Spiritual Formation

As Archbishop Ullathorne says, “It belongs to [those] in quest of their supreme good to draw as near to divine things as their condition in life allows.” Since the student body of WCC is predominantly Catholic, an environment of Catholic liturgical and devotional practices is always present. Training in spirituality, with Benedictine and Carmelite spirituality being given pride of place, is also continually available. Students who are not Catholic are nonetheless invited to partake of the spiritual and moral formation present on campus.

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The Chaplain is in charge of the spiritual welfare of the students, faculty, and administrative personnel and directs the liturgy and devotions offered on campus. Qualifications for this post are that he be a validly ordained Catholic priest, of sound doctrine and integrity of morals, endowed with zeal for souls, and free of any canonical penalty or restriction. His appointment is ratified by the Bishop of Cheyenne.

Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary and an understanding of Marian spirituality is encouraged throughout the school year. The Chaplain establishes opportunities for communal recitation of the rosary as well as special celebrations on Marian feast days. Exposition and adoration of the Eucharist is offered (usually daily) and encouraged, followed by benediction. Plentiful opportunities are offered to students and faculty to receive the Sacrament of Penance and obtain spiritual direction. The Chaplain is generally available during the day and into the evening hours as well.

Furthermore, throughout the year, instruction is offered in fundamental spirituality. This includes lectio divina, the spiritual reading of the Bible, a prayer practice developed by the Benedictine monks and practiced for over 1600 years.  Connected to this is the Liturgy of the Hours with its praying of the psalms, which students are invited to make a part of their life.  Night Prayer (Compline) is sung in the chapel for those who wish to attend.