About Catholic Travel Centre
A leader in the world of religious group travel, Catholic Travel Centre works exclusively with organizations to plan and operate customized, group pilgrimages and tours to Catholic destinations throughout Europe, the Holy Land, South America, and Mexico.
With a passion for pilgrimage and as dedicated artisans of travel, CTC creates itineraries to suit the needs of the host organization. Since opening its doors in 1991, CTC has met the religious group travel needs of tens of thousands of pilgrims, including groups from dioceses, parishes, choirs, religious orders, universities, retreat centers, and youth groups.
Today, Catholic Travel Centre’s team serves more than 400 Catholic organizations from coast-to-coast, all of which trust CTC to customize a top-quality, religious travel experience that is deeply enriching in body, mind, and soul.
Origins & Expertise
Catholic Travel Centre’s beginnings date back to the early 1980s, when the company’s founder, Scott Scherer, decided to use his business skills to help fundraise for the Catholic Church.
After graduating from Duke University in 1981, Scott was recruited to the Marketing Department of a Fortune 100 company. However, he soon sensed his fit would be better elsewhere, outside the world of corporate marketing. Scott soon left the corporate world to work for a small, southern diocese. While living at a local retreat center and still fundraising for the Church, Scott began to organize pilgrimages. He quickly discovered his passion for pilgrimage – a passion shared by his mentor, the Reverend Msgr. John Wall, a diocesan priest, who tutored Scott on the spiritual dimension of pilgrimage.
For the next seven years, Scott’s business grew as he fostered his passion for pilgrimage, leading groups with Fr. Wall throughout Europe and the Middle East. Throughout his journeys, Scott perceived a need within the religious group travel market — a need for a pilgrimage company whose spiritual understanding matched its travel professionalism.
In 1991, Scott moved to Los Angeles to share his passion with Henry Avakian, a veteran in religious group travel. Thirty years his senior, Henry taught Scott the essentials of managing a successful group tour company. Together they founded Catholic Travel Centre. In 1994, Henry passed away, leaving Catholic Travel Centre to Scott’s leadership.
The most trusted name in religious group travel
Catholic Travel Centre has earned the reputation — as christened by one of CTC’s many repeat clients — as “the most trusted name in religious group travel.” The entire CTC team shares this commitment to excellence, and is dedicated professionally and spiritually to ensuring the best experience for their pilgrims.
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(We had) exceptional guides ... providing us great attention and care. Likewise the team at Catholic Travel Centre in Mexico City provided equally great attention. Every day was a special day for us. And each day, an indelible memory.
This was an outstanding trip and all the details were so well taken care of that we never worried about where or when we would/should be. Great people, great tour guide and a truly blessed experience.