Popular Resources

Gift funds addition of Saint John’s Bible to Loyola/Notre Dame Library collection

February 23, 2011

The Loyola/Notre Dame Library will add a Heritage Edition of the Saint John’s Bible, a fine art reproduction of an extraordinary handwritten, hand-illuminated text, to its permanent collection, thanks to a gift of $130,000 from Mary C. Mangione and her family in memory of her late husband Nicholas B. Mangione. 

Mary Mangione is a 1952 graduate of Mount Saint Agnes College, which joined with Loyola in 1971, and Nicholas Mangione was a longtime Loyola trustee who died in 2008. Several of their 10 children also attended the University. 

“I am delighted that the Mangione family’s generosity has allowed the Library to acquire such a remarkable text,” said Loyola President Brian F. Linnane, S.J. “This gift will allow us to share the beauty and mystery of the Word, in this remarkable form, with students, academics, and members of the greater community who would not otherwise have an opportunity to see such a moving work of art and faith.” 

“All of us at the College are deeply grateful to the Mangione family for the gift of the Saint John’s Bible,” said Mary Pat Seurkamp, president of College of Notre Dame of Maryland. “It is truly a masterpiece and its legacy will inspire our students, faculty, and staff for generations to come.”

The original Saint John’s Bible was commissioned by Saint John’s Abbey and University in Collegeville, Minn. Renowned calligrapher Donald Jackson coordinated teams of artists in Wales and scholars in Minnesota to work together to create The Saint John's Bible, in which calligraphy and illumination bring the Word of God to life in an exquisite and inspiring blend of art and theology. 

The Heritage Edition is a fine art reproduction of the original. A world-class team of scribes, artists, and craftspeople have guided its development, from the ink first touching the vellum, to ensure that each of its 1,150 pages and 160 illuminations maintains the awe-inspiring artistic intent of the original. 

The Heritage Edition program allows the majesty of the original Saint John’s Bible to be enjoyed throughout the world; the Loyola/Notre Dame Library hosted an exhibit featuring portions of a Heritage Edition this past fall. 

The Library’s newly acquired Heritage Edition will be on display at the Baltimore Basilica on Tuesday, April 5, from 7 – 9 p.m. during a Lenten celebration of Jesuit meditations, choir performances, and Benedictine chants in anticipation of the Easter holiday. 

For more information on this event, please contact Melinda Timlen at 410-532-3179 or mtimlen@ndm.edu.