Mark your calendars for the DC Chapter’s Annual Dinner on December 7, 2019 at the Apostolic Nunciature, hosted by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States.
Cocktails will begin at 6:30 pm, followed by dinner at 7:45 pm.
We will be mailing your invitation the week of October 21. Please let us know if you do not receive it. As always, if you are a current member, your dinner is complimentary. For your convenience, there will be valet parking.
Please feel free to extend this invitation to family, friends, or potential members. They are welcome to attend as a guest for $225 per person. Simply list their names on your RSVP card along with payment, or let Judy Martin know via email.
Also, you can email the name and address of a potential member, and Judy will be delighted to send them a personalized invitation.
We urge everyone to reach out to others you think would be interested in the Patrons so we can continue to grow in 2020. Please help us “spread the word” about the mission of the Patrons as well as the benefits.
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.
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 email@example.com 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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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.