My name is Judy Yirsa. I am the founder of St. Christopher Mission Travel. I created this firm to impart my joy of traveling with others, more specifically to help people plan and execute their perfect pilgrimage to sacred Catholic sites, all the while taking in the surrounding culture of each country by experiencing a taste of its regional food and art.
My love of travel began as a young girl when I would take exciting trips with my family to visit my grandparents in Zacatecas, Mexico. Each trip was a wonderful mix of history and religious lessons, visiting grand Catholic Cathedrals, Monasteries or smaller chapels, museums and other attractions. On route we would explore colorful little towns and bustling cities filled with lively music and truly delicious local cuisine. My grandparent's excitement to show off their homeland, as well as the many beautiful Cathedrals, and Churches, made them the absolute best tour guides!
My zeal for travel grew even more after college when I went to Europe for the first time as an Au-Pair (fancy word for Nanny). I was fortunate enough to visit Switzerland, France, Italy and Germany. I was hooked instantly! Each country had its own unique charm, culture, artistic expression, architecture, music, language and delectable food. I was anxious to take it all in and before I knew it my trip was over and I was back in the states dreaming of my next rendezvous with Europe.
I had the opportunity to return to Italy for my Honeymoon! It is difficult to put into words exactly how fantastic our trip was. The hotels were all magnificently located and wonderfully charming! St. Peter's Basilica was breathtaking and the other Churches were equally awe-inspiring! My husband and I became obsessed with authentic Italian food and their regional wines! The museums and amount of historical elements were stunningly extensive! Not a day goes by that we do not recount at least one memorable moment from that trip. Our honeymoon to Italy not only enriched our faith, but elongated our list of common interests. We are constantly inspired to incorporate a lesson we learned from our trip into our daily lives. In short, it was a life changing experience that has roused a great passion for travel in both of us!
That is exactly what I wish to provide for all of my clients. A one of a kind, unforgettable experience that will awaken their senses and open their minds to new possibilities, all the while strengthening their faith!
I currently have spaces available for my June 2018, Group Marian Pilgrimage, traversing through Portugal, Spain and France. It is set to be an unforgettable experience that you definitely do not want to miss! For more information, feel free to visit my website or call me!
Also in the works are the following Group Pilgrimages that I will personally be attending:
2019-The Footsteps of St. Patrick: Ireland
2020- Oberammergau Passion Play & Surrounding Countries: Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Poland
2021- Tour of Italy Part 1; The Early Church and
2022- Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe: Mexico City, Mexico
If you or a group are interested in joining or creating your own pilgrimage, please feel free to contact me. It would be my pleasure to help!
So...What's Your Mission?
All the best,
Episode | April 15th, 2019 | 48 mins 2 secs
calvary, catholic, easter, family travel, fasting, israel, jesus, lent, new testament, penance, pilgrim, pilgrimage, religious travel, resurrection sunday, travel
Happy Easter! Judy Yirsa presents paths for Catholic pilgrims surrounding the historic events of the Easter Season.
Episode | December 24th, 2018 | 27 mins 17 secs
active travel, adventure travel, christmas, cruises, cruising, culinary travel, megan chapa, travel, travel radio podcast
Merry Christmas! Have you considered visiting the place of Jesus birth? Travel with us on an audio journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem.
Episode | September 2nd, 2018 | 43 mins 28 secs
active travel, adventure travel, cruises, cruising, culinary travel, family travel, group travel, luxury travel, mexico, river cruising, south america, travel, travel agent, travel agent interview, travel professional
St. Christopher Mission Travel specializes in Catholic Pilgrimages. Judy Yirsa joins Travel Radio Podcast to talk about Oberammergau. Plan you trip now or you will have to wait another 10 years to see it!
Episode | November 19th, 2017 | 31 mins 34 secs
catholic, christianity, faith, family travel, israel, jesus, megan chapa, pilgrimage, pilgrims, st. christopher, travel
Brief baby news, cruise ship mutiny, Disney author announcement and then ALL THINGS Catholic pilgrimage! Judy has great updates on this trip of a lifetime!
Episode | June 5th, 2017 | 18 mins 43 secs
catholic faith, fatima, holy land, judy yirsa, pilgrimage, relics, saints, travel, travel agent, travel agent interview
Megan and Judy talk toddler pleasing headphones for the tech minute. Judy talks about her Catholic upbringing and the significance of pilgrimages, including Fatima 2018.