The Saint John’s Bible at St. Mary’s University

St. Mary’s University in Calgary is home to a full-sized fine art reproduction of The Saint John’s Bible, the first handwritten and illuminated Bible in more than 500 years. Thanks to several generous donors who contributed a total of $350,000, we have acquired all seven volumes of the Heritage Edition. We welcome you to the St. Mary’s campus to experience this masterpiece. Commissioned in 1998 by the Benedictine monks of Saint John’s Abbey and University in Minnesota, it was 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. Reflecting the construction of its medieval predecessors, The Saint John’s Bible was written on vellum, using quills, natural handmade inks, hand-ground pigments and gold leaf while incorporating modern themes, images and technology of the 21st century.

Viewing The Saint John’s Bible

The Saint John’s Bible is available for viewing in the Library Monday to Friday 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. or by appointment. To book an appointment call 403) 254-3761 or email catherine.carlyle@stmu.ca.

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Certificate in the Sacred Arts – Foundations

To celebrate the arrival of The Saint John’s Bible, St. Mary’s University has launched a series of workshops and courses focusing on the Sacred Arts. Courses are offered in a wide range of topics, including painting, iconography, calligraphy, manuscript illumination, stained glass making, and Gregorian chant. Students may wish to take a single workshop or register for a series of workshops to qualify for the Certificate in the Sacred Arts – Foundations.

Booking the Saint John’s Bible

Would you like to display The Saint John’s Bible at an event in your church or community? Please review “The Saint John’s Bible Community Booking Policy,” then complete The Saint John’s Bible Community Booking Form

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