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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  • 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: […]

  • Monumental 14th Century Crucifix Adopted by Chapter Members

    We are so grateful and proud to announce that members of the Minnesota and North Dakota chapters of the Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums have adopted the restoration of a monumental 14th century wooden crucifix. John and Paula Kelly have graciously agreed to restore this monumental wooden sculpture, which constitutes an important […]

  • Pope Francis appoints a woman to lead the Vatican Museums!

    Pope Francis chose Barbara Jatta as the next director of the Vatican Museums. Dr. Jatta succeeds Antonio Paolucci who was the director since 2007. Dr. Jatta was previously the deputy director of the Vatican Museums. Her move to director makes her the first woman in the position and the highest-ranking female administrator in the Vatican. […]

  • 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 […]

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