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

The University of St. Thomas has received a rare, fine-art edition of The Saint John’s Bible from Saint John’s University. The bible’s Heritage Edition is a gift made possible by Robert Ulrich on behalf of Target Corp. Ulrich, Target’s former chairman and chief executive officer, is a member of St. Thomas’ Board of Trustees. Ulrich and Father Robert Koopmann, O.S.B., president of St. John’s University, presented the bible to Father Dennis Dease, president of St. Thomas, on Aug. 27.

“We are so grateful for this internationally renowned work of art that will be treasured by our campus community for years to come,” Dease said.

“For a library to have an example of calligraphy and illumination of this quality is very exciting,” added Daniel Gjelten, director of university libraries at St. Thomas. “At a time when the content of the library is becoming increasingly digital, when reading has become an activity requiring monitors, displays and screens, receiving a manuscript like this is a beautiful reminder of the very best of the book-making art. … We will care for and preserve The Saint John’s Bible for generations to come.”

University of St. Thomas
 

On hand for the presentation of The Saint John's Bible Heritage Edition Aug. 27 were, left to right: St. Thomas president Father Dennis Dease; St. Thomas trustee Robert Ulrich, former chairman and chief executive officer of Target Corp.; Father Robert Koopmann, president of Saint John's University; and John Pellegrene, retired executive vice president of marketing for Target Corp.

The Heritage Edition of The Saint John’s Bible will be housed in the Department of Special Collections at St. Thomas’ O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library Center, which also owns a rare facsimile edition of another famous illuminated manuscript, the eighth-century Book of Kells. Illumination detail from Jobs Frontispiece from the Wisdom Books volume.

(l to r): University of St. Thomas president Father Dennis Dease and St. Thomas trustee Robert Ulrich, former chairman and chief executive officer of Target Corp with the Ecclesiastes Frontispiece from the Wisdom Books volume.

A detail from Wisdom Woman illumination from the Wisdom Books volume. The motif of the mirror comes to full fruition in the face of Wisdom reflected in a mirror.

(l to r): Father Robert Koopmann, OSB, president of Saint John's University, University of St. Thomas president Father Dennis Dease and Father Eric Hollas, OSB, Saint John’s University senior associate of Arts and Culture.