The Saint John's Bible in Word, Art, and Music

The Saint John's Bible in Word, Art, and Music

Artistic rendition of Saint John's Bible       

Join us for a celebration of 

The Saint John's Bible in Word, Art, and Music



April 15, 2015 

3:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Von der Ahe Family Suite

William H. Hannon Library (third floor)
Loyola Marymount University 
1 LMU Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90045


The Saint John’s Bible is the product of collaboration between artist-calligraphers, illuminators, scholars, and the monks of St. John’s Abbey in Minnesota, and is the first completely handwritten, illuminated Bible to have been produced since the invention of the printing press. The manuscript employs ancient techniques to create a contemporary masterpiece intended to put us in communication with the Infinite. The William H. Hannon Library’s limited Heritage Edition reproduction of this manuscript is the gift of Laura '74 and Steven Williamson in honor of former LMU president Robert B. Lawton, S.J.

Featuring a presentation and discussion with Suzanne Moore, artist and illuminator for the Saint John's Bible.

The full program will also include musical performances, readings and presentations from LMU faculty, staff and students.


Sponsored by the William H. Hannon Library, the Program in Catholic Studies, and the Lilly Faculty Seminar.




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Schedule of events:


3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Reading and Singing of the Sacred Text.

Introduction: Dr. Barbara Rico, Catholic Studies

Reading from Genesis: Rabbi Ilana Schachter (in Hebrew); Associate Dean Michael Horan (in English)

Reading and singing of Psalm 100: Rabbi Ilana Schachter (in Hebrew); Katherine Brown (in English)

Reading from the Gospel of Matthew: Bishop Gordon Bennett, S.J.

Musical Interlude: Chris de Silva


4:15 - 5:15 p.m.

Multimedia Tour of Archives and Special Collections.

Leaf through the seven volumes of the Saint John’s Bible and watch the documentary “The Illuminator and a Bible for the 21st Century.”


5:30 p.m.

The Saint John’s Bible in Word and Art.

Presenter: Suzanne Moore, member of the community of artists of the Saint John’s Bible


Dr. Brett Hoover, Pastoral Theology

Dr. Cecilia Gonzalez-Andrieu, Theological Aesthetics


6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Conversations around the Table.

Audience and panelists have an opportunity to discuss the day’s events while sharing refreshments.