About The Catholic Tour Company
The Catholic Tour Company began business in 2003, although its founder, Mr. James G. Adair, started his personal apostolate of taking pilgrims to the Marian Shrines of Europe in 1981. Mr. Adair began his work as the volunteer co-coordinator and chief salesperson for the Blue Army of Fatima Pilgrimage Division. He is responsible for over 104,000 pilgrims having traveled to Catholic Shrines and places associated with the faith in Europe, North America and the Lands of the Bible. Mr. Adair has led over 60 pilgrimages to Fatima, been to the Holy Land over 18 times, and has personally taken pilgrims to Lourdes dozens of times, as well as to various Marian and Catholic Shrines and places of Catholic pilgrimage throughout the world.
The Blue Army and Fatima Travel organized weekly pilgrimages to Fatima, Lourdes, Rome, Holy Land and Ireland on its own Boeing 707 called the "Queen of the World." By its third year of operation, 28,000 pilgrims visited Our Lady’s Shrine at Fatima Portugal.
With that experience under his belt, Mr. Adair, with the knowledge of Bishop Anthony M. Pilla of the Diocese of Cleveland, incorporated Regina Tours. The company became one of the largest Catholic pilgrimage operators in the U.S., transporting 4,000 to 9,000 pilgrims per year on scheduled air carriers such as Alitalia, Lufthansa, United, Continental, TAP Air Portugal, and others.
In March of 1999, Regina Tours became part of the FAR & WIDE Travel Corporation. This intended and strategic move gave Regina the marketing and buying power of its parent company, an organization 25 years in existence with a well defined line of tour products and 10 times the size and purchasing strength of the original pilgrimage tour operator, Regina Tours.
Regina’s credentials were impressive and continued to grow each year, although its mission did not change since its founding. The organization was founded by volunteer pilgrimage promoters whose goal was to transport as many Catholic pilgrims as possible to the Shrines of the Church. Mr. Adair has witnessed the conversions, healings and the emotion involved in these group pilgrimage tours, but most importantly, the number of passengers who are drawn to the center of the Catholic faith in the Blessed Sacrament.
At its inception, Regina Tours was dedicated to our Lady of Guadalupe as Patroness of the Unborn. The apostolate also strove for an increase in priestly and religious vocations through the prayers of its many pilgrims.
After a two-year sabbatical, Mr. Adair started his newest tour company, The Catholic Tour, in order to once again facilitate the taking of pilgrims on Catholic pilgrimages throughout Europe, Mexico and the Holy Land. The Catholic Tour is dedicated to Our Lady of Fatima.
Mr. Adair has been responsible for over 112,000 pilgrims visiting Catholic Shrines since he began his volunteer activity in 1981, and has led over 62 pilgrimages to Fatima, been to the Holy Land over 18 times, has personally taken pilgrims to Lourdes dozens of times, as well as to various Marian and Catholic shrines and places of Catholic pilgrimage throughout the world.
Mr. and Mrs. Adair are the parents of eight children and the grandparents of seventeen.
The Catholic Tour is the Official Tour Operator for the French Government Tourist Office on Catholic Pilgrimages to France.
"Pilgrimages for the Catholic Faith"