Reverend Monsignor Terence Moore 2013

All for One and One for All

This is the story of a young Irishman who grew up in a small farming community in County Laois, Ireland. A place where “All for One and One for All” was not simply a nice slogan but truly a way of life. This is also a story about how this young man from such a faraway place, with such simple ways, could come to Zion and have a dramatic impact on so many in Utah.

Monsignor Terence Moore is one of six children born in 1943 in the heart of Ireland. On June the 10th, 1967 the young Father Moore was ordained to the priesthood in Saint Patrick’s College Thurles, County Tipperary and then two months later found himself in Salt Lake City, Utah. Despite the radical and abrupt change, the newly ordained Father Moore continually relied on his Irish upbringing of serving as one another’s keeper and the recognition that we are only as strong as the weakest and most vulnerable among us.

Monsignor Moore’s stewardship in Utah has run the gamut of priestly duties. Upon arrival, Father Moore’s first role was as Assistant Pastor of the Cathedral of the Madeleine. This good Samaritan immediately immersed

himself into the civil rights issues of the day given his new flock was an inner city multi-cultural parish. Ultimately, Monsignor Moore has overseen various schools, parishes, and social service assignments such as his term as Executive Director of Catholic Community Services, which has evolved into his current passion of assisting the refugee population in Utah. Regardless the assignment, Monsignor brings that infectious Irish lilt, peppered with humor, graciousness and compassion to every cause he challenges.

The second part of this story is how this humble cleric from the Emerald Isle has inspired so many in Utah to do so much. Lindsay and Laura Atwood aspire to impact future generations by funding Catholic education. In 2008, the Atwoods created an endowment through The Catholic Foundation of Utah and to date tuition assistance has been awarded to 78 students from Juan Diego Catholic High School and Saint John the Baptist School. The Atwoods directed the endowment be named after their beloved Monsignor Terence Moore as recognition for his Christ like service and his example to so many. Thanks to new benefactors, the endowment is growing and continued assistance to future students is being assured.

While Monsignor was serving as Executive Director of CCS, Jon Huntsman took notice of the efforts of this “Irish fellow” tending to the needs of the community’s downtrodden and delivered a one million dollar check

to establish a Catholic Foundation of Utah endowment for Catholic Community Services. With the

changing global dynamics, the critical needs of Refugee Resettlement has been a cause of immense importance to Monsignor Moore. You will find him serving at Soup Kitchens, hosting at Shelter Marillac, or being the first to greet immigrants at the airport with that engaging County Tipperary enthusiasm.

Perhaps the ultimate testament to this Priest’s convictions might be the establishment of his own two endowments using his priestly savings. Monsignor introduced his intentions by explaining, “The Reverend Terence Moore Social Justice Endowment is a platform on which to truly live the Gospel of Christ in terms of serving the least among us”. Monsignor went on, “My life has been so enriched by so many from so many places. We have an opportunity to form consciences for responsible citizenship in our secular world as for the Lord’s Kingdom. If our children learn to give and care as they have generously received – Isn’t that the greatest legacy of our lives?”

And in turn, The Catholic Foundation salutes you Monsignor Moore for the many lives you have enriched. You remain an inspiration to us all and we thank you.