|Wisc. National Guard names UWest alumnus as its first Buddhist chaplain|
University of the West alum Christopher Mohr was inducted in July as the first Buddhist chaplain in the Wisconsin National Guard.
Mr. Mohr holds the rank of First Lieutenant with the Guard. He graduated in 2012 with a Master of Divinity from University of the West's chaplaincy training program.
The journal Buddhadharma quotes Mr. Mohr as saying “‘[Buddhist teachings] have been very useful to me in making sure that I can be a person who is of benefit to others and a person who can work with others to make sure that everybody’s needs, as best I can, be met."
Rev. Danny Fisher, chair of the M.Div. program at UWest, said "Chris continues our M.Div. employment hot-streak by becoming the first Buddhist chaplain ever in the Wisconsin National Guard."
Other M.Div. graduates have successfully found work as chaplains in the Army, Navy, and the health-care and human-services sector.
"Chris was an incredibly focused and dedicated student," said University of the West counselor Jason Kosareff. "The words 'quiet dignity' come to mind whenever I think about him."
University of the West offers its warmest congratulations to Mr. Mohr.