Our DonorsThrough the generosity of Mary C. Mangione and her family, in memory of her late husband Nicholas B. Mangione, the Loyola Notre Dame Library has acquired this Heritage Edition of the St. John's Bible. As a Loyola University trustee, parent, and member of the Magis Society, Nick Mangione provided great leadership to the University and exemplified the Jesuit principle of Ad Maiorem Dei Gloriam: for the greater glory of God. His family carries on that tradition by supporting the St. John's Bible, which Nick was able to experience before his passing. Now the masterpiece can be shared with the Loyola and Notre Dame – and the greater Baltimore – communities.
The display case is dedicated to the memory of Julie Kline Rybczynski, a graduate of the College of Notre Dame (now Notre Dame of Maryland University) class of 1999. Julie demonstrated remarkable gifts of compassion, grace and hope that exemplified Gospel values and inspired all who knew her. Those who study and view the St. John's Bible volumes honor Julie's love of faith, beauty and truth. Her husband David's generous gift, which reflects her deep affection for her alma mater, will benefit future generations of Notre Dame and Loyola students.
The Loyola Notre Dame Library's copy of the St. John's Bible is currently one of only 12 copies housed at college libraries and churches in the entire Northeast, and one of fewer than two hundred on public display worldwide. With this acquisition, we join the ranks of institutions throughout the country as notable and diverse as Yale University, New York's St. Paul the Apostle Church, the University of Michigan, and Brigham Young University in preserving this remarkable accomplishment and tradition.