Monastery News Page
October 21, 2014

A Unique Bible
      On Tuesday, October 21st, a very special presentation took place in our monastery chapel for the Pontiac Area Vicariate.  The Vicariate, consisting of Catholic parishes, schools and religious communities in northern Oakland County welcomed Mr. Timothy Triggs, the Executive Director of the St. Johnís Bible Heritage Program, as a featured guest speaker.  In the late 90ís, a team of experts which included transcribers, artists and Scripture scholars took on a monumental task with the approval and aid of the Benedictine monastic community in Collegeville, Minnesota.  Their goal was to create an entirely hand-written Bible with hand-drawn illustrations on cowís hide Ė an accomplishment that has not been done in over 500 years.

     Mr. Triggs spoke to 27 representatives from the Vicariate, including Fr. Michael Green and Br. Mark Orcutt from our community about the endeavor and its completion.  The translation used is the New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition of the Bible.  Br. Mark found that the most interesting aspect of the talk by Mr. Triggs was the level of cooperation needed in undertaking the task between the transcribers and the artists.  On-screen images of the some of the pages gave all the attendees a glimpse of the appearance of the St. Johnís Bible.  The day began at 10 a.m. and ended at 1 p.m. which included time for fellowship, the presentation and lunch.

For last week's news story, click here.