Follow the Journey

“My experience with The Saint John’s Bible was love at first sight. It radiates hope and speaks to people of all faith journeys.”

Tita Crilly Diepenbrock,
Donor of The Saint John’s Bible Heritage Edition
to Santa Clara University

Chaminade University, Hawaii's only Catholic university, has received a fine art edition of The Saint John's Bible. The Bible, a gift from Mrs. Joanna Lau Sullivan and family, was presented on Nov. 19 at a blessing ceremony at the Chaminade University Sullivan Family Library. The service also included the blessing of a new Stations of the Cross for the Humanities area. Fr. Eric Hollas, OSB, senior associate for arts and cultural affairs at Saint John’s University, took part in the service.

Chaminade plans to use the seven volumes in those liturgies marking events of greatest significance in campus life, such as graduations and installations. The university will also make it available for use by the Diocese of Honolulu for similar occasions, such as the annual Red Mass for Hawaii's political leaders and the opening of the academic year Mass with the Catholic school teachers.

The Sullivan Family Library, completed in 2008, is the latest addition to the campus and is where the Heritage Edition will be displayed on the main floor. The 30,000 square foot structure is the largest academic facility built at Chaminade since its founding and functions as a library and an information services resource center.

Located in Honolulu near Waikiki Beach, Chaminade University was founded in 1955 by the Marianists, members of the Catholic Society of Mary who embrace the idea of education as a mechanism to transform society and who believe in a spirit of openness, mutual respect and acceptance.

Chaminade University

Front: Mrs. Joann Lau Sullivan. Rear, left to right: Kathleen Kitty Sullivan Wo, chair, Chaminade University Board of Regents; Br. Bernard Ploeger, S.M., Chaminade University president; Rev. Eric Hollas, OSB, Saint John’s University; David Coleman, dean of Humanities and Fine Arts. Sullivan gifted The Saint John’s Bible to Chaminade University to mark her first reception of the sacraments of Baptism and the Eucharist.

Sharon LePage, Chaminade University library director, with Bro. Jerry Bommer, S.M., rector, and Fr. George Cerniglia, S.M., associate rector of Chaminade University.

The Psalms Frontispiece on display in Our Lady of Mercy Chapel at the College of Saint Mary.