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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. 



Posted on December 12, 2018

Excess Funds Complete the Fresco’s Entire Niche

As announced this Spring, we completed our restoration project, The Fresco of St. Paul. 

We were just informed that the fresco restoration cost less than anticipated and that there was an excess amount of 9,431 Euros. 

During our Chapter visit to Rome in June, the restorer showed us, located just below the newly restored fresco, a layer of green paint on the walls with the original decoration still present underneath. Restoring that area would complete the entire niche.

Romina Cometti, our restoration projects manager, asked if we would consider donating the excess funds to complete the entire area. Once that request was made, the members of the DC Patrons board voted unanimously to donate the extra money to the amended project.

His Eminence James Cardinal Harvey, Archpriest of the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls, expressed his gratitude for the soon to be completed project. 



Posted on September 10, 2018

Save the Date

Annual Dinner at the Nunciature
December 8, 2018
We hope you plan to attend and spend a special evening with the Nuncio, Archbishop Christophe Pierre, and your fellow Patrons.
As a Patron, your dinner is included if your membership is current.
If you would like to bring a guest, the cost is $225 per person.
If you have any questions, please email Judy at
Invitations will be mailed in the fall.  We hope to see you there!

Posted on July 12, 2018

DC Chapter Project Completed

The Board of  Directors of the Washington, DC Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums is pleased to announce the completion of the Fresco by Antoniazzo Romano from the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls.
Those on the chapter trip in June were able to see the completed fresco and meet the restoration team, who described the process in detail.  John Michael Cardinal Harvey, Titular Bishop of the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls, greeted our delegation and expressed his appreciation and excitement of having this very important fresco restored. 
The project was adopted by the DC Chapter in March 2017, and completed in June 2018 at a cost of 35,500 Euros.
Thanks to your generosity this fresco has been returned to its original beauty for future generations to enjoy.
You can the see the Before and After pictures below.
Thank you all very much for your continued support and generosity!


Posted on July 12, 2018


The six days in Rome, as always, were glorious! They were full of activities, memorable events, good friends, and great weather.

17 DC Patrons attended and enjoyed meals on the rooftop terraces of the Grand Minerva Hotel, the Forum Hotel, and the quiet shade of the Scarpone. It was a special trip for Art and Sue Lohsen, who were celebrating their 25th anniversary and brought his parents, Art and Joann, and their two daughters, Viola and Elena.

Sunday started with a walking tour around our neighborhood. The highlight was a tour of the St. Ignatius Apartments led by a knowledgeable and comical Jesuit priest, followed by the tour of the beautiful, ornate Gesú Church. 

We spent time in the Museums, seeing our restorations displayed throughout – a proud moment for our Patrons. Treated like VIP’s, we were whisked in and out of areas behind the scenes and led by the Museum’s leading experts in their fields.

A special day trip to the Pope’s summer residence, Castel Gandolfo, was highlighted with a tour of the residence followed by a tour of the beautiful, manicured gardens and a wonderful al fresco lunch on the grounds.

The Papal Audience was particularly special for Art and Joann Lohsen and their granddaughter, Viola, as they were given special seats and had an opportunity to meet the Pope after the audience!

On Thursday, our final day, the group was able to visit our newly completed Fresco of St. Paul at St. Paul Outside the Walls. Greeted by the restorer and Cardinal Harvey, the Archbishop, we were given a tour behind the scenes and treated also to a tour of the Scavi, which is still under construction.

On our final night, we returned to the Museums for a private Mass at the historic St. Pellegrino Church, followed by an after hours tour of the Sistine Chapel, Galleries and Raphael Rooms, curated by Romina. Cocktails and our gala dinner in the Rooms of Busts and Statues was attended by special guests: Cardinal Bertello, President of Vatican City State and Dr. Barbara Jatta, director of the Museums.

With plenty of free time built in the schedule, everyone had a chance to enjoy Rome on their own.

A special thanks to Father Kevin Lixey, Sara and Romina of the Rome Office, and their tireless work to help in the planning of this wonderful trip.

If you missed this trip, plan to go on our next trip in 2020!  

For more images of our wonderful trip, please Click Here

Posted on June 20, 2018

The Patrons visit Rugo Stone

On April 28th a group of Patrons had the opportunity to visit the workshop of Rugo Stone.  Rugo’s craftsmen have executed some of the most remarkable liturgical elements and decorations for churches around the country.  Brett Rugo himself showed our group how they restore stone elements, focusing on the cleaning and adaptation of a historic altar rail.  We were also able to look over the shoulder of one of Rugo’s Italian artists as he crafted a mosaic.  The Patrons owe a special thank you to Raffale Degregorio, a patron and member of Rugo’s team, for setting up this unique opportunity!


Posted on June 15, 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


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 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