Guest Speakers  
Mons. Timothy Verdon Timothy Verdon
Born in the USA (New Jersey, 1946), Timothy Verdon is an art historian with a Ph.D. from Yale University. For the last 40 years he has lived in Italy and is a priest in Florence, where he directs the diocesan office for Catechesis Through Art and that of Fine Art and Cultural Heritage. Author of books and articles on sacred art in Italian and English, he has been Consultant to the Papal Commission for the Cultural Heritage of the Church and a Fellow of the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies (Villa I Tatti) at Florence. He teaches for the Stanford University Study Center in Florence as well as the Facolt� Teologica dell'Italia Centrale. Verdon writes regularly for the cultural pages of the Osservatore Romano and in 2010 conceived and organized the exhibit 'Jesus. His Body and Face in Art', at the Palace of Venaria Reale, Turin. Monsignor Verdon is President of the Commission for Ecumenism and Inter-Faith Dialogue of the Archdiocese of Florence, Canon of Florence Cathedral and a member of the Board of Administration of the Cathedral Foundation and Museum.
Fr. Michael Lang Fr. Michael Lang
Uwe Michael Lang, a native of Germany is a priest of the Congregation of the Oratory of St Philip Neri in London. He holds a doctorate in theology from the University of Oxford, was ordained to the priesthood in 2004 and worked in parish and school ministry until 2007. He has published various articles on Patristics and liturgical studies, including his book Turning Towards the Lord: Orientation in Liturgical Prayer, which came out first in German in 2003 with a preface by then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger and has since been translated into various languages. Recently, he has edited and contributed to the volume The Genius of the Roman Rite: Historical, Theological and Pastoral Perspectives on Catholic Liturgy (Chicago 2010). Fr Lang is a staff member of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments and Coordinator of the Master programme in "Architecture, Sacred Art and Liturgy" at the Universit� Europea di Roma/Ateneo Pontificio Regina Apostolorum. In September 2008, was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI as Consultor to the Office for the Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff.
Ciro Lomonte Ciro Lomonte

Isola Penitenzeria
Ciro Lomonte, freelancer architect, works for private customers and in the area of sacred architecture. He wrote several texts on architectural and liturgical theory.
Since 1996 he promotes courses for silversmiths and goldsmiths.
Since 2009 he has been a teacher in the Master Degree Course: "Architettura, Arti sacre e Liturgia" at Universit¨¤ Europea of Rome.









Fr. Daniel Gallagher Fr. Daniel B. Gallagher
Fr. Daniel B. Gallagher Before his current assignment to the Vatican Secretariat of State, Daniel B. Gallagher, a priest of the Diocese of Gaylord (USA), was Assistant Professor at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit. He holds degrees in philosophy and theology from the Catholic University of America and the Pontifical Gregorian University respectively. While specializing in metaphysics, he also cultivates a keen interest in aesthetics and has published in the philosophy of art and music. His recent articles have appeared in Sacred Architecture, the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars Quarterly, the Josephinum Journal of Theology, and the New Oxford Review. He is a regular contributor to the Philosophy and Popular Culture series and The Berkshire Review (, and is the editor of the Values in Italian Philosophy series.
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