A groundbreaking ceremony for a new Catholic church to serve south-central Utah will be held Friday, July 6, at noon at 6000 North Highway 89 in the unincorporated community of Central, about two miles south of Richfield.
The Most Rev. William K. Weigand, bishop of the Salt Lake City Diocese, will participate in the groundbreaking. An invitation to attend was extended to the public by the Rev. Clarence J. Sandoval, pastor of St. Elizabeth's Catholic Church in Richfield.The new church will replace the "churchhouse" where members have worshiped since it was built in 1934 at 123 E. 300 North in Richfield. After the collapse of a ceiling in 1983, The Most Rev. Wiegand asked members of the parish to begin plans to build a new church.
The search for an affordable piece of property at a suitable site, along with fund-raising efforts, began May 15, 1983, according to the Rev. Sandoval. St. Elizabeth's will sell the old church in Richfield and has a promise from the Catholic Extension Society for additional funding for the new church, he said.
St. Elizabeth's Catholic Church serves 25 communities in a 13,000-square-mile area. Members reside in Sevier, Sanpete, Piute and the western half of Wayne counties.