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For Dec. 11, 2008

Christmas with The Saint John’s Bible
Rare, Fine Art Reproduction on Display at Chicago History Museum

WHAT: Chicago is the first stop on a national tour for The Heritage Edition, a fine art reproduction of The Saint John’s Bible. A private reception, "Christmas with The Saint John’s Bible" will be held on Thursday, December 11, 2008 at the Chicago History Museum. The event will feature an hors d’oeuvres and dessert reception and presentation of a fine art reproduction of The Saint John’s Bible. Fr. Eric Hollas, OSB, Senior Associate for Arts & Cultural Affairs at Saint John’s University, will present the keynote, "Sharing The Saint John’s Bible with the World."

The Chicago event continues Saint John’s mission of sharing The Saint John’s Bible with the world. On April 4, 2008, Pope Benedict XVI was presented with Wisdom Books – St. Peter Apostles Edition, signaling the commitment of Saint John’s to share and The Saint John’s Bible with the world.

Thursday, December 11, 2008           Chicago History Museum – Chicago Room
6 – 9 p.m.                                            Private Reception

5 – 6 p.m.                                            Media Reception – please register your attendance


  • Visuals, including the Wisdom Volume of the Heritage Edition of The Saint John’s Bible
  • Interviews with Fr. Eric Hollas, OSB, senior associate for Arts & Cultural Affairs, Saint John’s University and Jim Triggs, executive director, Heritage Program, Saint John’s University

ABOUT THE HERITAGE PROGRAM: Through The Heritage Program, individuals and artistic, religious and cultural institutions can experience and share the only full size, limited edition, signed and numbered reproductions of The Saint John’s Bible. Limited to 360 full sets, each will be numbered and include a certificate of authenticity. The Heritage Program includes the Heritage Edition sets – a full set and a five volume set – currently available for subscription. Please visit for additional information, or to purchase or gift a reproduction.

Proceeds from the sales of The Saint John’s Bible Heritage Program will help fund the continuing preservation of endangered medieval manuscripts worldwide, a permanent home for The Saint John’s Bible and scholarly work related to this monumental masterpiece.

ABOUT THE SAINT JOHN’S BIBLE: The Saint John’s Bible is the first handwritten, illuminated Bible commissioned since the advent of the printing press. It was commissioned in 1998 by the Benedictine monks of Saint John’s Abbey and University to ignite the spiritual imagination of believers throughout the world and to illuminate the Word of God for a new millennium.

Saint John’s University has partnered with world-renowned calligrapher Donald Jackson, senior scribe to Her Majesty the Queen’s Crown Office at the House of Lords in London, England, to create this masterpiece. To spread its message of inclusion, The Saint John’s Bible is being written in English and includes powerful illuminations that place the manuscript clearly within our modern age. Episcopalian, Protestant and Jewish advisors have helped to form the vision of The Saint John’s Bible, serving as consultants and as members of committees dedicated to assisting Donald Jackson. For additional information, please visit

Kristin Heinmets, Haberman & Associates
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