The Wyoming School
of Catholic Thought

No Better Gift: Friendship from The Iliad to Facebook
June 9-14, 2019

“Life,” wrote the great Roman author Cicero, “is nothing without friendship.” And thus it has been since the beginning. Looking at Adam by himself in beautiful Eden, God declared, “It is not good for the man to be alone” (Genesis 2:18). We humans are “hardwired to connect.” We need friends and without them, as St. Thomas Aquinas observed, “even the most agreeable pursuits become tedious.” Yet in our day, nearly half of Americans report sometimes or always feeling alone or left out. Loneliness has been called an epidemic and friendship a lost art. The results are not only poor psychological and social health, but poor physical health as well. All this being the case, we can understand why friendship is the subject of innumerable novels, short stories, poems, essays, theological works, and films.

Led by Wyoming Catholic College faculty, the 2019 Wyoming School of Catholic Thought will use philosophy, theology, literature, poetry, film, the Wyoming outdoors, and the convivial experience of a week together to explore the meaning, the experience, and the practice of friendship. Each day’s activities will include focused lectures, seminars, and panel discussions. Leisurely receptions and meals will allow time to consider and practice what we are learning. After dinner, participants will enjoy films or leisurely reflection on the day. Two afternoons are set aside to enjoy the beauty of the nearby Wind River Mountains. Choose from hiking, fly fishing, horseback riding, and exploring the sights in Lander. A chaplain will be available during the week offering daily Mass, spiritual direction, and confession.

The program fee is $750 per person with some scholarships available. This includes the program, materials, all meals, and activities. Accommodations are in addition to the program fee. The school will take place in Lander, Wyoming, home of Wyoming Catholic College and gateway to the Wind River Mountains, the Tetons, Yellowstone National Park, and other natural wonders. This allows you to make The Wyoming School of Catholic Thought part of a longer Wyoming vacation. Visit the Wyoming Office of Tourism website for ideas that will help you plan your trip.

Oh, and by all means bring a friend.

For registration information, please fill out the form below
or contact Dr. James Tonkowich | (307) 335-4468 | james.tonkowich@wyomingcatholic.org