News & Events

News & Events

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

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

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