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

Regis College, a Jesuit college at the University of Toronto, is the first institution in Canada to receive and display The Saint John’s Bible Heritage Edition. A gift from George and Gloria Allen of St. Paul, Minnesota, the Allens made the decision to place the fine art reproduction at Regis because they were confident that the Jesuits would use the Bible in their educational and evangelical ministry.

Regis College received the three of the seven volumes at special Eucharistic ceremony and convocation held May 27, 2010. The volumes will be rotated in a special display case in the college atrium and a newly formed "Page Turners Society" will turn a page a day.

In addition to the volumes traveling to parishes in the archdiocese and throughout Canada, Wisdom Books and Prophets were recently the focus of a six-week course on image and text, which will be offered again in the fall. In October, three volumes will be the centerpiece of a special reception for the donors of Toronto’s Covenant House, the largest youth shelter in Canada. Likewise, the Psalms volume will join an exhibit marking the 500-year anniversary of the King James version of the Bible. The Heritage Edition will be the contemporary capstone of 1,000 years of editions of the Bible housed in the University of Toronto library system. The exhibit, “Great and Manifold: A Celebration of the Bible in English” will be held at the University of Toronto’s Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library and will begin Feb. 1, 2011, and go through May 2011.

St. Catherine University

The Heritage Edition at Regis College at the University of Toronto, Ontario, is the first to be presented in Canada. The gift was made possible by Gloria and George Allen seen here in front of a special display in the college's atrium.

Deacon Mathieu Béré, S.J., Deacon William Mbugua, S.J., Father James Webb, SJ process in with two Heritage Edition volumes. A Eucharistic service preceded the May 27, 2010, convocation.

Father James Webb, SJ, and Deacon William Mbugua, SJ, receive the Wisdom Books volume from George and Gloria Allen.

Abbot John Klassen, OSB, of Saint John's Abbey, was honored at the convocation for his study and veneration of the Christian Sacred Scriptures through the work of The Saint John's Bible. A part of the citation reads: "Regis College joins a large and growing number of those who appreciate and applaud this remarkable undertaking. We discern readily the radiance of God's Wisdom expressed in this beautiful medium."

George and Gloria Allen, with the help of Deacon William Mbugua, SJ, present the Wisdom Books volume to Archbishop Thomas Collins of the Archdiocese of Toronto.

Archbishop Thomas Collins blesses the Wisdom Books volume after it is placed in a special display case designed by Larkin Architects of Toronto. Deacon Mathieu Béré holds the display glass cover case. The display allows rotating volumes of the Heritage Edition to be changed out in the atrium of the college.

A "Page Turners Society" has been created to support exhibitions of The Saint John's Bible. Members are trained in the handling of rare books and study the artistic and theological program of the Bible. Students and benefactors of Regis College and the University of Toronto are welcome to join the Society to support the exhibition of the Bible.