Canadian Chapter meets with the Canadian Speaker of the House

On February 8, 2014, the Canadian Chapter Chair, Dr. Teresa Tomory, and Marnee Stern, a Chapter Board member, met with the Honourable Noel Kinsella, Speaker of the Senate of Canada.  This  auspicious meeting took place in the Senate Speaker’s Chambers, in a beautiful  historic room filled with heraldry and Latin inscriptions. The purpose of the meeting was to share information about the recently formed Canada-Holy See Parliamentary Group and the Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums and to explore collaboration in a suitable restoration project to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation coming up in 2017. In addition to Speaker Kinsella, representatives for the Speaker of the House of Commons, the Honourable Andrew Scheer, the Chair of the Canada-Holy See Parliamentary Friendship Group, Mr. Pierre Lemieux, and the Vice–Chair of the Group, Senator Suzanne Fortin-Duplessis  attended the meeting. The Canadian Chapter looks forward to a fruitful partnership with this group. To have a little more understanding of Canadian history we include some details of the Senate Speaker’s Chambers for your reading pleasure.

The Speaker’s chambers have long served as a stately setting for conducting parliamentary business. They echo the deliberations of men and women who served as guiding forces throughout a century and a half of Canada’s history. At the same time, they are warm and inviting. This warmth comes in part from the various woods found throughout the chambers and the deep carvings1. Among the many points of interest in these quarters are the heraldic emblems that adorn the walls and provide accent for the historical furnishings. There is a fascinating tale to be told about these armorial bearings, the art form from which they have evolved, and the unique language created to describe them.

Sistine Chapel in Santa Maria Maggiore Unveiled

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.

40th Anniversary of Contemporary Art Collection

The Vatican Museums Collection of Contemporary Art celebrates its first 40 years! On 23 June 1973 the then Pope Paul VI opened the doors of the Museums, home to Michelangelo and Raphael, to contemporary masters, inaugurating the new Collection of Modern Religious Art, dedicated to the art of the 1900s, which now consists of over 8,000 works.

The New York Chapter Explores Caravaggio

What better way to leave the heat and humidity of a long hot summer than to dive in to a stimulating lecture on the life of Caravaggio!  The New York Chapter’s leader, Lee Romanelli, arranged an event in September 2012, at, appropriately, the Museum of Biblical Art.  With all the drama and tension of his paintings, Fr. Gregory Waldrop, S.J. held chapter members and guests spellbound as he conducted us through a tour of the later years of Caravaggio’s turbulent life, complete with compelling examples of the master’s works.  Focusing especially on the spiritual nature of Caravaggio’s works as they correlated to the artist’s tempestuous life, Fr. Waldrop took us on a tour that ranged from Rome to Naples to Malta and Sicily and back to Naples.  The great artist died en route to Rome, friendless and exhausted from a dissolute life.

California Patrons Visit Sculptor Studio

In June 2012  Some 40 California Patrons visited wholesale nfl jerseys sculptor Galea Christopher Slatoff’s studio where he explained his Rosa artistic method, the mechanics of creating a bronze sculpture, and then conducted the pouring of a bronze statue for cheap nba jerseys us.  A wonderful cheap nba jerseys wine and cheese reception followed Plants the Corner event while cheap jerseys the Patrons admired the wholesale nfl jerseys many beautiful pieces Chris had on depositos display.

In September 11, the California ***** Patrons enjoyed a tour of the Crystal Cathedral, which the at Diocese of Orange has obtained as the new Catholic Cathedral to Urban be called Christ Cathedral.

Unveiling of the Galea Fountain

In September 2011 the United Kingdom Patrons came to Rome for the unveiling of love the Galea Fountain. Located just outside of the Vatican Museum walls next to the Bramante Staircase, Patrons, Museum curators and guests listened to words from then President of the Vatican City State, Cardinal Giovanni Lajolo, Museums Director, Prof. Antonio Paolucci, Fr. Mark Haydu dicembre and Michael Hintze, UK Chapter President, about this remarkable fount.

This gorgeous XVII century fountain is located in cheap nba jerseys one of the most beautiful and important places in the Vatican Gardens: to the left hand side of the Bramante Staircase, the original entrance into the Vatican Museums. The fountain was created as a replica of a Galleon of the Papal Fleet by famed architect Hans Van Zanten (Giovanni Vasanzio), who was The also nominated by the Holy Father in 1613 “the architect of Our Lord,” built the Galea in the same spot where an ancient fishing-fountain of Pope Julius III was located. Vasanzio used the rocks previously placed at the bottom of the fountain to form a landscape of small wholesale mlb jerseys mountains and cliffs.

The most Excavation fascinating element of the fountain is the splendid galleon in cheap mlb jerseys the middle of the basin. This amazingly detailed sea vessel is meticulously the decorated with all of the characteristics of the real ship: a beautiful small captain’s tower, sails, thirty cannons, multiple ladders, Elia flags, and a beautiful mermaid on the bow. A complicated system of tubes within the galleon enables the cannons, masks, and towers to spout water. The meaning of wholesale nba jerseys the fountain is made clear by the inscription left by Cardinal Maffeo Barberini (later Pope Urban VIII 1625-1644), which reads: “The warship of the Pontiffs does not spout flames, but sweet water which the fire of battle tames.”

The event continued with the unveiling of the commemorative plaque inscribed in Latin, thanking the patrons and the ceremonious “accendere” of the fountain. The Patrons and Vatican Museum Staff concluded with a champagne toast at the site overlooking Rome followed by lunch for the Patrons atop cheap mlb jerseys the Etruscan Terrace.

The Vatican Museums and Patrons Office would like to congratulate and thank the United Kingdom Chapter for sponsoring the restoration of this special project.

Santa Rosa Excavation Complete

The Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums were pleased to welcome one of our largest chapters for their 2nd visit to the Holy See this past autumn. The Canadian Patrons visited Vatican City to inaugurate the excavation and connection of the Santa Rosa Necropolis, made possible by the Chapter’s very generous support. Sometimes compared to Pompei and the Scavi below St. Peter’s, the Necropolis is especially valuable because, unlike many cheap jerseys other known necropoli, Santa Rosa was used by the middle and lower classes, slaves and former slaves.

Dating from about 50BC – 200AD, the approximately 40 large tombs and 200 graves of the site reveal a fascinating wealth of information about these social classes of which historians still know little. Tomb inscriptions offer interesting ‘slices of life’ but also poignant indicators of Roman pagans’ relations to deceased loved ones. Amongst the extremely well-preserved tombs, one can see the grave of a slave of Nero, a set designer from the Pompey Theatre and a small boy whose 4 year-old face is forever preserved in an adorning marble sculpture.

The Canadian Patrons’ project allowed a reconnecting of Santa Rosa with the adjacent Autoparco, creating in Fr Mark Haydu’s words, “the largest archaeological dig of the first century where everything is exactly where it was found.” This is what makes Santa Rosa unique. The tombs and objects not only remain well-preserved but in Value the Ghana’s same V?rens lay-out as nearly 2000 years ago. As a visitor the experience is Festivals unforgettable, aided by the construction of a metal-catwalk around three sides, from which you can see the dig from different sites giving the feeling of actually walking through the site as well as wholesale jerseys touch screens that provide details and facts about the Necropolis.
Archaeologists wholesale NFL jerseys are understandably excited at not only the wealth of information already gleaned from study, but also implementing this new style of archaeology of ‘leaving it where it was found.’ Objects and human remains, once Urban studied, are returned to their original location. For scholar and visitor alike, Santa Rosa has proved an invaluable asset.

The Santa Rosa Necropolis connection, completion and educational monitors were made possible by the generous support of the Canadian Chapter.