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La Roche College to Turn a Page of The Saint John’s Bible Each Day of Pope Francis’ Historic Visit to America

As a symbol of Christian unity and hospitality, La Roche College to join schools, churches, libraries and hospitals in “Illuminating the Mission: 7 Days – 7 Pages”

Beginning Monday, Sept. 21, and each day of Pope Francis’s historic visit to America, La Roche College will join institutions across the country by turning to the same page of The Saint John’s Bible Heritage Edition.

This simple act will be a rich symbol of Christian solidarity as the American people welcome the Holy Father. There are more than 160 illuminations and 1,150 pages in the seven volumes of The Saint John’s Bible.

“It is so appropriate that The Saint John’s Bible Heritage Edition should be at the center of our thoughts during Pope Francis’ visit to the United States and, in particular, Pennsylvania,” La Roche College President Sister Candace Introcaso, CDP, Ph.D., said. “In the past three years since La Roche acquired the Heritage Edition, its messages and stunning illuminations have been incorporated into our academic programs, worship services and campus life. Just as Pope Francis inspires us to seek and serve those in need, The Saint John’s Bible inspires us to personally reflect on the power and providence of God in our lives.”

The following illuminations will be on display each day in La Roche College’s Wright Library and online at laroche.edu/reflections:

Monday, Sept. 21 Creation (Genesis)

Tuesday, Sept. 22 Abraham and Sarah (Genesis)

Wednesday, Sept. 23 Ten Commandments (Exodus)

Thursday, Sept. 24 Peter’s Confession (Matthew)

Friday, Sept. 25 Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes (Mark)

Saturday, Sept. 26 Two Cures (Mark)

Sunday, Sept. 27 Pentecost (Acts of the Apostle)

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. Saint John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota, commissioned world-renowned calligrapher Donald Jackson, senior scribe to Her Majesty the Queen’s Crown Office at the House of Lords in London, England, to create this masterpiece. More information on The Saint John’s Bible and the Heritage Edition can be found at saintjohnsbible.org.

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