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Stories of Faith

The Diocese of Salt Lake City makes great strides in Hispanic ministry - In Utah’s high desert country, Catholics are in the minority.  Yet in the Diocese of Salt Lake City, which covers the entire state, the church is growing.

A Sister’s ministry brings hope to migrant workers and their families. - Just minutes away from the prosperous California coast, Salinas Valley is a whole different landscape. Nicknamed “America’s Salad Bowl,” the fertile soil of this famous valley produces bountiful harvests of lettuce, spinach, strawberries and more, all destined for dinner tables across the nation.

Three decades ago, Catholic Extension helped Afton’s Catholic community build Holy Family Catholic Church. Today, it’s thriving. - The Catholics sprinkled across Star Valley in west central Wyoming have always stoically accepted one fact of their faith life: getting to Mass during the long winter months is treacherous business.

Each year, Catholics in the Diocese of Stockton celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe by parading through the streets. - It's a centuries-old story close to the hearts of Hispanic Catholics: in 1531, Our Lady of Guadalupe appeared to Juan Diego, an Aztec Indian.

There are very few accidental Catholics in Utah,” says Bishop John Wester. You have to work hard to be a Catholic in Utah. The Diocese of Salt Lake City covers the entire state. Catholics are in the minority, and their faith communities are spread across vast distances - but despite this, the Catholic population is growing rapidly...

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