I arrived in Lander Sunday evening in time for dinner with the Board members and a few other guests of the Wyoming Catholic College. After dinner, I joined the new President, Dr. Kevin Roberts and his wife, Michelle, for the traditional ice cream social with this year’s incoming freshman class. It was a great setting to meet the newest members of the College.
The freshmen were fresh off of their three week Outdoor Leadership trip into the backcountry of the Wind River Mountains. Man, can they put away some ice cream!
Monday morning at 8:30 am found me at Holy Rosary Catholic Church which doubles as the chapel for the Wyoming Catholic College. I wanted to be present to welcome the former Bishop of Cheyenne and one of the co-founders of the Wyoming Catholic College, Bishop David Ricken. I also needed to review the 9:00 am ceremony for the inauguration of the 2nd President of the Wyoming Catholic College.
The procession of faculty, board members, students and clergy along with the President-elect began at precisely 9:00 am. With everyone in place, the inauguration ceremony began with the singing of the Alma Mater, written by a faculty member, Dr. Peter Kwasniewski.
It is hard to fully describe the joy and enthusiasm this Wyoming Catholic College has for the faith, and the genuine fraternity that exists among the many members of the College family. The enrollment this year stands at 112 students, with an incoming freshman class of 34. I’m glad the new president has already set a goal of doubling the enrollment over the next ten years.
One of several things I am proud of with regards to this Wyoming Catholic College is its fidelity to the faith and the Church’s teaching. This Catholic College faculty begins each academic year making an Profession of Faith and an Oath of Fidelity to the local ordinary. And, in keeping with that tradition, the new President after being duly installed by the Board President, made the same Profession of Faith and Oath of Fidelity.
Following this very important formality, the new President made his way to the ambo and delivered his inaugural address…one of the best, if not the best speech I’ve ever heard! Be sure to watch the WCC website to read this address once it is posted.
Wyoming Catholic College is so very fortunate to have Dr. Roberts as the new President. As with so many events over these early years in the life of the College, God’s providence keeps providing what is necessary for the success of this College. Clearly, Dr. Robert’s own academic formation and life experience are a part of this Providence of God, because we could not have found a better qualified person for this unique and inspiring program.
And Dr. Roberts comes with a beautiful wife and family. Dr. Roberts brings not only the expertise to guide the College in the next chapter of life, but I believe brings a great heart, and adds a great presence of not only excellent leadership, but warmth and humor to boot. I have no doubt that his guidance and charisma will be just the medicine for this hour of the great adventure that is the Wyoming Catholic College. If you are soon embarking upon a college education, and looking for a great Catholic program, you will certainly want to give Wyoming Catholic College a look!