The Patron’s Pilgrimage Was a Trip to Remember

Fr. Mark and several of our favorite art experts were honored to join our patrons on a spiritual and artistic journey. From May 1 until May 7 – patrons gathered at sea on a sumptuous cruise which featured stops in some of Europe’s most beautiful and meaningful cities. Patrons came from everywhere, from Michigan to Florida, Colorado and California. The travellers visited Gaudi’s famous church, The Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, spend time at the Prince’s palace in Monaco, and were able to join his eminence Cardinal Harvey for Mass at Santa Maria Regina Della Famiglia in the Governatorato. In France they also were given a special tour of the famous Cistercian monastery Le Thoronet Abbey. They found the austere and resonant surroundings inspirational and even had a chance to pray in this meditative space.  And at each stop our patrons interacted with experts and had the opportunity to learn insights about the sites from trained historians and theologians.

Many patrons extended their trip to include an additional three-day pilgrimage to Rome where they were able to take advantage of exclusive tours and ultimately attend a farewell Gala Dinner in the Gallery of the Busts here at the Museum. It was wonderful to have everyone here.

Many thanks to everyone who chose to join in on the cruise and I’m sure you can attest to what a wonderful time it was. To keep up with friends from the cruise and show off your pictures we’ve created this facebook page.

It’s a great way to stay in touch with your patron friends and to see what the cruise was like! And attendees, please don’t hesitate to send your stories and pictures to us here.  

Photo of the Patrons in Gaudi's Sagrada Familia. Photo by John Hale.

Photo of the Patrons in Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia. Photo by John Hale.

Patrons in the Sistine Chapel

Patrons in the Sistine Chapel

Patrons with his Eminence James Michael Cardinal Harvey in front of Santa Maria Regina della Famiglia.

Patrons with his Eminence James Michael Cardinal Harvey in front of Santa Maria Regina della Famiglia.

In the Gallery of the Busts.

Gala Dinner in the Gallery of the Busts.

Sign Up Soon, Limited Availability! Upcoming Patrons Mediterranean Cruise

May 1-May 7th, 2015 (optional Rome extension May 7 – 10)

Cabins aboard our 2015 Mediterranean Cruise have been filling up! Sign up to join us on deck by February 13th to secure your passage. Click here for more details.

Reunite with The Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican this Spring with the trip of a lifetime! Book PAVM’s May 2015 Mediterranean Cruise. Current prices valid thru February 13. Limited availability!

The cruise will visit the gems of the Mediterranean– leaving from Barcelona and visiting St. Tropez with an optional extension in Rome. Talks and guided tours are given by an art expert from the Louvre and the trip even includes a private after-hours tour of the Prince’s Palace in Monte Carlo. The Rome extension also features an exclusive tour of the Sistine Chapel. This is a singular travel experience you won’t forget!

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