the saint john's bible at st. mary's university college
St. Mary’s University College in Calgary is home to Western Canada’s only 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 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.