The Saint John’s Bible featured at the John Paul II Arts Event

by Lore McFadden | Apr 03, 2017

Tim Ternes

Tim Ternes 

The Salesian Center for Faith and Culture at DeSales University continues to honor Saint John Paul II with its annual memorial Arts & Culture series event. This year the Salesian Center welcomes Tim Ternes, director of The Saint John's Bible Project on Tuesday, April 4 at 7:00 p.m. in the University Center, DeSales campus in Center Valley. This event is free and open to the public.

Tim Ternes discusses the processes, tools, methods and materials behind the making of the Saint John's Bible. This Bible was created from 2000 to 2011. But the techniques used to make it are many centuries old. The vibrantly colored inks were thickened with egg yolk. The text was handwritten with quill pens. It features more than 160 inspired images that illuminate the deepest mysteries of God’s Word. In May 2004 Pope John Paul II blessed a facsimile of the first volume of The Saint John’s Bible, the first handwritten Bible to be commissioned by a Benedictine Abbey in 500 years. Stunning prints, books, and note cards will be on sale during and after the event.

The John Paul II Memorial Arts & Culture series is a celebration of the life and legacy of Blessed John Paul II (1920-2005), the Salesian Center sponsors this annual event focusing on the beauty of the arts (music, drama, poetry, literature, etc.). The event is held annually, on or around the April 2nd date of the pontiff's death. All performances are free and open to the public. For more information call the Salesian Center at 610-282-1100, ext. 1244, email us at or visit the website at

Established in 2000, the Salesian Center for Faith and Culture’s mission is to promote the interaction of faith and culture, in a mutually beneficial engagement, through academic initiatives that focus on the authentic integration of social concerns and gospel values.

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