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  • A Thanksgiving message: Scecina exists because of you!

    With Thanksgiving upon us, I want to convey a word of thanks and appreciation from everyone at Scecina, for you and what you do to help and support our school.

    The fact is often impressed upon me that certain things in society are mandated or required. For example, the United States government is required to have three branches — executive, legislative, and judicial. Businesses have constitutions and by-laws that govern their operating procedures. States and towns across our land have laws and rules to regulate commerce, communications, and traffic. Earners of wages and salaries must pay taxes to support the common good. 

    Scecina Memorial High School, however, is different. No law requires that we exist, which is one of the extraordinary aspects of our school. While we do not have to exist, we DO exist. We exist thanks to the voluntary choices that donors, volunteers, students, families, teachers and staff members, archdiocesan officials, and other friends make every day. We exist because so many have felt a special calling from God to support our mission to educate young people in spirit, mind and body.

    While I was on the Archdiocese of Indianapolis staff, an important volunteer leader often described the strength of Catholic parishes and schools by saying, “We have something far greater than the power to tax. We have the power to ask.” And ask we do because ask we must!

    For responding to our ongoing requests for prayers, volunteerism, advice and counsel, advocacy, enrollment, engagement of many kinds, and financial support, thank you very much!

    We’re blessed by the gratitude that resides continually in hearts and minds throughout the Scecina Community. It is visible through the work of countless hands and feet now and throughout the year.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

    Joe Therber
    President 

  • The legacy of Archbishop Buechlein

    “Scecina needs to be where it is and serve the youth of its parishes and neighborhoods.” 

    Before his passing into eternal life a few days ago, Archbishop Emeritus Daniel M. Buechlein, OSB, spoke and prayed these words countless times during his tenure as Archbishop of Indianapolis.

    Archbishop Daniel was valiant in his commitment to what we call home missions and shared ministries. A home mission is a mission here at home. It could be 50 miles away or it could be in my own backyard. A shared ministry is a ministry that requires the shared or collective support of the Church and wider community in order to exist and thrive. 

    Archbishop Daniel talked the talk of home missions and shared ministries. More importantly, he walked the walk. 

    Archbishop Daniel saw Scecina as an excellent example of both a home mission and a shared ministry. He acted fervently upon his vision. His commitment to center-city and urban Catholic education, including to Scecina in particular, was unmatched and tireless. He was a national Church leader for his effectiveness in leading fund development initiatives that raised significant amounts of money for home missions and shared ministries. His gift of leadership always was directed to benefit people in need, never to make life easier for himself. While his efforts no doubt fulfilled him, they required almost unhuman levels of focus and willpower. 

    Archbishop Daniel is an immensely impactful figure in the Scecina Memorial High School of today. From 1998 to 2008, Scecina benefited from archdiocesan development initiatives that he led. These programs helped Scecina’s physical infrastructure, faculty support, and endowment growth. 

    During his tenure, the school and/or the archdiocesan administration contemplated the possible relocation of Scecina on three different occasions. Each time, the archbishop’s conclusion was the same. His prayerful reflection and numerous consultations led him to conclude that Scecina has a vibrant mission and ministry in this neighborhood for young people of diverse walks of life. 

    I had the unique privilege of working directly under Archbishop Daniel from 2000 to 2008, and indirectly from 1998 to 2000. I saw, heard and felt his commitment every day. My life would never be the same, nor would the lives of countless other people. 

    Archbishop Daniel taught me much about prayer, compassion, gratitude, courage, patience, humility, relationships, synthesizing the distinct hopes and needs of seemingly countless constituents, and commitment to family. A very learned and accomplished man, he was a simple and pure man in the very best sense of the words. 

    May we all reflect on how we can further appreciate the wisdom and vision of this great man and continue or expand our commitment to living his legacy. 

    Peace, 

    Joe Therber
    President 

  • Looking back with gratefulness, looking forward to an exciting future

    Happy New Year! Welcome to 2018! I hope you had a joyous Christmas filled with family, friends and celebrations of our faith.

    As we look ahead to and plan for another year, I also look back proudly and gratefully at what Scecina accomplished in 2017. We enjoyed many blessings and shared inspiring moments through the year:

    • 102 young people from the Class of 2017 graduated in May. These seniors have moved on to outstanding colleges and universities throughout the country.
    • We upgraded and modernized 24 classrooms.
    • Our school’s academics again received an A rating from the Indiana Department of Education.
    • The Archdiocese of Indianapolis approved Scecina’s request to launch its first capital campaign.
    • Dr. Joseph Brettnacher joined us the new principal of Scecina.
    • Tom Griffin was recognized with the Father Tom Award for outstanding service to Scecina.
    • The Crusaders softball team won the 2017 IHSAA Class 2A state championship.
    • The school again operated in the black financially throughout the 2016-2017 year.

    These are just some of the milestones we accomplished together with your help and support. While we relish these steps forward, we invite you on our exciting journey to the future of Scecina in 2018 and beyond.

    Through the grace of God, I hope the coming year brings you the gifts of wisdom, hope and contentment.

    Blessings for 2018!

    Joe Therber

  • Congratulations to Archbishop Tobin on his new role in the Church

    Greetings,    

    The good news came, appropriately, on a Sunday. Indianapolis Archbishop Joseph W. Tobin learned this past week that Pope Francis will elevate him to the level of cardinal during a ceremony in Rome on Nov. 19. The pope on Sunday announced 17 new cardinals; Archbishop Tobin is among three from the United States. This is a great honor for Archbishop Tobin; all of us throughout the archdiocese can be proud as well as grateful for his vibrant pastoral leadership in southern and central Indiana.

    In his statement about the appointment, Archbishop Tobin said: “I ask all people of faith to pray for me. I hope this new responsibility will make me a better servant of all Hoosiers.” You can read his entire statement on the website of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.

    Scecina receives very positive support from the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. I congratulate the archbishop and I encourage you, as he requested, to join me in praying for him as he takes on this important role in the Church.

    Scecina celebrated some big events this week also. We hosted a very successful Open House and opened the doors of our new library.

    Open House was a bustling evening as we welcomed many students and their families who were eager to learn more about opportunities at Scecina. Our own students also were involved leading tours. The Scecina Baking Club provided treats during the Community Fair in the cafeteria in the midst of numerous conversations about our sports, clubs, and student activities.

    We’re already looking forward to the Class of 2021 joining us next fall!

    The new library was a hit during Open House as we heard many compliments. Students and staff began using the new library this week; it’s a joy to have this uplifting new space for learning, studying and collaborating with an array of modern technology at our fingertips. During a visit to campus this week, a recent alumnus remarked upon walking into the library, “This is unbelievable!”

    Finally, I hope you can join Father Paul Koetter at Holy Spirit Catholic Church on Oct. 26 as he leads an Explanatory Mass for parents and others interested in learning more about the Catholic worship experience. Come have your spirits lifted and your questions answered.

    Enjoy the fall break!
     

    Joe Therber
    President 

  • We've got much to celebrate at Scecina

    The Scecina Business Connection held its first social and networking event at Maple Creek Golf and Country Club on Sept. 29. For more information about SBC, check out our website

     Greetings, Crusader Community,    

    We have reason to celebrate three noteworthy milestones.

    Thank you, Maureen Okerson: After 14 years of extremely dedicated and successful service as Scecina’s Tuition Manager, Maureen is transitioning to the Office of Catholic Schools as its business manager. This role is a new archdiocesan position, and Maureen is sure to do a great job at it. Her commitment to Catholic education, compassion, and outstanding customer service are three of Maureen’s greatest strengths. During her time at Scecina, Maureen has helped countless students and families navigate the tuition assistance process and enroll successfully at Scecina. If you would like to thank Maureen before her last official day at Scecina (Friday, Oct. 7), feel free to call her at 356-6377, ext. 1306, or e-mail her at mokerson@scecina.org. Maureen and her husband, Jim, are members of Holy Spirit Parish along with their three sons, all of whom are Scecina alumni. Congratulations, Maureen, and thank you again.

    Join the Scecina Business Connection: The Scecina Business Connection is a new initiative to promote fellowship, business networking, and idea-sharing among parents, alumni, and friends who are leaders in any and every size of business. Right now, we have 28 members on our way to the goal of 100 members who want to help Scecina students and receive the benefits the Connection will offer. Please consider joining. The financial investment is reasonable and joining can only help your business while also leading to new or renewed friendships. The first Scecina Business Connection social and networking event was Sept. 29 at Maple Creek Golf and Country Club. Dan Hodgkins, Vice President of Health Promotion and Community Re-Development for Community Health Network, was the main presenter and spoke about Community’s commitment to the Eastside as well as exciting areas of collaboration between Scecina and Community. For more information about SBC, please visit our website.

    The library transformation is almost here: I have written before about our library renovation. The project is 90 percent complete. We will realize our vision of creating a space that is transformed physically, capability-wise, and in the way that students, teachers, and wider community members will be able to study, teach, learn, and collaborate. This endeavor is a transformation, not just a renovation! Come and see it. Our target opening date for students is Monday, October 10.

    On a truly sad note, I wish to extend condolences to Saundra Black and her family on the death of her husband, Dean. The Blacks are long-time members of the Our Lady of Lourdes and Scecina communities. Their children and children’s spouses are loyal Scecina alumni and current students. Dean had been battling some real physical challenges in recent years with great spirit and determination. He could always be counted on for a huge smile and sincere words of optimism and encouragement. Dean’s health took a turn for the worse, and he unexpectedly passed away on Sept. 29. Please pray for all of the Black family in their time of need, and may Dean rest in eternal peace forever.

     Thank you for being committed to our students in unending ways.

    Joe Therber
    President