In October 2012 the unveiling of the Sistine Chapel at the Basilica of St. Mary Major was celebrated. The restorations began in 2003 under the guidance of HE Card. Law thanks to the California Patrons of the Arts. Led by Michael Feeley and John McDonnell, the California Patrons ventured to Rome to participate in this special event. The Archpriest of the Basilica, HE Card. Abril Y Castellò Santos warmly greeted the benefactors, celebrated Mass and dined with them. Attending the event from the Governorship Palace were the President HE Card. Giuseppe Bertello and HE Mons. Giuseppe Sciacca the General Secretary. Attending, from the Vatican Museums, were Prof. Arnold Nesselrath, chief restorer Maria Putska with Dr. Marco Pratelli and the restorers of the Chapel, their Maestro Roberto Bordin, Prof. Ulderico Santamaria from the Scientific Lab, Dr. Alessandra Rodolfo, Maestro Guy Devreux, Dott. Ing. Pier Carlo Cuscianna, Dott. Ing. Enrico Sebastiani who took care of the lighting of the chapel. The Mass, coordinated by the Master of Ceremonies HE Mons. Adriano Paccanelli with the acolytes of the Legionaries of Christ, was presided by HE Card. Santos and Fr. Mark Haydu, LC accompanied by the outstanding music of the Liberiana Choir. After Mass, the patrons and guests enjoyed cocktails on the Logge of the Basilica and then dined in the Sala Papale. Like a large family, the patrons shared wonderful memories together that will never be forgotten.
A heartfelt thanks to all the patrons who participated in this event, together with the Patrons Office and the Museums. A commemorative plaque with the names of the donors has been placed in the Sistine Chapel as evidence of their great generosity.