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  • The legacy of Archbishop Buechlein

    “Scecina needs to be where it is and serve the youth of its parishes and neighborhoods.” 

    Before his passing into eternal life a few days ago, Archbishop Emeritus Daniel M. Buechlein, OSB, spoke and prayed these words countless times during his tenure as Archbishop of Indianapolis.

    Archbishop Daniel was valiant in his commitment to what we call home missions and shared ministries. A home mission is a mission here at home. It could be 50 miles away or it could be in my own backyard. A shared ministry is a ministry that requires the shared or collective support of the Church and wider community in order to exist and thrive. 

    Archbishop Daniel talked the talk of home missions and shared ministries. More importantly, he walked the walk. 

    Archbishop Daniel saw Scecina as an excellent example of both a home mission and a shared ministry. He acted fervently upon his vision. His commitment to center-city and urban Catholic education, including to Scecina in particular, was unmatched and tireless. He was a national Church leader for his effectiveness in leading fund development initiatives that raised significant amounts of money for home missions and shared ministries. His gift of leadership always was directed to benefit people in need, never to make life easier for himself. While his efforts no doubt fulfilled him, they required almost unhuman levels of focus and willpower. 

    Archbishop Daniel is an immensely impactful figure in the Scecina Memorial High School of today. From 1998 to 2008, Scecina benefited from archdiocesan development initiatives that he led. These programs helped Scecina’s physical infrastructure, faculty support, and endowment growth. 

    During his tenure, the school and/or the archdiocesan administration contemplated the possible relocation of Scecina on three different occasions. Each time, the archbishop’s conclusion was the same. His prayerful reflection and numerous consultations led him to conclude that Scecina has a vibrant mission and ministry in this neighborhood for young people of diverse walks of life. 

    I had the unique privilege of working directly under Archbishop Daniel from 2000 to 2008, and indirectly from 1998 to 2000. I saw, heard and felt his commitment every day. My life would never be the same, nor would the lives of countless other people. 

    Archbishop Daniel taught me much about prayer, compassion, gratitude, courage, patience, humility, relationships, synthesizing the distinct hopes and needs of seemingly countless constituents, and commitment to family. A very learned and accomplished man, he was a simple and pure man in the very best sense of the words. 

    May we all reflect on how we can further appreciate the wisdom and vision of this great man and continue or expand our commitment to living his legacy. 

    Peace, 

    Joe Therber
    President 

  • Parents invited to Update and Input gathering on Jan. 31

    Greetings, Scecina Community! 

    The wisdom of the Catholic Church teaches that parents are a student’s first and primary educators in the continual quest for faith, knowledge, understanding, and personal growth. 

    Since Scecina began as a school ministry more than 60 years ago, parental input and involvement have been the foundation for students’ growth and success. That tradition continues to this day, and we want to make it even stronger. 

    Therefore, the Scecina Parent Ambassador Team and administration are beginning an initiative to foster parental awareness and engagement. You recently received an e-mail invitation from Mr. Nick Petrone, Chair of the Parent Ambassador Team, to attend an Update and Input gathering with our principal, Dr. Brettnacher, and me from 6-7 p.m. Wednesday, January 31, in the school cafeteria. We want to update you on important opportunities for our school and seek your feedback and input. Refreshments will be included. 

    One of the topics that we will discuss at this Update and Input gathering will be the future student technology environment at Scecina. Understanding your questions, hopes, needs, and even concerns is very important as we go forward. 

    I truly hope you will be able to attend this one-hour gathering on January 31 at 6 p.m. in the school cafeteria. If you are unable to attend and want to speak with Dr. Brettnacher or me, please contact us at your convenience. 

    I want to thank every parent of a Scecina student for choosing us as your partner in your child’s daily life journey. We appreciate this awesome privilege and responsibility. We want to do our best for you and with you. 

    Sincerely, 

    Joe Therber
    President 

    President

  • Watch for Jesus

    Dear Scecina Community, 

    Advent and Christmas . . . two of our most favorite times of the year. Most, if not all, of us have fond memories of Christmases past. 

    Last weekend at Mass, on the first Sunday of Advent, the main theme was “Watch”: For Jesus in our hearts. For Jesus in our family, friends, and neighbors. And for Jesus confident that he will come again at the time of God’s choosing.

    I believe I have seen Jesus often in recent days. I frequently interact with alumni and parents who are infinitely devoted to God, Scecina, their children, and various worthy causes. 

    I experienced Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral last week full of high school seniors from all Catholic high schools in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. Archbishop Charles Thompson ministered to their hearts and minds with his words and images of wisdom.

     This week, many of our seniors are experiencing God’s love through people in their lives. They will see and hear Jesus during their Christian Awakening Senior Retreat. 

    Last week, I saw Jesus’ hands in a room full of education leaders in our city who are deeply vested in serving children of all abilities and backgrounds. 

    The Indianapolis Urban League chose Scecina as one of a handful of schools in metropolitan Indianapolis that excel in many dimensions of their service to young people, their families, and their communities.  

    The keynote speaker at the Urban League luncheon, nationally syndicated columnist Roland S. Martin, spoke of excellent urban education as the most life-changing cause that our country has now and will have during the coming decades. 

    Here at Scecina, our young people are learning and growing, and they are capable of so much going forward. They need us to show Jesus to them. I thank you for what you do that enables this to happen. 

    May God’s peace fill you and yours with faith, hope, and love during the memorable weeks ahead. 

    Sincerely, 

    Joe Therber
    President 

  • High school opportunities help students reach their potential

    Dear Scecina Community, 

    Opportunities are the name of the game at Scecina. Academically, spiritually, athletically, and co-curricularly, Scecina opportunities help our diverse and gifted community of students grow and achieve to their potential every day. 

    Nationally, more than 11 million students participate in extra- and co-curricular opportunities such as performing arts, interscholastic athletics, and other outlets. These activities are the best bargain in town, both from a spectator’s perspective and an institution’s perspective. Where else do young people learn and actually put into practice the life lessons of teamwork, time management, compassion, self-discipline, and measurable goal setting? 

    School activities are not “add-ons.” They are central and essential components of a young person’s education and of a community’s unifying spirit. 

    All year round, students discover great opportunities at Scecina. This evening, for example, is our fall play, “Fame.” Tonight’s performance starts a weekend of three stellar performances. Tomorrow, our football team competes for the semi-state championship at Tech High School at 2:00 versus Southridge High School. 

    Winter sports—girls and boys basketball, wrestling, swimming, and cheerleading—are in full swing, as are more than 20 co-curricular opportunities that range from our Baking Club to National Honor Society. 

    The arts, sports, clubs, and service teach young people to perform their skills and operate as a cohesive team in the light of public observation, sometimes even pressure. Students’ successes are opportunities to experience humility during joyful times, as well as optimism and growth during setbacks, real or perceived. 

    May we all find a reason to commend our young people for choosing the exhilarating and challenging road of involvement. While we’re at it, come out and enjoy a contest or a performance. You’ll be glad you did! 

    Sincerely, 

    Joe Therber
    President 

  • Scecina's A rating shows students' growth

    Congratulations Scecina Community! As we reported last week, Scecina has once again earned an A grade in the Indiana Department of Education school accountability rating system.

    The state rating system utilizes multiple measurements of academic performance and progress, including standardized test scores and measurable indicators of college and career readiness. A significant dimension of Scecina’s A rating is our students’ test score growth from middle school to high school. I commend our students for believing in their growth potential, our teachers for fostering a growth mindset, and our parents for all that you do.

    School accountability is but a pathway to higher goals. At Scecina, we want every college-bound student to identify and gain acceptance to his or her college or university of choice.

    Already this semester, our college and career counselor, Mr. Josh Orndorff, has hosted or scheduled 26 college and university admissions representative visits. That’s about one higher education visit for every two days our students will have been in school by the end of October. Because of Scecina’s mission to prepare students for college and life, we present a range of higher education options to our students. As a result, our students are interacting with Ivy Tech Community College, the University of Notre Dame, and other prestigious institutions statewide and nationally.

    Being a parent in society today is daunting. Parents, we appreciate all the sacrifices that you make and the insights you have about your children.

    This week, we are recommending two websites that have practical, interesting tips and information about growing up and succeeding in today’s world. The two organizations, which are based on faith and values, are www.growingleaders.com and www.leadlikejesus.com.

    Links to these websites now appear in the Parenting Resources section of The Weekly. I hope you visit them often and find benefit in them.

    Have a wonderful weekend,

    Joe Therber
    President