Dear Patrons & Friends,

Thank you for visiting the Illinois Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums website. I hope you find our mission to be inspiring and a reason to join the Illinois Patrons Chapter.

Recently, Pope Francis wrote about the vocation of those who dedicate themselves to protecting our natural environment.

The vocation of being a ‘protector’, is not just something involving us Christians alone; it also has a prior dimension which is simply human, involving everyone. It means protecting all creation, the beauty of the created world, as the Book of Genesis tells us and as St. Francis of Assisi shows us. It means respecting each of God’s creatures and respecting the environment in which we live. Be protectors of God’s gifts!

These words could be extended to include the vocation to protect the artistic creation of human race. The Patrons are called to protect the heritage of art that is part of the beauty of the world.

We would be delighted for you to share our mission of restoring the art of our ancestors for the children of tomorrow.


Anne Shea