Saint Joseph High School is a unique community of learners whose worth is measured in beliefs, values, and relationships that connect us to one another and to God. There are many ways to support the students of SJHS. Charitable donations to Saint Joseph High School are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.
Gifts of cash, pledges, corporate matching funds, American Express Rewards Points (MembersGive), appreciated property, property that has lost value, real estate, securities, closely held stock, and EITC/OSTC are accepted.
To learn more or make a gift, contact Development Director Christie Benton: (724) 226-8043
The Spirit of Saint Joseph Awards recognize alumni and friends whose everyday lives exemplify that of our patron—living the ordinary in extraordinary ways. These are the people who quietly bring Saint Joseph High School’s mission of preparing students for college, life, and heaven to life through their humble, selfless service and support—role models for us all.
2019 Spirit of Saint Joseph Award Recipients:
- Rev. Paul G. Henne, posthumously
- Thomas Octave
- John W. Regoli, Jr. ’82, posthumously
- The Scott Sisters, CSJ (Sr. Eileen ’47, posthumously; Sr. Jeanne ’49; Sr. Rosaleen ’51)
- Jane Thimons ’70
Rev. Paul G. Henne, posthumously
Saint Joseph Parish, Natrona
Father Henne was appointed pastor of Saint Joseph Parish in 1971, a position that he would hold for more than two decades. During that time, Father Henne kept Saint Joseph High School, the parish high school, open against many odds. In 1977, the State Bureau of Labor and Industry informed the high school that it could no longer occupy the third floor of the building under safety codes without a sprinkler system and numerous other repairs. Father Henne was a practical problem solver and trusted his advisors. Father had the courage to move the high school into a wing of Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament School, creating a unique situation—a parish school located outside of the parish, renting from another parish, serving students from both the Pittsburgh and Greensburg Dioceses, supported by tuition. Father Henne was a man of few words and infinite trust in God. When asked how he slept at night with so many parish and school problems, his answer was simple, “I give my problems to God each night.” If not for Father Henne, Saint Joseph High School would not exist today.
A Pittsburgh native, Father Henne’s family recalls his close relationship with the Lord at a very early age. He was ordained as a priest in 1956 after graduating from Holy Cross College in Worcester, Massachusetts, returning to Pittsburgh to serve the Diocese of Pittsburgh for decades. Father Henne began his career as Parochial Vicar at Our Lady of Grace in Scott. He served in that capacity at St. John Capistran in Upper St. Clair and at St. Pius V in McKeesport before becoming hospital chaplain at South Side Hospital and St. Joseph Hospital. After serving Saint Joseph Parish, Father Henne was appointed pastor of St. Agatha in Ellwood City and as senior priest at Word of God Parish in Swissvale before moving to the Felician convent as part-time chaplain. When the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease in his later years made Father Henne’s speech difficult to understand, he made charts and attached them to a coat rack on wheels to preach from. With a humble and gentle spirit, Father Henne joyfully accepted the work God asked him to do.
Father Henne lived the ordinary in extraordinary ways...“one day at a time” through his humility and absolute trust in God.
Saint Joseph Parish, New Kensington
A trusted friend to Saint Joseph High School for many years, Thomas Octave is always on hand to plan special liturgies and advise the school on developing its music program. Passionate about Catholic education, he began teaching a Music Appreciation course in partnership with Saint Vincent College as part of the College in High School program during the 2015-2016 school year. This curriculum addition quickly became a popular elective for SJHS students. Over time, Tom began sharing more of his spiritual gifts with SJHS by assisting with faculty retreats and directing our liturgical choir for Tuesday Masses. During the school’s year-long Centennial Celebration, Tom served as Choir Director for the Opening Mass in September 2015. Sara Doutt ’97 was a choir member. Their mutual love of and support for SJHS brought them together and on the path to their marriage in 2018. Tom’s musical talents and energetic personality have helped students to “tune” their lives to Christ.
Thomas Octave is an Associate Professor of Music at Saint Vincent College, Chair of the Music Department, and Director of the Saint Vincent Concert Series. He conducts the Saint Vincent Singers and teaches voice and a variety of music courses. He has earned degrees from Carnegie Mellon University and Duquesne University. As a conductor, Mr. Octave is frequently seen in varied genres of music. A champion of new music, Mr. Octave has premiered several major works by composer Nancy Galbraith, including O Magnum Mysterium, God of Justice, Ave Maria, Music When Soft Voices Die, Novena, Lumen Christi, and Hodie. He has presented workshops and guest conducted ensembles for Indiana University of Pennsylvania, John Carroll University, Benet Academy (Illinois), and many regional choral festivals. Mr. Octave has presented music for the First Lady of Uganda and the Queen of Jordan upon their visits to the Pacem in Terris Institute. He has also served as the assistant conductor of the Bach Choir in Pittsburgh presenting with Maestro Thomas Douglas in the premiere of Bernstein’s Mass. He presented a series of concerts for peace in the Holy Land at Saint Procopius Abbey in Lisle, Illinois. He recently conducted the European premiere of Nancy Galbraith’s Passion According to Saint Matthew at the Manchester Cathedral in England. Currently, Mr. Octave is also the music director of the Westmoreland Choral Society and Bodiography Contemporary Ballet and is the Director of Sacred Music and Diocesan Choir Director for the Diocese of Greensburg. Thomas Octave has embraced God’s call in Psalm 100 to “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.”
Thomas Octave lives the ordinary in extraordinary ways...through selfless sharing of his musical talents.
John W. Regoli, Jr. ’82, posthumously
Mount Saint Peter Parish
John Regoli transferred to Saint Joseph High School as a junior in 1980. Although John was a very popular student athlete at Valley High School, he transferred to SJHS when his brother began as a freshman, hoping to make the transition from public to private school easier for David. John was “all in” at St. Joe’s and his natural athletic and leadership abilities began to shine on the basketball and baseball teams and in student council. The year before John and David came to St. Joe’s, student Jimmy Dzugan lost his battle with cancer. Although neither John nor David knew Jimmy, they led a fundraising effort for Children’s Hospital in his memory. Their efforts resulted in recognition from KDKA and the Pittsburgh Steelers. The following year, the effort got bigger and KDKA produced a poster-size ad for them to use. John kept that poster his entire life. The foundation of his giving personality and his devotion to humanity was formed and etched in stone during his time at SJHS, and it only got stronger throughout his lifetime. An avid golfer, John was a regular at the annual SJHS Spartan Scramble.
John Regoli, Jr. earned a B.A. in Business Communications from Arizona State University. He began his career working in the front office of the Pittsburgh Pirates. He remained there until he entered the pharmaceutical industry, where he worked until his illness progressed. In 2000, John was elected as a City Councilman in the City of New Kensington. He was a champion for the underdog his entire life and devoted much time and energy to improve his hometown by fighting blight and redeveloping the town. In 2016, John began to support the Knead Café in New Kensington. A man of faith, John belonged to Mount Saint Peter Parish with his wife, Marla, and children, Nico and Gianna, where he volunteered for the annual summer festival (Festa). John approached his life and it’s challenges with faith, hope, and a great sense of humor.
John Regoli, Jr. lived the ordinary in extraordinary ways...through his life’s work to improve his community.
The Scott Sisters, CSJ
Sister of St. Joseph Motherhouse
The Scott Sisters—Sister Eileen ’47, Sister Jeanne ’49, and Sister Rosaleen ’51—began their connection to Saint Joseph High School at a very early age, with the heart of their family life in Natrona centering around Saint Joseph Parish and School. As young girls, their faith life was nurtured by their devoted parents and by their inspiring teachers. Their parents brought them together for prayer, showed them how to be calm, and shared with them their sense of humor. Their excellent academic foundation was laid at Saint Joseph elementary and high schools, where the Sisters of St. Joseph were their teachers, their models, and their mentors—and they wanted to be just like them! Each strongly desired to commit their lives in service of God and their neighbors, and within weeks of graduating from Saint Joseph High School, each of the Scott sisters respectively entered the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph.
In the spirit of the Sisters of St. Joseph, each of the Scott sisters pursued ministries in education and served Catholic schools throughout the Altoona-Johnstown, Columbus, Greensburg, and Pittsburgh Dioceses. Following a long-time ministry in education, Sister Eileen fulfilled a lifelong dream to become a nurse and served nearly three decades in health care. Even as they age, Sisters Jeanne and Rosaleen continue to reach out and help others through simple gestures of kindness: an encouraging card, an offer for coffee, a promise of prayers. Together, their faith journey has spanned well over 200 years of service to God. During that time, they were blessed with the privilege of caring for their brother, who was profoundly disabled. They credit that deeply humbling and personal experience for strengthening their compassion and concern for others and leading them to become involved with volunteer opportunities concerning people with disabilities.
The lives of the Scott Sisters, CSJ represent living the ordinary in extraordinary ways...through radiating joy and loving kindness within their individual ministries.
Jane Thimons ’70
Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament
Jane Thimons is part of a Saint Joseph High School family legacy dating back to the 1930s, when her mother, Eileen Kamenjar Heretick, graduated in 1939. Many years later, her two older sisters, Therese Heretick Lloyd ’66 and Kathleen Heretick Yeasted ’68; her husband, Joseph Thimons ’69; herself in ‘70; and her two children, Todd Thimons ’96 and Christy Thimons Dom ’01, followed in Mrs. Heretick’s footsteps. Jane’s matriculation through the halls of Saint Joseph High School began as a freshman in 1966 and provided her with an outstanding education and a strong moral compass, while opening doors for her socially and strengthening her Catholic identity. She credits her experience at Saint Joe’s for a firm foundation for her college years, allowing her to succeed academically, helping her to stay grounded morally, and anchoring her spiritually. Devoted teachers sparked her dream of becoming an elementary school teacher, and, as the saying goes, she is “paying it forward.”
Jane received a B.S. in Elementary Education from Slippery Rock University and a Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of Pittsburgh. Her 30-year career in education began at Colfax Elementary School as a Second Grade Teacher/Intern where she moved on to Heights Elementary School, volunteer/private tutoring, and, finally, Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament School where she has served as a first grade teacher since 1988. Jane loves her career and is dedicated to providing her students with every opportunity to succeed in life. The Diocese of Pittsburgh has recognized Jane’s extraordinary devotion to Catholic education with the prestigious Golden Apple Award twice—in1994 and 2016. Jane is also active within her community and her church. Jane has been involved with the Alle-Kiski Valley Swim Club League since the early 1970s, having served as its treasurer. Since the early 90s, Jane has been an Allegheny Valley YMCA swim coach, a Sylvan Pool swim technique instructor, and the Sylvan Pool Swimming Championship Coordinator. The Jane Thimons Excellence in Swimming Award, established in 2006, is awarded to the top 8 year-old boy and girl at the summer Lollypop Meet in recognition of her contributions and service to the league and the sport of swimming. Exemplifying Saint Joseph the Worker, Jane is actively involved in the life of her parish, where she can be found coordinating the May Crowning, volunteering at the summer festival and Lenten fish fry, and ushering at Mass. She is also a Sacristan and Children’s Liturgy Catechist.
Jane Thimons lives the ordinary in extraordinary ways...through her work bringing young minds to know and love God.
Saint Joseph High School is filled with exceptional joy, having celebrated 100 years of affirming the spirit of our patron – living the ordinary in extraordinary ways. As we plan for the future of our beloved school, we must address financial issues that challenge us in fulfilling our mission through the next century—teachers and resources for our nationally recognized academic programs and scholarship / financial aid funds for our students and their families. In this spirit, Saint Joseph High School has launched a Centennial Celebration Campaign, Opening Doors, Unlocking Potential, with a goal of $2M. In addition, 100% of our faculty have pledged their support! Through five-year pledge periods and a variety of ways to give, all members of the SJHS community have an opportunity to contribute to the school’s future in a meaningful way. Now is the time for all those within our community to help carry Saint Joseph High School’s mission—preparing students for college, life, and heaven—into the future.
The Annual Fund is essential to sustaining the standard of academic excellence that Saint Joseph High School has offered for over 100 years! To keep an SJHS education affordable for all families, tuition is set at approximately 85% of the cost-per-pupil. Saint Joseph High School commits to raising the remainder. Annual Fund gifts help to meet this commitment to students and their families.
Students of all backgrounds are welcomed into this community rooted in Gospel values. Building the Scholarship Fund ensures that financial means will never be a barrier to an SJHS education.
- Named endowed scholarships can be established with a minimum contribution of $25,000.
- Named annual scholarships can be established with an annual donation of $1,000.
- Donations to the general scholarship fund are always welcome. Consider a $50 donation to sponsor one student for one day.
- Remember a loved one, friend, special teacher, or valued colleague in a meaningful way—a living memorial to provide the young people of Saint Joseph High School with an education rooted in Gospel values.
- Celebrate a birthday, anniversary, marriage, or special occasion; honor an individual, team, or cast in a significant way—an honorary contribution to provide the young people of Saint Joseph High School with an education rooted in Gospel values.
- All such donations are recognized with a card, mailed from the school to the recipient, and a listing in the Annual Report. The donor will also receive an acknowledgement letter from the school.
Spartan Scramble is Saint Joseph High School’s annual fundraiser. The day begins with 18 holes of golf and ends with a dinner and auction. It is a day of fun and fellowship for students, parents, alumni, and friends of SJHS. Support comes in many forms—auction item donors, sponsors, volunteers, and participants. The event is held annually at the Inn at Lenape Heights & Golf Resort in Ford City, PA.
Don't miss the College/University scholarship auction at the Spartan Scramble: Golf, Dinner, & Auction on Monday, June 10! Bid in person or submit a silent bid in advance.
Mark your calendar: Monday, June 10, 2019
The Dlubak Athletic Center has allowed Saint Joseph High School’s athletics program to grow dramatically! Multi-level sponsorships help to fund these expanded programs. Watch for details about 2017-18 opportunities.
- Alumni & Friends: Estate plans can ensure that Saint Joseph High School’s mission continues far into the future. A planned gift includes but is not limited to bequests, charitable annuities and remainder trusts, life insurance policies, and securities.
- Graduating Students: As you transition into the next chapter of your life’s story, consider adding an item to your graduation gift list—a locker or team chair.
Many companies match monetary donations or volunteer hours of employees or retirees to Saint Joseph High School. This could double your gift to the school. Ask your human resources department for information! We currently receive matching gifts from employees and retirees of GE Foundation, PNC Bank Foundation, and PPG.
Pennsylvania provides tax credit to eligible businesses that contribute to a scholarship organization and/or and educational improvement organization through the Educational Improvement Tax Credit program. This means that business owners may direct their tax dollars to Saint Joseph High School. Funds received from EITC provide tuition assistance for families who meet state guidelines. These funds directly impact the ability of many students to attend Saint Joseph High School!
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You can’t beat these odds! Only 500 tickets will be sold at $100 each. Prizes are as follows: 1 grand prize of $20,000 and three runner-up prizes of $1,000 each. Drawing will be held on Monday, June 10th during the Spartan Scramble: Golf, Dinner, Auction at Lenape Heights Golf Resort. Winner need not be present. Questions? Contact Development Director Christie Benton: (724) 226-8043, firstname.lastname@example.org