Pilgrim Testimonials

“If you have an opportunity to travel with Inside the Vatican Pilgrimages, don’t pass up the chance.  The pilgrimage journey is the top priority. It was the trip of a lifetime and I would do it again!” — Diane  Culbertson, Oklahoma  City, Oklahoma
“I enjoyed the trip tremendously! I will repeat it!” — Harold Bumb, Naples, Florida
“These pilgrimages are unlike any other journey I’ve ever been on. We went places I could only have dreamed of going, and at a leisurely  and prayerful pace. I have been on two and will go again.” — Richard Corr, Cleveland, Ohio
“I have been on many pilgrimages –large and small groups. This was a small group and it was fantastic! You could not ask for sweeter and more intelligent pilgrimage leaders. Their spirituality was phenomenal. We will return!” — Trudy Bumb, Naples, Florida
“I would highly recommend this trip because you have the rare privilege to visit inside the Vatican. Robert Moynihan’s knowledge of our faith and the places we visit is extraordinary. The small group makes for an intimate experience. The places we visited were amazing and exclusive!” — Michael Waitkus, Detroit, Michigan
“I wanted to send a quick email to thank you both for the wonderful Easter pilgrimage that  Cassy and I were blessed to share with you. The breathtaking sights, sounds, smells and tastes made the trip worth every penny that we spent. However, they only touch the physical surface of how this pilgrimage has affected us. The Spiritual uncovering … archeology, if you will … of the Catholic Faith, with its wonders and flaws, has drawn me further into the body of Christ. The places we visited, the wonderful people we met and the conversations that took place all served to remove the sediment and stones that were covering my soul and thus leave me vulnerable to our Lord. You witnessed some of that uncovering … the emotional scraping and cleaning that allowed me to reveal of myself after a washing with tears. 
Cassy and I talk often of how you both provided a friendship and comfort that made us feel like we were lifelong friends. Whether driving us for the best overlooks of Rome, sharing a meal and conversation or making it possible to get to see that last Bernini sculpture (Ecstasy of Saint Teresa) that Cassy had so wanted to see. You are both wonderful people devoted to our faith and it radiates from you.  May God bless you both.  Pace e bene!” —Harry and Cassy Revels, Portsmouth, NH
“We had the most wonderful time on our pilgrimage.  We were very blessed to have Robert Moynihan and Deborah Tomlinson as our Tour Guides as we traveled around Ireland.  Father O’Neill made our trip all the more special.  Every day was a new adventure, and as we lay our head on the pillow each night, we thought what we had experienced that day was possibly the highlight of our trip, only to discover each and every day continued to surprise us with many special moments.  Robert, Deborah, Fr. O’Neill, and our fellow travelers became our family as we developed close relationships with each of them.  We enjoyed listening to Robert’s talks and were amazed as he enlightened us with  interesting history lessons throughout the tour.  Deborah was wonderful, always in control, very organized, directing us from one place to another, determined to make each day more special than the last, and she did.  Many thanks to Fr. O’Neill who celebrated Mass for us throughout the tour, and for sharing his memories of previous visits to Ireland.  Praying the Rosary as we traveled through the beautiful, lush, green countryside was comforting.  Knowing that God was in control, and having our Blessed Mother accompany us on this pilgrimage, how could it not be wonderful?  We know Deborah, Robert, and the staff worked hard to plan and coordinate this great trip; however, we could feel God’s hand in most every encounter.  The people we met, the stories we heard, the encounters we witnessed, were very inspiring.  What a blessing to spend time with Brendan Rodgers and to be blessed with a First Class Relic of St. Pio.  Vespers at the Benedictine Silverstream Priory, meeting the monks, listening to Fr. Prior and Dom Hildebrand was inspirational.  We enjoyed Brian Sloan, Archeologist from the University of Queens, who went out of his way to show us ancient items his team uncovered from the site at the Cathedral of St. Patrick in Downpatrick.  Meeting Mariam in Dublin and spending time with her as she explained the messages she received instructing her to begin a Global Rosary for Priests.  Her efforts have been successful in spreading the Global Rosary throughout the world.  These are only a few of the incredible experiences we had on our journey through Ireland.  Thank you, Robert, Deborah, Fr. O’Neill, and the Staff of Inside the Vatican, for making our pilgrimage so special and helping us to create the most wonderful memories.  God bless you all.”—Jan & Bill Eaves
“Thank you” for all the hard work that went into this great pilgrimage to Ireland! But for you, I never would have got to return to the land of my ancestors. The enthusiasm of both Robert and Deborah was so uplifting. It was an excellent and non-flagging effort to keep us all together, lose no one (especially me!), and keep us all safe, happy, well fed and housed! They were also very responsive to our requests to do things outside the group.  Thank you again and I will not easily forget the beautiful fellow pilgrims with whom we travelled. The highlight for me was Mass (a glorious Missa Cantata) in the extraordinary form at St Kevin’s Church, Dublin, with three others (Americans) of the group on Sunday 12th August, before we joined the others in the Guinness tour… I’m off to Mass, 25km away, where I’ll pray for you all!” — Yours in +JMJA, Anne B.  Buchan