The Washington Chapter of the
Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums
has arranged a private tour of the

Museum of the Bible

Sunday, December 8th
1:45 pm

Patrons and their guests will have the opportunity for a VIP tour of the Museum of the Bible.
Due to space limitations, we must limit the tour to the first 20 to respond.
The tour will take approximately 2 hours. We will meet at the Museum of the Bible,
400 Fourth Street, SW in Washington DC.
An entry fee of $35 includes entry to the Museum, the private tour, the Revelations Ride, and refreshments in the Members’ Lounge following the tour.
Please make your payment via check or via our website prior to the tour.

Museum Tickets

Please RSVP to
or by calling (202) 223-9449 by November 26th.

Posted on November 7, 2019


May 23 – 28, 2020

The DC Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums is pleased to offer a Chapter Trip to Rome and the Vatican Museums

Picture yourself here with only 25 people!

Upon arriving on May 23rd, you will have 6 nights at the Albergo Santa Chiara Hotel and a week filled with a variety of events, concluding with our beautiful evening featuring a visit to the Sistine Chapel followed by a private formal dinner in the Museums.

The Santa Chiara Hotel is a small, comfortable hotel, located directly behind the Pantheon and walking distance to many famous landmarks, offering a complimentary breakfast each morning. If you have a favorite hotel, you can simply pay the Tours and Events fee, but must meet the group at the Santa Chiara Hotel for all activities and transportation.

All are welcome…. please share this with your family and friends! However, each participant must be a member of the Patrons to travel with this group, therefore you must renew or join in January 2020 (See our website: for membership details).

Please take a moment and look at the itinerary and information attached in this link: 2020 Chapter Trip Brochure.

Please also note, there is plenty of free time to enjoy the city on your own.

The reservation deadline is January 30, 2020, at which time you will be asked to send a $300 non-refundable deposit.
We must have a minimum of 25 people register to make the trip. If we do not meet the quota, your $300 will be refunded.

To see pictures of our past Chapter Trip on 2018, please Click Here.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Judy at

Thank you so much for your consideration. We hope you can join us!

Posted on November 2, 2019

New Restoration Project


With your ongoing generosity and support of the DC Chapter, the Board
of Directors has adopted a new project.

With some remaining funds for 2019, the Board selected The Chiaramonti
Gallery Wall XIV
as a restoration project at a cost of 25,400 Euros.

Seven artworks are exhibited in front of Wall XLV in the Chiaramonti Gallery. It is a wonderful project and the restoration is already ongoing as the Director of the Vatican Museums requested the Bust of Trajan for an exhibition in Belgium which was unveiled two weeks ago. The entire wall is expected to be completed by January 2020.

For more details and pictures of the project, please Click Here.

Thank you again for your generosity which enables us to restore and preserve art for generations to enjoy!

Posted on October 31, 2019

North American Chapter Leaders Meet in DC

The Washington, D.C. Chapter was honored to be asked to host the annual North American Leaders meeting, which was held at the Mayflower Hotel on September 13 – 15, 2019.

Leaders from 16 states and Canada were present, along with Father Kevin Lixey, Msgr. Terence Hogan, Dr. Barbara Jatta (Director of the Vatican Museums), Sara Savoldello (Rome Office Manager), Romina Cometti (Restoration Projects Manager) and Denise Molitsky (Coordinator for the North American Office).

We all gathered to discuss the vision for the coming year with new marketing and branding ideas, a computer program to help interact with all the Patrons, and the challenges of fundraising for the larger projects, as well as how to continue to grow the Patrons in North America.

Father Kevin remarked “There was truly a spirit of family, collegiality and collaboration that was quite remarkable. Many voiced their concerns and challenges and also some bright initiatives and possible solutions that may help us going forward.”

Dr. Jatta spoke about how the Museums operate financially and how the Patrons are vital, not only for art restoration and preservation, but also the capitol improvements needed like air conditioning, etc. to preserve the art that is already on display.

It was a successful weekend with those attending working as a team to further the mission of the Patrons.

Photos coming soon!

Posted on September 29, 2019

Holy Stairs Restoration Complete

Monsigor Hogan, the North American Chaplain for the Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums, has shared an article regarding the opening of the Holy Stairs.

On April 11, just ahead of Holy Week, one of the city’s treasured relics, Rome’s famed “Scala Santa,” known in English as the “Holy Stairs,” was unveiled after undergoing nearly a year of restoration.

Click Here for a link to the article. Enjoy!

Posted on July 2, 2019


Washington DC Chapter to host the 2019 PAVM Leaders Meeting in September

On September 13-15, 2019, the Leaders of the United States and Canadian Chapters will meet in Washington, D.C. at the Mayflower Hotel. This will be a working meeting to promote teamwork to fulfill our mission to the Vatican Museums, addressing current issues and planning for the future.

For those leaders who plan to attend, please click: Schedule and Registration to see the entire schedule and to download the registration form. Please print the registration form and scan to before July 15, 2019.

To pay for your registration online, please click one of the registration options below. Please note that the online registration fees include an additional fee of $18 per person.

Leaders Registration

To see a list of Area Attractions, please Click Here.

If you have any questions, please email Judy at

Posted on June 30, 2019


The Washington Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums enjoyed an art tour of the Nunciature on Saturday, April 6, led by Brother Britt, archivist for the Embassy.

He did a wonderful job of showing us so many lovely pieces of art that we had overlooked in the past, while providing a history of the building as well. Seeing the chapel as it is today, but discovering it had been redesigned in the 1980’s, changing it from the original Gothic style, was a surprise to us all.

Everyone enjoyed Brother Britt’s stories about the Nunciature’s past and the acquisition of the some of the artwork. The beautiful mosaic tables were particularly interesting as he drew our attention to the fine details and unbelievable artistry.

A special treat was seeing the garden. It is so tranquil and lovely, and is surely a special place for those who reside in the Nunciature.

We truly appreciated the time he spent with us and we wish him a continued success in his quest to discover more history about the decorative arts in the Nunciature.

Our special thanks to Brother Joseph John Britt, CFX, for sharing his love of the arts and his warm hospitality!

For more pictures of this wonderful tour, please Click Here.

Posted on April 9, 2019


Saturday, April 6, 2019
1:00 pm

The Washington DC Chapter of the Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums has arranged a private tour of the Apostolic Nunciature of the United States of America.

Brother Britt has graciously offered to give our chapter and guests a private tour of the artwork in the Nunciature. Please join us for this very special and unique opportunity!

Due to space limitations, we must limit the tour to the first 20 to respond. Patrons and guests are welcome.

The tour will take approximately 2 hours. We will meet at the Apostolic Nunciature, located at 3339 Massachusetts Avenue, NW in Washington DC, at 1 pm.

A donation of $20 is requested.

Please RSVP to or by calling (202) 223-9449 by April 3rd.

Posted on March 22, 2019

2019 Wishbook

Every year the board selects a new project from the yearly Wishbook on behalf of the Washington, DC Patrons.

In addition, many individual members have also selected projects over the years to personally sponsor a work of art to continue our mission or, perhaps, adopted in the name of a loved one.

Our 2019 Wishbook documents all of the projects that our restoration staff and museums experts have identified as being in the most urgent need of funding.

You can contact Judy Martin at to receive a copy of this year’s Wishbook or browse through the link below for more information.

We hope you take a moment to see the variety of projects available.  It, also, shows the importance of the Patrons to the Vatican Museums through their adoption of these important works of art for millions to enjoy for years to come.

Posted on February 10, 2019

2018 Annual Dinner

On December 9, the Washington DC Patrons had their annual dinner at the Nunciature, hosted by His Excellency, Archbishop Christophe Pierre. 

It was a wonderful evening of meeting new friends, seeing old friends, and sharing of good food and fellowship. 

Following dinner, Msgr. Maksymowicz, secretary to the Nuncio, was honored by the Patrons with a framed Papal Blessing to celebrate his retirement and his many contributions to the Catholic Church. 

After watching two brief videos on the restoration of the Bramante Courtyard and a look behind the scenes with the restorers in the museums, both films acknowledged how important the Patrons are to the Vatican Museums. 

Msgr. Hogan, North American Chaplain, updated the group on Patron news from Rome. He shared that Dr. Barbara Jatta, Director of the Vatican Museums, has many large projects on her list. Thus our goal in 2019 is to continue to spread the word and grow the DC Chapter. As a result, we announced the launch of a Facebook page for the DC Patrons so we can all share with others our important mission. 

It was a delightful evening and we all look forward to a wonderful new year. 

For more pictures of this wonderful evening, please Click Here.

Posted on December 12, 2018