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Beverly Hills Women’s Club Hosts Vatican Art Expert For ‘Keys To Pope Francis’ Presentation

Father Mark Haydu, center, with Beverly Hills Women's Club board members, from left: Jasmine Rafati, Sophie Grusq, Elena Danielson, president, Susanne Reyto, Carol Shane and Sali Lewally. Photo by Victoria Talbot

Posted: Friday, November 17, 2017 – 6:07 PM

Last Saturday, The Beverly Hills Women’s Club hosted Fr. Mark Haydu discussing “10 Key’s To Understand Pope Francis” in a talk  at its historic clubhouse.

“Pope Francis stands as one of the true moral leaders who reaches out to the poor, marginalized and those who live on the peripheries of society. This effort of his is often misunderstood by both those from within the Church and those outside,” said F. Haydu. At the free open-to-the-community event, Fr. Haydu aimed to “unpack the man, his mission and message.”  

Dr. Fr. Haydu, LC, international director of the Patrons of the Arts of the Vatican Museums, previously visited the club to discuss his book, Meditations On Vatican Art. He later hosted members on a club-organized tour of Italy at the Vatican for an audience with the pope and behind-the-scenes tour of the art collection. 

In his work within the Patrons Office, Fr Haydu has coordinated the funding of such restorations as the last two frescoes that Michelangelo ever painted, the lateral mural frescoes of the Sistine chapel, the frescoes of the Raphael Rooms, the frescoes of Pinturicchio in the Borgia Apartments, the excavations of Santa Rosa in the Vatican, as well as hundreds of other projects.

Fr. Haydo has more than 20 years experience in communicating the faith through art and images. He oversees the publishing of a yearly volume entitled Wishbook of the Vatican Museums as well as a quarterly newsletter The Vatican Museums Report and the Restaurare E-newsletter.

Annually, Fr. Haydu hosts multiple Catholic, non-denominational, and business groups in private visits to Rome and the Vatican Museums, where he has lived for the last 10 years.

The food and devotions committee for the event included: Anne Reisman, Margaret Guggenheim, Terri Weissman, Donna Jett, Roberta White, Princess Karen Cantrell, Susan Garner and Katie Martin. Jean Loew also made a donation.


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