospels and the Book of the Acts of the Apostles. We can all look forward to a year full of events that will open up opportunities for us to encounter scripture through many doorways, and across the varied dimensions of human knowledge – theological, of course, but others as well such as historical cultural, artistic, literary and scientific fields of study. The College is inviting world-renowned experts to deliver presentations to our students, faculty and staff as well as to the broader Northland community. There will also be opportunity for prayer in ecumenical and interfaith liturgical settings. And finally, our professors will be able to bring the Heritage edition into their classrooms, where students will be able to explore the volume in
more detail. We will have resources, including articles, videos and images from the Saint John’s Bible, along with a schedule of events available at our College website. On behalf of The College of Saint Scholastica I am very proud to host the St. Johns Bible on campus. In fact, I can think of no better way of celebrating our value of Stewardship than by honoring this treasure of our Benedictine heritage. I look forward exploring the Saint John’s Bible along with you.