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

  • Special Scecina events for living the spirit of Christmas

    Greetings, 

    As we move through the season of Advent, it’s easy to get distracted and overwhelmed with all of the shopping, baking, traveling, traffic, and everything that goes into planning for a 21st-century Christmas. Thank goodness Advent offers a chance to take some time to be peaceful and to reflect on the great joy to come, the birth of Jesus. 

    One way you can live the Christmas spirit is to attend Scecina’s annual Christmas Concert at 3 p.m. this Sunday in the gymnasium. Music director Donnie Glowinski and our student choirs, band and orchestra have been preparing a selection of songs that reflect “the true meaning of Christmas.” I hope you and your families can take this opportunity to stop, listen and enjoy the sounds of the season presented by our talented students. More than a third of our students are involved with the concert. And it’s free, which surely is a nice break for our wallets right now. A reception will follow the concert.  

    We are preparing for another special event this month. At 5:30 p.m. Dec. 16, Monsignor Paul Koetter will lead the dedication and blessing of the new library, the Father Thomas Scecina Display (below) and the Sisters of Saint Francis, Oldenburg, Wall. These newly transformed spaces have been, and will continue to be, inspiring to students, staff and the community. You are invited to join us for the dedication and the reception of appetizers and drinks. This will be a time to reflect on the blessings we’ve received at Scecina that have allowed us to make these improvements. It’s Christmas a gift for all of us. To RSVP, click here.

    Scecina’s students and staff also are busy preparing for semester exams and projects. Let’s remember them with prayers for serenity during what can be a stressful time. 

    As you make your own preparations for the coming of Jesus, I wish you peace and joy. 

    Joe Therber
    President

  • Giving thanks always for our blessings

    Scecina's library was renovated over the summer and opened for students and others in October. 

    Happy Thanksgiving! 

    Thanksgiving has been an official American holiday since 1863. It was in the midst of a bitter civil war that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a day of "Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens" and designated the last Thursday of November for this new national holiday. 

    Of course, faithful people of God always have been offering up thanks to Him. 

    “Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, His love endures forever,” says Psalms 118:1. 

    German theologian Meister Eckhart wrote, “If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.” 

    I can’t add much more to these wise words. I would like, though, to name a few things for which I’m grateful: 

    • The youthful energy and spirit of Scecina’s students. 
    • The commitment and dedication of Scecina’s staff. 
    • The support of our community of parents, grandparents, alumni, friends and neighbors. 
    • The vision and hard work of everyone who made our new library a reality. 
    • The sacrifices of Father Thomas Scecina and all military veterans who protect our freedoms.

    I am looking forward to a day with my family and time to remember our many blessings. I hope this shared day of Thanksgiving brings a spirit of unity for our nation. I wish you a joyful day with your own families and friends. 

    Thank you, 

    Joe Therber
    President
     

  • Father Tom's legacy of service lives on

    Coach Ryan Keen (left) received the Father Tom Service Award from Scecina President Joe Therber.

    Dear Scecina community, 

    As we recently celebrated Veterans Day, it is an honor to thank all United States military veterans in our circle of family and friends, and in the wider circle of veterans we do not know. 

    I often reflect on the fact that members of our military services share at least one common bond. They all have declared their willingness to place their lives in grave danger in order to serve and protect other members of the human family. The world may know of no greater example of generosity. 

    On Nov. 4, Father Thomas Scecina, our school namesake and a deceased U.S. Army chaplain, was inducted into the Indiana Military Veterans Hall of Fame. I thank Scecina alumnus Tom Blandford ‘65 for successfully nominating Father Tom for this prestigious honor. 

    At the induction ceremony, I had the unique, undeserved, and memorable honor of representing our school and receiving Father Tom’s awards. The audience of 300-plus veterans, family members, and friends were on the edge of their seats as master of ceremonies Rafael Sanchez told the amazing story of Father Scecina’s military service and Christian compassion that culminated as his life on earth ended at sea on October 24, 1944. 

    On Nov. 9, our entire student body and staff celebrated Father Tom Day Mass. How fitting it was to thank our namesake during Vocations Week in the Catholic Church and two days before Veterans Day. We welcomed more than 150 East Deanery sixth- and eighth- grade students and their teachers as our guests. After Mass, we presented the Father Tom Service Award to long-time Scecina track and cross country coach Ryan Keen. Several members of our Scecina Veterans Committee were able to be with us and be recognized. The morning could not have been better. 

    On behalf of our Scecina community, thank you from the bottoms of our hearts to all military veterans, as well as their families and friends who support their patriotism, service, and willingness to sacrifice. May the spirit of Father Tom and the loyalty of our military veterans continue to inspire us. 

    Sincerely,

    Joe Therber
    President 

  • Scecina builds international relationships

    Father Jerry Kirkhoff (left) led the school in a special blessing for Principal John Hegarty. Mr. Hegarty is headed to China for 17 days.

    Dear Scecina community, 

     After our weekly Mass on Tuesday, All Saints Day, our celebrant, Father Jerry Kirkhoff, offered a special blessing for Principal John Hegarty. More about that blessing in a moment. 

    Father Jerry is definitely linked to Scecina. If your mother or father was a student at Scecina in the 1970s or 1980s, chances are he or she knew Father Jerry as the school chaplain. Father also has been the pastor at St. Philip Neri, so if you attended St. Philip as a student or are a parishioner there now, you share that common bond with him. His sister is also a Scecina graduate.

    Father’s special blessing pertains to an opportunity we have decided to explore after seeking the input of many people. It has the potential to expand our service to others and to make our academic program and cultural diversity even stronger. We enroll students not only from various corners of Indianapolis, but also from various corners of the world. Now, for example, from France, China, and India; and we have enrolled students from other countries through the years. This diversity expands our horizons academically, culturally, and socially. This fall, we have been in conversation with the Archdiocese and our Board of Directors about the possibility of making our international student program even more robust. 

    A couple of weeks ago, an international organization visited Scecina and liked the hospitality of our people, the appearance of our facilities, and our overall environment. They were so impressed with our school that they contacted us the next day with an invitation. This invitation involves a trip to China to learn about Chinese culture and to present Scecina to educators and students who may be interested in attending our school. 

    This trip has the potential to increase our understanding of our international students' native environments, and to increase the number of people who are aware of Scecina across the globe. 

    Because of his knowledge of international affairs and international students, as well as this enthusiasm for Scecina, Mr. Hegarty kindly has agreed to represent Scecina on this trip and to look into ways for us to serve international students further and benefit from their presence here at Scecina now and in the years ahead. The trip begins on Thursday, Nov. 3. 

    I thank Mr. Hegarty for representing Scecina in China this month and ask us all to pray that he will enjoy safety and new relationships during the next two and a half weeks. 

    Joe Therber
    President 

  • Congratulations to Crusaders fall sports teams, athletes

    Scecina Cross Country coach Ryan Keen with Semi-State qualifiers Holden Martin, Jacqueline Kennedy and Henry Egan. 

    Dear Scecina community, 

    The year continues to move by quickly. Before we take a look at some upcoming events, I want to congratulate our sports teams for an excellent fall season. Three of our teams – boys soccer, boys cross country and football – won the championships in the Indiana Crossroads Conference. In addition, three of our boys and girls cross country runners advanced to the Semi-State level of the state tournament, as did the boys soccer team. 

    Congratulations also to our girls volleyball team for advancing to the Sectional final and to our girls golf, girls soccer, and boys tennis teams for positive showings and performance this fall. We will honor all of them at the annual Fall Sports Program next Wednesday, Nov. 2, at 7 p.m. in the gymnasium. 

    Next week is the first senior retreat of the year. If you have older children or relatives who have made this retreat, you know how meaningful it is to them. The students spend three nights away from school and family — sharing, praying and worshipping together. It is a profound experience. Many students consider it the highlight of their four years at Scecina. Please pray for our seniors who are on retreat next week and also for our staff and young alumni who will lead them. 

    Looking further ahead, I invite you to Father Tom Day Mass on Nov. 9. We set aside a day each year to remember our namesake, Father Thomas Scecina. We also recognize a member of our community for his or her servant leadership through the years, as well as our alumni who have served their country as Father Tom did. The Father Tom Award this year will be presented to Ryan Keen. He’s been our boys and girls track and cross country coach for many years and does an excellent job of teaching, motivating, and building esteem among the student athletes.  We will gather at 9:30 a.m., and Mass will begin at 9:45. 

    In two weeks we’ll hold our biggest benefit event for tuition assistance, student life and athletics. Club 53: Live and Local features something for everyone: food from local restaurants, locally made beverages, silent and live auctions, a raffle, and live entertainment. Everyone is welcome to join in this Scecina community event. 

    Finally, thank you to Monsignor Paul Koetter for his thorough and thoughtful explanation of the Catholic Mass at two Explanatory Masses this fall — one at Scecina and the second at Holy Spirit Parish this past week. Several people who attended have told me how meaningful they found the explanations to be. 

    Come out to the University of Indianapolis tonight at 7:00 p.m. as our Crusader football team hosts the Cardinal Ritter Raiders in Round 2 of IHSAA Sectional play. Our team has had a fantastic season and deserves our support! 

    Have a great weekend,

    Joe Therber
    President 

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