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Scott Scherer
J. Scott Scherer
President
 
History of CTC
 

Catholic Travel Centre (CTC) caters to the needs of religious group travel organizers, including parish priests, sisters, brothers, deacons, and lay leaders alike.

Our Mission

To provide you and your pilgrims with a customized religious group travel experience that is professionally organized and at the same time, responsive to the spiritual purpose of your journey, so that you and your pilgrims return home deeply enriched in body and soul.

A Testimonial:

“Catholic Travel Centre provides the BEST in religious group travel and custom-made pilgrimages… service is first rate… the most trusted name in religious group travel.” Rev. T.A.K., Massachusetts 

 
 

Our Story

Origins: 1980

Catholic Travel Centre’s beginnings date back some 20 years, when the company’s founder, Scott Scherer, decided to use his business skills to help fundraise for the Catholic Church.

 
Marketing expertise:

After graduating from Duke University in 1981, Scott was recruited to the Marketing Department of a Fortune 100 company. However, he soon sensed that his fit would be better elsewhere, outside the world of corporate marketing.

 
Organize pilgrimages:
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.
 
Scott’s passion:

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.

 
Learning from the best:
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.
 
Founding of CTC:

Together they founded Catholic Travel Centre. In 1994, Henry passed away, leaving Catholic Travel Centre to Scott’s leadership.

 
Scott’s VISION:
In Scott’s words, the vision of Catholic Travel Centre is a melding of the influence of his two beloved mentors, Msgr. John Wall and Mr. Henry Avakian. Because of the tutelage of these two men, Scott and his team have been able to create a company known for its high-quality of service to meet both the spiritual needs and the travel needs of Catholic pilgrims.
 
The CTC Team:

Today, Catholic Travel Centre’s team of five full-time staff serves more than 400 Catholic organizations from coast-to-coast, all of whom trust Catholic Travel Centre to customize a top-quality, religious travel experience for them.

Scott Scherer - President & Owner
Inga Duranovic - Director of Operations
Henry Nassim - Business Manager
Geri LeMoine - Office Assistant
Nathan Byers - Operations Assistant

 
The most trusted name in religious group travel:

Since its founding in 1991, 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.

 
Our Affiliations:
ASTA Logo American Society of Travel Agents
IATAN Logo International Airlines Travel Agent Network
NCDC Logo National Catholic Development Conference
RCMA Logo Religious Conference Management Association
 
 
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