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A year with the saint johns bible 2019-2020

The Saint John’s Bible is the first handwritten and illuminated Bible commissioned by a Benedictine monastery since the invention of the printing press in the 15th century. Beginning on January 28, 2019 for one year, Caldwell will host the Heritage Edition of the Gospels and Acts volume of the Bible, a work of art that unites the ancient Benedictine tradition with today’s technology and vision.

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Throughout the year, Caldwell University will provide a series of programs and lectures in history, theology, art, science, music and more as they relate to the Bible.
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Saint John’s Bible Lectures

Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019, 10 a.m. to noon and
Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019, 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. – “Healing the Helper: Art Therapy, Self-Care, and The Saint John’s Bible” will be the focus of a series of workshops at Caldwell University. Caregivers can become susceptible to increased stress, vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue, and burnout explains art therapy faculty member Natashia Collins. The sessions are meant to help caregivers experience a renewed sense of purpose, she explains. They are aimed at helping those who are working in medicine, emergency care, education, nursing, behavioral health, social work, caregiving, ministry, service and more. “We will explore the cognitive, emotional, and spiritual experience of the helper through the artwork and stories of The Saint John’s Bible,” said Collins.

Thursday, October 10 at 10:00 am – Quigley Board Room
Introduction and Presentation on The Saint John’s Bible followed by a Guided Visio Divina. Visio Divina – “sacred seeing” – is an ancient form of Christian prayer in which we allow our hearts and imaginations to enter into a sacred image, in silence, to see what God might have to say to us. Led by, Colleen O’Brien, Director of Campus Ministry. RSVP to Jill Sheldon 973-618-3242 or jsheldon@caldwell.edu.

Wednesday, Oct 30 at noon: A Saint John’s Bible Poetry Reading with Sister Eva Mary Hooker, CSC will be held in the Westervelt Lecture Hall in Werner Hall.  Sister Eva will read nine of her own original poems that are based upon images from The Saint John’s Bible which she will project in a powerpoint. She will also read from her full-length collection, Godwit (Three: A Taos Press, 2016).    Sister Eva is professor of English and writer-in-residence at Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame.  The reading is sponsored by the Saint  John’s Bible committee and Caldwell University Dr. Mary Ann Miller’s Catholic Writers (of literature) class.

Sunday, Nov 10, 3 p.m : “Illuminations: A Concert of Music Inspired by The
Saint John’s Bible” will premiere at 3 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 10 in the university
Alumni Theatre.  Music faculty member Nan Childress Orchard has
commissioned two original works from New Jersey composers Caroline H. Newman and Rob Middleton to celebrate Caldwell University’s Year with The Saint John’s Bible.  Performers include Childress Orchard, piano; Music Department faculty members Rebecca Vega, flute, and Rob Middleton, clarinet; and Jacqueline Stern, violoncello.

Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019, 4:30 p.m. at Alumni Theatre  – Dr. Marie Mullaney, professor of history, will present on “The Saint John’s Bible: From the Middle Ages to the 21st
Century.” This lecture will explain how an understanding of medieval history can lead to a deeper appreciation of The Saint John’s Bible since its production is so intimately linked to the values, techniques, and lifestyles of the time.

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Viewing The Saint John’s Bible at Caldwell University

The Saint John’s Bible is on display daily at the Jennings Library unless it has been reserved for an event. Groups are also invited to book visits during the year at thesaintjohnsbible@caldwell.edu or by calling Julie Kajouras at 973 618-3922.

Media coverage

WMBC-TV news story on The Saint John’s Bible at Caldwell 

NJ.Com – “An absolutely stunning Bible is on display in N.J. Here’s how you can see it.”

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