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 President Therber can be contacted by email at or by  telephone at 317.352.3282

  • Celebrating Our Core Values

    Who is a person whose approach to life is so compelling that you want to learn his or her underlying values? Schools have values, too.

    Recently, I wrote about our school mission statement; it is a guiding star for our community. Today, I will discuss a related vital asset, our core values.

    A question that our mission statement answers is: “Whom do we serve?” A question that our core values answer is: “What values motivate our service?”

    We hope to weave our core values into our work, hour by hour and day by day. They should shape all of our interactions. They should be the “talk that we walk.”

    Our updated core values are yet another positive advancement resulting from our 2012-2013 Strategic Growth Planning process. The core values section of our updated plan reads:

    Inspired by our Lord Jesus Christ and his servants Father Thomas Scecina and the Sisters of Saint Francis, we embrace:

    • Vocation: Honoring and living according to the unique gifts that God has given us in keeping with the teachings and values of the Catholic faith
    • Servant Leadership: Following Jesus’ example of meeting people’s needs and helping them fulfill their highest destinies
    • Stewardship: Receiving, cultivating, and sharing God's gifts gratefully and generously
    • Excellence: Living the Gospel and attaining the best possible results in all that we do.

    When Scecina alumni who impact our Church and society in positive ways, I believe that they grew into their God-given vocations as students at Scecina Memorial High School. When I read our students’ written prayer intentions in the new Prayer Book that is available for them, I believe in their servant-leadership potential. When I see our students working diligently to develop their academic, artistic, and athletic gifts, I know that they are good stewards. And when our students earn prestigious honors while living Gospel values, I see the excellence that is in their lives.

    How do you see us living our core values?

    Thank you for being a valuable part of our Scecina Memorial community, and go Crusaders!


    Joe Therber

  • Mission | Our Guiding Star

    Mission is a beautiful and powerful word.  It is a guiding star, a motivator with ultimate purpose.  It helps keep us true to being who we say we are and want to be.


    The President of Scecina Memorial High School is responsible to ensure that the school has an inspiring and appropriate mission statement. A President's duties include overseeing the Catholic identity of the school in faithfulness to the mission statement.


    During the Strategic Growth Planning process of 2012 - 2013, hundreds of people in our community had an opportunity to give input regarding our mission statement of the future.  A highlight of our new plan is an updated school mission statement.


    A mission statement should address valuable questions:  What is our purpose?  Whom do we serve?  What makes us unique?  What do we offer to our community?


    In our case, a special question is:  What meaning does the life of Father Thomas Scecina have for us today?


    Most experts advise that mission statements be easy to memorize, understand, and communicate.  Our new mission statement has 46 words.  You and I can memorize it.  More importantly, we as a community can actually live it!


    As you read our new school mission statement, what word or idea touches a special chord within you?  How might you want to help us live our mission?  I hope you agree with and find meaning in the Scecina Memorial High School mission statement:


    "Scecina Memorial High School, established by the Archbishop of Indianapolis, is a co-educational Catholic college and life preparatory school that motivates our diverse and gifted community of students to attain educational excellence, be lifelong learners, and live as servant leaders in the inspiring footsteps of Father Thomas Scecina."



    May the inspiring life of Father Thomas Scecina help us to more fully live the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.




    Joe Therber
  • Veterans Day


    Today is a day of great significance, both to our country and to our school. Today, of course, is Veterans Day!

    We are all beneficiaries of our military veterans’ patriotism and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good. In all probability, each of us has the blessing of knowing a United States military veteran through friendship or family relationships—or both.

    These valiant men and women deserve our immense and unwavering thanks and respect. Our country, with its freedom of religion and numerous other life-enhancing opportunities, has faced numerous and dangerous threats through the years. Since our country’s earliest days, thousands of military veterans have defended and successfully protected our liberties and our lives.

    How fortunate we are to serve the mission of a school named for a priest of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis and United States military chaplain who died courageously and unselfishly in the line of duty during World War II. As a patriot and Christian servant leader, Father Thomas Scecina lived in such a way that Archbishop Paul Schulte opened this great high school in 1953 in Father Scecina’s honor.

    Each day when our students and staff begin at 7:30 a.m. with the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance and School Prayer, may we be mindful of our past, present, and future military veterans. Equally, may we all seek to imitate, not just respect, Father Thomas Scecina in our lives.

    When you pledge and pray, every now and again, please say a word (or more) of profound thanks for our military veterans, including the priest chaplain whose name we bear as alumni, parents, grandparents, students, faculty, support staff, administrators, volunteers, and other friends of Scecina Memorial High School.

    Happy Veterans Day, and Go Crusaders!


    Joe Therber

  • Our Catholic Faith

    With his Apostolic Letter of October 11, 2011, Pope Benedict XVI declared that a "Year of Faith" would begin on October 11, 2012 and conclude on November 24, 2013.

    In support of the "Year of Faith", the Archdiocese of Indianapolis recently released "10 Things We Want You to Know About the Catholic Faith."

    Educating our students in the Catholic tradition and promoting Catholic values is at the heart of our mission. 72% of Scecina Memorial students are Catholic, and we are proud to serve families of other faith backgrounds as well. Our diversity in faith provides a fertile environment to grow and support the efforts of our East Deanery parishes and schools in bringing Jesus' good news to the world.

    I invite you to read "10 Things We Want You to Know About the Catholic Faith" by visiting the Archdiocese of Indianapolis website.

    Thank you for your continued support and belief in Scecina Memorial High School during this "Year of Faith".


    Joe Therber

  • New Year, Enrollment Up

    Dear Scecina Memorial Community,

    The new school year of forming, informing, and transforming our students is fully in session. God has graced us once again with many blessings!

    Enrollment is 406 students, representing a 25% increase since 2009 and our highest figure in 12 years. We welcomed a freshmen class of 123 students, marking the second consecutive year that freshmen enrollment exceeded 100 students.

    Our freshmen, transfer, and returning students will be the first Crusaders to benefit from our new Strategic Growth Plan. Implementation priorities will focus on enhancing our Catholic Culture, Post-Secondary Preparation, Technology, Facilities, Enrollment Management, Finance, and Development.

    The Archdiocese of Indianapolis administration, many of whom participated in the planning process, is reviewing the plan that our Board of Directors submitted in June for formal approval. After receiving the archdiocesan response, we will inform our community and begin implementation.

    New or expanded academic offerings this year include the start of a new four-year biomedical sciences curriculum; new fine arts classes; additional science and math courses to meet enrollment growth and state requirements; and a life preparation class for freshmen. In addition, students in Yearbook and Television Production classes will assist with social media and website development.

    During the summer, we completed $350,000 in capital improvements to our school building. These improvements included new lighting and/or painting in 22 classrooms; a complete renovation of our girls locker room; new light and ceilings in our Journalism Lab and Physics/Anatomy classroom; and structural improvements in the gymnasium. During the last eight years, we have invested more than $3 million in educational and infrastructural enhancements for our students.

    Our alumni and friends once again invested in our mission in significant ways last year, and students' families were extremely faithful in fulfilling their tuition plans. I am pleased to report that income again exceeded expenses. In addition, we deposited funds into our reserve accountso that we can continue to deliver relevant programs and plan for future opportunities.

    Thank you all for your prayers and support. A unique and enduring hallmark of Scecina Memorial High School is the generosity of our alumni and friends. Please keep us in your prayers, knowing that we will do the same for you.


    Joe Therber

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