WCC Board Chairman Dave Kellogg, left, presented new President Dr. Kevin Roberts with the student registry as a symbol of his responsibility to the college. (Joshua Scheer photo.)
(Lander, Wyo.) – Following yesterday’s blessing of Wyoming Catholic College’s future campus site, Dr. Kevin Roberts was inaugurated this morning as WCC’s second president.
He gave a stirring address to the crowd gathered at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Lander, urging WCC’s students and faculty to be active disciples for the faith.
After recounting the Catholic Church’s history in Wyoming, and the college’s place within it, Roberts called on the college to take a stand against modern attacks on the faith.
“The real blame lies at our own feet,” Roberts said of believer’s inactivity. “We’re the ones who failed.” He said WCC should be a “flagship to defend religious liberty.” But not only should the college defend, it should be pro-active.
He noted that members of the college will attend the March for Life in Washington, D.C., (a pro-life rally) to work to bring “the culture of death to its own past-due death.” The next March for Life is Jan. 22, 2014.
His speech, which came after a charge from WCC’s Board Chairman Dave Kellogg and his own statement of faith, brought the crowd of students, staff, and locals to applause more than once.
Roberts emphasized his ambition to one-day move the college to the Broken Anvil Ranch, and restated that he and his family plan to be here for decades to come.
Roberts also mentioned several new practices coming to the college this year. An international group of WCC supporters, called St. Michael’s Army, has pledged to pray for the college on a daily basis. Additionally, to help keep the students and staff more grounded and guarded against inner turmoil, Roberts has initiated a weekly all-college mass on Wednesdays at noon. The first such mass will be held this week.
Kellogg, in charging Roberts with the good of college, presented him with the student registry as a symbol of his responsibility. He urged Roberts to act and lead with boldness and courage.
The morning’s inauguration was followed by a Convocation and Matriculation mass.
(Joshua Scheer photos. Click to enlarge.)