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Logan’s St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church celebrates its 75th anniversary

Logan’s St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church is celebrating its 75th anniversary with a Mass and reception in April 2017. A Newman Club reunion will be held on April 29, 2017. Those involved request the help of the USU Alumni community to locate members of the Newman Club for the upcoming reunion.

“Although St. Thomas Aquinas has some records of names, we don’t have current contact information to apprise former students about the anniversary celebration and extend invitations,” said Nora Zambreno, chair of the Newman Reunion planning committee.

“Many of the first student’s served by the parish were returning veterans of World War II,” says Zambreno, “which makes it especially important that we get the word out early as these alumni and friends make arrangements to return to campus in April 2017.”

St. Thomas Aquinas Church held its first Mass on December 8, 1941 and was dedicated on May 17, 1942. The original church is located at 45 East and 500 North in Logan.  

Newman Clubs, also known as Newman Centers, are centers for Catholic ministry at non-Catholic universities throughout the world. The first Newman Club was established in 1888 at Oxford UK—the same year as the founding of Utah State University—and the first American Newman Club began in 1893 at the University of Pennsylvania.

In 1961, having outgrown its original Logan location, the St. Thomas Aquinas Church was moved to 795 North 800 East near Utah State University and designated as St. Thomas Aquinas Parish and Newman Center.

After St. Thomas Aquinas Parish moved to the new parish center in Hyde Park, which was dedicated in June 2006, the former location near campus was renamed as the St. Jerome Catholic Newman Center.

“The Newman Club Reunion in April 2017 will be a special way to honor the history of St. Thomas Aquinas and enable Newman Club alumni of USU the opportunity to return and rekindle their relationship with the University.”

“We need help finding Aggies—whether they were Newman Club members, Catholic students or interested alumni and friends of USU,” said Zambreno.

To do so, please visit and fill out the form below

Questions about the reunion may be directed to Nora Zambreno at norazm@centurylink.net and (435) 770-9705

 

 

 

 

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