Discovering Wisdom in the Wilderness | An Interview with Fr. Robert Cook, President of Wyoming Catholic College | March 19, 2010 | Ignatius Insight
Wyoming Catholic College is a four-year co-educational Catholic college founded in 2007. Located near Lander, Wyoming, its one hundred students come from thirty-five states. The school's website states that its
primary educational objective is to offer a traditional liberal arts education that schools the whole person in all three dimensions--mind, body, and spirit. We accomplish this by immersing our students in the beauty of the outdoors, by introducing them to the wisdom of Western tradition and thought as found in the Great Books and Good Books of the past millennia, and by making the best of the Catholic spiritual heritage part of the rhythm of daily life in our close College community. Students graduate with the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts.Fr. Robert Cook, the President of Wyoming Catholic College, holds an LL.B. (a doctorate equivalent) from Stanford University Law School. In additional to practicing law for many years, he spent three years as a monk at the Monastery of Christ in the Desert, Abiquiu, New Mexico.
He attended Sacred Heart School of Theology, where he received his M.Div. degree. He was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Cheyenne in 2000. Fr. Cook served as an associate pastor at St. Anthony's and pastor of Our Lady of Fatima, both in Casper, WY, and as the Director of Bishop Ricken's Wyoming School of Catholic Thought. He has also taught religion in parochial school and biblical studies at Casper College.
On the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, December 8, 2005, Fr. Cook was named the first President of Wyoming Catholic College.
Fr. Cook recently spoke via phone with Carl E. Olson, editor of Ignatius Insight, about Wyoming Catholic College and Catholic education.
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