Project Description

“Rely on the mighty Lord; constantly seek his face”…1 Chronicles 16:11

Announcing Our Newest Initiative — Virtual Pilgrimages 

“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed…”2 Cor 4:7-9 & 16

Treasure in a stronghold… of clay

The treasure we have within us is the “Good News” that Christ, in rising, conquered sin and death, ending in Himself the frustration of this fallen earthly existence. We would expect to hold such a treasure in a stronghold of stone or metal, impregnable. Yet it is held inside of earthen vessels, vessels of clay. In this strange time, when we are so aware of our fragility, most of us have ceased traveling, hardly leaving our homes.

Many of our planned pilgrimages — true journeys of faith —have been postponed due to the corona virus. This has compelled us to journey to these holy places “by another way.” 

Therefore, we have created “another way” to seek Christ on pilgrimage: we will travel around the universal Church, visiting beautiful and spiritually significant places, and meeting the “living stones, ” the faithful souls we encounter there, via the internet. We hope you will join us!

Living stones

Our main goal: like St. Francis, who heard the Lord speak to him from a cross in Assisi, at San Damiano, we wish to build up the Church that is falling down.

Francis collected stones to rebuild a physical church. But today our “living stones” are also challenged, tempted to fly from the Faith, to yield to the blandishments of a pleasure-seeking society.

We want to gather up ourselves, and others, in a collection of “living stones” to rebuild the Church into a living body, globally, of people striving to love our neighbors — as Christ taught us — in search of holiness, of justice and peace, of happiness in life… and in death.

We have this treasure

The Logos, God’s Word, Christ himself, recalls us to our dignity: we are free, we can pass through the shedding of all that we have and are, through death itself, and yet hope to stand before the Eternal Holy One. We have this treasure, this life with God, in earthen vessels. Come join with us in our virtual vessel as we seek this treasure, and find it.

Upcoming Virtual Pilgrimages

All times are Eastern Time (U.S. and Canada).  If you would like to join more than one, you must register for each Virtual Pilgrimage separately.

SEPTEMBER

Wednesday, September 30 1:00 p.m. — Saint of the Week: Carlo Acutis

Join us from your living room, Wednesday, September 30th, as Fr. Anthony Figueiredo, Dr. Robert Moynihan and Deborah Tomlinson lead us in spiritual reflection on the life of Blessed Carlo Acutis.

12:45pm Room opens
1:00pm Reflection begins
1:20pm Discussion begins
2:00pm Room closes

Register Now for September 30th

OCTOBER

Thursday, October 1 12:00 p.m. — Caravaggio Paintings

Join us from your living room, Thursday, October 1st, as Dr. Jan Bentz, Dr. Robert Moynihan and Deborah Tomlinson lead us on another wonderful tour through Rome. We will be pilgrimaging through Rome looking at Caravaggio’s paintings.  The Virtual Pilgrimage will be followed by a discussion.

Register Now for October 1st

Thursday, October 8 12:00 p.m. — Vatican Museum part 1

Join us from your living room, Thursday, October 8th, as Dr. Jan Bentz, Dr. Robert Moynihan and Deborah Tomlinson lead us on another wonderful tour. We will be pilgrimaging through the Vatican Museum.  This is the first part of a four part series.  The Virtual Pilgrimage will be followed by a discussion.

Register Now for October 8th

Wednesday, October 14 1:00 p.m. — Saint of the Week: St. Theresa of Avila

Join us from your living room, Wednesday,October 14th, as Fr. Anthony Figueiredo, Dr. Robert Moynihan and Deborah Tomlinson lead us in spiritual reflection on the life of St. Theresa of Avila.

12:45pm Room opens
1:00pm Reflection begins
1:20pm Discussion begins
2:00pm Room closes

Register Now for October 14th

Thursday, October 15 12:00 p.m. — Vatican Museum part 2

Join us from your living room, Thursday, October 15th, as Dr. Jan Bentz, Dr. Robert Moynihan and Deborah Tomlinson lead us on another wonderful tour. We will be pilgrimaging through the Vatican Museum.  This is the second part of a four part series.  The Virtual Pilgrimage will be followed by a discussion.

Register Now for October 15th

Thursday, October 22 12:00 p.m. — Vatican Museum part 3

Join us from your living room, Thursday, October 22nd, as Dr. Jan Bentz, Dr. Robert Moynihan and Deborah Tomlinson lead us on another wonderful tour. We will be pilgrimaging through the Vatican Museum.  This is the third part of a four part series.  The Virtual Pilgrimage will be followed by a discussion.

Register Now for October 22nd

Wednesday, October 28 1:00 p.m. — Saint of the Week: All Saints/St. Charles Borromeo

Join us from your living room, Wednesday,October 28th, as Fr. Anthony Figueiredo, Dr. Robert Moynihan and Deborah Tomlinson lead us in spiritual reflection on All Saints and St. Charles Borromeo.

12:45pm Room opens
1:00pm Reflection begins
1:20pm Discussion begins
2:00pm Room closes

Register Now for October 28th

Thursday, October 29 12:00 p.m. — Virtual Rosary

In collaboration with Worldpriest.com, Inside the Vatican Pilgrimages is beginning a new series of virtual events which will take place on the final Thursday of each month. The Virtual Rosary this Thursday, October 29th, will be led by Fr. James Phalan CSC and Marion Mulhall.

Register Now for October 29th

NOVEMBER

Thursday, November 5 12:00 p.m. — Vatican Museum part 4

Join us from your living room, Thursday, November 5th, as Dr. Jan Bentz, Dr. Robert Moynihan and Deborah Tomlinson lead us on another wonderful tour. We will be pilgrimaging through the Vatican Museum.  This is the fourth part of a four part series.  The Virtual Pilgrimage will be followed by a discussion.

Register Now for November 5th

Previous Virtual Pilgrimages

SEPTEMBER

Thursday, September 17 12:00 p.m. — Basilica of St. Mary Major

Join us from your living room, Thursday, September 17th, as Dr. Jan Bentz, Dr. Robert Moynihan and Deborah Tomlinson lead us on another wonderful tour through one of the Basilicas in Rome. We will be pilgrimaging through the Basilica of St. Mary Major and some of the surrounding sites.  The Virtual Pilgrimage will be followed by a discussion.

11:15 a.m. Room opens
11:30 a.m. Rosary begins
12 noon Pilgrimage begins

Wednesday, September 16 1:00 p.m. — Saint of the Week: St. Pio of Pietrelcina

Join us from your living room, Wednesday, September 16th, as Fr. Anthony Figueiredo, Dr. Robert Moynihan and Deborah Tomlinson lead us in spiritual reflection on the life of St. Pio of Pietrelcina.

Thursday, September 10 12:00 p.m. — Basilica of St. John Lateran

Join us from your living room, Thursday, September 10th, as Dr. Jan Bentz, Dr. Robert Moynihan and Deborah Tomlinson lead us on another wonderful tour through one of the Basilicas in Rome. We will be pilgrimaging through the Basilica of St. John Lateran.  The Virtual Pilgrimage will be followed by a discussion.

Thursday, September 3 12:00 p.m. — Mystery Virtual Pilgrimage

Join us from your living room, this Thursday, September 3rd, as Dr. Jan Bentz, Father Anthony Figueiredo, Dr. Robert Moynihan and Deborah Tomlinson lead us on a mystery tour. The Virtual Pilgrimage will be followed by a discussion.  Join us to find out where we are going!

Wednesday, September 2 1:00 p.m. — Saint of the Week: St. Theresa of Kolkata

Join us from your living room, this Wednesday, September 2nd, as Father Anthony Figueiredo, Dr. Robert Moynihan and Deborah Tomlinson lead us in spiritual reflection over one of the saints celebrated this week. The spiritual reflection will be followed by a discussion on various topics including the saint of the week and recent news from the Vatican. Pilgrims are encouraged to ask about current events in the Church.

AUGUST

Wednesday, August 26 1:00 p.m. — Saint of the Week: Sts. Augustine and Monica

Join us from your living room, this Wednesday, August 26th, as Father Anthony Figueiredo, Dr. Robert Moynihan and Deborah Tomlinson lead us in spiritual reflection over one of the saints celebrated this week. The spiritual reflection will be followed by a discussion on various topics including the saint of the week and recent news from the Vatican. Pilgrims are encouraged to ask about current events in the Church.

Wednesday, August 19 1:00 p.m. — Saint of the Week: Sts. Francis and Clare of Assisi

Join us from your living room, this Wednesday, August 19th, as Father Anthony Figueiredo, Dr. Robert Moynihan and Deborah Tomlinson lead us in spiritual reflection over one of the saints celebrated this week. The spiritual reflection will be followed by a discussion on various topics including the saint of the week and recent news from the Vatican. Pilgrims are encouraged to ask about current events in the Church.

Wednesday, August 12 1:00 p.m. — Saint of the Week: St. Maximilian Kolbe

Join us from your living room, this Wednesday, August 12th, as Dr. Robert Moynihan and Deborah Tomlinson lead us in spiritual reflection over one of the saints celebrated this week. The spiritual reflection will be followed by a discussion on various topics including the saint of the week and recent news from the Vatican. Pilgrims are encouraged to ask about current events in the Church.

Watch August 12 on YouTube

Wednesday, August 5 1:00 p.m. — Saint of the Week: St. John Vianney

Join us from your living room, this Wednesday, August 5th, as Father Anthony Figueiredo, Dr. Robert Moynihan and Deborah Tomlinson lead us in spiritual reflection over one of the saints celebrated this week. The spiritual reflection will be followed by a discussion on various topics including the saint of the week and recent news from the Vatican. Pilgrims are encouraged to ask about current events in the Church.

Watch August 5 on YouTube

JULY

Wednesday, July 29 1:00 p.m. — Saint of the Week: St. Ignatius of Loyola

Ignatius, as a young man, said: “I want to be a saint like Francis.”  Today, we have a Pope with the roots of Saint Ignatius and the actions of Saint Francis.

Join us from your living room, this Wednesday, July 29th, as Father Anthony Figueiredo, Dr. Robert Moynihan and Deborah Tomlinson lead us in spiritual reflection over one of the saints celebrated this week. The spiritual reflection will be followed by a discussion on various topics including the saint of the week and recent news from the Vatican. Pilgrims are encouraged to ask about current events in the Church.

Watch July 29 on YouTube

Wednesday, July 22 1:00 p.m. — Saint of the Week: St. Mary Magdalene

Join us from your living room, this Wednesday, July 22nd, as Father Anthony Figueiredo, Dr. Robert Moynihan and Deborah Tomlinson lead us in spiritual reflection over one of the saints celebrated this week. The spiritual reflection will be followed by a discussion on various topics including the saint of the week and recent news from the Vatican. Pilgrims are encouraged to ask about current events in the Church.

Watch July 22 on YouTube

Thursday, July 16 12:00 p.m. — Early Christian Worship and Liturgy in Rome with Dr. Jan Bentz

Join us from your living room, Thursday, July 16th, as we encounter Early Christian Worship and Liturgy in Rome. This will be the second part of Early Christian Worship in Rome, but don’t worry, there will be a recap if you missed the first part.  This Virtual Pilgrimage will be lead by Dr. Jan Bentz, Fr. Anthony Figueiredo, and Dr. Robert Moynihan.

Wednesday, July 15 1:00 p.m. — Saint of the Week: Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Join us from your living room, this Wednesday, July 15th, as Father Anthony Figueiredo, Dr. Robert Moynihan and Deborah Tomlinson lead us in spiritual reflection over one of the saints celebrated this week. The spiritual reflection will be followed by a discussion on various topics including the saint of the week and recent news from the Vatican. Pilgrims are encouraged to ask about current events in the Church.

Watch July 15 on YouTube

JUNE

Thursday, June 25 12:00 p.m. — Early Christian Worship and Liturgy in Rome with Dr. Jan Bentz

Join us from your living room, Thursday, June 25th, as we encounter Early Christian Worship and Liturgy in Rome. This Virtual Pilgrimage will be lead by Dr. Jan Bentz, Fr. Anthony Figueiredo, and Dr. Robert Moynihan.

Watch June 25 on YouTube

Wednesday, June 24 1:00 p.m. — Saint of the Week: St. John the Baptist

Join us from your living room, this Wednesday, June 24rd, as Father Anthony Figueiredo, Dr. Robert Moynihan and Deborah Tomlinson lead us in spiritual reflection over one of the saints celebrated this week. The spiritual reflection will be followed by a discussion on various topics including the saint of the week and recent news from the Vatican. Pilgrims are encouraged to ask about current events in the Church.

John the Baptist receives the greatest honor possible when Jesus says of him, “Truly I tell you among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist.”

Watch June 24 on YouTube

Friday, June 19  12:00 p.m. — Italy: Rome – Rosary Relay with WorldPriest.com

Worldpriest Virtual Rosary in Collaboration with Inside the Vatican Pilgrimages

On June 19, this event is specially to pray for the intentions of Pope Francis on this our Annual Global Rosary Relay for Priests. It is also the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.  Wherever you may be located please join a world at prayer in praying the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary at 6 p.m. Rome Time.  Be mindful this is a time of prayer so please join at the appointed time and share the blessings.

Watch June 19 on YouTube

Wednesday, June 17 1:00 p.m. — Saint of the Week: St. Thomas More (June 17)

Join us from your living room, this Wednesday, June 17th, as Father Anthony Figueiredo and Dr. Robert Moynihan lead us in spiritual reflection over one of the saints celebrated this week. The spiritual reflection will be followed by a discussion on various topics including the saint of the week and recent news from the Vatican. Pilgrims are encouraged to ask about current events in the Church.

The saint for this week is St. Thomas More. After spending his life serving under King Henry VIII of England, he was sentenced to death due to his condemnation of the King’s divorce. His final words: “I am the King’s good servant, but God’s first.”

Watch June 17 on YouTube

Thursday, June 11 12:00 p.m. — Vatican City: St. Peter’s Basilica with Dr. Jan Bentz part 2

Join us from your living room, Thursday, June 11th, as we pilgrimage to St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City. This will be Part 2, but do not worry. If you missed Part 1, we will have a recap or you can watch it on our YouTube channel linked below. This Virtual Pilgrimage will be lead by Dr. Jan Bentz, Fr. Anthony Figueiredo, and Dr. Robert Moynihan.

Watch June 11 on YouTube

Wednesday, June 10 1:00 p.m. — Saint of the Week: St. Anthony of Padua (June 13)

Join us from your living room, Wednesday, June 10th, as Father Anthony Figueiredo, Dr. Robert Moynihan and Deborah Tomlinson lead us in spiritual reflection over one of the saints celebrated this week. The spiritual reflection will be followed by a discussion on various topics including the saint of the week and recent news from the Vatican. Pilgrims are encouraged to ask about current events in the Church.

Watch June 10 on YouTube

MAY

Friday, May 29  11:30 a.m. — Vatican City: St. Peter’s Basilica with Dr. Jan Bentz part 1

Join us as Dr. Jan Bentz, Fr. Anthony Figueiredo, and Dr. Robert Moynihan begin a tour of St. Peter’s Basilica.  We begin in St. Peter’s Square, and, after entering the Basilica, share insights on the Pieta, the Baldacchino, the Papal Altar, and visit the tomb of Pope St. John Paul II.

Watch May 29 on YouTube

Friday, May 22  11:30 a.m. — Italy: Assisi part 3 and Cascia

Join us as Fr. Anthony Figueiredo, Dr. Robert Moynihan and Deborah Tomlinson finish our journey through the life of St. Francis of Assisi.  We also hop over to Cascia to visit the tomb of St. Rita on her feast day.

Watch May 22 on YouTube

Friday, May 15  11:30 a.m. — Italy: Assisi part 2

Join us as Fr. Anthony Figueiredo, Dr. Robert Moynihan and Deborah Tomlinson continue to lead us through Assisi on the life of Sts. Francis and Clare of Assisi.

Watch May 15 on YouTube

Friday, May 8  11:30 a.m. — Italy: Assisi part 1

Join us as Fr. Anthony Figueiredo, Dr. Robert Moynihan and Deborah Tomlinson guide us through Assisi looking at the lives of Sts. Francis and Clare of Assisi.

Watch May 8 on YouTube

I just want to let you know that I truly enjoy the virtual pilgrimages.  I attended all three of the virtual pilgrimages to Assisi Italy and the virtual pilgrimage to the Vatican and found them very informative and inspiring.  I particularly enjoyed the insights from Father Anthony Figueiredo (Father Tony) and the opening rosary is a nice way to open the virtual pilgrimages.  The interactions between Fr. Tony, Robert Moynihan and Deborah add some nice personal insights to the experience.  And the prayers, insights and personal reflections from Bishop Sorrentino were inspirational.  The guide for the Vatican virtual pilgrimage, Dr. Bentz, was very patient, clear, and knowledgeable which contributed to an informative and enjoyable pilgrimage.  I like the fact that the virtual pilgrimages do not have a firm end time.  I think the loose format and flexible end times allow for a nice relaxed flow of information and allows the participants time for personal reflection.  And allows us some time for prayer.

Joseph Marrese

Want to thank you for such a wonderful virtual pilgrimage to Assisi.  Deborah Tomlinson is wonderful, as is Dr. Robert Moynihan, and everyone else.    It is so professionally done.  I really believe we should send a donation.    It just couldn’t have been better.   I learned so much about both St. Francis and St. Rita –  Absolutely beautiful.  Cannot thank you enough.

Barbara Debrowski
Just a quick message to thank you and your staff for the amazing Virtual Pilgrimages that you are offering since the “virus” derailed any normalcy, including your real pilgrimages.  I cannot imagine the experiences that you and your travelers have experienced over the years, but I am privileged and honored to get a glimpse.  The presentation of St. Peter’s was astounding!  I love hearing Archbishop Sorentino and Father Tony talk, and offer prayers.  Also, the history and beauty of all that you have shown so far is truly magnificent.  Thank you!
I also look forward to Father Tony’s new Wednesday programs of the Saints that you mentioned.  I need to learn, and I look forward to it.
Linda Smith

These pilgrimages are so fulfilling for me, in that I get to be with you all on a very personal level, and that is what I enjoy the most …. Thank you so much and please keep them coming.

Bart Scivally

These pilgrimages feed the soul.

Alan Querengesser

Thank you for bringing these remarkable sites to us. Enlightening as always!  Thank you to all who have made this happen. So beneficial and worthwhile! Many thanks from a grateful participant!

Hilda Walter

My wife and I have seen all the virtual pilgrimages and Saint of the Day presentations, either live or by Youtube recordings. We were uplifted by every one including this week’s presentation on Saints Augustine and Monica. Thank you Robert, Deborah, Fr. Tony, Dr. Jan Bentz and Archbishop Sorrentino for doing them.

Jerry Lawson

Thank you isn’t nearly sufficient! These pilgrimages are inspiring & amazing. Really enhances the meaning of relationships in our faith.

Hilda Walter

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