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March 15, 1963g Northwest Prog FOR THE CONVENIENCE of those who live tOO far from their parish c'hurches Mass is said each morning in the chapel at Blanchet. Atten- dance is voluntary with more attending during Lent, 'Mass moves to the gymnasium where students participate from bleachers on both sides of the gym. Two priests on the faculty hear confessions each day after school. Tomorrow's leaders In Church and Community PHYSICAL FITNESS is more than a current American fad. Both boys and girls are required to take physical education classes during their freshman and sophomore years. Head basket- ball coach Don Zech hustles one of his classes to the upper field for a workout. Continued From Page 7 "What we hope to give our students," said the Right Rev. Monsignor John P. Doogan, principal, "is a Cath- olic way of life that will dominate their whole lives. "Life is a gift loaned to us by God, so he has the right to set down the rules .for our lives. Blancher's job is to see that the students know and understand those rules. "It is not a question of religion being superimposed on academic subjects. Catholicism is a way of life. Religion is not something to be put in a bottle and labeled 'For use only on Sunday.'" In line with this attitude, priests wear cassocks at the school. Monsignor Doogan explains "we are-here as priests first and then as teachers. We are not teachers who happen to be priests. We are priests who happen to be teachers." More Schools Planned Blanchet .High School is similar to the five sch(rols under consideration in connection with the first an- nual Archdiocesan Development Fund, now underway. One difference is that Blanchet is co-instructional-- boys and girls in separate classes but with the same building, same faculty and same facilities--and the new high schools would be co-institutional, where boys and girls are taught in separate wings by separate facilities. In addition to the Sisters, Blanchet's aculty includes five priests, 12 laymen and two laywomen. The lay teachers, in addition to their regular instruction duties, are advisers for many extra-curricular activities, such as speech, drama and choral groups. "We have a tremendous lay faculty--the backbone of the school," said the Rev. James Mallahan, vice Continued on Page l0 I'UDENT5 ease through a Catho: lie high school without being subjected to at least a smattering of the Church's favorite language, Latin. Here Rev. Jo- seph Erny shepherds a class of his charges through the intricacies of CaeSar. Third and fourth year Students can advance to Cicero and Virgil. Other languages avail- able at Blanchet are French, Spanish, German and Russian. ... EVEN TEACHERS find it hard to concentrate on studies when a winning team heads for a big game. State tournament time presented special challenges to Serious concentration at Blanchet this year as the Braves went into the tournament with a 23-0 winning streak. : .?,-