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Hawaii's Chaminade University Celebrates Gift of Bible

November 20, 2010 - Chaminade University, Hawaii's only Catholic university, has received a fine art edition of The Saint John's Bible. The Bible, a gift from Mrs. Joanna Lau Sullivan and family, was presented on Nov. 19 at a blessing ceremony at the Chaminade University Sullivan Family Library. The service also included the blessing of a new Stations of the Cross for the Humanities area. Fr. Eric Hollas, OSB, senior associate for arts and cultural affairs at Saint John’s University, took part in the service.

During the Bible’s blessing Fr. George Cerniglia, SM, presider and associate rector, said: "The word of God, proclaimed in the sacred Scripture, enlightens our minds and hearts. When the Scriptures are read, either privately or publicly, God speaks to us and calls us to respond in faith and love. We gather this afternoon to bless and reverence this extraordinary Bible." Chaminade plans to use the seven volumes in those liturgies marking events of greatest significance in campus life, such as graduations and installations. Chaminade will also make it available for use by the Diocese of Honolulu for similar occasions, such as the annual Red Mass for Hawaii's political leaders and the opening of the academic year Mass with the Catholic school teachers.

The Sullivan Family Library, completed in 2008, is the latest addition to the campus and is where the Heritage Edition will be displayed on the main floor. The 30,000 square foot structure is the largest academic facility built at Chaminade since its founding and functions as a library and an information services resource center.

Located in Honolulu near Waikiki Beach, Chaminade University was founded in 1955 by the Marianists, members of the Catholic Society of Mary who embrace the idea of education as a mechanism to transform society and who believe in a spirit of openness, mutual respect and acceptance.