Father Chris Wadelton, priest at St. Philip Neri Catholic Church and a member of Scecina Memorial High School’s Board of Directors, was honored by the National Catholic Educational Association for his commitment and service to Catholic schools.
Father Chris received the NCEA’s “Lead. Learn. Proclaim” Award on April 3 at the NCEA’s annual convention and expo in Cincinnati. The award recognizes “excellence and distinguished service in Catholic school education.”
Scecina President Joe Therber, who has known Father Chris in many capacities, said, “Father Chris cares deeply about people,” President Therber said. “As a Scecina Board member, Father Chris is a gem. He participates in meetings, listens to fellow Board members, shares his insights, and is well-liked by everyone on the Board. He wants Scecina to impact as many young lives as possible.
“We have worked together to develop constructive solutions to initially complex situations. As a pastor, Father Chris is always approachable and accessible to students, parents, and school staff. He lives the joy of the Gospel in a way that is both humble and engaging at the same time.”
Father Chris told The Criterion, the Archdiocese of Indianapolis newspaper, that he was “very surprised.”
“I didn’t consider my activity to be anything special,” he said.
As the St. Philip priest, Father Chris also oversees the St. Philip Neri Catholic School as well as Holy Cross Central School. Both are Notre Dame ACE Academies and partner schools with Scecina. Father Chris is one of the East Deanery priests who regularly celebrate Mass for Scecina’s staff and students.