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

creation_Saint John's Bible St. Mary’s University 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. The Saint John’s Bible is available for viewing in the library between 9-11 am or by appointment by calling (403) 254-3761. 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.

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

Certificate in the Sacred Arts – Foundations

To celebrate the arrival of The Saint John’s Bible, St. Mary’s University is launching a series of workshops and courses focusing on the Sacred Arts.

Courses will be 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 newly-created Certificate in the Sacred Arts – Foundations.