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CBC Radio’s Tapestry Features Saint John’s Bible

CBC Radio’s Tapestry Features Saint John’s Bible

Date: Thursday, June 15, 2017

The Saint John’s Bible captured the attention of a larger audience this past week, during CBC Radio’s Tapestry show. Host Mary Hynes interviewed St. Jerome’s University’s director of the Master of Catholic Thought program Cristina Vanin; Fr. Michael Patella, a Benedictine monk of Saint John's Abbey in Collegeville, Minnesota and a professor of New Testament at the Saint John's School of Theology and Seminary; and renowned calligrapher Donald Jackson as part of her program. The show highlighted the first illuminated Bible to be commissioned by a Benedictine monastery since the origin of the printing press more than 500 years ago. The Heritage Editions of two volumes — Gospels and Acts and  Pentateuch — are currently on display at St. Jerome’s University.

“When Mary Hynes was here in February as a presenter for our “Lectures in Catholic Experience” series I introduced her to the Saint John’s Bible on display in our Academic Centre Atrium,” stated Vanin, who is also director of the lecture series.  “I suggested that it may be a great topic to feature on Tapestry.”


In 1998, Saint John’s Abbey and University commissioned Donald Jackson to produce a hand-written, hand-illuminated Bible. The resulting work of art has more than 1,130 pages and 160 illuminations that reflect life in the modern era.


“Tapestry’s online presence paired well with the visual aspects of the illuminated Bible, making featuring it on radio and online a real possibility,” added Vanin. “I am thrilled that more people are hearing about this beautiful work of art. Its commitment to hospitality for all, transformation, justice, and to reaching across boundaries, is inspiring and healing.”


Listen to the online version of Tapestry by going to



Marilyn Caird,
Administrative Manager
President’s Office, St. Jerome’s University
(519) 884-8111 x28245