Good news from Wyoming Catholic College

This last year I had a very pleasant visit to Wyoming Catholic College to say Mass and deliver a talk.

I have always had a measure of affection for Wyoming, where I have some roots.

I received today a note from one of the cordial faculty members:

After over a year of very hard work, WCC has been preaccredited by the American Academy for Liberal Education (AALE).  This is an official accredited status that brings many benefits, especially for our students, who are the reason we exist in the first place.

During my visit to WCC I saw that students were being prepared to think and to learn, rather than merely being taught stuff and then have no idea what to do with it.

Furthermore, they are building a new campus.  The plans are impressive.

I look forward to a future visit.

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  1. Desertfalcon says:

    God bless WCC and their mission! Wyoming ties, Father? I was baptised in a small parish in Wyoming and attended High School there. :) The presence of WCC and the monks of the Immaculate Heart of Mary outside of Powell has added immeasurably to the spiritual life of the state and the development of good Catholic thinking.

  2. ies0716 says:

    I remember being somewhat skeptical about this college when I first read about it. Over time, though, the idea has grown on me. As my daughter has gotten older (she’s almost a year old now), I’ve had time to reflect on what kind of education I want her to receive and what kind of adult I want her to grow into, and I’ve come to realize the utter depravity of modern culture and the completely closed-in, time-wasting lifestyle that modern technology encourages. While I’ll probably never consider myself “country-folk,” I think that a place like WCC or TAC is a great place for young adults to “find themselves” and more importantly, find their vocations.

  3. MarkJ says:

    Holy things are happening in Wyoming… we have two daughters, ages 8 and 11, and the older one definitely has her sights set on WCC (so do we as parents!). Hopefully the permanent campus will be well underway by then…

  4. Supertradmum says:

    We who have connections to Thomas Aquinas in Santa Paula fondly call WCC “TAC with Horses”. Great place for real Socratic learning and formation in the Faith.

  5. Peco says:

    My wife and I have followed the progress of this school since before it opened and during the first three years. Now we are excited that our daughter is in the freshman class (class 2014). What a great place!

  6. susanna says:

    Lived in wild wonderful Wyoming for 2 years. Years ago they said there were more antelope there than people.

  7. Peco says:

    This Thursday, September 9 at 9pm eastern time, there will be a 90 minute special about Wyoming Catholic College (WCC) on EWTN’s Life On The Rock. WCC is entering its 4th year and will have its first graduating class in spring 2011. This is a big year for a new, faithful Catholic college.

  8. Sacristymaiden says:

    WCC has been preaccredited! We students were told this during lunch today and the whole room erupted in clapping which lasted for about 5 minutes after the WCC president, Fr. Cook, announced it.
    Needless to say, everyone–students, faculty, and staff–is very excited about this.

    Susanna: They are still saying that there are more antelope than people. :)

  9. AnAmericanMother says:

    Congratulations, Sacristymaiden!

    I’m curious — do they assign you a horse? Do you ride to class?

    That would have been heaven for me! I was horse-crazy as a teenager and still pretty horsey (though not quite as crazy). Worked one summer on a cattle ranch in Nebraska and loved it.

  10. Random Friar says:

    Supertradmom: better to have a TAC with horses than horses without a tack!

  11. Kate says:

    Congratulations to WCC!

  12. AnAmericanMother says:

    Random Friar,

    LOL! My long-time T’bred hunter mare (recently retired to be a Special Olympics mount) has a backbone and withers like a board fence. I would no more ride her without tack than fly to the moon. Even a bareback pad was painful.

  13. EXCHIEF says:

    Congrats. We visited WCC, toured, looked at long range plans, and have been regular contributors for the past 3 years. We believe in WCC’s mission. Wish there had been a WCC decades ago when I attended a “no longer Catholic” university…especially since I am a horseman.

    BTW to the poster who mentioned the good things going on in WY remember there are two different sets of monks with the ones near Cody needing support in their efforts to build their monestary.

  14. AquinasGirl says:

    As a graduate of Thomas Aquinas College, I am watching WCC with great interest. This is wonderful news!

  15. irishgirl says:

    Great news for WCC!

    ‘Better to have TAC with horses than horses without a tack’-words of Random Friar. That’s funny!

    I’ve ridden a horse only once in my life, and that was I was in my teens. Today I would have to use a mounting block to get on any horse’s back!

  16. Sacristymaiden says:

    AnAmericanMother: I was assigned a horse, which I may or may not keep later on based on my progress. We actually ride to class in a 15 seater van. There are no horses kept on the present campus, though there are some in a pasture near the Parish church where we have mass everyday. The riding program was recently moved to Lander (a few weeks ago actually) so it is now only 10 minutes away instead of being in Riverton and 30 minutes away. From what I hear and know from past experience this is a great improvement.

  17. AnAmericanMother says:


    I have very short legs in addition to being short overall . . . and my horses have always been tall hunters – 16hh plus. I always use a mounting block.

    If I can’t find a mounting block, a bucket, a set of steps or a truck bumper, I lead my horse into the nearest ditch! (this happened to me more than once out hunting.) Sometimes I still have to lower the left stirrup a couple of holes.


    Sounds good! (I was thinking in old-fashioned terms of a hitching post outside the Administration Building :-D ) Stick with the riding, the horrible thing about it is that all the difficult stuff comes right up front, which tends to be discouraging. A few baby carrots or starlite mints concealed about your person may help give your assigned horse the correct attitude.

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