Illinois Event: Art & Jazz in the Courtyard

The Board of Directors of the Illinois Chapter are excited to announce an upcoming Patrons event: Art & Jazz in the Courtyard. On Thursday, July 24, Chapter members will gather in the elegant courtyard of the Archdiocese for an evening of beautiful artwork and live music. Patrons will enjoy excellent wine and hors d’oeuvres while learning about the Patron’s mission from H.E. Francis Cardinal George, Chairman of the Illinois Chapter Board. Guests will have the opportunity to discuss past restoration endeavours and their hopes for future projects. For further details about this exciting Patrons event or to reserve your place, write to Chapter Leader, Anne Shea at


Stairway to Heaven: Vatican Backs Effort to Restore Holy Stairs Shrine

SCALA SANTA, ROME — As thousands of pilgrims continue to climb the venerated Holy Stairs below, eight restorers continue to climb the scaffolding above, working diligently on the sanctuary’s beautiful fresco cycles. Thanks to our generous United Kingdom, Florida, North Carolina and South Carolina Patrons, the Vatican Museums’ head fresco restorer, Paolo Violini, and his team are in the process of executing this tremendous effort to save the Holy Stairs—uncovering the masterful 16th century works by painter Paul Brill, preserving the site’s history and enriching the spiritual messages of its frescos.  In a recent National Catholic Reporter article, Fr. Mark reinforces the meaning of the Holy Stairs restoration project, reflecting how “sacred art is invaluable, not just for its material beauty, but also for its power to help transform people’s lives.”

Follow the link below to read the entire article, written by Carol Glatz for the National Catholic Reporter: