Retreats just ahead

Bible retreat still open

Participants can still sign up for Illuminating the Word, a two-day event about the St. John’s Bible, the first handwritten and illuminated (illustrated/decorated) Bible to be commissioned in more than 500 years. St. Francis is offering a day of prayer and education 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Tuesday in Elizabeth Schaefer Auditorium. Tim Ternes, director of The Saint John’s Bible at the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library in Collegeville, Minn., is to make a presentation about the tools methods and materials used to create the work. He is to give a guided visual discussion of several artworks from the St. John’s Bible.

Wednesday, participants can travel to Canton Museum of Art for a guided tour of the Illuminating the Word exhibit. A chartered bus is to leave at 9 a.m. from the St. Francis Spirituality Center, 200 St. Francis Ave., Tiffin and return by 6 p.m. This exhibit represents a monumental achievement that intersects Christianity and world religions in a contemporary masterpiece of Medieval craftsmanship, materials and calligraphy.

All 73 books of the Old and New Testaments were produced in seven volumes of about 1,127 oversized pages with 160 illuminations, all using medieval techniques and materials. The exhibition includes 34 display cases holding 68 of the original pages of the unbound St. John’s Bible that has been 16 years in the making.

More information can be found at The cost of the retreat is $30 for Tuesday only, $50 for Wednesday only or $70 for both days. Lunch is included. Call Jenifer at (419) 443-1485 or email to register.

Retreat set for next weekend

CAREY – Our Lady of Consolation Retreat House, 321 Clay St. Carey, is to host a new retreat Feb. 14-16 called Creating Sabbath Space in Our Lives.

The retreat is to begin the evening of Feb. 14 with a Valentine lead-in. The primary focus for the retreat is to be a five-session video series with Father Ron Rolheiser titled “Creating Sabbath Space in Our Lives.” The material is to be supplemented by reflective and, at times, musical musings from retreat director, Father Marty Nassr.

The retreat is to include presentations, group discussions, time for solitude, the opportunity for the sacrament of reconciliation and individual conferences, and a closing Mass Sunday morning. The cost for the weekend is $135 per person, which includes all meals, fresh linens and program materials.