Does the local bishop (or other competent ecclesiastical authority) select or approve the appointment of your chaplain?
Does your institution offer Mass on campus at least on Sundays and other days of obligation?
On average, about what percentage of undergraduate students attend Sunday Mass (including the Saturday vigil Mass) during the academic year?
Does your institution offer daily Mass to students?
On average, about how many undergraduate students attend daily Mass during the academic year?
Does your institution offer the Extraordinary Form of the Mass to students at least weekly?
Are all of the Masses celebrated on campus reverent and in accord with liturgical norms and directives?
Are the altar servers at your institution’s Masses male only or both male and female?
Please list the schedule of Masses, noting the following for each Mass: the day and time, the Form or Rite of the Mass, and the style of music, if any (chant, traditional, contemporary, etc.):
Monday-Friday 11:30 AM (Monday and Wednesday Extraordinary Form)
Sunday: 8AM (EF) 7pm (OF)
Byzantine Divine Liturgy: 1 Saturday per month
Does your institution offer Confession on campus at least weekly?
List the schedule for Confession by day and time:
Mo 4-5 p.m.
We 4-5 p.m.
Th 4-5 p.m.
Fr 4-5 p.m.
Does your institution offer Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at least weekly?
List the schedule for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament by day and time:
Monday through Friday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Please identify regularly scheduled devotions on campus for students such as the Rosary and prayer groups:
Sunday Lauds: 7 a.m.
Sunday Vespers: 4:30 p.m.
Daily Compline: 8:30 p.m.
Daily Rosary: 8:10 p.m.
Does your institution offer retreat programs available to all Catholic students at least annually?
Fall Retreat for freshmen
Annual Easter retreat for college community
Spring Retreat for Sophomores
Spring Retreat for Seniors
Please describe any formal programs to foster vocations to the priesthood and religious life:
During the year, the College hosts visits from representatives of religious communities and dioceses who speak about vocational discernment (such talks have attracted up to 60 students). Annual trips are organized to visit religious houses or seminaries, and a reading rack of vocational materials is kept in a prominent place in the Library reading room.
If your institution has formal vocation programs, about how many students participate in them each year?
Vocational talks attract about half the student body; discernment trips and retreats garner 15-20 individuals.
Are you aware of any graduates from your institution (not including seminary students, if any) who are ordained to the priesthood or have entered religious life? Please describe.
Since WCC is so new (with just six graduated classes), we do not yet have alumni who are ordained. Alumni vocations include nuns with the Norbertines in California, the Carmelites of Jesus, Mary and Joseph in Nebraska, and Our Lady of the Rock in Washington State,; and one monk at Clear Creek Abbey in Oklahoma. Currently, about fifteen students are actively discerning a call to the priesthood and religious life.
Additional Chaplaincy information, clarification or description (optional):
The sacred liturgy—and above all, the Holy Eucharist—is “the source and summit” of the Christian life. The class schedule at WCC is devised to allow all students, faculty, and staff to attend Mass every day. The Kyrie, Gloria, Sanctus, and other fixed or seasonal hymns and prayers are typically sung in Gregorian chant; both Forms of the Roman Rite are held in high regard. Marian devotion is plentiful, including a procession in October in honor of Our Lady of the Rosary. There are a number of processions during the year, including one to the local cemetery on All Souls Day. Groups of students recite or chant portions of the Divine Office on a regular basis. Eucharistic Adoration takes place all afternoon, every weekday. There are frequent opportunities for the Sacrament of Penance and spiritual direction. Each year features a Fall Retreat and an Easter Retreat. The Theology Practica delve into topics such as how to pray with Scripture (lectio divina), how to participate more fruitfully in the liturgy, and how to discern one’s vocation in life.