Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 15:00

Assumption College joins “7 Days – 7 Pages” project in honor of Pope Francis’ historic visit to America

WORCESTER, MA (September 22, 2015)— Beginning Monday, Sept. 21, and each day of Pope Francis’s historic visit to America, Assumption will join join schools, churches, libraries and hospitals across the country by turning to the same page of The Saint John’s Bible Heritage Edition as part of the in “Illuminating the Mission: 7 Days – 7 Pages”  project. This simple act will be a rich symbol of Christian solidarity as the American people welcome the Holy Father.

Assumption College is the only institution in Massachusetts, and one of 43 nationally, that will display illuminations in honor of Pope Francis’s visit. The following illuminations, which will be on display every day this week, can be found in the lobby on the Tinsley Campus Ministry Center:

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)

“There are about 300 or so copies of the Heritage Edition of The St. John’s Bible, and Assumption has the only copy in Massachusetts,” said Paul Covino, director of campus ministry at Assumption College.  “While our copy is always on display, this week affords us an opportunity to highlight these specific illuminations, and to share them not just with Assumption students, staff, and faculty, but with the larger community.”  

According to Saint John’s Rev. Michael Patella, OSB, who chaired the scholarship effort behind the The Saint John’s Bible, “These illuminations were specifically chosen because they resonate with values Pope Francis holds dear: hospitality; concern for the poor, sick and marginalized; the dignity of all people; and care for creation.”

In addition to the illuminated pages, a reflection for each day, written by Saint John’s University School of Theology and Seminary, will also be on display.

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 www.saintjohnsbible.org.


Founded in 1904 by the Augustinians of the Assumption in Worcester, Mass., Assumption College offers undergraduate students 42 majors and 48 minors in the liberal arts, sciences, business, and professional studies; as well as master’s and continuing education degrees and professional certificate programs—each through an educational experience that grounded in the rich Catholic intellectual tradition. The curriculum enables students to gain a depth and breadth of knowledge that leads to professional success and personal fulfillment. Students—whether on the Worcester campus or at the College’s Rome, Italy, campus—become engaged participants in Assumption’s classic liberal arts education, exploring new ideas and making connections across disciplines. To prepare for the workforce, students learn cutting-edge theory and best practices, conduct innovative research, and develop excellent communication and critical-analysis skills. Assumption graduates are also known for their thoughtful citizenship and compassionate service to their community. For more information about Assumption College, please visit www.assumption.edu

Kimberly Dunbar, Director of Public Affairs, Assumption College
ke.dunbar@assumption.edu @AssumptionNews