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 most rare, full-sized reproduction of The Saint John’s Bible was presented to His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI on April 4, 2008. As he turned the pages, the Holy Father described it as “a work of art, a great work of art.” The presentation occurred at the Vatican in Rome during the annual meeting of the Papal Foundation. The Holy Father received the St. Peter Apostles Edition of The Saint John’s Bible and a handwritten dedication page by Donald Jackson, the Bible’s artistic director. The St. Peter Apostles Edition of The Saint John’s Bible was a gift to Pope Benedict XVI from Saint John’s University and Abbey through the generosity of the Gerald and Henrietta Rauenhorst Foundation. “For our family, The Saint John’s Bible is a beautiful art masterpiece, and more than that, it’s a way to spread the faith around the world,” said Judy Rauenhorst Mahoney, board member of the Papal Foundation and daughter of Gerald and Henrietta Rauenhorst.

The Vatican
 

His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI enters the audience hall at the Apostolic Palace, with the Wisdom Books volume of The Saint John’s Bible in the foreground, while Abbot John Klassen, OSB, Br. Dietrich Reinhart, OSB, and Donald Mabel Jackson look on.

His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI pages through the Wisdom Books volume. Standing next to the Pope at the Vatican is Gerald Rauenhorst, Papal Foundation board member, and Br. Dietrich Reinhart, OSB, president of Saint John’s University. Donald Jackson, artistic director of The Saint John’s Bible, and his wife, Mabel, are pictured in the next row.

Gerald Rauenhorst and His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI with the St. Peter Apostles Edition of The Saint John’s Bible.