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

  • Scecina strengthens community engagement

    Conrad Cortellini 


    A New Year’s question: Do you know what a fractal is? Fractal is a word you will be hearing a lot more of at Scecina, thanks to Conrad Cortellini. Besides being an enthusiastic graduate of Scecina, Class of 1961, Conrad is an accomplished architect and artist who soon will take up residence at our school with a studio on the lower hall across from the visual arts room. 

    Conrad is in the process of building a Feedback Fractal. At 34 feet by 24 feet, it will be perhaps the world’s largest paper sculpture. He plans to build more of the project at Scecina. You can learn more about Conrad’s project at 

    A fractal, according to, “is a never-ending pattern. Fractals are infinitely complex patterns that are . . . created by repeating a simple process over and over in an ongoing feedback loop.” 

    Scecina’s unique partnership with Conrad holds all sorts of potential to engage current and prospective students and the wider community in exploring the skills and life lessons that art can teach.  There’s a community aspect to the project; students, staff, alumni, and friends can be involved in building parts of the sculpture.

    “I personally am quite excited about the prospects this opportunity represents,” Conrad wrote in his newsletter, Metaphor. 

    Speaking of feedback loops (an element of fractals), thank you to our students, parents, and staff members who participated in our Net Promoter Score survey recently. The results are in, and I will be sharing summaries with the community later this month on our website and in communications directly to the students, parents, and staff. 

    Finally, as an Eastside anchor institution, Scecina has joined with Community Hospital East, Lutheran Child and Family Services, and the Jane Pauley Community Health Center to apply for a matching grant through a pilot initiative of the Indy Chamber and the Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership (INHP). This wonderful opportunity is a quality-of-life initiative that focuses on helping anchor institutions’ employees who want to live close to where they work. I will share more updates during the next couple months after more dialogue with the INHP and the Indy Chamber. 

    Thank you for your prayers and ongoing support of the great students at Scecina Memorial High School! 

    Joe Therber

  • Looking to 2017 and beyond: A special announcement

    Scecina Principal John Hegarty 

    Dear Scecina community, 

    Today I am announcing some exciting changes that will move Scecina Memorial High School forward and build upon our school’s history of success.

    I believe God is continually showing us a path forward. Listening, discerning, and then acting, we can realize the vision that God has for us. 

    Cardinal Tobin reflected on the theme of vision in his homily recently at the Senior Mass for the Class of 2017. He encouraged the seniors to remember that God is not in the rearview mirror; instead, He is like a car’s headlights, always showing us the way home, illuminating our path. 

    I believe that God is beckoning Scecina to grow again, to be more and do more. As a result, I have been talking with the archdiocesan Office of Catholic Schools, the Scecina Board of Directors and many staff members about Scecina’s growth model for the future. We all agree that Scecina is being called to: 

    • Expand our students’ educational opportunities and life skills; 
    • Further enhance our school’s impact and position in the community; 
    • Create new sources of revenue; and 
    • Build our enrollment even more. 

    Responding to new opportunities while holding close our mission and traditions, we will continue to develop servant leaders who make a difference in the world. Looking ahead to 2017, we hope to expand some programs and explore some new ones. For a few examples, we plan to: 

    • Expand our International Student Program; 
    • Explore partnership opportunities to provide technical training for our students who plan to enter the workforce straight from high school; and 
    • Expand our CREST program (Crusaders Reaching Educational Success Together) to enhance the academic and life skills for students with high-functioning autism.

    To make this happen, we are creating a new leadership position, which we are now calling Vice President of Community Initiatives. A primary responsibility under this new position will be collaboration with administrative, staff and community leaders to develop program implementation plans and resource goals. Key qualities necessary for the position include: experience in education, understanding of issues relating to international students and fondness for students with special learning needs. 

    We project this new initiative will help more of our students succeed, expand our impact, and generate net revenue for new or existing programs, capital improvements, endowment funds and/or savings for future opportunities. 

    Because of his gifts and affinity for this new initiative, I invited our principal, Mr. John Hegarty, to consider taking on this new role. John’s gifts fit this position, plus he already has demonstrated his commitment to Scecina and his ability to be a positive ambassador for our school. He recently traveled to China as a Scecina representative and expanded his knowledge about international student programs. 

    I am delighted to say that John has accepted my invitation to become Vice President of Community Initiatives. I thank him for sharing his gifts and talents in the past, and I look forward to continuing to work with him in the future. 

    With John accepting the new position, we will begin recruiting a new principal. The recruitment process will begin in January. We plan to create a Search Committee that will, among other duties, seek input from students, staff, parents and the Scecina Community. Please stay tuned for more information regarding the principal search. 

    Thank you for keeping Scecina in your thoughts and prayers. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. 

    I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year as we await, reflect on and experience the meaning of God coming into our lives through the person of Jesus. 


    Joe Therber

  • Special Scecina events for living the spirit of Christmas


    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

  • 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

  • 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. 


    Joe Therber

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