St. Scholastica to welcome Saint John’s Bible to campus with Mass service

Multiplication of The Loaves and Fishes, Donald Jackson, Copyright 2002, The Saint John’s Bible, Saint John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota USA. Scripture quotations are from the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible, Catholic Edition, Copyright 1993, 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

By Bob Ashenmacher
The public is welcome when The College of St. Scholastica hosts Duluth Diocese Bishop Paul Sirba for a celebration of Mass at 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 18 in Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel on campus. The event is part of a yearlong celebration of the Saint John’s Bible, which St. Scholastica will host during the 2018-19 school year.

Commissioned by Saint John’s University and the monks of Saint John’s Abbey, the Saint John’s Bible was the first handwritten Bible published in 500 years. It features 160 illustrations by six artists, and 1,150 handwritten pages written by six calligraphers.

The creation of this Bible inspired the publication of the Heritage Edition, a full-size, museum quality reproduction of 299 seven-volume collections to be shared with the world. In the coming school year, in honor of St. Scholastica Monastery’s 125th anniversary, the College will host Volume 6 of the Heritage Edition, Gospels and Acts. This will provide the community with a unique opportunity to experience a rare work of art and inspiration.

A variety of events and programming are being scheduled around the Heritage Edition’s presence, with integration into some of this year’s Spotlight arts and cultural events at St. Scholastica. The book will be available for viewing in the St. Scholastica Library and elsewhere. For details, visit

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