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Regis University to Receive Rare, Fine Art Edition 
of The Saint John’s Bible

Regis Becomes Sixth Institution Worldwide to Display
The Heritage Edition of The Saint John’s Bible

COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. – April 16, 2009 – One of the only 299 Saint John’s BibleHeritage Editions in the world will be presented to Regis University in Denver on Friday, April 24.

An extension of the original Saint John’s Bible, the Heritage Edition is the only full-size, limited edition, signed and numbered fine art reproduction that will ever be produced.  In all, 299 fine art reproductions will be created and placed in religious, arts, academic and literary institutions around the world. Regis is the sixth institution in the world to receive one of the editions. The first was presented to His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican on April 4, 2008. Upon viewing the pages, Pope Benedict exclaimed: "This is a work of art … this is a great work of art … this is a work for eternity." Since that historic event, six institutions have received these editions, each displaying and sharing them within their communities in different fashions.

"It is a great honor for Saint John’s to be able to share this Bible with Regis University through the great generosity of the Cherne family. We hope that everyone who sees The Saint John’s Bible will be inspired to experience scripture in a very personal and meaningful way. We are pleased to deliver this monumental work to the Regis and Denver communities," said Dan Whalen, interim president of Saint John’s University.

Long-time Denver resident Beulah Cherne and her family, donated the Heritage Edition to Regis, which will be on permanent display in the St. John Francis Regis University Chapel.

"When we heard about the hand-written Saint John’s Bible, and saw how magnificent and unique it was, we knew the Heritage Edition would be the perfect gift for Father Michael Sheeran in the new Regis chapel," said Mrs. Cherne, "The fine art edition is beyond our wildest expectations and is truly a treasure that all should see."

Regis University President Father Michael Sheeran, S.J. will accept the Heritage Edition on behalf of the Regis community, and says the Cherne’s gift holds special meaning for Regis. "The seven volumes of The Saint John’s Bible Heritage Edition are a magnificent gift from Howard and Beulah Cherne," he said. "The gift caps many years of the Chernes’ gifts to an endowed scholarship at Regis. I think of the Bible as an outward sign of their ongoing commitment to enrich our student’s education."

By sharing the Heritage Edition with the Denver community, Regis University joins the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland; John Carroll University in Cleveland; Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, Calif.; the Naples Museum of Art in Naples, Fla.; and Clarke College in Dubuque, Iowa, in helping to fulfill the mission of sharing The Saint John’s Bible worldwide and making it accessible to everyone.

About The Saint John’s Bible
The Saint John’s Bible is the first handwritten, hand illuminated Bible in more than 500 years.  Under the artistic direction of Donald Jackson, the internationally acclaimed calligrapher and senior scribe to the Queen of England, The Saint John’s Bible was commissioned 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.

Through the Heritage Program, individuals and artistic, religious and cultural institutions can experience and share the only full-size, limited edition reproductions of The Saint John’s Bible.  Bound in soft Italian leather and printed on 100 percent American cotton paper, the Heritage Edition features the exquisite calligraphy, vibrant imagery and stunning gold and silver illuminations inspired by the original.  With Jackson as the creative director, the Heritage Edition is a work of art in its own right and each volume includes Jackson’s signature and certificate of authenticity. Proceeds from the sales of the Heritage Edition 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. Visit for more information.

About Regis University
Regis University, with nearly 16,000 students, comprises Regis College, College for Professional Studies and Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions. The University is recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a Top School in the West and is one of 28 Catholic Jesuit colleges and universities throughout the United States. Regis University is located at 3333 Lowell Blvd. at 50th Street in north Denver. In addition to its north Denver Lowell campus, the University has campus locations in Aurora, Colorado Springs, Interlocken at Broomfield, Denver Tech Center, Fort Collins, Longmont and two in Las Vegas, Nevada. For news releases, fact sheet, experts list or university highlights, visit the "Media Center" at For more information about Regis University visit