Loading
Wyoming Catholic College finishes its first year
Wyoming Catholic College finishes its first year

.- Wyoming Catholic College’s first freshman class has spent its first year on a deliberately low-tech campus where outdoorsmanship is taught alongside a classical “great books” program to provide a wholistic education.

The students, who finished their final exams on Thursday, have taken Latin immersion classes and read some of the masterpieces of Western literature. They have also learned leadership and survival skills and horsemanship on wilderness trips made to observe nature, which college officials call “God’s first book,” according to the Casper Star Tribune.

All incoming students participated in a National Outdoor Leadership School program before the start of the academic year.  The students were broken into small groups to spend three weeks in the wilderness with a NOLS instructor and a priest from the college. Amid the hiking, camping, fishing, and rock climbing, they laid a foundation for a close community.

"It was hard, it was challenging, and it was survival," said Kate Harrison, a student from Kansas City. "I think the NOLS experience bonded everybody."

The school has a strict policy banning televisions and cell phones. It allows limited internet access only in an on-campus computer lab. Mario Coccia, the college's director of admissions, told the Star Tribune that school administrators find the gadgetry distracting, intrusive, and addictive. He said after a few weeks under the policy, the students tend to feel freed, rather than restricted by it.

Hannah Gaddis, a student from Casper, Wyoming, said the school’s studies kept her too busy to think about technology.

"You kind of realize how much you don't need these things," she said.

The college, whose motto is "Wisdom in God's Country," is located in the small town of Lander, close to the eastern slope of the Wind River Mountains.

Several students agreed that their common Catholic faith and their shared desires to be challenged physically, spiritually, and intellectually, have helped them become close friends. They have also built commonalities upon the school’s fundamental academic philosophy, which holds that there is such a thing as truth and that one can learn to identify and internalize the truth.


Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)
Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass and announces site of next World Youth Day
Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass and announces site of next World Youth Day
Pope Francis visits poor neighborhood and meets with young people from Argentina
Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida
Denver rally draws hundreds in support of religious freedom
Pope Francis prays over a sick man in St Peter's Square
Denver women's clinic will offer natural, Catholic care
Interview Clips: Barbara Nicolosi speaks to CNA
US Cardinals press conference at North American College
Pope Benedict to retire to monastery inside Vatican City
Pope cites waning strength as reason for resignation
Hundreds convene in Denver to urge respect for life
New Orange bishop encourages Catholic unity in diversity
Chinese pro-life activist calls for reform, international attention
At Lincoln installation, Bishop Conley says holiness is success
Mother Cabrini shrine reopens in Chicago after a decade
Ordination of 33 deacons fills St. Peter's with joy
Cardinal says "Charity is the mother of all the virtues"
Augustine Institute expands evangelization effort with new campus
Bishops recall 'Way of St. James' as chance to trust in God
Los Angeles cathedral's newest chapel houses Guadalupe relic
Apr
23

Liturgical Calendar

April 23, 2014

Wednesday within the Octa ve of Easter

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mt 28:8-15

Gospel
Date
04/22/14
04/21/14
04/20/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: Acts 3:1-10
Gospel:: Lk 24:13-35

Saint of the Day

St. Adalbert of Prague »

Saint
Date
04/21/14
04/20/14

Homily of the Day

Mt 28:8-15

Homily
Date
04/22/14
04/21/14
04/20/14

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
     HTML
Text only
Headlines
  

Follow us: