As the restoration of the Holy Stairs sanctuary in Rome moves closer to completion, we have been glad to see the positive reaction of the media, art specialists, and Patrons towards the project, which was made possible by the generous support of the UK Chapter. Carol Glatz of CNS recently wrote, “Just like someone gently unwrapping a present, a restorer carefully peeled back a thin wet veil of paper from a black sooty wall to see what was hidden underneath. From behind the layers of grime and dirt emerged the frescoed images of a fallen Roman column, a flock of fluffy sheep and a pink sunset sky over a forgotten ancient city”. Restorers are currently completing the frescoes in the Chapel of San Lorenzo where the vaulting, which features the 8 most important doctors of the Church as well as host of angels, is now completed, and the restoration team is working its way to the portrait of St. Lorenzo.
Mary Angela Schroth, who has worked at the Holy Stairs for over 20 years, will be visiting a number of Chapters in the United States over the next month to share about the detailed process and incredible results of its restoration. Mary Angela will be in New York on July 29, Philadelphia on July 31, Washington DC on August 5, and Raleigh, North Carolina on August 13. We encourage any of our Patrons who are able to attend! Not only will you learn about the process of restoration, but you will also have the opportunity to witness the truly significant impact the Patrons’ support has on bringing historic treasures back to life! If you are interested in attending one of these events, contact your Chapter Leader for further details.