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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  • Welcome to Our New International Director

    It is with extreme gratitude that we say goodbye to our current International Director, Fr. Daniel Hennessy, L.C., and welcome our new director Fr. Kevin Lixey, L.C. While Fr. Hennessy was with us only briefly, his warm demeanor and determined attitude were influential. Below, you can read a letter from Fr. Hennessy that introduces our […]

  • Upcoming Event: The Patrons and The Friends of Mia present Dr. Johan van Parys

    The Power of Sacred Art: Beauty that Saves and Shatters Thursday September 28 @5:30pm  $45, registration required Our chapter’s Chair, Dr. Johan van Parys, has been invited to speak at a special Mia event, involving drinks, appetizers, enlightenment, and a docent-led tour. Please join us for this exclusive event as we discuss sacred art and […]

  • Save the Date: Annual Dinner

    The annual patrons dinner, with special guests, will take place Tuesday December 5, 2017, at our old favorite I Nonni Osteria, in Lilydale Minnesota. It’s always a fabulous time so please save the date, as this venue has an extremely limited capacity.

  • Swiss Guard Exhibit a Massive Success

    The Swiss Guard Exhibit was a great success. In addition to our regularly scheduled docent-led tours we received over 40 requests for private tours. We also had docents available on Saturday and Sunday during the day for walk-in visitors. We hope you didn’t miss this miraculous opportunity, but if you want more information about this […]

  • Event Recap: Swiss Guard Exhibit Opening Event

    The opening weekend of the patrons-sponsored “Life of a Swiss Guard” Art Exhibit was filled with special events. The preview evening was a PAVM-exclusive event hosted by The Basilica Landmark and our generous donors Jack and Cathy Farrell and Jacques and Lydie Stassart. Special guests included Archbishop Bernard Hebda, Fr. Daniel Hennessy, and exhibit curator […]

  • Save the Date: An Exclusive Swiss Guards Event

    Jack and Cathy Farrell, Jacques and Lydie Stassart, our PAVM board, The Basilica of Saint Mary and the Basilica Landmark are hosting an exclusive PAVM members-only preview of The Life of a Swiss Guard: A Private View to Minnesota on Thursday, June 1. Special guests will include Dr. Romina Cometti, curator of the exhibit; Fr. […]

  • International Board Meeting Recap

    At the request of Fr. Daniel Hennessy, our international director the leaders of PAVM chapters from around the world gathered in Phoenix, AZ for a meeting. Johan van Parys, chair and Deirdre Palmer, vice-chair represented our MN/ND chapter. The high point of the meeting was a presentation by Dr. Barbara Jatta, the new director of […]

  • A Thank You to Our Official Swiss Guard Sponsors

    Our deepest gratitude goes to Jack and Cathy Farrell and to Jacques and Lydie Stassart for bringing The Life of a Swiss Guard: A Private View to Minnesota. Without their financial support we would not have been able to do so. The Farrells and the Stassarts, who are honorary board members, continue to be great […]

  • Coming Soon: The Life of a Swiss Guard Exhibit

    Our chapter of the Patrons of the Arts in Vatican Museums is excited to announce a new photograph and artifact exhibition, which was unveiled at the Vatican Museum in early 2016. This exclusive exhibit, now on an international tour, is coming to Minneapolis June 3-July 30. The exhibit, titled “The Life of a Swiss Guard: […]

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