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“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

St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minn., received a limited, fine arts edition of The Saint John’s Bible. Three of the seven Heritage Edition volumes — Wisdom Books, Prophets and Psalms — were part of the university’s annual Advent Vespers Service, Thursday, Dec. 10.

This gift of The Saint John’s Bible Heritage Edition to St. Catherine University was made possible through the generosity of Lois and John Rogers. Lois Rogers graduated from St. Catherine in 1963 with a Bachelor of Arts degree, with a major in English. John Rogers graduated from Saint John’s University in 1963. Lois has served on the Saint John’s Board of Regents and the board of the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library at Saint John’s University, which oversees the creation of the Bible.

"This is a gift of immeasurable portions," said Abbot John Klassen, OSB. "We couldn’t be more pleased to present ‘this holy splendor’ to St. Catherine’s."

The Advent Vespers Service, attended by alumni and friends of St. Catherine’s, included readings from the three volumes. Each volume was led in by a procession of liturgical dancers and Bible bearers including Rogers who carried the Prophets volume to the front of Our Lady of Victory Chapel.

St. Catherine University

Lois Rogers carries the Prophets volume to be displayed in front of Our Lady of Victory Chapel at St. Catherine University.

A liturgical dancer opens the Psalms volume while three young Bible bearers look on.

A liturgical dancer processes in at the beginning of St. Catherine University’s Advent Vespers Service. Three volumes of The Saint John’s Bible were presented to St. Catherine at the service.

The three volumes were on display at a reception following the service. Eccesiastes Frontispiece from Wisdom Books is shown in this open spread.