Celebrating God's Word - The St. John's Bible at Regis College

On Wednesday, October 9th, 2014 Regis College celebrated the arrival of the seventh and final volume of the Heritage Edition of the St. John's Bible and the completion of this extraordinary gift to the college by George and Gloria Allen of St. Paul, Minnesota.

Celebrating God's Word - The St. John's Bible at Regis College featured short presentations by Regis Professors Michael Kolarcik, S.J., Scott Lewis, S.J. and Gordon Rixon, S.J. and rare book conservators and educators Betsy Palmer Elridge and Pearce J. Carefoote. Each presenter offered an unique reflection on the St. John's Bible and its use in the educational and faith formation outreach of the college. Before and after the formal program, youth from St. Robert's Catholic High School in Thornhill and Holy Family Parish in Bolton joined Regis students to turn pages of the volumes for those in attendance.

The St. John's Bible at Regis College

The Heritage Edition is a gift from George and Gloria Allen of St. Paul, Minnesota. It was presented to Fr. Schner at a special convocation in St. Joseph Chapel.  At the convocation, Abbott John Klassen, O.S.B., of Saint John's Abbey, Collegeville, Minnesota and Sr. Eileen Schuller, o.s.u. of MacMaster University, Hamilton were honored for their study and veneration of the Christian Sacred Scriptures. Archbishop Thomas Collins of Toronto preached at a Eucharist preceding the convocation. Following the convocation, Archbishop Collins enthroned the Wisdom volume in a special display case in the Atrium of the College designed by Larkin Architects of Toronto. An enthroned volume of the Bible remains on permanent rotating display.

The Allens decided to place the volumes of the Heritage Edition, the first to be presented in Canada, at Regis College because they were confident that the Jesuits would use them in their educational and evangelical ministry across the country. "Gloria and I are delighted to share this inspirational rendering of the Word of God with so many people,” George said.  “We have had a long relation with the Canadian Jesuits. We look forward to collaborating in their mission for many years to come."

The seven-volume gift is one of only 299 facsimiles of The Saint John's Bible, the first complete Bible to be scribed and illuminated by hand in more than 500 years. The original combines medieval artistic techniques with contemporary theological reflection in a visual medium.

In appreciation of this remarkable gift, Regis College has initiated a Travelling Program for religious education and faith formation, which has seen volumes of the St. John's Bible visit over eighty parishes, schools, universities and retreat centers. More than 10,000 people have encountered the Old Testament volumes and delighted in the prayerful turning of its hand-crafted pages. Beginning in Advanet, the 2012-2013 Travelling program will feature the Gospels and Acts volume.

A "Page Turners Society" has been created to support exhibitions of the St. John's Bible. Members are trained in the handling of rare books and study the artistic and theological program of the Bible. Students of Regis College and the University of Toronto may apply to join. Benefactors are also welcome to join the Society to support the exhibition of the Bible. For more information, contact Dean Gordon Rixon, S.J. at gordon.rixon@utoronto.ca or call 416-922-5474 x225.

Regis College is located at 100 Wellesley Street West, Toronto, near the corner of Queen's Park Crescent East. Regis College is on the 94 Wellesley bus route and a short walk (south) from the Museum subway station. Public parking is available in the University of St. Michael's College parking lot on St. Joseph Street, one block north of Regis College. The venue is accessible.

Regis College is the Jesuit School of Theology at the University of Toronto and a Founding Member of the Toronto School of Theology.

Members of the public interested in theological education are invited to attend an open house in October and March each year.

Exhibitions of the Regis College Heritage Edition of the St. John's Bible

To inquire about hosting an exhibit of the St. John's Bible, please click here.

Upcoming Exhibits

18 March 2014 - St. Anselm's Parish, Toronto ON

22 March 2014 - St. Mary Magdalene Parish, Toronto ON

Recent Exhibits

8-9 March 2014 - St. Monica's Parish, Toronto ON

31 January 2014 - Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board

14 January 2014 - Holy Family Parish, Bolton ON

11/12 January 2014 - Holy Family Parish, Bolton ON

1 December 2013 - Immaculate Conception Parish, Sutton West, Ontario

17 November 2013 - St. Basil's Parish, Toronto ON

13 November 2013 - St. Thomas More Parish, Toronto ON

9-10 November 2013 - Nativity of Our Lord Parish, Etobicoke ON

28 September - 5 October 2013 - University of Sudbury

9 May 2013 - Calligraphic Arts Guild of Toronto, Toronto ON

9 May 2013 - Annunciation of Our Lord School, Hamilton ON

26 March 2013 - Paulist Ministry Centre, Toronto ON

23-24 February 2013 - St. John the Evangelist Parish, Weston ON

2-4 February 2013 - Holy Family Parish, Whitby ON

12-13 January 2013 - St. Alphonsus Ligouri Parish, Peterborough ON

15-16 December 2012 - Immaculate Conception/Our Lady of the Lake Parish, Sutton West ON

21 November 2012 - Catholicity Resource Fair, Hamilton Wentworth Roman Catholic District School Board, Hamilton ON

11 November 2012 - Catholic Community, University of Guelph

26 October 2012 - Faith Development Day, Peterborough, Victoria, Northumberland and Clarington Catholic District School Board, Peterborough ON

23 October 2012 - Professional Development Class, Marshall McCluhan Catholic Secondary School, Toronto

22 October 2012 - Faith Formation Day, St. Robert Catholic High School, Thornhill On

15-16 September 2012 - Nativity of Our Lord Parish, Etobicoke ON

21-22 April 2012 - St. Isaac Jogues Parish, Pickering ON

27 February 2012 - Toronto Council, Knights of Columbus, Toronto ON

10 February 2012 - Niel McNiel High School, Toronto ON

24 January 2012 - Halton Catholic District School Board, Halton ON

20 January 2012 - Durham Catholic District School Board, Pickering ON

10 December 2011 - Villa Loyola Retreat House, Sudbury ON

5 December 2011 - Cardinal Newman High School, Toronto ON

1 December 2011 - Marshall McLuhan High School, Toronto ON

28 November 2011 - Marshall McLuhan High School, Toronto ON

26 November 2011 - St. Luke's Parish Retreat, Thornhill ON

16 November 2011 - St. Patrick's Parish, Markham ON

16 November 2011 - Catholicity Resource Fair, Hamilton Wentworth Roman Catholic District School Board, Hamilton ON

15 November 2011 - Religious Education Additional Qualification Course, OECTA / Toronto Catholic District School Board, Toronto ON

5 November 2011 - Archdiocesan Leadership Formation Program, Toronto ON

28 October 2011 - St. Peter's Seminary, London ON

27 October 2011 - King's University College at the University of Western Ontario, London ON

15 October 2011 - International Conference on the Book, University of St. Michael's College, Toronto ON

24/25 September 2011 - St. Joseph the Worker Parish, Toronto ON

1 February 2011 - Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto, "Great and Manifold: A Celebration of the Bible in English," continued through June.

18/19 June 2011 - St. Anne's Parish, Toronto ON

14 June 2011 - Holy Family Parish, Bolton ON

12 June 2011 - Transfiguration of Our Lord, Toronto ON

3 May 2011 - St. Joseph School, Aurora ON

16 March 2011 - Lenten Lecture Series, St. Marguerite D'Youville Parish, Brampton ON. Continues weekly on Wednesday evenings, until April 13. 

3 April 2011 - Saints Cyril and Methodius Parish, Mississauga ON

31 March - 1 April 2011 - Word of God: Light of Love, A Symposium on “Verbum Domini,” Regis College

30 March 2011 - St. John the Evangelist Parish, Weston ON 

28 March 2011 - Robert Bellarmine High School, Thornhill ON

24 March 2011 - Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, Toronto ON

20 March 2011 - Knights of the Holy Sepulcher Retreat, Toronto ON

16 March 2011 - Newman Centre, Toronto ON

15 March 2011 - St. Joseph Parish, Streetsville ON

5 March 2011 - Open House, Regis College

19 February 2011 - Catholic Women's League Convention, Toronto ON 

6 February 2011 - St. Edmund of Canterbury Parish, Beaconsfield PQ

4 February 2011 - Loyola High School, Montreal PQ

22/23 January 2011 - Holy Family Parish, Bolton ON

14 January 2011 - Central Deanery Meeting, Regis College.

17 December 2010 - Advent Day of Reflection, Southdown Institute, Aurora ON

30 November 2010 - Hamilton-Wentworth Roman Catholic District School Board, Hamilton ON

28 November 2010 - Newman Centre, Toronto ON

26 November 2010 - Education of Youth Commission Meeting, Regis College

24 November 2010 - Christian-Jewish Dialogue of Toronto Reception, Toronto ON

18 November 2010 - Canadian Book Binders and Book Artists Guild, Regis College

13/14 November 2010 - St. Therese Parish, Courtice ON 

8-11 November 2010 - Canadian Association of Ministries Programs National Conference, Villa Loyola, Sudbury ON

30/31 October 2010 - Good Shepherd Parish, Thornhill ON 

24 October 2010 - Covenant House, Toronto ON

23 October 2010 - Manresa Retreat House, Pickering ON

22 October 2010 - Faith Meets Pedagogy Conference, Toronto ON

16/17 October 2010 - St. Margaret Mary Parish, Vaughan, ON

28/29 September 2010 - Regis College / Manresea Retreat House, Pickering, "Word Beyond Image and Text: Sensus Plenior in the
Contemplation of Scripture," encore presentation, continues monthy until March 22 /23, 2011. For enrolment information, please click here

23 September 2010 - Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Toronto ON

22 September 2010 - Our Lady of Grace, Aurora ON 

21 September 2010 - St. Leo's Parish, Etobicoke ON

14 July 2010 - Camp Ekon, Muskoka ON

16 June 2010 - St. John the Evangelist Parish, Weston ON

2 June 2010 - St. John's Church, Scarborough ON 

29 -30 May 2010 - Regis College, Doors Open Toronto

27 May 2010 - Regis College, Enthronment

28 April 2010 - Regis College, "Word Beyond Image and Text: Sensus Plenior in the Contemplation of Scripture," continues Wesnesday evenings until June 9th.

22 April 2010 - St. Joseph Parish, Streetsville ON

24 March 2010 - Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, Toronto ON

22 March 2010 - Newman Centre, Toronto ON

4 March 2010 - St. Marguerite D'Youville Parish, Brampton ON