St. John’s Bible Visits Vermont

In 1998, Saint John’s Abbey and University commissioned renowned calligrapher Donald Jackson to produce a hand-written, hand-illuminated Bible. Excerpts of this bible will be coming to Vermont!

The VECNCC will be hosting several events with presenter Tim Ternes to share this amazing and inspired piece of art, culture and word of God.  If you are interested in hosting an event during the week of April 18-20, 2023, please contact us at

We invite you to explore this work of art that unites an ancient Benedictine tradition with the technology and vision of today, illuminating the Word of God for a new millennium.  More information available online at

Following are some typical program offerings done during a two-three day visit:

Retreat Day with The Saint John’s Bible (TSJB):  9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. )
-Prayer service planned by the host venue
-Introductory session on TSJB
-Noon prayer – planned by the host venue
-Afternoon Visio Divina (visual Bible Study Session) focusing on one passage in TSJB.
-Closing Prayer planned by the host venue

An Evening with The Saint John’s Bible:  90 – 120 minutes
-This is generally an introductory session that shares the history and making of TSJB.  It also includes guided imagery discussions on several illuminations in TSJB.  This is the same session offered in the morning of a full-retreat day.

Religions Leaders Event:  90 – 120 minutes
-This is a mini retreat program that introduces area religious leaders to TSJB. Give a bit of history, and discusses several illuminations, and then focuses on how TSJB could be used in their ministries.

Visio Divina Session:  90 – 120 Minutes
-This is a visual Bible study session focusing on one illumination in TSJB.  Done only as a follow up to an introductory session

Page Turning Session:  60 – 90 minutes
-This is a session focused on a single volume.  I simply go through the pages of any volume in TSJB.