“The Life of a Swiss Guard, A Private View” in Washington, DC

The Exhibition was unveiled Thursday night at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception with welcome remarks from Msgr. Walter Rossi of the Basilica, Most Rev. Christopher Pierre, Apostolic Nuncio and Msgr. Charles Antonicelli, representative for Cardinal Wuerl.

 

Father Daniel Hennessy, Romina Cometti, CEM and Judy Martin Chapter Leaders of Washington DC Chapter

Col. Christian Lanz of the Embassy of Switzerland attended and briefly spoke about traits needed to become a
Swiss Guard. Father Daniel Hennessy, our International Director, traveled from Rome to spend the week in WDC and offered his thanks to the DC Patrons for bringing the exhibit to the city. 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. 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 if 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 was on show at the National Shrine in Memorial Hall from April 6 through May 21, 2017.

 

 

Life of a Swiss Guard at the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts Museum

The photography exhibition, Life of a Swiss Guard: A Private View has been open to the public from February 4 through March 25, 2017 at Faneuil Hall on the 4th floor of the historic building, above the Great Hall, in theAncient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts Museum.

‘Life of a Swiss Guard’, reveals the most photographedmilitary corps in the world in a new light, away from the uniforms and flags. The exhibit was prominently displayed in the Vatican Museums Cortile delle Corazze in Rome this past spring, and was unveiled at Faneuil Hall following a stop in California.

The Swiss Guard has a historic connection to the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company in Boston. The AHAC dates back to 1638, making it the third oldest military organization in the world after the Honourable Artillery Company of London (1537) and the Vatican’s Pontifical Swiss Guard (1506) is the oldest chartered military organization in the western hemisphere. AHAC’s charter was granted in March 1638 by the Great and General Court of Massachusetts Bay and signed by Governor John Winthrop.

The photography exhibition, Life of a Swiss Guard: A Private View has beenopen to the public from February 4 through March 25, 2017 at Faneuil Hall on the 4th floor of the historic building, above the Great Hall, in theAncient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts Museum.

‘Life of a Swiss Guard’, reveals the most photographed military corps in the world in a new light, away from the uniforms and flags. The exhibit was prominently displayed in the Vatican Museums Cortile delle Corazze in Rome this past spring, and was unveiled at Faneuil Hall following a stop in California.The Swiss Guard has a historic connection to the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company in Boston. The AHAC dates back to 1638, making it the third oldest military organization in the world after the HonourableArtillery Company of London (1537) and the Vatican’s Pontifical Swiss Guard (1506) is the oldest chartered military organization in the western hemisphere. AHAC’s charter was granted in March 1638 by the Great and General Court of Massachusetts Bay and signed by Governor John Winthrop.

 

 

 

Credit to Matt Conti – “MattConti.com”