November 29, 2009
A Monk Saves Threatened Manuscripts Using Ultramodern Means
Vanessa Vick for The Chronicle
Does the phrase "monks and manuscripts" conjure up an image of medieval scribes huddled over parchment in unheated cells? One Benedictine monk, the Rev. Columba Stewart of St. John's Abbey and University, in Collegeville, Minn., keeps that historic involvement with manuscripts alive in a very modern way—by making digital images of them.
Father Stewart is executive director of the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library at St. John's. A historian of the early monastic period,