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News & Events

Upcoming Patrons event: Rugo Stone workshop

The Washington, D.C. Chapter of the Patrons of the Arts will be holding a special event on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 2pm. We will be visiting Rugo Stone, the company that installed the final mosaic dome in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, for a private tour of their facility.
Please click on the invitation link below for more information.
We hope to see you there!

Rugo Stone Tour Invitation

Posted on April 2, 2018

THE DC CHAPTER IS GOING TO ROME

June 2-7, 2018

17 Washington, D.C. Patrons have signed up to attend the 2018 Chapter Trip to Rome traveling with a few others from Pennsylvania and Belgium.

Highlights will be Opening Mass in the Pantheon, followed by a reception on the rooftop terrace of the Grand Minerva Hotel.

Lunch on the roof top of the Forum Hotel providing a sweeping vista of Ancient Rome, followed by a walking tour to the Gesú Church and more.

A day at the Vatican Museums, with a behind-the-scenes tour and a private lunch in a memorable location.

A day at Castel Gandolfo, the Pope’s summer residence, with a tour of the residence and beautiful gardens where we will have a farm lunch provided by the Pope’s farm.

The Papal Audience with VIP seating followed by a lunch at Scarpone, a traditional Italian restaurant with a vine covered terrace.   

Concluding with a black tie dinner on Thursday night in the Museums, after having time in the Sistine Chapel for just the 23 of us.

And so much more…

It will be a wonderful trip and we look forward to posting some photos when we return.

Mark your calendars for 2020, our next trip!

Posted on February 5, 2018

It’s membership renewal time for everyone

Please don’t forget to renew your membership this month. All memberships expire December 31, 2018.

Just go to “Membership” on this website and download the membership form. You can also click here for the 2018 membership form.

As always, thank you so much for your generosity and continued interest in the Patrons.

Posted on January 17, 2018

The Patrons’ Evening at the Nunciature Annual Dinner

The Annual Dinner was held December 2nd at the Nunciature, graciously hosted by His Excellency, Archbishop Christophe Pierre. The evening began with a delightful cocktail party and a chance to reconnect with friends. CEM Martin welcomed everyone including special guests:
His Excellency, The Apostolic Nuncio,
Bishop Barry Knestout (who has just been appointed the new Bishop of the Diocese of Richmond, VA), 
Msgr. Terrence Hogan, North American Chaplain, and
Father Patrick O’Neill of the Florida Chapter.

His Excellency welcomed our group and had kind remarks for our patronage to the Vatican. The Nuncio asked Brother Britt, archivist for the Nunciature, to share the interesting stories behind two paintings that hang in the embassy.

Msgr. Hogan updated our chapter on the appointment of the new International Director, Father Kevin Lixey (see his bio below), and upcoming changes that will occur at the Vatican Museums under the direction of Ms. Barbara Jatta, the new director.

Judy Martin announced the upcoming Chapter Trip (June 2-8, 2018) and everyone received an itinerary for their consideration.

The slate of officers for 2018 was proposed to the group and they were unanimously approved.
President:            CEM Martin
Vice President:    Art Lohsen
Secretary:           Judy Martin
Treasurer:           Ron Marchessault

After a lovely three course meal, we were inspired with the remarks made by Dr. Mario Enzler, a former Swiss Guard. He offered very thoughtful reflections of his time as a Swiss Guard under Pope St. John Paul, II, and how it changed his life. However, Dr. Enzler, also known for his wit, sprinkled his remarks with several humorous anecdotes.   

It was a wonderful evening and we were delighted to share it with you!

For more images of this wonderful event, please Click Here.

Posted on December 11, 2017

ANNUAL DINNER – DECEMBER 2, 2017

The 21st Annual Black Tie Dinner of the Washington DC Patrons of the Arts will be held on Saturday, December 2, 2017.  The Most Reverend Christophe Pierre, Apostolic Nuncio, will be hosting us once again at the Nunciature.  Cocktails will begin at 6:30 pm, followed by dinner at 7:45 pm.  This year Dr. Mario Enzler, a former Swiss Guard, will share some stories about his time in the Vatican. 

If you are a member in good standing, the dinner is included.  The guest fee is $225 per person.  Please feel free to invite a friend or potential Patrons!!

Just email Judy Martin at jgmartin1231@aol.com with any questions or your RSVP by November 24.

Here are a few images from last year’s Black Tie Dinner:

Posted on November 15, 2017

New International Director

The Washington Patrons would like to welcome the new International Director of the Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums, Father Kevin Lixey, LC. You can find Father Kevin’s bio in the following link: Fr. Kevin Lixey, L.C. 
as well as his letter of Initial Greetings:  Initial Greeting from our New International Director.

Father Hennessy did a wonderful job and we will miss him very much. We wish him the best in his new assignment!

Here is a message from Fr. Hennessy to all Patrons in August 2017:
“I want to thank you for the many wonderful experiences I have had during the past year as International Director. I have enjoyed meeting so many of you, participating in the events, following the restoration projects, being involved in the exhibits here in Rome and abroad. You have been wonderful, and your contribution to the Vatican Museums is invaluable. You bring a value far beyond the financial help for the restoration and conservation projects. Your interest and enthusiasm is always refreshing and continues to transform the Vatican Museums. I can assure you that you are very much appreciated by the museum administration at all levels, including the current director, Dr. Barbara Jatta, and the Cardinal President of the Vatican City State, Giuseppe Bertello. I will carry with me forever the memories and life lessons from my experiences with the Patrons.”

Posted on November 15, 2017

EWTN The World Over Interview

Raymond Arroyo interviews Dr. Romina Cometti and CEM Martin on his EWTN program The World Over. Watch for a link to the upcoming episode.

Posted on April 10, 2017

The Life of a Swiss Guard, A Private View Reception

The Life of a Swiss Guard, A Private View opening reception was held on April 6, 2017 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. The Exhibition was unveiled Thursday night at the BNSIC with welcome remarks from Msgr. Walter Rossi of the Basilica, Most Rev. Christopher Pierre, Apostolic Nuncio and Msgr. Charles Antonicelli, representative for Cardinal Wuerl. We were delighted to have Col. Christian Lanz of the Embassy of Switzerland in attendance and briefly speak about traits needed to become a Swiss Guard.

Father Hennessy

Father Daniel Hennessy, our International Director, traveled from Rome to spend the week with us and offered his thanks to the DC Patrons for bringing the exhibit to the city.

Dr Romina Cometti and Dr Geraldine Rolling – the Archivist for the Basilica.

Dr. Geraldine Rohling, archivist for BNSIC was recognized for her assistance in setting up the event and Dr. Romina Cometti, who curated the exhibit and who we all know from the Patrons office in Rome, spoke about the origins of the exhibition and its message.

Colonel Lanz of the Swiss Embassy, Dr. Romina Cometti, and Andreas Widmer a former Swiss Guard with a guest.

Two former Swiss Guards, Andreas Widmer and Dr. Mario Enzler, offered humorous accounts of their decisions to become a Swiss Guard and a few stories about their time with St. John Paul II and how it deepened their faith.

CEM Martin, who acted as emcee, thanked the DC Patrons for their generosity and support as they made this Vatican Museums exhibit possible for thousands of visitors to enjoy.

About 80 guests were there to enjoy the wonderful hors d’oeuvres and period music provided by Concerto Degli Imperfetti, led by Jean Cioffi.

The exhibit will be at the National Shrine in Memorial Hall through May 21, 2017. Open 7-7 daily and free to the public.

Please tell your family and friends.

 

Posted on April 10, 2017

The Life of a Swiss Guard Exhibition

The Washington, DC Patrons of the Arts cordially invite you to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on THURSDAY, APRIL 6, 2017.  Beginning at 7:00p.m. there will be a special preview and reception of the The Vatican Museums’ Exhibition:

 The Life of a Swiss Guard
curated by Romina Cometti and photographed by Fabio Mantegna.

The exhibit will be at the National Shrine April 6 – May 21, 2017
Open 7a.m.-7.p.m. Daily | Free to the Public

For further information contact jgmartin1231@aol.com
We hope you will be able to join us!

Posted on March 29, 2017