Dear Patrons and Guests,
Please join the New England & New York Chapters of the Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums for two virtual lectures with Fr. Michael Collins
Life is a journey and we call a spiritual journey a pilgrimage. Please join Father Michael Collins, as we visit two of the most celebrated cities of the world. Travel along the routes, meet some famous figures from history who made the same journey and admire the art inspired by these sacred spaces. While we take a journey on this virtual pilgrimage, we will encounter images of the festivals and processions, as well as local culinary products of each varied region. Father Michael has visited and accompanied groups to the sites and will bring us behind the scenes to some of the fascinating hidden gems.
The Journey to Jerusalem
For more than five millennia, Jerusalem has been a place of pilgrimage. Our virtual journey crosses sea, mountains and valleys while recounting the importance of the Holy City for Jews, Christians and Muslims. The Crusades were launched to liberate the holy sites from Muslim invaders in the 11th century. The city once housed the celebrated temple of Solomon which was destroyed by the Romans in 70 AD. We follow the most popular routes and visit some of the famous sites of the Holy Land.
To view the lecture from April 1, 2023, click here.
The Road to Rome
The adage claims “all roads lead to Rome.” Since its foundation close to 3000 years ago, Rome has drawn people from every part of the globe. As it stretched across Europe to form an empire, Rome influenced all levels of life. The presence of St. Peter and St. Paul, whom tradition claims died in Rome, has drawn pilgrims for centuries to pray at their tombs. Our virtual tour traces the medieval pilgrimage trail called the Via Frangigena, the route from Canterbury to Rome.
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Fr. Michael Collins is a priest of the Archdiocese of Dublin, Ireland and has taught history and culture in a number of universities in Rome. A best selling author, Fr. Michael has written and edited 15 award winning books which have been translated into 12 languages. He has been featured on various International TV channels, including FOX News, CNN, NBC, SKY News, as well as appearing on 60 Minutes. Fr. Michael is a regular guest at literary events, including the Oxford Literary Festival, Spencer Althorp Festival and the Blenheim Palace Festival.