The University of Portland has announced a RISE Campaign gift of $150,000 from longtime UP supporters Allen and Kathleen Lund of Pasadena, Calif. Their gift will purchase a Heritage Edition of the Saint John’s Bible, which will be on display on the main floor of the Clark Library when construction is completed in August.
The Saint John’s Bible is the first completely handwritten and illuminated Bible to have been commissioned by a Benedictine Abbey since the invention of the printing press. Divided into seven volumes, the original Saint John’s Bible was commissioned by Saint John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota in 1998 and completed in 2011. With this gift, the University of Portland is one of approximately 45 institutions to have acquired a rare Heritage Edition. Other schools include Yale University, Brigham Young University, and Santa Clara University.
Allen Lund is the president and CEO of the Allen Lund Company and chairman of the University’s board of regents. The gift is part of the RISE Campaign, which seeks to raise $175 million over the next several years, one of the largest development campaigns ever for a Pacific Northwest private college or university.