Illuminating the Word: The Saint John’s Bible will open in June 2014. The exhibition was realized through the collaborative efforts with the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library (HMML) at Saint John’s Abbey and University in Collegeville, Minn.

Illuminating the Word will present 68 original pages from all seven volumes of The Saint John’s Bible along with tools, sketches, materials and rare books. It will remain on view through October 2014. More




New exhibition commemorates Pontificate of Pope Benedict XVI
Opening Feb. 28, 2014

Artifacts from the historic pontificate of Pope Benedict XVI now have a home in New Haven. The Knights of Columbus has received from the pope emeritus a white cassock and zucchetto (skullcap) worn during his pontificate.

These rare papal vestments will go on display beginning Feb. 28, the first anniversary of the day Pope Benedict’s resignation took effect and the period of sede vacante (Latin for “vacant seat”) commenced. Pope Benedict’s resignation triggered the conclave last March that elected as pope Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who took the name Francis.

It was when Pope Francis received the Knights of Columbus Board of Directors in a private audience at the Vatican in October 2013 that Supreme Knight Carl Anderson was first informed by Archbishop Georg Gänswein, Prefect of the Pontifical Household, of Pope Emeritus Benedict’s unsolicited gift.


Praying with Icons
Lecture by Rev. Paul Halovatch
March 23, 2014, 2 p.m.

Religious icons said give a view into the eternal realm of heaven and can easily be an aid in prayer. Praying with icons is an ancient practice that involves using both natural and “spiritual” eyes: seeing what the icon communicates in both your mind and soul. Father Paul Halovatch, a priest of the Archdiocese of Hartford and guest curator of the Windows into Heaven exhibition, will lead a session on the time honored technique of meditating with an icon.

Father Halovatch has traveled extensively and studied iconography and Orthodox Christianity. He will lead participants in a basic step-by-step method of prayer meant to introduce deeper understanding and spiritual union with God, the Blessed Virgin Mary and the saints.




Story Telling and Russian Folk Tradition
Presentation and Matryoshka doll workshop
by Marina Forbes
April 12, 2014, 11 a.m.

Join us for a unique workshop on the rich Russian folk tradition of Matryoshka (wooden nested doll) painting. Participants will learn the history and custom of the Matryoshka doll and be introduced to time-honored painting techniques and designs, and a demonstration of the Matryoshka dance.

Marina Forbes is a native of St. Petersburg, Russia. For more than 20 years, she has been an active artist, historian, storyteller, lecturer and teacher in the area of Russian art, culture, language and folklore, offering more than 75 workshops, courses, and presentations each year both in Russia and throughout the New England area. Marina is currently the Director of International Programs at the New England Language Center in Rochester where she coordinates cultural exchange programs, teaches Russian culture and language, and leads art-related tours to Russia each year. She is an active watercolorist and art teacher and regularly does dramatic performances of Russian fairytales.




From Inspiration to Illumination, An Introduction to The Saint John’s Bible
Presentation by Tim Ternes
Saturday, June 14, at 2 p.m.
Sunday, June 15, at 2 p.m.

At the dawn of the 21st century, Saint John’s Abbey and University in Collegeville, Minnesota commissioned a work of art that illuminates the Word of God for a new millennium. The Saint John’s Bible incorporates many of the characteristics of its medieval predecessors. It was written on vellum, using quills, natural handmade inks, hand ground pigments and gild such as gold leaf, silver leaf and platinum. And yet, it employs a modern English translation (NRSV) as well as contemporary scripts and illumination.

You are invited to a presentation by the director of Saint John’s Bible Project to see, hear and learn more about this inspirational undertaking. Including an opportunity to turn the pages on full-size, museum quality art reproductions of the original and see first-hand the splendor of this work.