Our History

The History of the Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums

Founded in 1983 after a major exhibition from the Vatican toured The Metropolitan (New York), the M.H. de Young Memorial Museum (San Francisco) and The Art Institute of Chicago, a group of philanthropists recognized the unique opportunity to participate in art conservation. Desiring to address the preservation of the artwork and historic buildings of the Vatican, the Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums was launched worldwide.

Founded in 1983 after a major exhibition from the Vatican toured The Metropolitan (New York), the M.H. de Young Memorial Museum (San Francisco) and The Art Institute of Chicago, a group of philanthropists recognized the unique opportunity to participate in art conservation. Desiring to address the preservation of the artwork and historic buildings of the Vatican, the Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums was launched worldwide.

The Ohio Chapter was founded in 2005 by long time Patron member, Lorraine Dodero. Mrs. Dodero has held the position of Chairman of the Ohio Chapter since its inception, she has been instrumental in the growth of the Ohio Chapter to its current membership base of over 300 members.

It is often the unseen and unnoticed work of the museum which must continue if the unique spiritual and cultural mission of the Vatican Museums is to flourish.

15-Year Chapter Celebration

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15-Year Chapter Celebration

2005
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2005
2005

Inception of the Ohio Chapter first recruiting members’ event

2005

First Committed Restoration, Ohio Chapter, Madonna and Child with Saint Anne and Joachim

2006
2006

1st Chapter Member’s trip to Rome & Vatican City

2007
2007

Leaders Vatican Visit ~ Mrs. Lorraine Dodero meeting Pope Benedict

2007

Committed Restoration- Ohio Chapter ~ Vatican Library, Museo Profano

2008
2008

Vatican Splendors Exhibit held in Cleveland at Western Reserve Historical Society

2009
2009

Audience with Pope Benedict ~
Mrs. Kaitlin Huse &
Mrs. Denise Jasko

2009

Committed Restoration by member, Mr. David Krakowski ~ Two African Lirae

2009

Committed Restoration- Ohio Chapter ~ The Vision of Saint
Augustine

2010
2010

Committed Restoration, Ohio Chapter, ~ Model for the Decorative Staircase

2010

Committed Restoration by member, Mrs. Connie Frankino ~ Transfiguration of Our Lord Jesus & Miracle of the Paralytic

2010

Committed Restoration by member, Mr. & Mrs. John & Sue Hripko ~ Saint Sebastian with Saints

2011
2011

Committed Restoration ~ Ohio Chapter ~ Wooden Shutters in the Raphael Room

2011

Committed Restoration - Mr. & Mrs. Bill & Lorraine Dodero & Family ~ Church of San Salvador

2011

Rome Trip

2012
2012

Committed Restoration by member, Mrs. Connie Frankino ~ Gallery of the Candelabras

2012

Committed Restoration - Ohio Chapter ~ The Collection of Cardinal Sfondrati

2012

Committed Restoration by
member, Father Michael Rock ~ Crucifixion of Saints

2013
2013

Committed Restoration ~ Mr. & Mrs. Bill & Lorraine Dodero & Family ~ Saint Anne, The Virgin Mary & The Infant Jesus

2013

Ohio Members Chapter trip to Rome & Vatican City

2013

Committed Restoration - Ohio Chapter ~ Entrance to the Vatican Museums

2014
2014

Annual Clam bake at Shoreby Club

2014

Holiday Party Recognizing our Five Year Members

2015
2015

Committed Restoration by National Chaplain, Msgr. Terence Hogan ~ Fourth Century Fresco of Praying Figure. Father Mark Haydu showing the displayed piece.

2015

Committed Restoration by members, Mr. & Mrs. Louis & Joan Perry & Family ~ Icon and Stories from the life of St. Pantelo

2015

Committed Restoration - Ohio Chapter ~ Colossal Ceiling

2016
2016

Committed Restoration ~ Ohio Chapter ~ Tapestry of Diana

2016

Ohio Members Chapter trip to Rome and Vatican City, members Mrs. Rusty Greene and Mr. Jim Micale have audience with Pope Francis

2017
2017

Committed Restoration by member - Mrs. Connie Frankino ~ Third Loggia Apostolic Palace

2017

Committed Funding by member, Mr. Anthony Bastulli ~ Vatican City office Internship

2017

Committed Restoration by members, Mr. and Mrs. Umberto and Maryellen Fedeli and Mr. and Mrs. Peter and Celeste Spitalieri Nativity of the
Madonna of Spineta

2017

Committed Restoration - Ohio Chapter ~ Three Papal Carriages

2018
2018

Art, Wine and Culture, Fr. Dan Schlegel and guest speaker, Dr. Liz Lev

2018

Committed Restoration by member, Mr. & Mrs. Bill & Lorraine Dodero & Family ~ Casina Pio IV Gardens

2018

Cleveland Art Museum exhibit tour & dinner, members Mr. & Mrs. Frank & Lisa (Fazio) Grk

2018

Cleveland Indians Game, members Mrs. Kathy Kenny, Valentina Salvador, Mr. Nick Salvador

2019
2019

Holiday Party held at Ritz Carlton Cleveland

2019

Committed Restoration by members - Wenk Foundation ~ Procession of Pope Pius IX

2019

Clambake held at Landerhaven, members Mr. & Mrs. Ron & Rosemarie Mintz & Family

2020
2020

The unprecedented year for everyone.