There is a small sign on State Route 24 that directs prospective and visiting parishioners to Saint Anthony of the Desert Mission and another one on Sand Creek Road. The mission is off to the right and there is ample parking. Directly pass the double wooden gates
Upon entering into the mission there is a framed print on the right that tells the story of Saint Anthony. Just below the print is podium that holds a guest book for all the visitors to sign-in as they are welcomed. Further right is a partition that divides the reception area from the nave of the mission. The floor plan is angled like a rhombus and there are two rows of pews with two side aisles and a center aisle that leads to the altar. The altar is located at the top of the rhombus and the skylight highlights the crucifix behind the altar table. The altar table is adorned with a Mexican serape, two candles and the Gospel Book. To the right of the table are two chairs, one for the priest and another for the altar server. There are beautiful carved Stations of the Cross the line the walls. The tabernacle and candle are just below and to the left of the crucifix.
There is an abundance of light that comes in with the large glass windows and doors. The processional cross and podium are just to the left of the altar table. The left side wall has a log framed adoration area equipped with rosaries and a padded kneeler. There is also a beautiful bronze statue of their patron saint. Saint Anthony once said, "Among all things that are lovable, there is one that is more lovable than the rest, and that most lovable of all things is life." There is a lot of life at his mission in Torrey. Father Rafael Murillo exemplifies what Saint Anthony stood for, because he is very personable, spiritual and a wonderful sense of humor.
Saint Anthony of the Desert Mission is for Catholics all over the world traveling to and from Capitol Reef National Park. Just last week they had visitors from Poland, the United Kingdom and today there was a couple from Minnesota. The mass may remain the same, but the visiting parishioners change and the core parishioners are hospitable to welcome anyone who walks in the door. May God bless you and keep you in his graces.