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News & Events

PATRONS TOUR OF THE BIBLE MUSEUM

On Sunday, December 8, the DC Patrons held a local event with a VIP Tour of the Bible Museum in Washington, DC.

The tour was highlighted with the unveiling of a sculpture created by Timothy Schmalz entitled “Silent Night”. Tim focuses on religious figures and also has many public pieces. One was recently installed at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome and another at St. Matthew’s Basilica in Washington, DC.

The tour continued with a visit to the exhibit Inventors of the Alphabets from the Vatican Library. This is the first time they have been displayed outside the Vatican Walls.

Our next stop was The Tapestry of Light: Intersection of Illumination. This exhibit shows a contemporary glow-in-the-dark tapestry of epic scale using the Book of Revelation for inspiration. This unusual work of art was created by artist Dr. Irene Barberis over a period of 20 years.

A new exhibit is The Picture Books of the Past, a collection of paintings from the 14th to 19th century. The medieval Church used pictures as a tool to convey Bible stories. The curator did an outstanding job of pointing out key images enabling the viewer to “read” and understand the paintings.

Following a brief coffee break, our day concluded with a visit to Washington Revelations, an exciting 4 minute “flight” through the Nation’s capital pointing out the Bible’s influence on American Culture.

The Bible Museum is located at 400 4th Street, SW, and welcomes all denominations and all who believe in the Bible.

Please see the Bible Museum Image Gallery for pictures of our wonderful tour.

Posted on December 17, 2019

ANNUAL DINNER 2019

The Patron’s Annual Dinner was held December 7th at the Apostolic Nunciature, graciously hosted by His Excellency, Archbishop Christophe Pierre.

The evening began with a delightful cocktail party and a chance to reconnect with old friends and make new ones.

CEM Martin welcomed everyone, including special guests:
His Excellency, Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Pierre, and
Father Kevin Lixey, International Director of the Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums.

His Excellency welcomed our group and had kind remarks for our patronage to the Vatican.

The slate of officers for 2020 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 by remarks made by Father Lixey, explaining the importance of the Patrons to the Vatican Museums and the crucial role they play in the restoration and preservation of the countless treasures in the Vatican. There is so much that has been accomplished, but the long list continues for many years to come! Therefore it is very important that we continue to fulfill our mission with our members.

President, CEM Martin, encouraged the members to consider serving on committees or the Board, to become more involved, and to help us to grow our chapter in the coming year.

Judy Martin presented the 2020 Chapter Trip to Rome and invited everyone, including family and friends, to consider joining the trip in May. The deadline for reservations is January 30, 2020. Please see the website for details.

Thank you to everyone who attended! It was a wonderful evening and we were delighted to share it with you.

Please see the Annual Dinner 2019 Image Gallery for some pictures of the event!

Posted on December 16, 2019

YOU ARE INVITED TO A SPECIAL PATRON’S EVENT!

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 patrons@francklohsen.com
or by calling (202) 223-9449 by November 26th.

Posted on November 7, 2019

2020 DC CHAPTER TRIP

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: WashingtonPatrons.org 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 jgmartin1231@aol.com

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

Posted on November 2, 2019

New Restoration Project

CHIARAMONTI GALLERY WALL XIV

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

COMING SOON!

ANNUAL DINNER AT THE NUNCIATURE

DECEMBER 7, 2019

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.

For all questions, please contact Judy Martin at jgmartin1231@aol.com

Thank you for your continued generosity and loyalty to the DC Patrons.

We hope to see you at the dinner!

Posted on October 8, 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

2019 PAVM LEADERS MEETING

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 jgmartin1231@aol.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.

Leaders Registration


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

If you have any questions, please email Judy at jgmartin1231@aol.com

Posted on June 30, 2019

ART TOUR OF THE NUNCIATURE

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