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Clarke Part of St. John’s Bible Project During Papal Visit

By Clarke News  |  September 17, 2015

There are over 160 illuminations and 1,150 pages in the seven volumes of . Clarke will display the following illuminations each day in the Nicholas J. Schrup Library located in the Atrium.


Monday, Sept. 21- Creation (Genesis)


Tuesday, Sept. 22 – Abraham and Sarah (Genesis)


Wednesday, Sept. 23 – Ten Commandments (Exodus)


Thursday, Sept. 24 – Peter’s Confession (Matthew)


Friday, Sept. 25 – Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes (Mark)


Saturday, Sept. 26 – Two Cures (Mark)


Sunday, Sept. 27 – Pentecost (Acts of the Apostle)

According to Saint John’s Rev. Michael Patella, OSB, who chaired the scholarship effort behind , “These illuminations were specifically chosen because they resonate with values Pope Francis holds dear: hospitality; concern for the poor, sick and marginalized; the dignity of all people; and care for creation.”

In addition to the illuminated pages, a reflection for each day, written by Saint John’s University School of Theology and Seminary, will also be on display.

The Saint John’s Bible

is the first handwritten and illuminated Bible commissioned by a Benedictine monastery since the invention of the printing press in the 15 century. Saint John’s University in Collegeville, Minn., commissioned world-renowned calligrapher Donald Jackson, senior scribe to Her Majesty the Queen’s Crown Office at the House of Lords in London, to create this masterpiece. More information on and the Heritage Edition can be found at


Thanks to the hand treatments to many of the illuminations, of the 299 limited editions being created no two sets are identical. Clarke University owns Heritage Edition number 20.