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The Saint John's Bible at ACU

What is The Saint John's Bible?

The Saint John's Bible was commissioned in 1998 by Saint John's Abbey and University in the USA. It is the first illuminated Bible to be commissioned by a Benedictine abbey in nearly 500 years.

Visit The Saint John's Bible website.

The Saint John's Bible Artworks

In 2012, ACU acquired a Heritage Edition of The Saint John’s Bible. To mark the arrival, Visual Arts students at the Strathfield Campus were invited to produce their own artwork inspired by the beautifully illustrated, illuminated pages. Their paintings are currently on display in the Library with a competition having been run to pick five favourites. The winners were:

The Heritage Edition Arrives

In 2012, ACU acquired a Heritage Edition of The Saint John’s Bible – a limited edition museum-quality reproduction, printed on custom-made cloth paper, featuring metallic illuminations, and bound in hand-embossed leather. Like the original, the Heritage Edition is in seven volumes and each measures two feet tall by three feet wide when open.

The acquisition of the Heritage Edition was largely due to the inspired decision and funding from Fr Anthony Casamento, ACU’s Director of Catholic Identity and Mission and the support of the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Greg Craven.

Fr Eric Hollas, OSB, a Benedictine monk and priest from Saint John’s Abbey in Collegeville, Minnesota, officially handed over the University’s set of books during a visit to the North Sydney Campus.

Prophets volume at Melbourne Campus

The Prophets volume on display in the chapel at the Melbourne Campus.

The Saint John's Bible is launched at ACU

On 9 October 2013, there were simultaneous launches of The Saint John's Bible on all six ACU campuses.

Read our Library news posts for further information and photos.