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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  • Upcoming Patrons Trip 2018

    In 2018, we will be embarking on another Patrons trip to experience art, history, ad culture like only the Patrons can! We are still in the planning stages of this trip, but rest assured it should not be missed! Get ready to experience a once-in-a-lifetime whirlwind trip with special privileges, wherever this journey may lead us! Contact us to make sure you are notified as plans progress.
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  • Join the Patrons on a Fall Trip to Canada!


    Join us for a glorious Fall weekend in Montreal, Quebec City, and more. September 26 – 30, 2019 Enjoy art, architecture, wine, and fall foliage in French Canada’s most idyllic of settings. Johan has planned an amazing itinerary with many highlights, including: Notre Dame Basilica of Montreal The Oratory of St. Joseph Montreal’s Museum of […]

  • Wishbook 2018: A New Direction


    The new restoration project Wishbook for 2018 has been released and museum director Barbara Jatta has a new direction and we find it to be very exciting. The quote Dr. Jatta: I would like to thank the Patrons of the Arts of the Vatican Museums for their support over the last 35 years. Together with […]

  • 2018 Rome Trip: The Reveal!

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    Our 2018 patrons trip to Italy has officially been announced, and it will include all of our exclusive events and tours of the Vatican Museums, gardens, and restoration galleries (such as a private viewing of the Sistine Chapel), as well as a side adventure to the Amalfi Coast, including Positano, Ravello, and Capri. When: October […]

  • 2017 Recap and Annual Dinner


    Our annual dinner was recently held at I Noni Restaurant, and featured an incredible five course dinner with paired wines and much merriment. We also discussed business – including our chapter’s successes in the past year and our plans for the future. In 2017 the patrons hosted a very successful art exhibit on the Swiss […]

  • Welcome to Our New International Director

    Fr. Kevin Lixey, L.C. new International Director of the Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums

    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

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    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 […]

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