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Praying with The Saint John's Bible (Brad Neary, Fr. Thomas Leitner. OSB)

The Saint John’s Bible is the first handwritten bible, commissioned by a Benedictine monastery, in more than five hundred years.

It is written on approximately 1,150 pages and includes one hundred sixty major illuminations. A copy of the large, seven-volume leather bound Heritage Edition, which is a fine art reproduction of The Saint John’s Bible, had been donated to St. Benedict Center and will be on perpetual display starting in 2019. On this weekend, you will get to know The Saint John’s Bible and receive help with practicing lectio divina with the text and visio divina with the stunning images.    


$138.76 (Single)
$130.08 (Double)

(Includes program fee, meal and taxes)

If you would like to register two persons, please fill out the registration form for one person first, then click on “Register another Guest in this program” and provide the information for the other person.

If no bedrooms available, call retreat center to be put on a waiting list.

**If you are exempt from Nebraska state taxes, would like to arrive earlier or depart later, or require special meal arrangements, please contact us. Cancellation Policy: The total cost includes a program fee, which is non-refundable, but which can be used for future retreats.


Brad Neary serves as senior development officer for Saint John's University and as director of The Saint John’s Bible Heritage Program. He resides in Seattle, WA.

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Father Thomas Leitner, OSB, holds a Master’s of Religious Studies from St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO, and serves as administrator of St. Benedict Center. He is also a retreat leader and spiritual director. He has practiced contemplative prayer for over 35 years.