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The Hand-Written Bible: Then and Now

(A Sacred Arts 30-hour course, beginning on Oct. 18th on the StMU campus)

Oct. 18 & 19; Nov 1 & 2; Nov. 15 & 16, 2019
Fridays 6:00 - 9:00 pm & Saturdays 9:00 – 4:30 pm
A sequel course will be offered early winter of 2020.

The history of medieval and modern calligraphy is incomplete without the story of hand-written Bibles. These creations have been one of the extraordinary undertakings of history.

Travel through medieval times, up to the present day, focusing on various hands used to create Bibles. Symbolic meanings of word patterns, illustrations and adornments used to enhance the Word will be brought to life.

Participants will gain experience with Uncial, Carolingian and Celtic (Island insular) hands in addition to manuscript adornments (illuminations) used in medieval Bibles.

The Saint John’s Bible, commissioned in 1998, is the first hand-written Bible produced since the invention of the printing press. St. Mary’s University is blessed to own one of the Heritage Editions, which is beautifully illuminated and bound in seven volumes. This Bible will be referenced in every class.

*This course can be used to fulfill the requirements of the Sacred Arts Foundations’ Level Certificate at StMU

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Sacred Arts – Walk & Talk

In partnership with the Sacred Arts Guild of Alberta (SAGA)

Date: Sat., Sept. 28, 2019
Times: 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Registration Fee: FREE!
Venue: Heritage Centre, St. Mary’s University, 14500 Bannister Rd SE, Calgary

Special Guest Speaker:

Debra Mauro, Chair, Canadian Patron of the Vatican Art Council, in conversation with Dr. Gerry Turcotte, President of StMU

Dr. Helen Kominek & Catherine Carlyle discussing the St. Mary’s University Heritage Edition of The Saint John’s Bible, the first handwritten, hand-illuminated Bible commissioned by Benedictine Monks in over 500 years. Two volumes will be on display.

  • Artist Demonstrations
  • Sacred Art Exhibits
  • Visit the Bookstore
  • Light Refreshments

Please join us for an Afternoon Celebration of the Scared Arts. RSVP by September 20, 2019

For more information, please contact:
Elizabeth Cressman, Sacred Arts Certificate Coordinator
and also:

Register Now!


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Do the Big Bang and Faith Collide?

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SAVE THE DATE for our 2019-2020 Catholic Women's League Annual Lecture in Catholic Studies:

"Do the Big Bang and Faith Collide? How Science, Philosophy and Catholic Theology Explain the Origins of the Universe"
by Adam D. Hincks, SJ
Wednesday, October 2, 2019 (7:00 - 9:00 pm)
in McGivney Hall, #M100
St. Mary's University
14500 Bannister Road SE, Calgary

A few years ago, Stephen Hawking and fellow-physicist Leonard Mlodinow famously said that the existence of the universe can be explained ‘purely within the realm of science’. ‘It is not necessary,’ they explained, ‘to invoke God to light the blue touch paper and set the universe going’. Such a claim challenges a long philosophical and theological tradition that argues that the fundamental origin of the Universe can only be God. Who is right? In this talk, Dr. Hincks will present what science and theology have to say about where the cosmos comes from, and argue that any notion of an irreconcilable ‘collision’ between scientific theories of the Universe and the Christian doctrine of creation is really due to misunderstandings about what each discipline properly has to say about the world.

Dr. Hincks earned his Ph.D. in Physics from Princeton University specializing in physical cosmology -- the study of the origins and evolution of the universe.  Father Hincks is also a Roman Catholic priest in the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) who has studied theology at the Gregorian University in Rome and Regis College, University of Toronto.  Currently, Adam serves as an Associate Scholar at the Vatican Observatory (Rome), an Associate Member of the Simons Observatory (Chile), and a Part-time Visitor at the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics in the University of Toronto. See his bio at https://adh-sj.info

Best Wishes,

- Peter
Peter E. Baltutis, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of History and Religious Studies
Catholic Women's League Chair for Catholic Studies
St. Mary's University
14500 Bannister Road SE
Calgary, AB T2X 1Z4
email: email
phone: (403) 254-3136


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Safe Environment Policy

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The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops released a Safe Environment Policy to protect children and everyone from sexual abuse in the church: Protecting Minors from Sexual Abuse: A Call to the Catholic Faithful in Canada for Healing, Reconciliation, and Transformation. Read the document here. 

Break the cycle of silence. You can choose to talk about it and report abuse. The Diocese of Calgary has launched a Safe Environment web page. Talk to someone you trust or call the toll-free number at 1-833-547-8360.


Scams Alert

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There are many scams going around masquerading as your clergy (priests, deacons or lately, the bishop).

Please exercise caution when responding to email messages.  If you receive unusual emails, check the sender's email address to see whether it is the person’s genuine address. Even if the sender's address looks correct, always verify suspicious emails by phoning the sender. There have been many similar scams reported by several parishes in our diocese and across Canada. 

Note that these scams do not stop at emails. Those in social media should stay vigilant when responding to friend requests or to other compelling posts requiring a response. There are many fake Twitter, Facebook and other social media accounts trying to impersonate people you know and our church leaders. Some scammers may take the time to build a relationship with you to gain your trust, before trying to extort money or other things like gift cards.

Please exercise vigilance when you are being charitable. Use the channels you are most familiar with and avoid becoming victims of a scam.

For samples of scam emails see Diocese of Calgary


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