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The Saint John's Bible


 As much as health care is about meeting the physical needs of patients, healing their mind and spirit is equally important. Saint Agnes Foundation and Center for Spiritual Care have been hard at work to bring The Saint John’s Bible – a monumental work of art and spiritual heritage – to the Central Valley.

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Illuminations featured to the right are previews – with permission – of The Saint John’s Bible, the first completely handwritten illuminated Bible commissioned by a Benedictine Order since the invention of the printing press in the 1400s.

Master calligrapher Donald Jackson, Senior Scribe to Queen Elizabeth II, articulated a vision to produce such a Bible as early as 1970. He proposed the project to Saint John’s Abbey and University in 1995, and it was commissioned in 1998.

The final pages were delivered by Mr. Jackson in 2011. The entire work is divided into seven volumes, and each volume stands two feet tall by three feet wide when open. The original manuscript is made of calfskin vellum, with 160 major illuminations and more than 1,100 pages created by an international team of calligraphers and artists.

In addition to his artistic direction of The Saint John’s Bible, Mr. Jackson is the creative director of The Saint John’s Bible Heritage Edition. Illuminated in gold and silver, these full-scale limited editions are true to the artistic intent of the original manuscript. In making these exquisite volumes, so much was done by hand that no two sets are identical – they are works of art in their own right.

Saint Agnes has been given the rare opportunity to bring this work of art to the Medical Center. With generous donations from people like you, we can realize our dream of owning the entire seven-volume set, so we can further our mission of spreading the Word of God far beyond our hospital walls.

The Saint John's Bible ... let it speak to you.
If you would like to be part of this exciting endeavor through an individual/family or corporate sponsorship, please choose from the following opportunities:

  • Presenting Angel – $175,000
  • Volume Sponsor (7 available) – $25,000
  • Gospel Sponsor (4 available) – $10,000
  • Full-page Illuminations – $5,000
  • Psalms Sponsor – $2,500
  • Book Sponsor – $1,000
  • Chapter Sponsor – $500
  • Verse Sponsor – $250
  • Tribute Sponsor – $100
    (in honor of/in memory of)

As a benefactor…
Your generosity will provide our community with a gift of sacred art that is sure to ignite our spiritual imaginations.

Donors will be recognized in the eight volume of The Saint John’s Bible – The Book of Honor – listed according to sponsorship level. You will also be recognized in our Saint Agnes Foundation newsletter and added to our exclusive Saint John’s supporter list so you can receive the latest updates, upcoming announcements, and event invitations to stay connected to the project.

If you are interested in becoming a benefactor of The Saint John’s Bible, or if you have questions regarding sponsorship, contact Saint Agnes Foundation directly at (559) 450-2040, or

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