Booked for the Pope

Pope Francis biography draws respectful throng to a surprise French chapel in River Oaks

Pope Francis book draws throng to surprise chapel in River Oaks

Houston, Robert Draper book signing, September 2015, Chrissy Demeris, Lizzie Sullivan and Mundi Elam
Chrissy Demeris, Lizzie Sullivan, Mundi Elam. Photo by Morris Malakoff
Houston, Robert Draper book signing, September 2015, the home of Terri and John Havens
The chapel, brought in piece by piece from France, at the home of Terri and John Havens. Photo by Morris Malakoff
Houston, Robert Draper book signing, September 2015, Robert Draper
Author Robert Draper. Photo by Morris Malakoff
Houston, Robert Draper book signing, September 2015, Laura Mudd, Kate McMair and Shawnna Fatjo
Laura Mudd, Kate McMair, Shawnna Fatjo. Photo by Morris Malakoff
Houston, Robert Draper book signing, September 2015, John Thrash, Becca Cason Thrash and Mark Sullivan
John Thrash, Becca Cason Thrash, Mark Sullivan. Photo by Morris Malakoff
Houston, Robert Draper book signing, September 2015, Luke Mandola, Rose Mandola and Tony Mandola
Luke Mandola, Rose Carrabba,Tony Mandola. Photo by Morris Malakoff
Houston, Robert Draper book signing, September 2015, Gene and Bet Amante
Gene Amante, Bet Amante. Photo by Morris Malakoff
Houston, Robert Draper book signing, September 2015, Paula and Jeff Paine
Paula Paine, Jeff Paine. Photo by Morris Malakoff
Houston, Robert Draper book signing, September 2015, Sheri Henriksen, Nini Bekhradi
Sheri Henriksen, Nini Bekhradi. Photo by Morris Malakoff
Houston, Robert Draper book signing, September 2015, Ronnie Glauser, Dr. Charles De John, Beverly McCoy and Tanya De John
Dr. Ronnie Glauser, Dr. Charles De John, Beverly McCoy,Tanya De John. Photo by Morris Malakoff
Houston, Robert Draper book signing, September 2015, Chrissy Demeris, Lizzie Sullivan and Mundi Elam
Houston, Robert Draper book signing, September 2015, the home of Terri and John Havens
Houston, Robert Draper book signing, September 2015, Robert Draper
Houston, Robert Draper book signing, September 2015, Laura Mudd, Kate McMair and Shawnna Fatjo
Houston, Robert Draper book signing, September 2015, John Thrash, Becca Cason Thrash and Mark Sullivan
Houston, Robert Draper book signing, September 2015, Luke Mandola, Rose Mandola and Tony Mandola
Houston, Robert Draper book signing, September 2015, Gene and Bet Amante
Houston, Robert Draper book signing, September 2015, Paula and Jeff Paine
Houston, Robert Draper book signing, September 2015, Sheri Henriksen, Nini Bekhradi
Houston, Robert Draper book signing, September 2015, Ronnie Glauser, Dr. Charles De John, Beverly McCoy and Tanya De John

What: Book signing for Pope Francis and the New Vatican.

Where: The River Oaks home of Terri and John Havens.

The 411: The Havens hosted the event, a fundraiser for the I Am Waters Foundation, that centered on the aged chapel they had brought in piece by piece from France and reassembled in their garden adjacent to the River Oaks Country Club golf course. Houston native and author Robert Draper, perched in the chapel, signed copies of his new book with more than 400 selling as the 120 guests scooped up inscribed copies for gift-giving. 

Draper shared entertaining stories on his research for the National Geographic coffee table book.

Good Catholics Phyllis and Tony Mandola provided the party fare from their nearby namesake restaurant.

Who: Co-hosts Annie Amante and Mark Sullivan, plus Jean Sullivan, Rose Carrabba, Joan and Luke Mandola, Isabel Lummis, Ray Childress, Maria Bush, Cliff Reckling, John and Becca Cason Thrash and Lizzie Sullivan.