Sacred Arts at St. Mary’s University

St. Mary’s University is home to a dynamic Sacred Arts program, the only university-based program of its kind in Alberta. This initiative has attracted some of the world’s most distinguished painters, iconographers and calligraphers to teach in our program. These have included renowned Iconographer, Aiden Hart, Artist and Illuminator/Calligrapher Suzanne Moore, Sacred Artist Jed Gibbons and many others.

The Sacred Arts Certificate was created to celebrate the University’s acquisition of the incredibly fine art reproduction of The Saint John’s Bible, the first hand-written, hand-illuminated Bible commissioned by Benedictine monks in over than 500 years.

The Bible was created by an international team of calligraphers and artists that resulted in a 1,165-page manuscript featuring over 160 major illuminations. Bound in 7 remarkable volumes, filled with gold leaf, silver and platinum, this 21st century Bible speaks ancient wisdom through a modern lens, with images of DNA strands, satellite images and even photos from the Hubble telescope built into the imagery. St. Mary’s is one of only 3 universities in Canada to own the entire Heritage Edition.

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For more information on registration and workshop schedules contact Elizabeth Cressman, Sacred Arts Certificate Coordinator


In order to maintain the close one-on-one nature of instruction necessary for these types of Sacred Arts courses, enrolment will be limited. Tuition is due at the time of registration. Students may cancel their registration and receive a refund (minus a $50 administration fee) up to 7 days prior to the beginning of the course. After this date, no refunds are given for cancellation.

What courses have we offered?

The Foundations Level Certificate of Sacred Arts has been a 120-hour program that combined the study of applied and theoretical arts including traditional Iconography, Oil Painting, Calligraphy, Illuminations and Stained Glass. These courses have been liturgical in their base, rooted in the Christian tradition.

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