Genealogy of Jesus, Donald Jackson, Copyright 2002, The Saint John’s Bible, Saint John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota USA. Used by permission.  All rights reserved.

The Saint John's Bible at Saint Luke's

In 1995, Donald Jackson, a renowned calligrapher and artist, proposed an audacious idea to the monks at Saint John’s Abbey, Collegeville, MN.  He wanted Saint John’s to sponsor the creation of a hand-written illuminated bible, the first since the advent of the printing press 500 years ago.  He believed that this would be a gift to humanity at the dawn of the new millennium. 

The monks agreed.

The 1150 vellum pages of the Saint John’s Bible took eleven years to complete, through the efforts of six calligraphers and six artists. Next came the painstaking creation of 299 amazing fine-art reproductions, so that the Saint John’s Bible could be shared with the world.  Saint Luke’s, Darien, is delighted to be the 2019 home for one of these breathtakingly beautiful volumes — Gospels and Acts of the Apostles.

It is a 21st century work of art in the spirit of medieval manuscripts. Our parish has greeted it with great enthusiasm and sense of mission.  Some of us are drawn to it by an interest in scripture, others through its art and still others as a way to bring the word to an often-skeptical secular community.

To learn more about the Saint John’s Bible, go to

If you would like to view the volume at Saint Luke’s, or arrange for it to be shown to your church or organization, please contact

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