Minnesota and North Dakota Chapter



The Minnesota chapter of the Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums is an interfaith, non-for-profit organization concerned with the protection, restoration and preservation of human history as it is contained in the great repository of art and artifact in the collections of the Vatican museums.

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  • Upcoming Event: Exclusive Tour of the MIA Martin Luther Exhibit

    Everyone is very excited about the new Martin Luther exhibit at Mia (The Minneapolis Institute of the Arts) entitled Martin Luther: Art and the Reformation, and our chapter is proud to announce that we will enjoy an exclusive tour by exhibit curator Tom Rassieur. What: An curator-lead tour of the Martin Luther exhibit at the […]

  • Rome 2016: Registration is Open!

    We are very excited to announce that registration is now open for the 2016 Patrons Trip to Rome, which will take place October 2 – October 10, and include visits to the Vatican Museums, Assissi, Castel Gandolfo, Orvieto, and Florence. Download the full Itinerary and Registration Form below, or register online today!

  • Rome 2016: An Itinerary Revealed!

    The Sistine Chapel Ceiling, 2015

    In October 2016, our chapter of the Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums will embark on an amazing tour of the Vatican and its museums, as well as Assisi (on the feast of St. Francis, no less!) and to Florence (with a private tour of the Uffizi!). In typical patrons’ style, we will […]

  • MN/ND Patrons Chair Joins the Vatican Art and Technology Council

    Johan with the US Ambassador to the Holy See

    In December, Johan van Parys, chair of the Minnesota and North Dakota chapter of the Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums was invited to the Vatican and Rome to participate in the Vatican Art and Technology Council, with the expressed goal of finding innovative ways of using technology to avail the art at […]

  • Wishbook, 2016

    The new Wishbook has arrived! Be sure to review the proposed restoration projects and let us know if you can help in any way. Every donation helps.

  • St. John’s Bible Event Illuminates

    Up Close and Personal with the St. John's Bible

    In the stately home of Jim Phelps and Nancy McGlynn Phelps, renowned St. John’s Bible scholar Tim Ternes gave a mesmerizing presentation on the incredible project that illuminated and inspired our chapter’s members and guests. During his presentation, patrons learned about the origin and history of the project, its celebrity calligrapher, its artists, and its […]

  • Announcing the 2016 Patrons Trip to Italy!


    The Minnesota and North Dakota chapter of the Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums is excited to announce the official dates for our 2016 trip to Italy and the Vatican! When: October 3 through October 10, 2015 Where: Assisi, Florence, Rome and the Vatican What: Arriving in Assisi just in time to celebrate […]

  • Save the Date: Annual Dinner 2015

    Our extravagant annual dinner will be held once again at I Nonni in Saint Paul on Thursday December 10, 2015. Join us to hear about our latest restorations, our newest adopted projects, and a recap of this year’s amazing events. There will also be fabulous food and wine, of course, in the usual Patrons fashion. […]

  • Upcoming Event: Up Close and Personal with the Saint John’s Bible

    The Saint John's Bible

    What: Join us for a cocktail reception featuring a special presentation by Tim Ternes, the director of The Saint John’s Bible project, including a special up close and personal viewing of the Heritage Edition of this important artwork. See the astonishing beauty of this amazing project in person and without glass partitions, and marvel in […]

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