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Dedication and blessing ceremony brings Scecina friends together

Members of the Class of 1964 (above) attended the ceremony. The class designated the library for their 50th reunion gift to Scecina. Scecina Board member Steve Hodgson '74 said he was moved by the blessing ceremony.

By Beth Murphy,
Director of Marketing Communications

Scecina celebrated a special night on Dec. 16, 2016, with the dedication of the new library and the Father Thomas Scecina and Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg, displays. 

“Not since May 23, 1974, have I been this proud to be a graduate of Scecina Memorial High School,” said Steve Hodgson ‘74, vice chair of Scecina’s Board of Directors. 

Hodgson, who spoke at the end of program, said he was extremely moved by the blessing ceremony that had just occurred. Nearly 90 people attended, including many Scecina alumni who are veterans of the military and several alumni who had not been back in the school building for years. Also attending were some of the generous donors who made the project possible, including members of the Class of 1964, which designated the library for their 50th reunion gift to Scecina.

“The dedication of our new library and the Scecina Story displays in the main hall was a most inspirational moment,” said Scecina President Joe Therber. “Everyone present felt a deep sense of gratitude and accomplishment arising from the vision and dedication of so many friends of Scecina who contributed to these transformations.

“As a result, we have a modern learning and collaboration center for our community, as well as vivid illustrations of the service and sacrifices that Father Tom and the Sisters of Saint Francis poured forth years ago to benefit future generations,” President Therber said.

Monsignor Paul Koetter led the blessing ceremony, which started with Scecina junior DeChelle Turner performing an a capella version of the worship song “Sanctuary.” During the introductory rites, Monsignor Koetter spoke of how God inspires in the human spirit “the desire to record and preserve our history and all of the discoveries of the human mind.” 

The Bible’s source of truth, he said, comes from the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, but other books and media can contribute to human thought and development.

The blessing ceremony was designed to include members of the Scecina community who have contributed to the displays and the library in so many different ways. The intercessions were read by Jacqueline Kennedy, a Scecina senior and Student Council representative; Sister Sheila Hackett, Scecina’s librarian; Jenny (Bordenet) Matthews and Mary Ann (Kelly) Klein, members of the Class of 1964; and John Schneider and Walt Linne, members of Scecina Veterans Committee. 

The official library ribbon-cutting came next. President Therber, Principal John Hegarty, Monsignor Koetter, and Barry Schneider, past Board of Directors chair, performed the cutting duties. 

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Thank you,

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