October 21, 2014
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
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.