In less than two months Father Francisco Pires will return to Logan as pastor of Saint Thomas Aquinas Parish and St. Jerome Chapel and Newman Center. He first served in Logan from 1995 to 1999, leaving for an assignment in Tremonton. Earlier, Father Pires spent almost seven years working as a priest in his native country of Brazil. In the summer of 1994 he attended a conference of Hispanic priests in Texas and met Father Hernando Diaz who invited him to visit Utah. Father Pires says he was told of the need for priests to serve the growing Hispanic population and he has been in the state ever since. For the past 16 years Father Pires has served in Brigham City, Logan, Tremonton, Richfield, Torrey, Gunnison, Orem, Ephraim, Midvale and, most recently, in Riverton, where he was the founding pastor of Saint Andrew Parish.
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