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  • 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 

  • Preparing the way of the Lord


    The Exploration, Discovery and Financial Feasibility Study is an important part of the process of discerning the best path for Scecina's future.

    Greetings!

    In our Catholic liturgical year, we are in the midst of Advent, a season of waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas. “Advent” is a version of the Latin word meaning "coming.” Throughout our school, our Nativity sets are displayed without Baby Jesus to remind us that we are joyfully awaiting His coming.

    At Scecina, we also are undergoing a more earthly type of waiting and preparation as we proceed with the Capital Campaign Exploration, Discovery and Financial Feasibility Study. Over the past two weeks, more than 180 people took part in 15 input and listening sessions for this exploration and feasibility study process: staff and faculty; parents; current students and alumni; East Deanery priests and principals; future Scecina parents; archdiocesan administrators; and community and business leaders. They shared their visions and hopes for Scecina Memorial High School and asked insightful questions. Thank you to all who made your voices heard. This is an important part of the process as we as a community discern the best path for Scecina’s future.

    For clarity, please remember that we have not yet undertaken a capital campaign, but we are in an exploratory and discovery phase as we determine the feasibility of any plan. This process will continue through the first half of 2016.

    The input and listening sessions focused on the five Case Points for Consideration in the feasibility study. The five areas being considered came out of our Strategic Growth Plan priorities. They are: Academic Excellence through further professional development and performance-based compensation for teachers; a new chapel to help create an inspiring campus; an expanded endowment especially for facilities upkeep and maintenance; boosting our Godparent Program so that more students can enjoy access to a quality Catholic education; and enhancing student life through upgrades such as new outdoor athletic fields and a multipurpose facility that will reduce scheduling conflicts for our co-curricular activities and provide activity and gathering space for our Scecina and broader community.

    We will keep you informed as this process develops. Thank you again for sharing your thoughts and for keeping Scecina in your prayers.

    I wish all of you a joyous Advent as you prepare the way of the Lord and also a blessed Christmas and Happy New Year.


    Joe Therber


    President