Bishop H.William Michael Tajra (pronounced TOY-RA) is the Founder of the Marial Museum of Sacred Art, the outreach work of the Lutheran monastic society, The Order of St. Mary the Virgin. He holds a Masters degree in sacred theology from the Protestant Theological Seminary in Paris, a doctorate from the University of Paris (Sorbonne) and an advanced degree from the University of Geneva in Switzerland. He is an historian and a scholar in the area of sacred art.
The Bishop has published two scholarly works on early Church history and is currently writing a book on a painting by the 17th Century French-Flemish artist, Philippe de Champaigne, entitled, The Vow of Louis XIII: Icon of France.
Bishop Tajra has lectured internationally at universities, seminaries and academies in both Europe and the United States and is a member of the National Institute of Slavonic Studies (University of Paris) and a corresponding, non Roman Catholic, member of the Pontifical International Academy (Vatican City), an honor bestowed in recognition of his work in promoting unity, dialogue, and reconciliation.
The Bishop enjoys learning new languages (he is fluent in seven), biking, and swimming, as well as doing his own drawings in addition to producing the local and national shows for the Museum. He divides his time between the Order's two houses in Paris and in Florida.