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Saint John the Baptist Catholic Church

300 East 11800 South

Draper, Utah 84020

(801) 984-7101

Office Hours

Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM

Mass Times

Saturday, 5:00 PM

Sunday, 8:30 AM and 11:00 AM

Holy Days, 9:00 AM and 7:00 PM

Weekdays, 9:00 AM


Reverend Rick Sherman, Pastor


(801) 984-7103

I was born and grew up in Mason City (a.k.a. River City, as in ‘76 Trombones’), IA. I am the fourth of six children, all of whom attended Catholic schools. After high school graduation in 1973, I served in the U.S. Air Force (Military Police) for four years stationed mostly in The Netherlands and Italy.
After discharge from the military I attended North Iowa Area Community College for two years and then Arizona State University for two years graduating with a BS in Finance in 1981.
Soon after I moved to Casper, WY to take a job as a federal bank examiner and in 1985 transferred to Salt Lake City. In 1988, I left that job with no plans other than to see what would fall out of the sky and hit me on the head. After about 6 months of road tripping, hiking, backpacking, retreating and volunteer work I took a job in a local bank as a loan review officer. In about two years I determined that banking was not going to be my life’s work.
I took two more years off to watch my savings diminish, read, hike, road trip, retreat, pray, discern, backpack, tutor English, space out in coffee shops and volunteer with a local Wilderness group. In 1992, I took a job as a teacher’s assistant at a Salt Lake middle school working with behavior disordered and learning-disabled students (kind of teaching math mostly). The following summer I worked at a local factory assembling large plexiglass industrial signs and in the Fall worked as a substitute teacher K-12 in the Salt Lake School System for that semester. Next, I worked in a local mattress factory until entering Mt. Angel Seminary in the Fall of 1994.
I was ordained a priest in the Cathedral of the Madeline in 2000 and have since served as a parish priest in Ogden (St. Joseph’s), Park City, Moab, Richfield and Cedar City along with about 15 missions that are attached to those parishes. When not toiling joyfully in the Lord’s Vineyard I enjoy reading, hiking, bike riding (not too fast), cooking (nothing fancy), spacing out and teasing other peoples’ children. I like the Detroit Tigers (not always easy), Green Bay Packers, Arizona State Sun Devils and NIACC Trojans and of course the Southern Utah University Thunderbirds. Oh…..and the Juan Diego Soaring Eagles.

Reverend Denis Reilly, O.P.



I was born on August 15th in 1944 (I'll keep you from doing the math: I'm 69) in New Orleans, the home city of the Mother's family with whimsical surnames like DeVillier, Robin, Arceneaux and Olivier; alas, I got "stuck" with my Father's last name, Reilly. After he came home from WWII, he moved us to Pleasant Hill, California, which was about 30 miles northeast of San Francisco. As a club footed, only child, my childhood was uneventful.

I went to St. Mary's College and then entered the Dominicans and was ordained at 25. Throughout my ministerial life, I was chaplain at the U of W Newman Center; Vocation Director (twice); superior of our seminary community in Oakland for three terms; Pastor of ASU Newman Center; went on a round the world sabbatical (including a four month study program in Israel); pastor of the U of U Newman Center during which time we built a new church, parochial vicar at St. Dominic's in Benicia, California; and then four wonderful years at St. Therese's in Midvale. At this point, I plan on being at St. John the Baptist for at least three years, although provincials and bishops often have their own thoughts on such matters. In any event, I look forward to this new journey with you as we walk together, encountering Our Lord in the ups and downs of our daily living....

Rev. Mr. Paul Graham, Deacon


(801) 984-7672


Rev. Mr. Dale Dillon, Deacon, Pastoral Associate


(801) 984-7125