Wyoming Catholic: A Most Unusual College

Wyoming Catholic College likes to conduct some of its classes in the great outdoors. In Wyoming.

And it seems to be exactly the sort of row-against-the-tide school I would have loved to have sent my kids to, if they were at that point in their lives.

The school is making a huge commitment to bringing Latin back to life, as students read and discuss classical and Christian authors entirely in Latin:

While Patrick Owens, a Latin instructor at Wyoming Catholic College, climbed to the summit of East Temple Peak last fall with a group of his students, not a word of English was spoken. The hike was sponsored as part of the college’s Latin-immersion program.

Standing near the summit, Owens recalled, “It suddenly hit me that we were surveying the grandeur of God and speaking Latin.” [...] All Wyoming Catholic College students take at least two years of Latin, but advanced courses — conducted only in Latin — are also available. Students are invited to defend their senior thesis in Latin. Those in the more advanced classes are accustomed to writing papers on the works of such Catholic theologians as Thomas Aquinas or the patristic writers entirely in Latin.

That’s a terrific article and a fun read so check it out.

Also writing about Wyoming Catholic, at least peripherally, is Joseph Susanka, who interviews the faith-filled founders of Grassroots Films (who created the ground-breaking Fishers of Men and the award-winning The Human Experience) and touches on their recent production, Wisdom in God’s Country:

There a unique flavor to WCC. What about the college did you feel was the most important thing to convey to the viewer? And what creative decisions were made in your effort to tell that story in a “visual” way?

JOSEPH CAMPO: I was immediately impressed by the students: They were energetic, and enthusiastic to speak about their personal experiences at the college. They possess a keen sense of who they are and where they are going. A portion of the curriculum is done in the great outdoors, and our director, Chuck, captured the cinematic aerial views. Much of the piece was shot from a helicopter, covering majestic vistas, and the magnificent beauty of Wyoming.

Read the whole thing.

You can get a sense of both the school’s and Grassroots Films gifts, here:

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  • Steven

    “And it seems to be exactly the sort of row-against-the-tide school I would have loved to have sent my kids to”

    Oh yea, LOL, sure Elizabeth, please, you voted for Bill Clinton! and you quote Glen Greenwald!. You’re a flaming liberal masqerading as a Catholic. A truly bad person.

  • Sarah

    WOW. Oh my goodness, I want to go there. I’m going to be in Germany for the next year, but I’d seriously consider applying when I come back. I’ll be 21, which is a little old, hahaha.

    Steven, why are you here if you’re only going to berate and disrespect the author? What’s your point? Find something better to do with your time. Life’s too short.

  • megthered

    I don’t know what crawled up Steven, but I hope he takes a nice nap.
    Wyoming is my most favorite place in the world. We went out every year camping with our children. There are no words to explain

  • Ellen

    I would so love to teach there.

  • fiestamom

    I have been praying that somehow God will provide the money to send my son there.

  • Kathleen

    I have supported this college for several years and they send lovely CDs of the students singing, a Christmas collection and a stations of the cross, in Lent. My friend, a homeschooling mom of six from CO was thrilled to be able to send her son there. He came home in October after unrelenting bullying and harassment which was not satisfactorily addressed by the administration. A great disappointment. No school is perfect, or for everyone. That said, I commend them for their work in bringing “latin back to life”.

  • http://jscafenette.com/ Manny

    OMG, if I could be 18 again, I would want to go to college THERE!

  • K O’Keefe

    I know a WCC student. The school has helped her grow. Her friends are impressive – reading Dante over the summer so that they can keep up with the curriculum – happier. The school is small and new with an old and great vision. No pioneer has a wholly easy time but the students who go there now are forming the school as well as themselves. And doing a great job.