Friday, August 25, 2017

Catholic Charities' CYO Camp Has Welcomed Young People since 1946


San Francisco Bay Area real estate developer Bernard P. Hagan supported a number of causes over the course of his lifetime, including Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of San Francisco, for which he served as a board member. In recognition of his work with Catholic Charities, the social services agency honored Bernard P. Hagan by naming the dining hall at its CYO Camp after him.

Each summer, CYO Camp invites children aged 8-17 for a six-week program designed to help campers build confidence, learn about nature, and enjoy the experience of being young. Over the course of the summer, campers from all religious backgrounds participate in a range of activities that include hiking, gardening, overnight campouts, canoeing, and talent shows, to name just a few. 

CYO Camp also offers several Outdoor Environmental Education programs, wherein students gain scientific knowledge that they can draw on when resuming their formal studies. CYO Camp sits in a 216-acre redwood forest near the historic Northern California town of Occidental. Founded in 1946, it has welcomed tens of thousands of young people over its more than 70 years of operation. To learn more about the camp, as well as to take a virtual tour, please visit CatholicCharitiesSF.org/CYOCamp.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

The Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums’ Restoration Projects


As the president of Hagan Development Co. for over 40 years, Bernard P. Hagan oversaw construction projects throughout the Bay Area. Outside of his business endeavors, Bernard P. Hagan dedicated his time and resources to several nonprofit groups, including the Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums, an interfaith group that supports the preservation and conservation of the Vatican Museums.

Currently, the Patrons are seeking support for a variety of restoration activities, including a project focused on the archeological frescoes from the Basilica of St. John Lateran. Dating back to the second century, the frescoes are part of the remains of an ancient building that was constructed long before the Basilica, which was commissioned by Emperor Constantine in AD 324.

The wall paintings, mosaics, and marbles feature scenes of domestic life as well as figures of satyrs, animals, and natural forces. Considering its age, the artwork is still in relatively good condition, but protective measures are needed to ensure that the frescoes are preserved for future generations. The Patrons hope to clean the frescoes’ surfaces, repair missing plaster, touch up paint, and add a protective layer of varnish.

The fresco project is just one of many from the Patrons’ list of restoration needs. To find out more about the organization’s work, visit www.vatican-patrons.org.