An Afternoon with Michelangelo

On June 14, 2010, Archbishop Celestino Migliore, Apostolic Nuncio and the then Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, hosted a wonderful presentation on the Michelangelo Frescoes in the newly renovated Pauline Chapel in the Apostolic Palace.  Archbishop Migliore warmly welcomed the large gathering of people in the UN exhibit hall.  Msgr. Terence Hogan gave a brief background on the decorations of the Pauline Chapel before introducing Dr. Elizabeth Lev.  In her very engaging manner, Dr. Lev offered her perspective on  Michelangelo’s Conversion of St. Paul.  Dr. Eric Hansen then gave the historical background of the Pauline Chapel and his interpretation of the Crucifixion of St.Peter.  Both presenters utilized projected images in order to highlight various aspects of the paintings.  Afterwards, most of the guests walked over to Holy Family Church where, thanks to the hospitality of its pastor, Fr. Robbins, a reception was held.  Fr. Boniface Ramsey, head of the New York Chapter, said a few words in gratitude for the generosity of Fr. Robbins and the Patrons.  He explained the work of the organization and thanked all those who participated.  He then introduced Fr. Haydu, L.C., the International Director of the Patrons, who said a few words about the work of the Patrons, offering an invitation to the non-patrons to become members.  Fr. Haydu presented medals to two people who were instrumental in making the arrangements for the event: Archbishop Migliore and Lee Romanelli of the New York Chapter.  Overall, a successful event to continue to promote our wonderful cause–that of the conservation of art and history and of the continued protection of the Vatican treasures.

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