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April 2023 Newsletter

Introducing our Italian translator and narrator Raffaella Pozzoliof Rochester, MN

Q: Describe your profession currently, or most recently.

A: I am 52 years old and live in Rochester, Minnesota with my husband and four children. I have a degree in Classical Studies as well as BA and MA in Italian Language and Literature. 
Fourteen years ago I moved from Italy to the States for my husband’s job and since then I have been a stay-at-home mom, and I’m involved in many ways in the life of the Church and of the school through volunteering.

Q: What is your region or city best known for?

A: My region is known for the beauty of its landscapes and also for its furniture manufacturing district, which is the first of its kind in Italy. 

Q: What led to your move to the U.S. and how long have you been here?

A: I moved to the U.S. 14 years ago because of my husband’s job who is a physician at Mayo Clinic. 

Q: Name a Cathedral or landmark church that would be of similar significance in your native country.

A: For reasons I mentioned, the Cathedral reminds me of the Duomo in Milan, for which I have a deep affection.

Q: What aspect of the Cathedral delighted you most – or surprised you?

A: What I loved the most, learning about the Cathedral, is the fact that nothing is there by chance. There is a meaning behind everything in there, as well as from the artistic point of view. 

I really loved the fact that the Cathedral is always growing, developing; it is never done and its construction involved all kinds of people. To make this beautiful Cathedral there are the contributions of the artists, of the workers, of the clergy, of the entrepreneurs, of the women of the Diocese. Each one of them put in his or her little or big brick; it’s the people of God that builds its home. 

A free lecture and social April 25 Summit Avenue architecture

Summit Avenue Residential Preservation Association (SARPA)

The Summit Avenue Residential Preservation Association (SARPA) and the Ramsey Hill Association (RHA) will be hosting an insightful talk on the Architectural Styles of Summit Avenue presented by Professor Kristin Anderson.
6:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 25 at Cathedral of Saint Paul
Enter through the Selby doors and proceed to the lower level.An elevator is available.
No registration is necessary, but SARPA would like to get a headcount. Click here to add your name.
In January Professor Anderson presented an excellent overview of the history of Summit Avenue. 
Professor Anderson will follow up with a series of additional talks. Audience members will help SARPA decide what to present next. A few possibilities include: Summit Avenue People; Architects of Summit; The Lost East End of Summit Avenue; and Invisible, Hidden, and Haunted Summit Avenue are all possibilities. 

Professor Kristen Anderson at the MN Twins Ballpark where she frequently gives architecture tours.
A popular speaker in church and community settings, Kristin also gives tours and presentations at Target Field, focusing on architecture, sustainability issues, women in baseball, and art at the ballpark.

We are still fundraising for this project. To date, we have received the following:

$5,000 private donor
$15,000 Hubbard Foundation
$37,000 Federal Tourism Recovery Grant
We welcome all support. Please send a check to the address below and write TOUR in the memo or donate online.

[email protected]

CHF Administrator
Paula Norris
1430 Concordia Ave.
P.O. Box 40027
Saint Paul, MN 55104-5485