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Our Faith, Our Journey, Our Time


Scecina hits $6 million, looks beyond!

December 1, 2020

Dear Friends of Scecina,

Today is December 1, the first Tuesday of Advent. I wish you and yours a blessed season of preparing and sustaining room for Jesus in our lives!

Today also marks the start of the final 31 days of the Our Faith, Our Journey, Our Time capital campaign, which will benefit Scecina students of today and the many tomorrows before us. A month ago, official campaign commitments had remarkably reached the original goal of $6,000,000. Then, in just November, the campaign grew by another $150,000 – a remarkable testament to Scecina’s generous alumni and friends.

The next target we are aiming to reach is $6,300,000 by December 31. Reaching this mark by December 31 will result in a generous $300,000 matching gift that will then elevate the campaign to $6,600,000 for our school to complete these very important investments for our community:

  • A new and relocated chapel inside the school building – Targeted for completion in summer 2021!
  • New football and soccer field on campus – Construction planning has begun!
  • New main entrance with handicap accessibility, visitor parking, signage, and other features – Construction planning has begun!
  • New and relocated weight training room inside the school building for student safety – Complete!
  • Endowments for academic excellence and facilities – Campaign funds have already been invested!

Thank you once again to everyone who has made this capital campaign a pivotal step forward for Scecina. We will be sharing video reflections with you regarding the upcoming chapel, athletic fields, and main entrance throughout this month. I hope you will watch them!

Now, please help us turn these dreams into reality. Your generous pledge over time or your one-time campaign gift will most certainly make a difference for our students and the future of our school. On this chart, you can see that gifts of all sizes will make a difference in God’s important work here at Scecina!

Thank you very much and Go, Crusaders!


Joe Therber headshot with signature

Joe Therber

P.S. Check out this video marking Scecina passing the $6 million mark!


Participate in the Campaign

Please click here for the Letter of Intent (pledge form).

You can email a copy to or mail to Attn: Office of the President, 5000 Nowland Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46201.

You can also make a gift online below!


Campaign Priorities

Our Six Priorities

These are the six priorities for the Our Faith, Our Journey, Our Time capital campaign for Scecina Memorial High School.

Academic Excellence Fund

Goal: $500,000 

Scecina will establish an Academic Excellence Fund to: 

  • Initiate and sustain innovative academic programs, including 1:1 student technology plus emerging curricula in science, technology, engineering, math, and important life preparation areas
  • Provide need-based tuition assistance for our most financially disadvantaged students
  • Recruit and retain excellent teachers by elevating faculty salaries
  • Initiate and sustain innovative academic programs including 1:1 student technology plus curricula in biomedical science, computer science, and emerging areas
  • Provide need-based tuition assistance for our most financially disadvantaged students.

During the past 10 years, Scecina consistently has attained the State of Indiana’s A rating for academic performance and progress. The Indianapolis Urban League has chosen Scecina as a School of Excellence by virtue of our academic programs, partnerships, and commitment to student diversity.

The Academic Excellence Fund will help Scecina continue to earn these accomplishments and more for current and future students.

New Athletic and Activity Fields

Goal: $2.5 million 

This campaign priority is to construct new fields for Scecina athletics, student activities, and community partners, including the East Deanery parishes and Catholic Youth Organization.  

The proposed renovations include: 

  • A new artificial turf football field in the northwest section of campus
  • A field for student activities on the west side of campus
  • A 1/3-mile running and walking course around the new fields so that track and cross country runners can practice on campus
  • Baseball field improvements

A Modern and Inspiring Entrance

Goal: $960,000 

This transformation will give Scecina a more vibrant main entrance. It will ensure a more engaging and hospitable experience for students, families, staff, and visitors. 

The proposed renovation will include: 

  • Modern safety and security features
  • Accessibility to the main hall in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Visitor-friendly parking
  • Modern signage
  • Student gathering areas and landscaping
  • Visual symbols of Catholic identity.

A Secure Weight Training Room

Goal: $420,000 

This project is complete.

To improve safety and security, our goal is to relocate the weight-training room to the main school building from the Blockhouse (adjacent to the school). Students no longer will have to leave the school building during the day to attend Advanced Physical Conditioning classes.

We also plan to modernize its equipment to better serve Advanced Physical Conditioning students, Scecina student-athletes, and future Crusaders from Catholic Youth Organization teams who will use the new facility.

A Sacred Space for Prayer and Worship

Goal: $380,000 

Our Catholic faith is at the center of all we do at Scecina. Constructing a visible, accessible chapel inside the school building will open up new opportunities for the Scecina community, including:

  • Individual student prayer and reflection
  • Masses for Scecina teams, clubs, and activities
  • Academic class visits to the chapel to learn about Catholic liturgy, traditions, and symbols
  • Gatherings for parents at important times during the school year
  • Prayer services involving the Scecina faculty and staff, Board of Directors, and other community groups.

Facilities Endowment Fund

Goal: $360,000 

Our commitment to excellent stewardship calls us to develop sustainable funding for school priorities. The campaign will expand Scecina’s Facilities Endowment Fund to help care for our nearly 70-year-old campus plus new facilities in perpetuity. 


Scecina Moving Forward

The campaign video

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1. How will the Our Faith, Our Journey, Our Time capital campaign benefit the daily lives of Scecina students? 

The capital campaign will impact: 

  • Recruiting and retaining excellent teachers
  • Initiating and sustaining innovative, high- quality academic and faith-based programs to meet the diverse needs of all student  learners
  • Transforming the front entrance into a  safer, more welcoming, and more engaging experience for students, staff, and visitors
  • Increasing spiritual life through a visible and accessible chapel for prayer, reflection, and worship
  • Building safer and modernized athletic and activity fields and facilities to serve our students and community partners better
  • Increasing financial sustainability through endowment growth.

2. Has Scecina looked into the future in regard to enrollment? 

Yes. Based on East Deanery and community data, the Board of Directors has established a target enrollment of 475 students. Through vigorous Enrollment Management efforts,  Scecina continues to attract a diverse and gifted community of students. Most students are from our East Deanery parishes and schools. 

3. Who decided the priorities for the capital campaign?

The priorities were decided after a deliberate process of Input and Listening Sessions with numerous Scecina constituencies (students, alumni, parents, and staff), a review of the school’s educational and facility needs, a Financial Feasibility Study, and approval by the Scecina Board of Directors and Archdiocese of Indianapolis administration. The campaign priorities align with the Scecina’s Strategic Growth Plan and long-term Campus Master Plan.

4. How is the capital campaign different from The Scecina Fund (annual appeal)? 

Your gift to The Scecina Fund supports the annual ministry priorities of the school, including need-based tuition assistance, merit scholarships, ongoing academic programs and student activities, and yearly care of the campus. This capital campaign is an intensive and visionary effort to engage hundreds of Scecina Community members to meet extra-ordinary priorities in Scecina’s Strategic Growth Plan.

5. Should I support The Scecina Fund, the capital campaign, or both programs?

Scecina’s annual operating needs and the transformative capital campaign vision for the school are both very important. Please consider supporting both programs according to your resources, ability, and interests. We believe that all gifts are important, regardless of their size or amount.

6. Are we competing with East Deanery schools and parishes for campaign gifts? 

Scecina has an excellent relationship with the East Deanery schools and parishes. The Scecina president and principal meet monthly with pastors and principals from the East Deanery parishes and schools to plan for the future and stay informed of one another’s efforts. Also, three East Deanery pastors are members of the Scecina Board of Directors, the Capital Campaign Leadership Team, or the chaplain coordinator.

7. Why should alumni and parents get involved with the capital campaign? 

One of Scecina’s greatest assets is the commitment of its alumni and parents. They support the school in numerous ways, including volunteering at events, serving as members of our faculty and staff, serving on the Scecina Board of Directors and committees, and offering prayers, encouragement, and financial support. The capital campaign will provide alumni and parents with a powerful new opportunity to advance the school’s legacy of impacting young people.

8. How will this capital campaign benefit the Eastside community? 

Scecina is an anchor institution on the Eastside of Indianapolis. The school enhances the quality of life, property values, and opportunities for residents to live, work, play, and pray on the Eastside. According to data provided by the National Catholic Education Association, when urban Catholic schools are alive and vibrant, neighborhoods flourish, and the entire community improves in all areas. In other words, “What is  good for Scecina is good for the Eastside, and  what’s good for the Eastside is good for   Scecina.” 

The proposed capital campaign improvements will make Scecina even more attractive to a broader range of students and families on the Eastside and throughout Indianapolis. 

9. With the capital campaign, when would construction begin? 

Scecina can begin construction on capital improvements when 50 percent of the project cost is on hand in the form of cash and the remaining 50 percent is on hand in the form of documented pledges. The sooner we have the needed combination of cash and documented pledges, the sooner construction can begin. 


Our Leadership


John ’59 and Phyllis (Winkler) ’59 Cardis
Gregg ’61 and Pat Dwyer
Monsignor Paul Koetter
Sister Lavonne Long, OSF (1922-2018)
Father John McCaslin ’85
Tim ’58 and Jane McGinley
Pete Quinn ’76
Jim ’68 and Vickie (Mayo) ’68 Roe
John ’61 and Marilyn Schneider
Dennis ’67 and Lynette Smith


Mary (Robinson) ’61 and David Allen
Chris ’87 and Paje Felts
Dr. Sheila (McNelis) ’79 Gamache and Bob Bates
Bob Golobish
Kevin ’77 and Lori (Watts) ’77 Johnson
Nancy (Wagner) ’85 and Kris Leming
George Newhart ’60
Mike and Anne O’Connor
Joe Therber, President
Rose Branson, Campaign Coordinator
Frank Donaldson, Consultant, Institute for
School and Parish Development


Sheila (Barton) ’60 and Bill Bosron
Dan Bruno ’77
Stan Epperson ’67
Gail (Strohm) ’62 and Dean Kelly
Tim ’65 and Jackie Kohl
James Metzger ’67 and Deborah Baldwin ’67
Rick Pfleger
Martin ’77 and Mari Pierce


Dr. William McNiece
Kevin Murray ’71
Michael ’83 and Lisa (Speth) ’84 Delaney
Jim Moloy ’77
Jim ’76 and Jeanne (Atkinson) ’75 Norton
Timothy Jeffers ’83
Jeffrey ’96 and Jennifer Lathrop
Robert H. and Laura C. Stark
Kurt and Brenda Guldner
Rev. Christopher Wadelton


Brian ’83 and Karen (West) ’84 Lyons
Benjamin ’91 and Kathleen (Jeffers)’91 Schreiber
Joseph Doll ’61
Daniel ’72 and Brenda Harbor
Mike ’75 and Lisa Kirk
Joseph ’57 and Kathy (Kiesel) ’63 Lyons
Mark and Julanne Sausser
Paige Dooley
Mark Drewes
Mr. Joseph Hawkins
Stephen Hodgson ‘74
Scott Miller
Nick Petrone
Dennis Shea ‘85
Drew White and Patricia Clark


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