From Inspiration to Illumination, an Introduction to The Saint John’s Bible
March 10, 2021 at 11:30 a.m. Eastern time
“When I was a nine-year-old, desire led me to copying ancient scripts and decorated letters. I loved the feel of the pen as it touched the page and the breathtaking effect of the flow of colored ink as its wetness caught the light.” Donald Jackson
Those of us who work with six- to twelve-year-old children in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd have seen in the children this same delight in calligraphy and deep love of the Bible. In 1998, Saint John’s Abbey and University commissioned renowned calligrapher Donald Jackson to produce a hand-written, hand-illuminated Bible. The Saint John’s Bible is a work of art and a work of theology. A team of artists and scholars have brought together the ancient techniques of calligraphy and illumination with an ecumenical Christian approach to the Bible rooted in Benedictine spirituality. The result is a living document and a monumental achievement.
Members of CGSUSA are invited to join us on Wednesday, March 10, 2021 from 11:30 to 1 PM Eastern Time for this online presentation that will explore this work of art that unites an ancient Benedictine tradition with the technology and vision of today, illuminating the Word of God for a new millennium.
Tim Ternes, who is the Director of The Saint John’s Bible at the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library in Collegeville, Minnesota will be our guide. Tim worked closely with the artistic team in the creation of the original works and facilitated planning and communication between artists and commissioner. This gives him extensive behind-the-scenes knowledge and great stories about all aspects of the project. Tim will introduce guests to the story behind the making of The Saint John’s Bible, and explore the tools, methods, and materials used in the creating the Bible’s original folios. You will be encouraged to stretch your own spiritual imagination as you and Tim explore several illuminations from the project.