As we begin to anticipate the arrival of autumn, so too are we preparing for visits from our Chapters, the first of which is the Northwest. The group will begin their “Grand Art Tour of Venice and Rome” in the floating city of canals and bridges, complete with a tour of the Biennale and a private Mass in the crypt of St. Mark’s Basilica celebrated by Father Kevin.
After their sojourn in Venice, they will be joining us in Rome, kicking off their time with aMuseums tour and a grand evening in the Gallery of Busts and Statues. This will be preceded by Mass celebrated by Cardinal Bertello in the Vatican Governatorato Church of Santa Maria Regina della Famiglia. Their experience in the Vatican will also include visiting restoration labs, privately touring the Gardens, and even a special lecture on the Transfiguration in the Raphael Room of the Pinacoteca from Fr. Dalton of the Legionaries of Christ. Above all, the Northwest Chapter’s time in the Museums will be a celebration of their successes in restoring a variety of projects. They will celebrate the unveiling of the newly restored Hermes, attended by Vatican Museums Director Dr Barbara Jatta. A particular highlight will be the commemoration of the newly restored Sphere within a Sphere, their newest restoration undertaking, wherein its conservation will be dedicated to the late Thomas James Jr., former Co-chair and Founder of the Northwest Patrons Chapter.
We look forward to welcoming the Northwest Chapter and are excited to be part of their tale of two cities, a beautiful narrative in art history as well as an opportunity to take pride in their significant contribution towards their completed projects. This October, the Northwest Chapter Patrons will be joining us in Rome, for a five-star luxury weekend experiencing the impressive work undertaken by the Northwest Chapter of the Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums, in addition to celebrating the successes of the Chapter’s 2016-17 restoration projects. The spectacular weekend will be complete with private tours of the Vatican Museums and Gardens, an exclusive conference with Fr. Dalton in an
outstanding setting, not to mention the unique occasion to attend mass in the Vatican Governatorato Church of Santa Maria Regina della Famiglia, conducted by Cardinal Bertello. The Northwest Chapter visit will include the exciting unveiling of the newly restored Hermes, in the presence of Dr Barbara Jatta, director of the Vatican Museums. Patrons to the Northwest Chapter will have the extraordinary opportunity to visit the Marble, Painting and Tapestry Restoration Labs whilst gaining an insight into their significant contribution towards current and completed projects. A particular highlight will be the commemoration of the newly restored Sfera, one of the most recent projects undertaken by the Northwest Chapter dedicated to the late Thomas James Jr, former Co-chair and Founder of the Northwest Patrons Chapter.