The museum’s publications
The catalogue presents the history and valuable artworks from 17 Vilnius monasteries: from the very first Franciscans and Dominicans who settled here in the 14th century to the Sisters of Charity who came to the capital in mid-18th century. The legacy of some convents, including the Basilians, the Sisters of Visitation and the Canons Regular of Penance, is not as well-preserved and is only illustrated by individual items, while the history of the Benedictines, Bernardines and Jesuits is attested to by dozens of exhibits.
The catologue of the exhibition is the first attempt to present for the public the intellectual activity of Lithuanians who studied at the Catholic University of Fribourg in the late 19th and the first half of the 20th century and their importance for the fledgling modern state of Lithuania through the activity of the Rūta–Lituania student society and related artefacts.
The book presents the history and the most important episodes of the St. Michael the archangel Bernardine Sisters Monastery in Vilnius, with a focus on the cultural and artistic legacy of the Bernardine nuns. In the Soviet era the monastery was closed. The convent ensemble was damaged by negligence, part of the paintings were scattered in museums or disappeared. The artworks which used to belong to the monastery, were brought back with the efforts of researchers, restorers and museum workers and now are exhibited in the Church Heritage Museum which is housed in the former convent.
The catalogue presents exhibits that are shown in the exhibition and belong to the collection “The Mission Station”. Their historical, cultural meaning and circumstances that made the exhibits a part of the collection are presented. The second part of the book is dedicated to biographies of Lithuanian missionaries and mission volunteers. 35 stories tell about creativity, sense of humor, surprising moments and extraordinary experiences of the people who sacrificed their well-known and comfortable everyday life for humanitarian aid and evangelization.
In the catalogue, a unique exhibition “Masterpieces of the History of the Veneration of St Casimir: Lithuania – Italy” is presented. The most valuable St Casimir-themed works from the largest museums of Palermo and Florence, the Medici Treasury and the Archives of the Basilica of St Lawrence are shown for the first time in the history of Lithuania. The exhibition introduces a very important stage in the history of Lithuania, shows the spread of the cult of the patron saint of Lithuania, and reveals religious and political exchange and relations with Catholic institutions in Europe.