Preserving History. Restoring Faith.

Help us take action to restore and preserve the precious art in the Vatican Museums.

Our Mission

The Illinois Patrons of The Arts in the Vatican Museums is a non-profit organization that raises funds for the preservation, care, exhibition, and restoration of art in the Vatican Museums.

Upcoming & Recent Events

Illinois Patrons enjoying their Vatican Tours in Rome

Bishop Kevin Birmingham Lecture
April 15, 2024
This Lecture is dedicated to Bishop Kevin Birmingham to continue his work of serving those in the margins, reflected on his coat of arms with the saying, “Tend My People.” In one of his roles, Bishop Birmingham was the Cardinal’s representative for the Illinois Patrons. Anne Shea, President of the Board, had met Sister Norma Pimentel in Rome and discovered her body of artwork featuring migrants. When Anne shared this with Bishop Kevin, he suggested that an invitation be extended for Sister Norma to come to Chicago. From this the seed was planted to initiate a collaboration between Illinois Patrons and Holy Name Cathedral. When Bishop Kevin passed away unexpectedly on October 2, 2023, this event became the First Annual Bishop Kevin Birmingham Lecture.

Recent News

“Unlocking the Secrets of the Vatican Museums: An Exclusive Behind-the-Scenes Look”
In this special episode, explore the intricate world of art restoration in the Vatican Museums. Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Patrons of the Arts of the Vatican Museums, we take you behind the scenes to showcase the dedication in preserving over 20,000 works of art.
” Unveiling Our Enduring Commitment to Art Conservation”

Reflecting on the past and looking toward the future,
the Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums all share an ongoing spirit of dedication
and devotion to the preservation and conservation of art, cultural heritage, and faith.

We are excited to share with you a compilation that captures
the essence of our remarkable journey together over these last forty years.

Recent Projects & Restorations