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.
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.