President Therber: Scecina’s mission to educate our diverse community of students

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Dear Crusaders,

Greetings and blessings to you! I hope you and yours are safe and well!

The past few months have been difficult times for our local communities, our nation, and our world. I pray that we all can rest assured of God’s presence and love among us even as we face uncertainty and unrest.

While Scecina was putting the finishing touches on a school year that had to transition immediately to continuous eLearning, protests erupted in Indianapolis and around the nation after the death of George Floyd while in police custody in Minneapolis.

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Much has been said in the streets, on social media, and on the airwaves about this terrible incident. Sadness, frustration, and sometimes anger abound.

Fortunately, we are seeing diverse communities throughout the world attempting to forge new pathways of peace and justice. In a statement about Mr. Floyd’s death, Indianapolis Archbishop Charles C. Thompson wrote: “As Christians, we cannot turn a blind eye to acts of racial violence and hatred. We are called to do what we can to end this injustice.”

Archbishop Thompson and countless people of good will are committed to peace and justice. You can read his full statement here.

We all want a brighter future for our students. That’s why, in this moment, more than ever I am recommitted to Scecina’s mission to educate our diverse community of students and our vision to send them forth to transform the world by the light of Christ. Our students and their vast potential inspire me, as do their families’ hopes and dreams for them. Through the valiant efforts of our teachers, staff, alumni, and friends, we aim to model the Catholic teaching that all human life is sacred and that the dignity God has placed in every human soul is the foundation of a just and peaceful society.

Preparing for 2020-21

Of course, Scecina also currently is developing protocol and procedures to address COVID-19 during the 2020-21 school year. This summer, we are making detailed plans to sustain critical areas of our school with a commitment to health, safety, and continuous improvement. We also are planning the July 16 Commencement for the Class of 2020, the first in-person gathering at the school since March.

Yes, these are big challenges, but this community has faced challenges before. With your support and prayers, we will see this summer’s trials as opportunities for re-entry and re-creation!

Peace be with you and your family,

Joe Therber


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