The Catholic Tour began business in 2003, although its founder, Jim Adair, started his personal apostolate of taking pilgrims to the Marian Shrines of Europe in 1981. Jim 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. Jim 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, the 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, Jim, 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. 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, Jim 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.
Jim 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. Jim and his wife are the parents of eight children and the grandparents of twelve.