Utah is a beautiful state, home to some of the most spectacular scenery in the United States. Salt Lake City itself lies on the western edge of the Wasatch Front, a range of towering peaks that offer visitors everything from fascinating mountain drives to world-class skiing. In the south lie the famous canyonlands, where erosion has sculpted limestone and sandstone into saw-toothed ridges and soaring spires known as “hoodoos.” The Diocese of Salt Lake City comprises the whole state. Catholicism is the largest religious faith in Utah after Mormonism, and it is rapidly becoming more visible; the Cathedral of the Madeleine stands just a few blocks from Temple Square. Most Catholics live in the major cities. However, handfuls of the faithful leaven small towns like Brigham City, Wendover, St. George and American Fork, where the parish church might be no church at all but a converted house. Of the 29 counties in Utah, only 16 have parishes with a resident pastor. Twelve others have mission churches, and one county has no Catholic presence at all!
The Diocese of Salt Lake City has:
- 225,000 Catholics (8% of total population)
- 66 parishes and missions (23 without resident pastor)
- 41 active priests
27 C Street
Salt Lake City, Utah 84103-2397