Upcoming Events

Patrons Rome Trip

This December, the Vatican begins celebrations for the Jubilee 2025, Pilgrims of Hope, a year-long event of great spiritual, ecclesial and social significance in the life of the Church which occurs every 25 years. The January 19-25, 2025 trip will offer us meaningful and unique opportunities only available to the Patrons.

Click here to download the brochure.

About the Illinois Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums 2025 Jubilee Trip

Please note the following details:

1. You must be a Patrons member.
2. Early booking discount ends June 15, 2024.
3. Limited spaces are still available.
4. Flights are arranged separately from the trip tour.
5. If you plan to arrive early, there is a limited room block available at the designated hotel, Hotel de Russie.

Trip Summary
The Illinois Patrons will be one of the first global chapters to participate in the 2025 Jubilee, a 600 year old Vatican tradition. This Jubilee, Pilgrims of Hope, will last one full calendar year for the community of the faithful. Between January 18 and 25, 2025, all current Patrons are welcome to participate. Please join us for this curated tour with our 2025 theological guide, Fr. Richard Fragomeni.
Please reach out with any questions at [email protected].

2025 Pilgrims of Hope Jubilee in Rome

An invitation from Anne Shea:

Dear Patrons,

The Illinois Patrons are going to Rome.

It is with great enthusiasm that we extend an invitation to Patron members to celebrate the Jubilee Year: Pilgrims of Hope with the Illinois Patrons planned for January 18-25, 2025!

The Jubilee Year happens only once every 25 years in the Vatican. If you miss 2025, you will need to wait until 2050 to be part of the Jubilee. Let’s celebrate now!

Those of you who have traveled with us before are familiar with the uniqueness of our chapter trips. Our celebration week has been curated in a distinctive way. When I provided highlights to a woman who is experienced in Rome, she said, “Anne, this is the best of the best!”

As we look forward to a beautiful week of special visits and exclusive events planned by the Office of the Patrons, we are partnering with Corporate Travel to secure the finest tour managers, guides and art-historians, and to provide each Patron with the experience of a lifetime.

A few of the highlights that you will experience are:
5-star luxury hotel accommodations at the Hotel de Russie
Private tours throughout the Vatican
Exclusive receptions and dinners in Rome
Visits to the Major Basilicas of Rome to process through the Holy Doors
Day trip to Assisi
Private Reception and Gala Dinner in the Vatican Museums (with Cardinal Cupich scheduled to attend)

Other itinerary highlights and trip details are reflected in the attached brochure. You can access the online registration system by clicking here:

Please note that pre and post nights at the hotel will be confirmed on a request basis after your registration is complete. Please email these requests and any other questions to Corporate Travel’s dedicated patrons’ staff at [email protected] or by phone at 313.426.0737.

One of our board members, Michael Smith, is co-planning and co-leading this trip with me. If you have any questions in the meantime, please feel free to contact one of us –

Michael Smith 219-552-4892 or me 708-642-2511.

We look forward to making incredible memories together in the Eternal City!

All my best,




Past Events

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.