St Francis High School - Crusader Yearbook (Athol Springs, NY)

 - Class of 1943

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'r X Elite Qlruzahvr 43 U Mamgzcw the Chapel By the vast mayorlty of the v1s1tors 1t was proclatmed a gem ot eccleslastrcal art The altars made of the beautttul cepolrn levanto rosato and madre creme marbles aga1nst a background of oak artlstlcally lllumlnated rmpress us at once as the pr1nc1pal obyects ot devotron rn rt No pams were spared to have them str1ctly l1turg1cal and th1s feature of them strlkes many ot the v1s1tors as umque The Tabernacle on the Hrgh Altar for lnstance stands free of the fradme It has a cuborlum suspended over 1t but one ot the stde Altars has a Tabernacle and other deta1ls wh1ch are not generally observed rn churches The panelled oak cetltng remlnds one of the old monastery churches lt IS h1ghly lllumlnated ln brrllrant red and blue colors after the style of the old monks The church belng the marnsprtng ot therr actlvrtxes the monks who were expert artlsts and craftsmen spent therr best efforts on beautrfymg the House of God ln our day as always rel1g1on should hold the tlrst place rn man s hte and 1t was to th1s end that the Founder of th1s school the Very Reverend Iustxn FIQGS lnslsted on beautltytng the Chapel The Churches bullt by the monks of the early and medreval tlmes were prrmarrly tntended for the1r pr1vate use ln ttrne the falthtul at large began to attend the SGTVICGS ln them so that they were obllged to reserve one part ot the church for the la1ty and the other for themselves The balcon1es that flank the sanctuary are a rel1c of those tlrnes It may not be am1ss to note that the wood screens wh1ch ornament these balcontes as well as the two contesslonals 1n the Chapel are consrdered masterpreces of the woodcarvmg art Leavmg the Chapel one may descend to the ground floor of the burldxng wnere one w1ll f1nd the k1tchen Wlth the most modern equrpment Ad1o1n1ng tt 1S the d1n1ng room where Wholesome meals are served to the student body A barbershop trunk room and laundry room are located here as well as a spaclous gymnasrum for basketball and other lntra mural act1v1t1es Netct to the gymnasrum IS a small audrtorlurn contarnmg a movable stage and motlon plcture apparatus MOVIES are shown to the students every Saturday nrght fwhrle dramas mlnstrel show and other stage plays take place tour trmes a yearj On th1s flool also one wlll fmd two very well equlpped recreatxon rooms one for the Sentors and luntors and the other for the Sophomores an t Freshmen Here the students enyoy radlo musrc and lndulge rn varred table games dur1ng the recreatron perrod The mam floor contarns a large study hall where the students are requrred to spend a certa1n number of hours to msure mtelle tual progress Here also the varrous assemblres are held dur1ng the school year A ltbrary possessrng a cholce collect1on of several thousand volumes and a1d1ng the students ln the1r research work 15 found on th1s floor as well as the followtng a brologxcal and physlcs laboratory equrpped so as to r1val those of any ftrst class hlgh school a mustc room where the musrcally mrnded boys may pursue thetr mustcal stud1es and modernly turnrshed classrooms The top floor contarns the Reverend Pretects rooms These two Fathers keep constant watch upon the boys and m1n1ster to thetr wants and needs Four spacrous and well ventrlated dorm1tor1es an mflrrnary lavatorres and bathrooms are located on th1s floor St Francls Hxgh School rs a Catholrc boardmg school ofterrng to boys from Buffalo N Y and elsewhere a College entrance course lt IS chartered by the Board of Regents of the State of New York Throughout the enttre tour year course great tress ts lard upon the relrgtous moral and mtellectual tra1n1ng of the boys --'in ,,--'q ' ' ix .v- - .h J , , -.mx . , . Q. , 1 , . J ' l f l, t ' . - , , , , , , , - , , , , , . ..... . - . . , , - , , , , , . - , , , . , , . , , , , - , , . ,. . H . - , , . . . V , , . . , A C . . , , . , - C , . , . ,

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is Uhr Glruaahrr 43 H236 ST FRANCIS HICI-I SCI-ICDQL On the 28th day of December 1924 a group of Polish American professional and businessmen of Buffalo under the leadership of the Very Reverend Iustm Figas Minister Provincial of the Franciscans Frrars Minor Conventuals g a t h e r e d in Corpus Christi Convent t consider the possibility of ere ting an institution of higher learning in which their sons and the sons of many under privileged Pol1shAmer1can Parents would receive a higher education and at the same time have the traditions of therr forefathers instilled into their hearts and minds The outcome of the meeting was most gratifying A committee to conduct a drive for the necessary funds was chosen It met with great success as suffrcient donatlons were obtained from generous friends to begin the con struction of a high school building In consequence of this success a decision was made that the committee should be permanent and that it should be com Polish American youth as their primary obiective To achieve this purpose of promoting and caring for the welfare of boys fitted for higher educations the permanent committee adopted the name of The Drivers of Saint Francis l-hgh School The site chosen was the beautiful eighty acre estate on Lake Shore Road in Athol Springs N Y an unrivalled location facing the blue waters of Lake Erie and wlthin 9 miles ot the City of Buffalo The ground for the erection of the building was broken on Iuly I2 1925 and the cornerstone of the building was blessed by the Right Rev Monsignor A Pitass on September 7 of the same year The hlgh school building com pleted was dedlcated on November 25 l926 by the Right Rev Monsignor I Murphy assisted by numerous cleraymen of the Buffalo Diocese and Fran ciscan Fathers In 1928 two large wings were added givlng the structure a more imposing appearance The architecture of the building follows the Tudor Gothic an adaptation of that grand style to residential buildings On approaching one is rmme diately impressed by the massive arched entrance of Ind1ana limestone It is a monument The coat of arms of the Franciscan Order aoove the arch the flanking niches that are to contain the statues of St Anthony the Patron of the Provlnce and St Bonaventure the oeraphic Doctor the snield bearing the symbols of learning and piety blend harmoniously and remind one of the venerable schools of old where he love or God and the love of true culture were so fondly fostered A certain gradation becomes evident as we pass the iron studded doors The vestibule itself is simple in design the corridor more ornate and finally the Chapel a revelation of what human craftsmanship directed by the human mind is apable of accomplishing Truly it is a dlfficult problem to describe sfgmtv '. I XF I tt ' I 1 A 'I I I ' :P A A ' ' r . ,fm ' ' J , o , ' ' ' ' C - ' ' ' ' ' ' ' I ' ' . .L I posed of prominent Polish-American personalities, having the good of the - I ' I . . . L . . I tl . , I 4. , V . l . r 1 ' . Q . D yi . 1 , . Q I , ln



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I , V Uhr Qlrwaaher 43 3 if Phys1cal tramlng by athletlc GXGTCISQS and games so necessary for an all around development IS heart1ly encouraged For thrs reason the h1gh school IS equ1pped Wllh a gymnaslum and an 80 acre campus conslstlng or a base ball dlamond football fleld tennls court a large pond for skatlng and an attracttve grove The act1v1t1es of St Franc1s H1gh School students consrst of Skarga Debatlng Soclety Paderewskl Phllatellc Club Copernlcan Sclence Club Fredro Dramatlc C1rcle Senlor and Iunlor Glee Clubs Avlatzon Club School Cholr School Orchestra and the Athletlc ASSOC1Gl1OH The school publxshes The St Francts Hlgh School Bulletm every f1fth week and The Crusader the school s year book The f1rst Rector of St Francls H1gh School was the Rev Fr Adalbert Topo l1nsk1 bemg appo1nted to that offlce by the Very Rev Iustm Flgas then the Provmclal of Frlars Mtnor Conventuals IH August of 1927 In December of the same year Fr Topol1nsk1 resxgned to take a post 1I'1 Rome ltaly The Very Rev Fr Thomas Wleprecht was appo1nted h1s successor who w1sely and progresslvely gulded the Inst1tut1on for full flfteen years that IS untll h1s Very Rev Lawrence Cyman present Provmclal of the Provmce of St Anthony of the Frlars MIDOI Conventuals ln September of 1943 appo1nted the Rev Fr PGC1f1C Baldyga to head the school The f1rst Fathers to act as Prefects of St Francls were the Very Rev Norbert Zonca the present Rector of St Hyaclnth s Sem1nary Granby Mass and the Very Rev Anaclete Kaczmarek present Master of Novlces m the Franclscan Nov1t1ate Elhcott Clty Md Upon thelr promotron the followmg Fathers served as Prefects 1n the lnstltutton Rev Innocent MIOWIGC who served 1n that capaclty untll hrs untlmely death ln 1936 Rev Fr Edward Kostrzewa and Rev Fr Ferdmand Bakmowskx The present Prefects are Rev Fr Fel1x Pasko and Rev Fr Ruflnus Nledzwreckl Among 1ts Faculty staff St Francrs H S had a number of dlstlngulshed Fathers presently GXGICISITIQ hlgher Olf1CGS The Very Rev Peter Hama pastor of Holy Tr1n1ty Church Lawrence Massachusetts the Very Rev Ladrslaus Surak secretary of St Bonaventure PFOVIDCG Lake Forest lll1no1s Very Revs Norbert Zonca and Anaclete Kaczmarek mentroned above Very Rev V1ctor Balcerak guardlan of St Franc1s Convent Rev Benlgn Zremskl pastor of St Anthonys Church Wllllmansett Mass Rev Eugene P1aseck1 rector of St Stamslaus Church Chlcopee Mass Rev Matthew Baran Dlocesan consultor tn San Dlego Cal1f Rev Antonlne Bochensla edltor of the Seraphxc Chromcle and the late Rev lsrdore Prduch professor at St Hyacrnth Sem1nary The present faculty conslsts of Rev Father Pac1f1c Baldyga Rev Felrx Pasko Rev Ruftnus N19dZW19Ck1 Rev Edward Z1emba Rev Edward Kostrzewa Rev Alexander Robaczewskl Rev Ferdlnand Bakmowskl Rev Deslderlus Wawro Rev Adam Zaydel Rev Augustlne Pawlak Rev Bened1ctPrzem1e lewsk1 and Rev Francls Bolek St Francrs Hlgh School IS a monument to the unttrmg efforts of the Very Rev lustm Flgas and the Drrvers Commtttee whlch he organtzed They were respons1ble lor 1ts erectlon and year after year thelr work for the success and upkeep of the school IS of very great help to 1ts contlnuance Thetr names and memory w1ll ever endure 1n the hrstory of the xnstttutlon Lazxigyalx , , ,e l " q . 1 9 , , , . , ' A -H9 V .. st' 5-A 'J I - 1 ' ' ' : ' ' I 1 ' ' : ' ' : ' J , . untimely death in Iuly of l942. Upon the death of Fr. Thomas Wieprecht, the - ,

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