Rome Comes to Phoenix!
6:00 PM18:00

Rome Comes to Phoenix!

Please join the Arizona Patrons as we welcome, from Rome...

Fr. Daniel Hennessy, LC

International Director,
Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums

Fr. Hennessy became the Director in July, 2016. This is his first trip to Phoenix since assuming his new role; he will be updating the members and friends on projects, plans, and activities in and around the Vatican Museums.

And our very SPECIAL GUEST:

 Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted  

The Most Reverend
Thomas J. Olmsted

Bishop of the Diocese of Phoenix

Bishop Olmsted was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Lincoln, Nebraska in 1973, and was installed as the fourth Bishop of the Diocese of Phoenix in 2003.

For 16 years, Bishop Olmsted lived in Rome, where he obtained a master’s degree in theology, a doctorate in Canon Law, and worked more than nine years in the Secretariat of State of the Holy See. In 2015, he released  his apostolic letter to men "Into the Breach", which has been translated into 9 languages, and continues to inspire men worldwide.

Wine and hors d'oeuvres will be provided,
so please register HERE by December 2, 2016.

Patron Members, as always, are free.
Guest tickets may be purchased for $15.

The Arizona Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums is an interfaith, 501(c)3 non-profit organization concerned with the protection, restoration and preservation of human history contained in the great repository of art and artifacts of the Vatican Museums.

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6:00 PM18:00

Popes and Patrons: How the Church Learned to Invest in Beauty

  • Xavier College Preparatory, Performing Arts Center (map)
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The Arizona Patrons are pleased to welcome:

Dr. Elizabeth Lev

"If you think art history is boring, you've never heard Liz Lev!"

The Arizona Patrons are very excited to welcome Dr. Elizabeth Lev to the Valley. Watch the brilliant TED Talk she recently delivered in Geneva here.

From the TED site: “Art historian Elizabeth Lev became captivated by Rome while completing her graduate studies. She writes and lectures on Renaissance art in the Eternal City, but is most at home in the Vatican Museums, founded in the 16th century to house the trove of art amassed by centuries of Popes.”

Please plan to attend and bring a friend who would like to learn more about Vatican art and about the Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums!

 RSVP is required - please register here by Tuesday, August 30th.

Program for the Evening

  • Art show featuring local Catholic artists: Performing Arts Center Foyer (bios below)
  • About the Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums
  • Special Guest Introduction: Ruth Stricklin, Sacred Muralist
  • Presentation by Dr. Lev
  • Reception with light refreshments (Alumni Courtyard)

Speaker Biography

Elizabeth Lev studied art history at the University of Chicago, and in 1989 moved to Italy to complete her graduate work at the University of Bologna. She has lived in Italy ever since. Elizabeth teaches Art History at Duquesne University’s Italian campus since 2002, and also lectures at the Pontifical University of St Thomas Aquinas.

Lev served as a consultant on art and faith for the Vatican Museums, for whom she authored the film Vatican Treasures: Art and Faith, wrote a course on the history of the museums for Vatican guides, and co-curated an exhibition for World Youth Day called “A Body for Glory,” which was released as a book in 2014. She also wrote and hosted the ten-part series Catholic Canvas on EWTN, and has been a consultant for the History Channel.

Her articles have appeared in, among others, First Things, The College Art Association, and The Sacred Art Journal, and she writes regular art essays for Magnificat. Lev’s books include Roman Pilgrimage: The Station Churches (co-authored with George Weigel).

 Artist Biographies

Brenda Fox – Iconographer

Brenda began writing icons in 2003 and began teaching in 2010. She combines 20 years of expertise as a Board Certified Art Therapist into her teaching of iconography retreats. Brenda has taught iconography retreats in Louisiana Texas, Arizona and soon to be Colorado. She has studied under several Russian Iconographer Masters. A convert to the Catholic faith, she finds the history of the church to be rich in tradition, especially its art. Check out her website at:

Karen Bennett

Karen is a decorative artist and muralist of 30 years plus specializing in Trompe-l'œil and faux painting. Her art work can be seen in the dome of Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Tempe, Arizona. She. She holds a BFA in Painting and Drawing from ASU.


Linda Chavez, Artist 

Linda Chavez is an award-winning Arizona artist who has been featured in a CNN documentary about the production of the Sunnyside Mural in Flagstaff, which involved coordination efforts between community members and local schools. She also worked with 50 visiting artists from around the world for the Northern Arizona University “Art Clay Stomp.” Her work is featured in the permanent collection at NAU. She is a member of the fine arts faculty at South Mountain High School in Phoenix.

 Bertica García Dubus

Bertica García Dubus was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. She began her art at Saint Dominic College in St. Charles, Illinois, where she received her B.A. degree in Fine Arts. There, she was most attracted to the Classical/Realistic style of oil painting, which she has continued to explore and personalize.

Upon graduating she continued her studies at the Art Institute of Chicago. Bertica considers herself blessed to have had the opportunity to develop a trained eye and hopes that through her works others will come to see and appreciate the beauty and the goodness of God’s creation. On three occasions, her works won awards at the Bienal E. León Jiménes in Santiago, Dominican Republic, perhaps that country’s most prestigious juried art exposition. In 2006 she was commissioned by the Diocese of Phoenix to paint the Holy Family; this work now hangs at the Pastoral Center foyer. She is presently teaching art at St. Theresa Catholic School in Phoenix.

Banni Hughes 

Banni Hughes was born and raised in Lafayette, Louisiana, in the heart of "Cajun Country". Her early education was completed in a 100-year-old convent, nestled amidst ancient oak trees, lush rose gardens and candle lit chapels. Banni holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and a Master’s of Science in Engineering from the University of Arizona.

Banni began painting over 15 years ago to fulfil the desire for more beauty in her life. Her initial goal was to make her own home more beautiful by hanging her own paintings.

The common theme underlying all of Banni's work is a deep appreciation for God's gifts in both the material and the spiritual world, expressed through the bold, brilliant and luscious colors that are common throughout her paintings. At the same time, she hopes to convey, at a deeper, symbolic level, the majesty, excitement and beauty of the Christian experience.

 Carmen E. de Bartholomew

Carmen E. de Bartholomew was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela, and was exposed to art and sculpture by her artistic family from a young age. She studied at "Escuela de Bellas Artes", focusing on pastels, pencils, and charcoal on paper, and holds an Interior Design degree from Centro Artístico Educacional in Caracas and a degree in Business Administration from The University of Phoenix.

Carmen has worked in with oils and acrylics, with subject matter ranging from colonial buildings and sceneries inspired by old photographs. As an artist, her intention is to create a piece of art that brings joyful memories to the viewer.

 Eileen Spenla

Eileen is a free-lance artist, with pursuits in calligraphy, Illustrated Word, pastels and acrylics of landscapes and people. She holds a BFA in Illustration and Design from Northern Arizona University, and taught art at Tempe Preparatory School for 16 years.


Nancy Mills

Nancy Mills is a Mixed Media artist, who loves to share the gift of art with others by creating one of a kind pieces that encourage, empower and celebrate the big and little things in life. She calls herself an “artist, encourager and eternal optimist.”

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Arizona Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums Spring Dinner
6:00 PM18:00

Arizona Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums Spring Dinner


Vincitorio's Ristorante 
1835 E. Elliot Rd. 
Tempe, AZ 85284

The Arizona Patrons and friends are gathering to enjoy some wonderful Italian cuisine, hear about life in Rome, and catch up with each other.

Details and to RSVP, go to:


  • Food!

  • Fr. Kevin Grimditch, our new chaplain, will share memories of being a seminarian in the Eternal City!
  • Update on the Inaugural Arizona Patrons pilgrimage and Fall event with Dr. Elizabeth Lev!
  • Each Arizona Patrons member will receive "A Holy Year in Rome, The Complete Pilgrim’s Guide for the Jubilee of Mercy", authored by fellow Patron, EWTN Bureau Chief, and Vaticanista Joan Lewis!
  • More food!

Dinner is provided by the Arizona Patrons Chapter. Vincitorio's also has a wonderful selection of wine available for purchase.

Please plan to attend and bring a friend who would like to learn more about the Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums! 

RSVP is required for food planning.
Please RSVP by Sunday, May 8th.

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Arizona Patrons Fall Social
5:30 PM17:30

Arizona Patrons Fall Social

  • 5831 East Indian Bend Road Paradise Valley, AZ, 85253 United States (map)
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The Arizona Patrons and friends with a passion for preservation and restoration of Vatican art and architecture will gather to get acquainted over a glass of wine and delicious hors d'oeuvres, to socialize and for a chapter update.


  • Members who have visited to the Vatican Museums as Patrons will share their experiences.
  • Unveiling of our first restoration project!
  • Update on next year's inaugural Arizona Patrons pilgrimage.

Please plan to attend and bring a friend who would like to learn more about the Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums!

Many thanks to Patrons Jim and Carol Hebets for hosting this event.

Late RSVPs, contact Brad Kidd, 602-738-6682.

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Arizona Patrons End of Summer Kickoff
7:00 PM19:00

Arizona Patrons End of Summer Kickoff

Our next event will begin with an opportunity to socialize with others who have a passion for preservation and restoration of art and architecture, followed by a working session to form our board and make plans for the next year. There are many firsts!


One lucky attendee will win a beautiful, framed icon of "Our Lady of Good Counsel", written by local iconographer and iconography instructor Brenda Fox
Brenda will be attending! See more about her work at:

Topics include:

  • Election of the first AZ PAVM board

  • Review of options for our first restoration project

  • Discussion about the first Arizona Patrons Pilgrimage

Please plan to attend and bring your ideas and enthusiasm! Don't miss this chance to get in on the ground floor of something great!


Questions? Contact:
Brad Kidd

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7:00 PM19:00

Arizona Launch

Patrons, and those curious about the Patrons, will gather to learn about this amazing organization from special guest Monsignor Terrance Hogan, Director, Office of Worship and Spiritual Life of the Archdiocese of Miami (Florida) and the Patrons' North American chaplain.

See Monsignor Hogan's blog "A World of Art and Faith" here.

RSVP at:

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