CHARITY WATCH/A Museum for Catholics
Oct 12,2011

Courtesy Photo <br /> <br />
Courtesy Photo
"Moses by Michelangelo", a Life Size Bronze from the original mold casted
at Chiurazzi Foundry to be Unveiled and exhibited at The Italian
Embassy in Washington, DC.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Finally, a museum for Catholics to call home.

Next year, founders and boosters of The National Museum of Catholic Art and Library, a new museum and library,  hope to move into a new home in Washington, DC.

To help achieve its planning goals, the Museum of Catholic Art and Library will hold “A Roman Gala” at the Italian Embassy on Wednesday, October 19.

A dinner gala reception will take place to announce the planning of the new museum, which is being relocated from New York.

"Our major collection of religious artworks, paintings, sculptures, books and manuscripts has been on loan for traveling exhibitions for the last 3 years to The Pope John Paul II Cultural Center, The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and The Historical Society of Washington," said Christina Cox, the museum's founder and president.

The black tie event will honor some of its leading benefactors, including Gordon Root, Managing Director of the Chiurazzi Foundry in Naples, Italy; as well as union leaders like Richard Trumka, President of the AFL-CIO, and Edward Smith, CEO of ULLICO Inc.; and His Excellency former US Ambassador to the Vatican’s Holy See, Burundi and Uganda, Thomas Patrick Melady.

Ed Malloy is the dinner committee chair and John Sweeney, former President of the AFL-CIO, will present the awards to the honorees.

The Gala chairs are Cox, Tim Barton of JMH Holdings, Paul Pelosi Jr.  

After the dinner, a concert featuring famed tenor Michael Amante, will be held.

The Italian Ambassador Terzi Di Sant' Agata will welcome guests, while organizers unveil a life size Michelangelo Bronze sculpture of Moses.

Joseph Cinque, President of The American Academy of Hospitality Sciences Awards will present the “Lifetime Achievement awards" to honorees and NMCAL will present  a "Benefactor Award" to United Van Lines, Michael Federico and Bernie Gilligan.

The biblical sculpture of Moses with horns on his head, holding the Ten Commandments and seated after coming down from Mount Sinai, was commissioned to Michelangelo by Pope Julius II, as the center piece for his tomb in St Pietro in Vincoli.

Moses did not know that his face would appear radiant after speaking with God. Although the tomb was commissioned in 1505 it was not yet completed until 1545. Legend says that upon completion Michelangelo struck the right knee with a hammer and commanded the sculpture to speak leaving a permanent scar on the knee.

This year also brings the 500th Anniversary of the famous fresco "the Creation of Adam by God" on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.

"We will celebrate the great artist Michelangelo for his artistic contribution to the Catholic Church," Cox says.

Specially priced tickets for the evening are available, from $250 to $750, by contacting Christina Cox or Museum Curator Mariavelia Savino at the National Museum of Catholic Art and Library at 202-450-5707 or 917-750-0014.

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