Reverend Monsignor J. Terrence Fitzgerald 2010

Dedication and Generosity

Born August 25, 1936, Reverend Monsignor Joseph Terrence Fitzgerald, PA, came into the world destined to share his Catholic faith, gifts, and generous spirit. His is a life-long story of dedication, generosity, and a remarkable journey of faith.

His parents, Joseph and Margaret, said goodbye to their only child at the train to see him go forward in life with his seminarian training at Mount Angel Seminary in Oregon, 1954.

The years following his ordination on May 12, 1962, have proved to be fruitful. Monsignor Fitzgerald has held numerous leadership positions within the Diocese of Salt Lake City. Serving Catholic Utah with enthusiasm as vicar general, diocesan administrator, pastor of three parishes, executive director of Catholic Community Services, school administrator, trustee of the Catholic Foundation of Utah, numerous boards, projects, developments, and campaigns. Monsignor Fitzgerald has played a significant role in the growth of our diocese.

In 1991, His Holiness, Pope John Paul II, elevated then Father Fitzgerald to a prelate of honor with the title of Reverend Monsignor, in appreciation for his excellent pastoral skills, his stellar administrative skills and effective preaching. Then, in 2002, His Holiness recognizing Monsignor's exemplary dedication to the Church, made him a Supernumerary Protonotary Apostolic, the highest honor given to a priest.

He is the first in the office and the last to leave. His quote, "Get to work," is known well by staff and delivered with a smile and assurance. He is always willing to help.

In 2002, Monsignor Fitzgerald established his family named endowment and has continuously contributed to his endowment by adding IRA dollars and cashing in a life insurance policy. With his commitment, he has built a permanent legacy through his family named endowment which will benefit the diocese in perpetuity.

If you have shared time with Monsignor Fitzgerald, then you have experienced the twinkle in his eye, his sense of humor, candor, wit, and his care of and commitment to people as well as his immense compassion.

To know him is to love him.

You may honor Reverend Monsignor Fitzgerald if you wish by contributing any amount to the Reverend Monsignor J. Terrence Fitzgerald and Parents Endowment.

Now with the grace of God, let us all get to work!