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Celebrating milestones

Sister Lavonne Long


This week, as we transition from Lent to Easter, is a good time to write about milestones. Allow me to share a few that reflect the spirit of Easter:

Jesus is Risen! Archbishop Joseph Tobin, in his most recent message in The Criterion, writes about how Good Friday gives way to the joy of Easter: “We Christians are joyful people because we have experienced the mercy of God through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. His self-sacrificing love has saved us. It has restored us to our full dignity as children of God and brothers and sisters of all humanity — deceased, living and yet-to-be born,” he writes. “Good Friday is the pathway to Easter joy. Let’s sing ‘alleluia!’ with joyful hearts. God’s mercy has restored us and set us free! Let’s forgive others as we have been forgiven. Let’s share the joy of Easter!” Thank you, Archbishop, for helping lead us to a deeper understanding of our faith.

Franciscan Jubilees! This Sunday, April 3, many Sisters of Saint Francis will celebrate milestone anniversaries as members of the Franciscan community in Oldenburg. Included in this lively group is Sister Lavonne Long, who celebrates 75 years as a Sister of Saint Francis. Through her tenure at Scecina and in other Catholic schools as a teacher, Principal, Director of Guidance, and personal advisor to countless friends, Sister Lavonne has been a remarkable gift to our community. I look forward to seeing her at Scecina’s Commencement again this year.

Lilly Endowment Community Scholar! The impact of Lilly Endowment on our city and world is remarkable. Among the Endowment’s initiatives is an annual program of providing four-year, full-tuition scholarships to Indiana high school seniors based on their academic merit and other accomplishments. This year, senior Drew Tucker is among nine Lilly Endowment Community Scholars in Marion County.

Two members of the Endowment’s interview and selection committee were so impressed with Drew as a candidate that they voluntarily came to Scecina to deliver the great news to Drew in person a week ago.

The committee could not have made a better choice. I have known Drew since he was a really little guy. He’s gifted and caring, a hard worker who is an inspiration to his family, friends, and teachers. Drew has maintained high grades, had an outstanding football season as a senior leader and been a stand-up school citizen, even as he lost his mother, Jenny, two years ago. Congratulations, Drew.

Blessings to you and yours during this Easter season.

Joe Therber