Parish History

Saint Thomas More Parish was established on November 13, 1981. Originally, the parish consisted of about one hundred fifty families in an area of approximately 20 square miles. Father Maurice J. Moran was appointed first pastor. The newly formed parish of Saint Thomas More first met in the Cannon Mortuary, 2460 East 7600 South, and St. James Episcopal Church, 6876 South Highland Drive, Salt Lake City.

In 1982, the site of six acres for the present Saint Thomas More Parish was purchased. Parishioners quickly organized to develop plans for a multi-purpose center which would provide for their immediate worship, religious education, pastoral, social, and recreational needs. Groundbreaking for the multi-purpose center took place on October 19, 1983, and it was dedicated on March 21, 1984 by Bishop William K. Weigand

Fr. Maurice Moran's untimely death on January 31, 1985, was a traumatic event in the life of the young Saint Thomas More Parish. In June of 1985, Fr. Terence Moore was appointed second pastor of St. Thomas More.

The first parish rectory was a rental property at 3590 Summer Oaks Circle. In the spring of 1986, plans were made for the construction of a rectory on the parish grounds. The rectory was completed in February of 1987, and was blessed by Bishop William K. Weigand on March 8, 1987.

Construction of the parish church began in March of 1993 and was dedicated on November 21, 1993, by Bishop Weigand.

The parish adopted Psalm 121 as the theme prayer for our new church. We encourage all of our parishioners to pray this Psalm daily in praise for God's blessings.

On August 3rd, 1999, Fr. Moore was assigned as pastor of St. John the Baptist Parish in Draper, and Fr. Joseph Mayo became the third pastor of Saint Thomas More Parish. Within one short year, though, Fr. Mayo was asked to become pastor of Cathedral of the Madeleine, and on August 4th, 2000, Fr. James Semple became the fourth pastor. In 2002, Fr. Semple was assigned to nearby St. Vincent's Parish, and Fr. David L. Van Massenhove - Fr. Dave - became the fifth and current pastor of Saint Thomas More Parish.

Presently, Saint Thomas More Parish consists of about 1,200 households. It is a vibrant center of worship, spiritual life, education, and social activities that promote the Lord's kingdom.