Annual Meeting 2015

The 48th Annual Meeting of the Council

This year's meeting will be at the
Kaplan Family Library
& Learning Center
Mount Saint Mary College,
Newburgh, NY on
June 5, 2015 from

Schedule of events:
8:30am Registration and Breakfast (sponsored by Hudson Archival)
9:15am Welcome remarks by Tessa Killian, Executive Director, SENYLRC
9:45am Business meeting, committee recognition, and Twila Snead Award presentation by Barbara Petruzzelli, Board of Trustees President, SENYLRC
10:15 Coffee break
10:30am Keynote presentation, "The Saint John’s Bible: Igniting the Spiritual Imagination."
        Speakers: Jim Triggs, Executive Director, Heritage Program, The Saint John's Bible, Saint John's University & Ron Patkus, Head of Special Collections, Vassar College
12:30pm Lunch (Sponsored by The Hudson River Valley Institute)
1:00pm Tours of the Kaplan Family Library and an up-close visit of the St. John's Bible Heritage Edition

The library is inside the Dominican Center, located at:
330 Powell Ave.
Newburgh, NY 12550

(As you enter the campus, there will be a security guard who can help point you in the right direction.)

  • At 330 Powell Ave, Enter through the main college entrance and turn right.
  • You’ll see the large Dominican Center building ahead of you.
  • Bear left, and go slightly uphill.
  • Once at the level with the building, you’ll see parking lots on the right and left.  Park in any of these spots.
  • If these spaces are full, go back down the hill toward the main gate. You’ll see a long narrow parking lot extending in both directions. Turn left and park in this area. There’s a staircase leading from this lot to the upper level.
  • The Dominican Center can be entered from the back via the ramp/staircase visible from the upper parking lot. You can also enter through the front entrance by following the sidewalk toward the river and curving around to the right. 

If you have not already paid for the Annual Meeting, please do so this week,please send a check or pay with a credit card. We can email you an invoice if you want to pay with a credit card.

Registration and breakfast start at 8:30. Hot breakfast will be provided thanks to the generosity of Hudson Archival. Lunch will be served at 12:30, immediately following the keynote presentation. The hot lunch buffet will be provided thanks to the generosity of Hudson River Valley Institute. Representatives from HRVI will be at the event to share information on their upcoming event.

The keynote presenters, Jim Triggs and Ron Patkus, will be talking about the St. John’s Bible and the importance of special collections. Mount Saint Mary College is currently displaying the Heritage Edition of the St. John’s Bible, and attendees who stay for the library tours after lunch will be able to view it up close, starting at 1:00 pm.

Registration is now closed. If you need to change your registration information before Friday, please contact Carolyn Bennett Glauda at or 845-883-9065 x121.

Annual Meeting Cost:
This event is partially subsidized by SENYLRC and our sponsors:

SENYLRC Governing and HRVH Members - $20 per person
Non-members - $35 per person

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About The Saint John's Bible
(from Wikipedia) 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.

Beginning in 1970, master calligrapher Donald Jackson expressed in media interviews his lifelong dream of creating an illuminated Bible. Following a Saint John's-sponsored calligraphy presentation at the Newberry Library in Chicago in 1995, Jackson discussed a handwritten Bible with Fr. Eric Hollas, OSB, former executive director of the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library at Saint John's University in Collegeville, Minnesota. Between 1996 and 1997, Saint John's explored the feasibility of the Bible project, Jackson created first samples, and theologians developed the illumination schema. The Saint John’s Bible was officially commissioned in 1998 and funding opportunities were launched. The public was introduced to the project in 1999 and production was completed in 2011, with the final word penned in May 2011 and touch-up work completed by December 2011.

The Saint John’s Bible is divided into seven volumes and is two feet tall by three feet wide when open. The Bible is made of vellum, with 160 illuminations, and according to Abbot John Klassen has cost an estimated $8 million to produce. The version of the Bible used is the New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSV-CE). The original has not yet been bound and resides at St. John's University in Minnesota. The volume at Mount Saint Mary College and other institutions around the world is a limited print run version called the Heritage Edition. For more information, please see the Heritage Edition brochure.