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Saint John's Bible

The Word Come to Life

The Saint John’s Bible is the first handwritten, hand-illuminated Bible produced in more than 500 years – since the invention of the printing press – according to the Benedictine Monks of Saint John’s Abbey and University in Minnesota who commissioned the project.  The work of the Saint John’s Bible was done in a scriptorium located in Wales.



His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI pages through the Wisdom volume of The St. Peter Apostles Edition of The Saint John’s Bible at a meeting of the Papal Foundation on April 4. Standing next to the Pope at the Vatican is Gerald Rauenhorst, Papal Foundation board member, and Br. Dietrich Reinhart, OSB, president of Saint John’s Univer­sity. Donald Jackson, artistic director of The Saint John’s Bible, and his wife, Mabel, are pictured in the next row.

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The completed Bible comprises seven volumes, each two feet tall and three feet wide, illuminated with 160 artistic renderings.

These two pages give the context for the illumination, allowing you to enjoy word and image.  Each page of The Saint John’s Bible is an artistic creation.  In addition to the illumination and handwritten text, the Gospel Opening offers many other elements that create a visual harmony, including chapter numbers, chapter letters, marginalia, notations, book headings and verse numbers.

Become a valued contributor to this beautiful, tangible milestone in the life of the College. Become a Saint John’s Bible donor today!

The Saint John’s Bible
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To share their work, the monks of Saint John’s Abbey and University have authorized 299 full-size, signed and numbered reproductions of the Bible, complete with the illuminations.  La Roche College has been offered the opportunity to acquire one of these reproductions, and we believe that it is perfectly suited to serve as the centerpiece of the newly renovated Wright Library and evidence of our Catholic identity.

Being a Catholic college is at the very core of our mission at La Roche College.  As a Catholic college, all that we strive to do is informed and guided by the word of God.  While God’s words are reflected in our actions and our programs, our acquisition of the Saint John’s Bible provides us with a way to make God’s word visible in a tangible sense. With the limited number available, our ownership of this remarkable Bible would serve to bring recognition, both regionally and nationally,
to the College and its Catholic mission.  In addition to the inspiring nature of the book itself, the Bible could also serve as the basis for liturgical occasions and academic programs.

In an era of seemingly rampant secularism, the Saint John’s Bible would mark La Roche as an institution that is proud to assert its Catholic beliefs and the values which those beliefs reflect; an institution that believes its graduates should carry with them a sound moral compass that will serve them well throughout their lives.  

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