to see what kind of exhibit we'll be having,'' said the Rev. Malcolm Neyland, judicial vicar of the Tribunal Diocese of Lubbock. ''It's such a marvelous thing for the city of Lubbock.''
Also accompanying Neyland will be Tech President Donald Haragan and his wife Willie, Tech Museum director Gary Edson, former Post Mayor Giles McCrary and another church official.
In February, Texas Tech spent more than $5,700 to send Chancellor John Montford and his wife, Debbie, and the Haragans to Rome to help arrange plans for an exhibit of art from the Vatican Museums to be displayed at the university museum two years from now.
Funds for the trip came from the Texas Tech University Foundation, Chancellor's Council, university travel and university endowment accounts, according to memos from the president's and chancellor's offices.
Expenses included such items as airfare at $826.10 for each person and hotel and food expenses at just over $1,000 for the Montfords and just under $1,200 for the Haragans, according to information obtained through a public information request filed by The Avalanche-Journal.
McCrary, who has made several trips to Rome regarding the exhibit, said the exhibit is tentatively scheduled to go on display sometime between mid-May and June 1, 2002 and will be up for between three and four months.
''We're very optimistic that there are going to be no hitches,'' McCrary said. ''Hopefully, we'll be making some (art) selections. We'll have some requests and they'll counter with some recommendations.''
He said Lubbock planners have reviewed catalogs from other Vatican shows and will request paintings, sculpture, bronze, marble and early manuscripts.
''The Vatican Museum is so immense,'' McCrary said. ''I've been told there are 17 different museums in the Vatican.''
Neyland has pointed out that the Vatican Museums have never loaned an exhibit to a smaller, isolated market nor to a single city.