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Bible's Arrival Helps College of Saint Mary Celebrate Heritage, Sacred Word

September 24, 2010 - After hosting "Illuminating the Word: The Saint John's Bible" at the Joslyn Museum in early 2006, a fine art reproduction of the Bible has found a permanent home in Omaha at College of Saint Mary (CSM), a private women's Catholic college. The Heritage Edition's arrival was celebrated at a special reception on Sept. 23. The event followed the Mercy Day Vespers and Crucifix dedication service performed by two Sisters of Mercy in the new Prayer Circle. The celebration was all part of CSM's 2010 Heritage Week. The fine art reproduction will provide students and the Omaha community with a work of art that reflects its Catholic heritage, enhances the college’s education and outreach programs, and inspires faith and belief.

"CSM will use The Saint John's Bible Heritage Edition to expand our educational offerings in interdisciplinarystudy, scholarly research and outreach," said Susan Medina, development officer for College of Saint Mary. "The volumes will be used in theology courses to inspire students to a deeper understanding of the sacred words that are central to our Judeo-Christian heritage and it will become a luminous icon for spiritual life on campus."

To expand its use as an educational resource, CSM will place the volumes on permanent display in an enhanced exhibition space. According to the college, the accessibility of this extraordinary work of art will open new doors for igniting spiritual imagination, fostering the arts, and enhancing knowledge about faith and religious beliefs. Additional outreach opportunities — including tours, classroom visits and lectures — will be provided to local schools, community groups and parishes

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