Testimonials

As an American Catholic priest, who has been on a sabbatical in Rome, I've wanted to promote among people in our diocese and beyond, a true "faith-filled pilgrimage." I did not want a pre-packaged pilgrimage that many travel agencies promote with little or no input taken from priests who desire to promote and authentic pilgrimage, and where the role of the priest is not simply to be a chaplain for the organized group.

 

Kairos Pilgrimages is currently the only American-based agency that is directly and officially connected to the Vatican Office for Pilgrimages, whose administrator, Patrizia De Libero Brown, a truly faith-filled woman, has been very helpful to me in planning an authentic pilgrimage to Rome to coincide with the year of Faith that begins October 11, 2012, marking the 50th anniversary of the opening of Vatican II Council. I am entitling this 7-day pilgrimage "Sharing the Graces of the Saints and Martyrs of Rome."

 

Patrizia has been wonderful to work with, and herself embodies a true pilgrim spirit of faith and joy. With the blessing of the Office for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Vatican Office for Pilgrimages, ORP, is seeking to promote the new evangelization through the concept of authentic pilgrimages to the holy sites in Rome, the holy land and beyond, especially during this year of faith. I hope other American Catholic priests and bishops will consider Kairos Pilgrimages to work with them to provide a true spiritual pilgrimage.

Father Leo, Immaculate Heart of Mary

Winchendon, Massachusetts

As an American Catholic priest, who has been on a sabbatical in Rome, I've wanted to promote among people in our diocese and beyond, a true "faith-filled pilgrimage." I did not want a pre-packaged pilgrimage that many travel agencies promote with little or no input taken from priests who desire to promote an authentic pilgrimage, and where the role of the priest is not simply to be a chaplain for the organized group.

Kairos Pilgrimages is currently the only agency in the United States and Canada that is directly and officially connected to the Vatican Office for Pilgrimages, and whose administrator, Patrizia Brown, a truly faith-filled woman, has been very helpful to me in planning an authentic pilgrimage to Rome to coincide with the year of Faith that begins October 11, 2012, marking the 50th anniversary of the opening of Vatican II Council. I am entitling this 7-day pilgrimage "Sharing the Graces of the Saints and Martyrs of Rome."

Patrizia has been wonderful to work with, and herself embodies a true pilgrim spirit of faith and joy. With the blessing of the Office for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Vatican Office for Pilgrimages, ORP, is seeking to promote the new evangelization through the concept of authentic pilgrimages to the holy sites in Rome, the holy land and beyond, especially during this year of faith. I hope other American Catholic priests and bishops will consider Kairos Pilgrimages to work with them to provide a true spiritual pilgrimage.

Father Leo, Immaculate Heart of Mary

Winchendon, Massachusetts

I loved everything we did, especially the catacombs, It has been such valuable and wonderful learning experience, I can’t believe how much we learned in 11 days! Gabriele was an amazing pastoral assistant, he was so knowledgeable, and we were blessed to have him! This pilgrimage was amazing and it was worth every cent!

A college student

I  thank you with all my heart for giving me this beautiful experience.   I had visited Lourdes as a child but did not remember much.  This was like the first time for me!  It is a place where Bernardette seems to take you by the hand and leads you to Mary who is waiting with open arms.  The ORP staff was so welcoming, available and fun. Making this journey really wonderful! I hope to be able to continue this path and service so that other people will experience the encounter with Mary and her immense love.  Thank you!"

Witness from a pilgrim

This was a life changing journey that was excellent in every way!

A college student

Amazing trip very well organized and planned out, from the hotel to the guides to the people on the trip—everything was a success. This was an experience of of a lifetime and I highly encourage the trip to continue annually so other students can receive the amazing experience we all did. Thank you!

A college student

Last September, immediately after the international UN troops arrived in Lebanon, I joined 28 other people in a pilgrimage to the Holy Land.  While we had doubts about whether a pilgrimage would even be possible under these conditions, I came to see that it was not only possible but necessary.  Journeying to the Holy Land was an expression of help and compassion, and a signal to the local inhabitants that they were not alone as Christians in the land of our Messiah.   This also helped us deepen and uniquely connect with our faith; the pilgrimage is a concrete witness that keeps the spirit of faith alive within us.

A witness from a pilgrim

"I say it to everyone: let us set out in the footsteps of Christ!"

Dear Patrizia,

I know that Gabriele is updating you each day. From our perspective, we could not have asked for more! The accommodations are first-class. Gabriele has been very kind, accompanying us beyond what we expected; he has been very concerned that we try new things. Our guide for the Vatican Museums, Anna Maria, was excellent as well; her presentation was at exactly the right level for our students. We feel very well taken care of! Thank you.

Professor at the Kings College University, London, Ontario

Dear Patrizia,

I know that Gabriele is updating you each day. From our perspective, we could not have asked for more! The accommodations are first-class. Gabriele has been very kind, accompanying us beyond what we expected; he has been very concerned that we try new things. Our guide for the Vatican Museums, Anna Maria, was excellent as well; her presentation was at exactly the right level for our students. We feel very well taken care of! Thank you.

Professor at the Kings College University, London, Ontario

Assisi has such a special place in my heart. The atmosphere there was so ... electric and perfect. I can’t even put into words, that is how much I loved it! On this trip I learned how to appreciate every moment and live life to the fullest.

Andrea, high school student

The Rome trip is a trip I am going to remember for the rest of my life. I am going back to Canada with unforgettable memories and knowledge. I feel extremely lucky and blessed for this opportunity because many students will never get an opportunity like this.

Anita, college student

The teachers and students really enjoyed their pilgrimage with Opera Romana.  We took 72 students to Rome and they were able to organize a great trip for everyone all involved.  We loved it so much we are in the process in organizing another pilgrimage with them the very next year.  Grazie!

Alain, high school teacher.

Amazing trip, very well organized and planned out.  From the hotel to the guides, to the people and the trip—everything was a success. This was an experience of a lifetime and I highly encourage the trip to continue annually so that other students receive the amazing experience we all did. Thank you!

Sarah, college student, Ontario, Canada