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Archbishop Flynn Calls The Saint John’s Bible
 "A Great Work of Art"

Collegeville, Minn. – April 24, 2008 – Archbishop Harry Flynn was recognized today with a rare, full-size reproduction of The Saint John’s Bible at a ceremony at the Cathedral of Saint Paul in honor of his upcoming retirement.

Saint John’s University and Abbey and the Frey family of Minneapolis presented Flynn with the first completed volume of the Heritage Edition of The Saint John’s Bible. The full-size reproduction is signed by Donald Jackson, the artistic director of The Saint John’s Bible, and is approximately 2 feet tall by 3 feet wide when open and weighs about 20 pounds.

In presenting the first volume of the Heritage Edition to Flynn, Eugene Frey said how fitting it was for his family to present the Wisdom Books to such a wise friend and a wise person. "Archbishop Flynn has made the whole state of Minnesota a better place," said Eugene Frey. "This is our way of thanking him for his priestly life and the outstanding leadership he has provided to all of us."

In accepting the Wisdom Books, Flynn spoke of God’s mandate to remain in His love. "The Frey family has accepted this mandate in so many ways. That love has been strong and a gift to so many," he said.
Flynn continued, "The Saint John’s Bible says in the most artistic way – in its beauty and its boldness – we will not be ignorant of the scripture. How marvelous it is that this great work of art was initiated by Saint John’s University."

"Saint John’s cannot think of a more appropriate person to receive this Heritage Edition," said Br. Dietrich Reinhart, OSB, president of Saint John’s University. "Archbishop Flynn has a special place in the heart of all of us so it is a privilege to be here today with the Frey family to honor a man of universal kindness and integrity."

The Heritage Edition of The Saint John’s Bible is a gift to Archbishop Harry Flynn from Saint John’s University. The gift was made possible through the generosity of the Eugene and Mary Frey family as a token of their high regard and esteem for the Archbishop, and in celebration of his more than 11 years of pastoral service and leadership as the Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. 

Sharing The Saint John’s Bible Worldwide
Today’s presentation at the Cathedral was one of three presentations Saint John’s University has made in April. On April 4, Saint John’s University and Abbey presented the St. Peter Apostles Edition of The Saint John’s Bible to His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI, by the Papal Foundation through the generosity of the Gerald and Henrietta Rauenhorst Foundation.

On April 12, the Prophets Edition of The Saint John’s Bible was presented to John Carroll University from Saint John’s University. The gift was made possible through a donation by Target in honor of John Pellegrene, a retired Target executive and member of John Carroll’s class of 1958, and a long-time supporter of The Saint John’s Bible.

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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 in pre-publication for $115,000. In addition, the program includes three enhanced editions – Apostles, Prophets and Patriarchs – each for a different sponsorship level. 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.

The Saint John’s Bible is being created by a team of scribes, artists and craftspeople in a scriptorium in Wales under the artistic direction of Donald Jackson, one of the world’s foremost calligraphers and the Scribe to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Crown Office at the House of Lords in London, England.
The Saint John’s Bible is truly a monumental manuscript at more than 2 feet tall and 3 feet wide when open. Its construction parallels that of its medieval predecessors, written on vellum, using quills, natural handmade inks, hand-ground pigments and gold leaf while incorporating modern themes, images and technology of the 21st century. The creation of the Bible continues the Benedictine tradition of copying and caring for sacred texts.

This 1,150-page Bible will be created in seven distinct volumes: Pentateuch, Historical Books, Psalms, Prophets, Wisdom Books, Gospels and Acts, Letters and Revelation. Upon completion, it will reside at the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library on the Saint John’s campus. For additional information, please visit