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 President Therber can be contacted by email at jtherber@scecina.org or by  telephone at 317.352.3282

  • Congratulations, Class of 2017

    Congratulations to the Class of 2017! They have finished the race; they have kept the faith.

    The Class of 2017 has racked up impressive accomplishments in the classroom, in athletics and in clubs and other co-curricular activities. They have discovered opportunities at Scecina that have pushed them to be the best versions of themselves that God envisions.

    This year’s graduating class of 102 students has been awarded $11 million in college scholarships. Students have been accepted at our finest institutes of higher learning, including the U.S. Naval Academy, the University of Notre Dame, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Colorado School of Mines, Holy Cross and Xavier, Indiana and Purdue, Hanover and Wabash and DePauw. Several received direct admission into the specialty schools of their choice such as IU’s Kelley School of Business.

    Next week we set aside time to celebrate these accomplishments. Senior Awards Day takes place at 1 p.m. Wednesday May 24. The seniors will be dressed in their caps and gowns. We will recognize the accomplishments of the Class of 2017, including department and athletic honors. We also will announce the finalists for the John J. Henninger Award for Christian Service, one of our highest honors for a graduating senior. We also have some underclassmen scholarships to announce. Family and friends of all students are welcome.

    Baccalaureate is always a special moment as the class gathers for one last Mass together. This year’s Mass takes place at 7 p.m. Thursday May 25 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 5333 E. Washington Street. Father Richard M. Ginther, pastor at Lourdes, will be the main celebrant and several other East Deanery priests also will preside. The Henninger Award winner also is announced during Baccalaureate.

    Students will receive their diplomas during Scecina’s 61st Commencement at 7 p.m. Friday May 26 in the gymnasium. Our special guest is Annette “Mickey” Lentz, chancellor of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. You will need tickets for this event.

    Our East Deanery priests have given a special blessing for the Scecina Memorial High School Class of 2017, and I want to share that with you now:

    Lord God, You are our Shepherd and Lord. Bless Our Graduates with Wisdom, Courage and Profound Trust in Your Guiding Voice. These seniors now go out into the world as Scecina alumni. We pray they continue to discover and take advantage of all the opportunities before them.

    Peace,

    Joe Therber
    President 

  • Catholic schools sustain our society and our communities

    Greetings! 

    I hope you experienced a joyous Easter and are basking in the glory of our Risen Lord! 

    Spring is here, a season that often reawakens our sense of community as we get out more and interact with our neighbors. 

    “Community” is the word that stood out to me at the recent annual Spring Benefit for Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School, where we celebrated the school and were entertained by the schoolchildren.

    Our Lady of Lourdes, like all of Scecina’s East Deanery partner parishes and schools, is an important anchor in its community. Lourdes has been part of Irvington for more than 100 years. The church established the first school in the neighborhood, the Lourdes website says. Generations of students have passed through the school, with many then moving on to high school at Scecina, and many repeating the cycle with their own children. Who could imagine Irvington without Lourdes?

    The school’s annual Spring Benefit is a chance to honor its history and its faithful. Lourdes paid tribute to Jack and Ann Hutt with the 2017 Philip J. Wilhelm Our Living Legacy Award. Fittingly, Mr. and Mrs. Hutt were close long-time friends of Mr. Wilhelm, a generous and energetic supporter of Lourdes and Scecina, before his passing. 

    If anyone deserves the honor of his legacy award, it’s Mr. and Mrs. Jack Hutt. 

    All eight Hutt children attended Lourdes and Scecina. The Hutts passed on to their children the importance of giving back to community. Jack and Ann spent countless hours helping with Lourdes athletics and mentoring youth. As parents of Scecina students and alumni, their loyal generosity through the years has been a blessing to our school. 

    Lourdes also recognized Father Jim Farrell at last week’s benefit. Father Jim, now pastor at St. Pius X Parish, is an Eastsider who attended Little Flower Catholic Church and School. He was pastor of Lourdes from 1997 through 2002. He spoke with affection and conviction about the strong community that Lourdes has built over the years and its endurance as a beacon of hope on the Eastside of Indianapolis. I know that Father Jim feels the same way about Scecina. His brother, Steve, was a very popular member of our Class of 1961. Another brother, Kevin, is an active alumnus from the Class of 1965.

    Father Tim Scully, C. S. C., of the University of Notre Dame, spoke at an Archdiocese of Indianapolis event last fall. Catholic schools are indispensable to their communities, he said. “What would be different in America today, in our Church, in our communities, if Catholic schools never existed?” he asked. 

    I share that question with you to ponder. Thank you for ensuring that Scecina remains a vital part of our Church and society. I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

    Peace,

    Joe Therber
    President 

  • Keeping the week holy at Scecina as we prepare for Christ's resurrection


     

    "It was nine in the morning when they crucified him.” Mark 15:25

    Today, like every Good Friday at Scecina, our students and staff gathered for a prayerful, solemn service and then left the school in a quiet, reflective mood.

    It’s a beautiful testament to what we represent as a Catholic school that we mark these most important Catholic-Christian days by gathering together as a community. Together, we commemorate those dramatic last moments of Jesus’ life and his death on the cross, the death that ultimately brings us to everlasting life.

    We make every effort to ensure that our annual Spring Break is not scheduled for Holy Week. Why? Because these days are of such significance for our faith.

    Following Palm Sunday, the “Easter Triduum” begins with Holy Thursday. It marks the end of the 40 days of Lent and the beginning of the three-day commemoration of the death and celebration of the resurrection of Jesus, the Christ.

    It’s important for our Catholic schools to share this experience as a community and to help our students experience Christ’s suffering for us, God’s forgiveness, and his fulfillment of his promise of new life in Christ.

    This Easter, I hope you will visit your church on Saturday evening for the Easter Vigil or on Easter Sunday to commemorate and celebrate the Resurrection of Our Lord. 

    Easter Blessings, 

    Joe Therber
    President 

  • Building strong neighborhoods around Scecina

    Greetings!

    With spring starting this past week, and the weather turning warmer, it’s invigorating to look forward to the season’s special events, such as Easter, Spring Break and Commencement.

    An exciting new endeavor for Scecina this spring is our collaboration with the Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership (INHP) that aims to benefit our Eastside neighborhood and to help Scecina attract, affirm and retain great employees. This program will give a limited number of Scecina employees financial assistance in the form of forgivable loans 1) to make a downpayment on a home in the Eastside area around Scecina, or 2) to make exterior home improvements if their residence is within those same Eastside/Scecina boundaries.

    Studies show that employees who invest in their homes near their work become invested in their communities. Also, employees living closer to work have decreased transportation costs, which leads to more disposable income. Scecina is participating because we believe this innovative new program will create stronger neighborhoods on the Eastside and will be an added benefit for employees.

    Scecina is among a select group of Indianapolis anchor institutions that are participating. Other Eastside Indianapolis institutions are Community Hospital East, Jane Pauley Community Health Center, and Lutherwood Child and Family Services. Throughout other areas of Indianapolis, other anchor institutions such as IUPUI, UIndy, Butler and Marian universities, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Christian Theological Seminary, and Eskenazi Health also are joining the pilot program.

    The Indy Chamber and INHP will publicly launch the pilot program soon. You likely will be hearing about this initiative in the Indy news media later this spring. During the next couple weeks, we will begin educating our employees about the INHP initiative so they have the opportunity to explore this great new benefit and potentially additional housing services that INHP offers.

    Another spring event, Scecina’s musical, is this weekend. The students have been rehearsing long hours to create a special performance of the beloved musical “Mary Poppins.” Performances are at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, plus there’s Breakfast with the Characters for young ones and their families from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday. Click here for more information. This is a show the young and old alike will enjoy. 

    Have a great weekend,

    Sincerely, 

    Joe Therber
    President 

  • Principal Search Committee begins its important work

    Greetings, 

    In November we announced that we would be searching for a new principal for the 2017-18 school year. I’m pleased to tell you that the Principal Search Committee has been formed and I’d like to update you on the purpose of the committee and the search process. 

    First, I want to thank the 13 members of the Search Committee. They are women and men of racial and ethnic diversity and include an East Deanery pastor and principal, parents and past parents, alumni, Board members, East Deanery parishioners, an archdiocesan high school principal, a young Scecina alumna, leaders with experience in education, a retired Scecina teacher, two assistant superintendents from the Archdiocese’s Office of Catholic Schools, and me. 

    The committee’s essential purpose is to recommend the most qualified person to serve and enhance the Scecina community by:

    • Carrying out its work faithfully to the mission of Scecina as well as best practices in Catholic high school education
    • Recommending candidates to be interviewed
    • Participating in telephone and in-person interviews
    • Recommending finalists to the Scecina president, who will ultimately make a hiring decision in concert with the Office of Catholic Schools and Scecina Board of Directors. The process may include an opportunity for the finalist(s) to meet and interact with a group of Scecina staff members before a hiring decision is made.

     The Search Committee has held its organization and orientation meeting. Our time together included reflection and discussion of the Scecina mission, vision, and core values; the National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools (www.catholicschoolstandards.com); the Scecina principal role description, and a summary of 500 survey responses regarding Scecina’s strengths, areas for growth, and the attributes that stakeholders value in the role of principal.

    We are scheduling telephone interviews and the first round of in-person interviews will be held in March. We hope to reach a hiring decision during May.

     Thank you for your interest in this process, and please pray for the committee to have the blessings of wisdom, collaboration, and insight. Please feel free to contact me at jtherber@scecina.org if you have any questions about the process.

    Sincerely, 

    Joe Therber
    President 

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