Molly O'Brien Funk at her busy desk at Our Lady of Lourdes School.
Name: Molly O'Brien Funk
Year of Scecina Graduation: 1990
Professional Title: Administrative Assistant, Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School
Employer: Archdiocese of Indianpaolis
By Beth Murphy, Director of Marketing Communications
What would we do without Molly?
The Scecina community and the people of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church and School often ask themselves that question.
The outgoing and energetic Molly O’Brien Funk ’90 has given of herself to support the Catholic community on the Eastside. Her hard work hasn’t gone unnoticed, and now she will be honored by the Archdiocese of Indianapolis for her commitment.
On Sept. 19, Molly will be awarded the 2017 Monsignor Albert Busald Award. The award recognizes adults who have given sustained service to the youth of a particular parish through the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) and youth ministry programs. The new archbishop, Charles Thompson, will preside at the Mass at SS. Peter and Paul Cathedral in Downtown Indianapolis.
“I am honored and blessed that I have been chosen to receive this award,” says Molly, who served on the Our Lady of Lourdes Athletic Board for six years. “I was a little shocked that many people see the effort, time, talent, and treasure that I put into Lourdes and the dedication that I have. I am blessed that I have the opportunity to support my parish and the athletes of Lourdes and CYO.”
She continues to support Lourdes athletics by communicating daily through school, social media, fliers, and attending games, even though her own son, Matthew, moved on to Scecina, where he is a junior.
On her Facebook page, Molly wrote about the Busald Award honor: “I am blessed to have a parish that I've called home for 45 years and a community like Irvington to be my home for all those years! I give my (heart emoji), my soul, my blood, my sweat, my tears, all for OLL! I work hard, I give back, and I only want the best for those kiddos!”
Our Lady of Lourdes Principal Chris Kolakovich said Molly’s commitment to Lourdes is “undeniably strong.”
“As our only school secretary, she is asked to wear many hats and tirelessly dedicates her time to serving others. As a former Athletic Board member and Lyons fan, Molly is a committed supporter of our student athletes and the most enthusiastic fan in the stands,” Kolakovich said. “I am proud of her accomplishments and appreciative of the hours she dedicates as an employee and volunteer. This award is well-deserved.”
At Scecina as a dedicated alumnus, Molly volunteers for the school’s biggest fundraiser, Club 53, in support of need-based tuition assistance, student life and athletics. This year’s Club 53 takes place on Nov. 11, and once again Molly is selling tickets. She enjoys friendly competition with Jeff Lathrop ’96 for who can sell the most tickets to Club 53.
“I have competed with Molly in selling Club 53 tickets for the last three years. In selling, I took a number of 'family' sales away from Molly, yet her persistence and competitive spirit drove her to be top ticket seller in 2016,” Lathrop said. “And now my family wants to buy from her in 2017 because they haven't won since they switched.” “Congratulations Molly on this well-deserved recognition,” he added.
Molly also has been a Scecina Fund Ambassador, participated in the Alumni Information Gathering sessions, supported the Booster Club and helped with her class reunions. She pretty much does it all.
She thinks it’s important to go back to her roots, whether Scecina or Lourdes. “That is where the core of my learning, values and challenges began in my life,” she says. “It feels good to give back and say I still actively participate in my alma mater.” Molly always has been a big sports fan. At Scecina, she played basketball, volleyball and softball. Molly says her high school years at Scecina taught her to be a lifelong learner and to serve others. “I feel that in receiving the Busald Award I am living as a servant leader in the footsteps of Father Thomas Scecina.”