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The papal artifacts of Rev. Richard Kunst will be on view Aug. 6-9. The event will be similar to, but more extensive than, the 2004 exhibit The Vatican Comes to Duluth.
It is believed to be the largest collection of papal memorabilia in North America, featuring manuscripts, clothing, relics, Swiss Guard items and other rarities connected to the papacy, canonized saints and notable individuals.
Father Kunst started the collection while working for the U.S. Senate. Over the years, it continued to grow and became so substantial that colleagues encouraged him to share the artifacts through a public viewing. The year 2004 was chosen because it commemorated the end of Pope John Paul II’s Jubilee Year.
The Collection has grown substantially since 2004 and now includes items from Pope Francis to Pope St. Victor I (189-199 A.D.) and even a relic from the original chair of St. Peter himself.
Proceeds will benefit Stella Maris Academy, the Catholic schools of Duluth. The academy has three campuses located at St. James, St. John the Evangelist and Holy Rosary parishes. A portion of the proceeds will also be used for the education of seminarians.
The Vatican Returns to Duluth includes the artifacts themselves, a Vatican store, a sponsors’ gala dinner, and a wine and cheese night.
For more information, contact Ronda Hughes-Stovern at hughes.mktg @ gmail.com.