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Father Bob Gilday Recognized for Service to Scecina Memorial


President Joe Therber, Archbishop Joseph Tobin, and Father Bob Gilday

“Totally shocked – This was one of the biggest surprises of my life! Even when the award was being presented, I still did not know whom they were talking about. I could not believe so many people knew about the award and kept it a secret for so long. After I received the award, I thought it would have been nice to have my brother and sister-in-law there, and I found out after Mass that they were there! Even the 8th graders at Little Flower knew about the award and didn’t want to spoil the surprise. I was very touched by it all.” – Father Bob Gilday

Father Tom Day is an important Scecina tradition.

Father Thomas Scecina was a Catholic priest who volunteered to serve in the United States Army as a military chaplain. He was known as a devoted and humble servant who made a profound impact on people throughout his service and sacrifice.

This year our celebration of Father Tom Day was particularly special. Archbishop Tobin led the Scecina community in Mass concelebrated by our East Deanery pastors, associate pastors, and other priests who have served at Scecina Memorial. Not only were Scecina students, faculty, and staff present, but also many others from the Scecina Community: alumni; parents; grandparents; principals and teachers from the East Deanery schools; nearly 200 future Scecina Memorial students from the East Deanery schools; representatives of the Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg; our Board of Directors, Archdiocese of Indianapolis leaders, and United States military veterans. After the Mass, President Joe Therber presented the Father Tom Service Award to a deserving individual, someone who represents the values of Father Thomas Scecina.

Below is an excerpt from President Therber’s remarks at the ceremony:

“A tradition of Scecina Memorial High School is to present the Father Tom Service Award to a person who, as the award reads, places a high degree of importance on Scecina Memorial High School in his or her life and who has "given that little extra" through the years. Father Scecina was quoted as having said those words—“give that little extra.”

The recipient of the Father Tom Award this year is an alumnus of Little Flower Catholic School and a leader in the East Deanery. His gifts of time and talent through his insights and ideas about Catholic education have been very helpful to us during the last 10 years. He cares deeply about students’ growth and well-being, primarily their spiritual and moral development. As Pastor of Little Flower Parish, he is a strong Scecina supporter and a spiritual leader for his parishioners and school students. During his time as pastor, Little Flower Parish has developed and sustained a number of important ministries. A member of our Board of Directors, he gives freely of his time and offers very constructive advice, questions, and suggestions. His education has spanned the globe—from Indianapolis to southern Indiana to Rome. He was ordained a priest in 1975 by Pope Paul VI in St. Peter’s Square in Rome. In his limited spare time, he enjoys reading and spending time with friends. It is our pleasure and privilege to present the Father Tom Award to Father Bob Gilday for “giving that little extra” through the years and for making Scecina Memorial High School a good place and an important part of his life.”

Thank you, Father Bob, for your dedication to Scecina Memorial, Little Flower Parish, and the Catholic community on the eastside of Indianapolis.


3 comments (Add your own)

1. Steve Cunningham '70 wrote:
Congratulations Father Bob. Well deserved. Thank you for your continued contributions of time and talent. We miss you on the West-side.

Fri, December 5, 2014 @ 10:00 PM

2. Dan Kelly wrote:
Congratulations Fr. Bob, it is truely a well deserved honor. Thank you for all that you do for our faith!

Sat, December 6, 2014 @ 10:48 AM

3. Martha Thie wrote:
Fr. Bob
I can't think of anyone more deserving. You are such a role model to the alumni of Little Flower and Scecina.
We are so privileged to have you at Little Flower as a pastor and Scecina as a board member. You are such humble, intelligent and caring man. Thank you for all you are and do.
Martha Thie
'57 and '61

Tue, December 23, 2014 @ 2:34 PM

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