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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  • 2017 Wishbook Released!

    Every year, the restoration experts within the Vatican Museums put together a restoration Wishbook of the projects and objects that they believe are in the most urgent need of funding. Next year’s Wishbook has just been released and it’s jam-packed of art that could desperately use our help. We are looking for suitable projects to adopt, but if […]

  • Event Recap: Annual Dinner

    Our chapter’s annual meeting and dinner took place last Wednesday at the stately Calhoun Beach Club, with special guests The Most Reverend Archbishop Bernard Hebda and International Director Fr. Daniel Hennessy. We discussed our recent restorations, future project plans, and a year-in-review of amazing (and exclusive) Patrons events, including our recent trip to the Vatican. We […]

  • Patrons Enjoy A Private Tour of the Luther Exhibit at Mia

    The exclusive “Martin Luther: Art and the Reformation” exhibit at the Mia is an extraordinary collection of historical and religious art, and even more extraordinary than having this rare exhibit in our own backyard is receiving a private tour of the collection by its curator, Thomas Rassieur. His knowledge of the art on exhibit and […]

  • Report: Patrons’ 2016 Rome Trip a Smashing Success

    It seems like just yesterday that we announced the 15th anniversary trip patrons’ trip to Rome, but now that the trip has come and gone we can certainly claim it was one for the history books! Some highlights: An amazing tour of Assisi featuring our local docent Claudia on the Feast of St. Francis An […]

  • 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.

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