Alumni Now – June 2017

Thoughts from Fr. Philip Postell, SJ

Looking back at Pentecost, by the time the audience reads this, the Feast of Pentecost would have been celebrated two weeks ago. But the insight in this message is one that endures forever. Despite the theology behind Pentecost and the implications for the coming of the Spirit, one might easily overlook the setting of the various Pentecost scenes.

It is a fact that the coming of the Spirit occurs always in a community setting. The Gospel of Luke reinforces this detail with the comment that everybody had come together. The Gospel of John supports this community emphasis with the arrival of the Spirit to the disciples in a community gathering. Mary Magdalene, even though she had encountered the Risen Christ earlier, was not given the Spirit until her return to the community. Jesus seems to have given His spirit to the community who were gathered in fear. After a ten-day reprieve, the community gathered in fear, and was blessed by the Spirit. What are we to make of this community emphasis? How does this impact our attitude toward community as we consider family, civic, and even international developments? Do we pay attention to the practice of togetherness in our family life? Are we sensitive to the implications of global warming in the practical ways we live in Phoenix? Should we be sensitive to the implications of the Paris Peace Accords regarding the environment? Back at home, at Brophy, do we emphasize individual improvement at the cost of communal growth?

The implications of the coming of the Spirit must automatically involve whatever destroys community. Perhaps we might look at our practice of forgiveness, or the lack thereof as we live as family members, and as citizens of the world.

2017-2018 Alumni Service Corps

Brophy College Preparatory is happy to announce the members of the 2017-2018 Alumni Service Corps. We enjoyed a record number of applicants this year. Four of the five new members are Brophy graduates, with the fifth a graduate of Boston College. Congratulations and welcome to Jerry Aguilera ’13, Miguel Castillo ’13, Christopher Dominguez ’13, Timothy Shimon ’13, and Griffin Wong, from Boston College.

College Admissions – Part One

With graduation only a month ago, and in anticipation of a few changes in college choices over the summer, this month we will focus on some generic numbers for the Class of 2017. In August’s newsletter, we will include the colleges our graduates will attend.

The 326 members of the Class of 2017 (up from 295 graduates in 2016) submitted 2,164 college applications and received 1,252 acceptances. Graduates averaged 6.5 applications each, and faculty submitted just over 1,000 letters of recommendation – double last year’s number.

This year, 98% of graduates will attend a four-year college with 50% enrolling at ASU, UA, or NAU. Of the students attending ASU and UA, 42% will enroll in the Honors colleges. Jesuit colleges will become home to 57 of our graduates, with 15 Jesuit institutions represented.

Thank you to Brophy’s counseling department for this information, and watch for College Admissions – Part Two in the August edition of Alumni Now.

Alumni Service Projects

You are aware that our Brophy alumni have tried to focus on one service project every month. Our primary focus has been supporting Circle the City and the Parson’s Family Health Center in their effort to feed the homeless, including Parson’s First Friday monthly breakfast. Because of the challenges associated with continuing the breakfast project during the summer, Parson’s has suspended breakfast service for the months of June, July, and August. Our alumni will not be needed during that time. First Friday breakfast service will resume in September.

Despite this alumni service project being put on hold for the summer, we still encourage you to stay involved as several of our families do. Ray Korte ’64 works in the Circle the City kitchen once a month and his wife, Nancy, helps every Friday to transport food from St. Mary’s Food Bank to the kitchen. She and several of her friends also support an annual fundraiser for Circle the City.

Paul Binsfield ’83 has consistently volunteered at the Parson’s First Friday Breakfast in various capacities – facility guide, food server and goodwill ambassador.

And finally, Greg Kline ’82 and his wife, Lisa, volunteer every month in the Circle the City kitchen preparing and serving Sunday meals.

We encourage you to spend some time this summer assisting Circle the City and Parson’s Family Health Center as they continue to provide services for the most marginalized in our community.

Reunion Updates

Class of ’67 – 50th Reunion

  • Reunion Chairmen – Tom Knoell ’67 and Tom McGeorge ’67
  • Saturday, November 4, 2017

Class of ’77 – 40th Reunion

  • Reunion Chairman – Phil Hershkowitz ’77
  • Saturday, October 14, 2017

Class of ’87 – 30th Reunion

Class of ’92 – 25th Reunion

Class of ’97 – 20th Reunion

  • Reunion Chairmen – Matt Miller ’97 and Matt Morales ’97
  • Saturday, November 11, 2017

Class of ’12 – 5th Reunion

  • Reunion Chairmen – John Medici ’12 and Matt Munhall ’12
  • Friday, November 24, 2017

Alumni Updates

Pete Burr ’07 received the 2017 Arizona Connect2STEM Creative Media Award from Cox Communications, in partnership with the AZ SciTech Festival. Pete was honored for his video work behind the lens and in the classroom.

Alex Borselli ’07 recently graduated from Lehigh University with a Ph.D in mathematics. He will teach math at St. Vincent College in Latrobe, Pa.

Michael Feagles ’16 was chosen male athlete Newcomer of the Year at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Michael ranked fourth on the team this year with a 73.11 average and was a First Team All-Big Ten Selection.

Congratulations to Ryan Grotjohn ’13 who has been drafted in the 10th round by the Arizona Diamondbacks, and also to Jake Steffens ’12, who has been drafted in the 29th round by the Chicago Cubs.

Kyle Chalmers ’13 was named the 2017 Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Tennis Performer of the Year, as well as earning a spot on the Academic All-Area team for the third year in a row. (The tennis gene runs in the family – head coach Eric Chalmers ’10 led the Broncos to a state tennis championship earlier this year.)

Arcadia News recently published an article on Tom Succow and Josh Garcia ’07 as the baseball program leadership transitions from the retiring coach to his former player.

Maxwell Hall ’14, rowing for the University of California-Berkeley, and Costa Theodore ’16, rowing for Cornell, competed at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association National Championship Regatta in Gold River, Calif. Max took third in the men’s third varsity event and Costa placed 11th. Congratulations to Max and Costa, who rowed all four years for Brophy.

Congratulations to Cole Walsh ’13, a second-time All-American in the pole vault with a fifth-place finish at the NCAA track and field championships in Oregon earlier this month.

Bobby Grant ’14 has been named to the SEC Community Service Team, which recognizes athletes with a commitment to community service. Bobby works with Aggies CAN and Helping Hands.

Jesus Mendoza ’87 will be joining the cast for season six of the TNT series Major Crimes as special agent Vega. Jesus, an actor in L.A., has had roles in a variety of television shows, movies, and commercials, and is the brother of Brophy faculty member, José Mendoza ’88.

Alumni Now – May 2017

Thoughts from Fr. Philip Postell, SJ 

One of the best known scripture passages in the bible is the Gospel in the Third Sunday of Easter. This passage discusses the confusion and conversion of the two disciples on their way to a mass. The evangelist Luke describes them walking with eyes downcast. Simply put, they were sad. This probably accounts for the fact that they were fleeing Jerusalem, which according to Luke, was a nerve center of the early Christian community. Fleeing Jerusalem, therefore, is a subtle criticism. They were also sad which prevents them from recognizing Jesus when He joined them.

The psychological condition of sadness might readily inspire a Christian to look at the price of sadness. Sadness, we are told by psychologists, destroys hope. And hope for Christians comes from the resurrection. Small wonder, therefore, that these disciples were confused about the implications and ramifications of the resurrection. But as Jesus recounted to them what had been written down in the prophets, they began to recover. And so, as they neared the time for the evening meal, the two disciples pressed their companion to remain with them. And while they were eating, Jesus broke bread with them and they recognized him. This is a wonderful lesson for us as we cope with sadness. Are we willing to use scripture, pray to our resurrected God, and to join in celebrating the Eucharist?

Faculty Farewells

Many Brophy alumni will remember Tom Succow, Dorothy Dunnion, Deacon Joe Stickney, and Mike Keahon ’73. The Brophy community fondly bids farewell to these four individuals who leave Brophy all the richer for their service. Our alumni have benefited greatly from their teaching, coaching, and guidance.

Alumni Service Projects

The Brophy Alumni Association has partnered with Parsons Family Health Center, a medical center for the homeless. Our volunteers will set up, prepare, and serve a hot breakfast on the first Friday of each month. This is a wonderful opportunity for us to include volunteers ages 15 and up, as well as those ages 10-14 if accompanied by a parent.

At our last breakfast we served 208 meals, a record number! Friendliness, kindness, and consideration are the only requirements of our volunteers – requirements that we know our alumni community fulfills. Services provided by Parsons Family Health Center include hot breakfasts, personal hygiene items, clothing, and medical and other social services. For detailed information regarding the organization and this volunteer opportunity, please contact Tom McCabe ’66, Alumni Community Service Coordinator at or Vicki Maus at

Reunion Update

Class of ’66 – 50th Reunion
Reunion Chairmen – Tom Knoell ’67 and Tom McGeorge ’67
Saturday, November 4, 2017
Class of ’77 – 40th Reunion
Reunion Chairman – Phil Hershkowitz ’77
Saturday, October 14, 2017
Class of ’87 – 30th Reunion
Reunion Chairman – Colin Snider ’87 (
Saturday, October 20, 2017
Class of ’97 – 20th Reunion
Reunion Chairmen – Matt Miller ’97 and Matt Morales ’97
Saturday, November 11, 2017
Class of ’12 – 5th Reunion
Reunion Chairmen – John Medici ’12 and Matt Munhall ’12
Friday, November 24, 2017

Alumni Updates

Amit Gosalia, AuD, 93, received the 2017 Distinguished Service award from A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Health Sciences (ATSU-ASHS) Alumni Chapter Board. The award honors ATSU-ASHS graduates who have attained local, national, or international distinction. It was presented to Dr. Gosalia at the national audiology convention in Indianapolis on April 5.

Andrew Ahearne 11 graduated May 2016 Summa Cum Laude from Barrett, the Honors College at ASU with degrees in Political Science, French and Education (Secondary Education). Upon graduating, Andrew was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to teach English language and American Politics courses at the University of Luxembourg. He will be returning to the US later this summer.

A Bit of History…

Dr. Ken Herbst ’62 recently visited the alumni office. During that visit, he shared this bit of history:
“As memory serves me, in January 1960 the AAU notified the AIA that Arizona public school students could no longer compete in AAU Olympic qualification because of their policy of not allowing all Arizona high schools to participate in the AIA championships. Father of alumnus Michael A. Greene ’60 was the principal architect of that resolution. The AIA decided that it was in the best interest of Arizona athletics to include all high schools in the AIA including Brophy, St. Mary’s, and Sal Pointe in Tucson. The first opportunity for Brophy to participate in an AIA championship was the Swim and Dive Championship in spring 1960. Fr. Dodd was the coach of that team. Brophy had a sterling group of swimmers and one diver. Suffice it to say, Brophy was determined to win its first opportunity at a championship. When it came down to the final few events, Fr. Dodd noted that one of the eligible swimmers failed to appear at the blocks for that event. He immediately entered the Brophy diver, who garnered the one point that allowed Brophy to win the championship – by one point.”

Alumni Now – November 2016

Thoughts from Father Philip Postell, SJ

In the regular calendar of the year of the Church we approach the conclusion of what is called the Ordinary Cycle. Ordinary in this sense does not mean trivial or routine, but rather a regular cycle of Sundays between Pentecost and Advent. We are passing through the final Sundays of Ordinary Time and approach the season of Advent. Our sequence of the church year parallels what is going on in nature. Leaves fall, grass dies, and in general, nature lies dormant. But even though nature seems to die, we realize that this period is temporary and pulses with expectation of a new year and spring cycle.

The Scripture writers reflect this preoccupation and changes of nature in the way they approach death. Death is simply not the end of existence. It is a door through which we go to life eternal. Jesus continually preaches that he is the God of the living, the God of Isaac and Jacob. So the death that Jesus went through is simply an entrance into life eternal.

We can speculate about what life eternal is, though the Scriptures insist that the eye has not seen nor ears heard the light that await us in the life of the Resurrection. And so Jesus will continue to insist that life eternal motivates us to live a strong and loving life.

A theologian once compared the way Jesus approaches earthly life with the way many human beings approach this life. We human beings measure life that ends in death. Even though we know that death is not the end of our existence, our instinct is to draw a line when we die. But Jesus measures existence the opposite way. Jesus measures existence beginning with death and entering into life eternal. In this way death is not a tragedy but simply a beginning of life eternal. This is his gift to us. It was this cycle of repetition and preparation for Christmas that we celebrate during Advent. We look forward to a new cycle of nature and a new experience of spiritual life this year.

Brophy Football

Brophy football ended its run in the playoffs, and its season, with a 34-33 loss to Red Mountain. Brophy finished with an 8-4 record. Kudos to the #RedArmy, Brophy’s diehard fans and supporters whose energy did a lot to always keep the Broncos going.


Class of ’06 – Ten-year Reunion
Friday, November 25 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Pizza and Beer in the McCain Colonnade

Class of ’11 – Five-year Reunion
Saturday, November 26 from 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Pizza and Beer in the McCain Colunnade

#Giving Tuesday – November 29, 2016

There are those who participate in Black Friday and Cyber Monday,
but we are the Broncos…
#Giving Tuesday – Save the Date! – $100K in a Day
We can do this! Stay tuned…more to come…

Alumni Updates

Chris Hoyt ’01, recipient of Brophy’s 2015 St. Francis Xavier Award for Ignatian Identity and Director of Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos orphanage in Guatemala, was recently chosen to participate in The Changing of the Rose of Peace on behalf of the orphanage. The annual ceremony commemorates the signing of the Guatemalan Peace Accord ending a 36-year civil war in that country.

Congratulations to Isaiah Oliver ’15, named Pac-12 Special Teams Player of the Week following his five punt returns, including a 68-yard touchdown, in Colorado’s victory over UCLA.

Jonathan Londoño ’10 and his brother Steve Londoño ’05, co-founders of a competitive barbecue team called “Char Wars,” took first place in Brisket at the World BBQ Festival, competing against some of the best teams in the nation! Jonathan Londoño heads Brophy’s Student Advocacy and Outreach Office.

Congratulations to Aaron Gagleard ’08 on being named one of “35 Arizona Entrepreneurs Under 35!”

Many thanks to Rodrigo Dorador ’08 who returned to Brophy recently to speak to our Hermanos Unidos group about his journey rooted in education and advocacy.

Sam Triplett ’14, playing for Northwestern, helped lead his team to a third-place finish in the Bridgestone Golf Collegiate in Greensboro, N.C. Sam finished fourth overall in individual standings with a career best 17 birdies.

Michael Feagles ’16, who plays for Illinois, helped lead the golf team to a win in the East Lake Cup, a tournament showcasing some of the best teams and players in college golf. In addition, Michael placed an impressive fifth place in the individual Stroke Play.

In Memoriam

Adalberto Rodriguez ’05
Sean Michael Weber ’85

Alumni Now – October 2016

Thoughts from Fr. Philip Postell, S.J.  

Even though the feast of Thanksgiving is more than a month away, the readings for the 28th Sunday of Ordinary Time are an effective introduction to a consideration of giving thanks. The Syrian general Naman approached the Jewish prophet for a cure of his leprosy. When he was finally cured, he returned to Israel wanting to give a gift to Elijah, the prophet. When the prophet refused the offer of a gift, the Syrian general mentioned the beautiful words of Old Testament gratitude, “God is at work at this moment.”

This story is a set up for today’s gospel where Jesus cures the 10 lepers. Of course, the poignant rendition of the cure of ten sick men recounts the fact that nine did not return to say thank you and only one did, namely the Samaritan. One is tempted to ask why the Samaritan and not the other nine? It is interesting to note that in the midst of their sickness, the ten lepers were united as a group. When they approached Jesus, they were together as a community, albeit a sick community. But once they were cured, then the old-time antagonism between Samaritans and Jews reappeared. It is no coincidence that the story takes place on the border between Israel and Samaria, another subtle reinforcement of the theme of true Thanksgiving. Why did not the other nine return to Jesus for thanks? Perhaps they no longer needed the support and assistance of one to help them, of a doctor to cure them. And so they resumed their former attitude. But the one lonely solitary Samaritan had nothing left but to realize that God is at work here and now.

Alumnus of the Year Awards

Brophy is happy to announce that Thomas P. McCabe ’66 has been named the 2016 recipient of the St. Ignatius Loyola Award for Distinguished Service. This is Brophy’s affirmation of an alumnus who is recognized and honored for the ways he personifies the Brophy graduate after graduation.

By happy coincidence, Tom McCabe is serving as Chairman of his class’s 50th Reunion.

Brophy annually presents the St. Francis Xavier award for Ignatian Identity to an alumnus who has graduated within the recent fifteen years. The recipient of this year’s St. Francis Xavier Award is Daniel B. Englander ’04.  Dan’s community outreach started when he was a student at Brophy volunteering at a mobile clinic in Phoenix and Mesa that provides free healthcare to those who cannot afford it.

The Alumni Awards will be presented at the Father-Son Communion Breakfast on Saturday, November 12. To register for the Breakfast, please click here.

#GivingTuesdayNovember 29, 2016

There are those that participate in Black Friday, and Cyber Monday. But we are the Broncos…

SAVE THE DATE – Tuesday, November 29th
100K in a day
We can do this!
Stay tuned….

Reunion Update

66 50th Reunion
November 5th – 6th
Reunion Contact: Tom McCabe
Reunion website –

86 30th Reunion
October 22nd – 23rd
Reunion Contact: Kevin Dupont
Reunion website –

06 10th Reunion
Friday, November 25th

11 5th Reunion
Saturday, November 29th

Wedding Anniversaries

Congratulations to Bob Davies ’62 and his wife Gerri, who celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in July. After graduating from Brophy, Bob enrolled at Arizona State College in Flagstaff (now NAU), the first Brophy grad to enter NAU. He graduated in 1966 and married Gerri that summer. Having played football for four years at Brophy, Bob says he still follows Brophy through every football season.

Paul Praetzel ’61 shared this thought, “55 years later, I am grateful for the disciplines learned at Brophy, blessings from our heavenly Father, and a dear wife of almost 50 years. Oops, not the proper order. Oh, well, I guess it’s back to Anton Renna’s class on critical thinking.”

Alumni Updates

Congratulations to Andy Morgan ’90 who was recently named the Dean of Students at Indiana State University.

Ryan Carver ’95 recently moved from San Francisco to NYC as a Technology Analyst at Voya Investment Management. He has one daughter and is in the process of adopting another!

Steve Ferrara ’87 was recruited by the VA in Phoenix to lead the interventional radiology service where he is increasing access and expanding critical clinical services for the Valley’s vets.

Tom Kaminski ’61, retired school principal with Los Angeles Unified School District, and his wife Linda, Superintendent of Schools for Azusa Unified School District, are living in California. They have three children “all educated, all employed, all out of the house – check, check, check!” They also have two grandchildren, ages two and three.

Rick Ternosky ’64 recently left Southern California for a new residence in Washington to be near the grandkids.

Joe Myers ’60 is retired and living in Boise, Idaho with his wife. Joe says “I’m am proud to be a Brophy graduate and a member of the family.’’ Joe has 4 children, two in grammar school, one in high school and one at Colorado Mesa University who plays on the soccer team.

Orville Glaze ’66 officially retired as of January 2016 and is “enjoying living the life of Riley.”

In Memoriam

Robert C. Williams – father of Colby Williams ’87 and Matt Williams ’90

Beth Schulze Clements – grandmother of Justin Clements ’09

James B. Crowley – father of James P. Crowley ’78 and grandfather of Matthew Tejada ’16 and Ryan Schmidt ’19

James Marsh – grandfather of Benjamin Marsh ’03

Paul Windes ’64

Christopher Michael Haenelfather of Brophy Trustee Michael Haenel, grandfather of Michael Haenel ’06, Philip Haenel ’08, Patrick Haenel ’10, Peter Haenel ’13 and Katie Haenel XCP ’13

Peter Andrews – grandfather of Tom Schisssel ’99, Kate Schissel Healy XCP 02, Jenny Schissel XCP 04, Kristen Schissel XCP 06 and father of Nancy Schissel, XCP Faculty

Robert Steinheiser – grandfather of Andrew Steinheiser ’14 and Rachel Steinheiser XCP 17

Patricia McDermott – mother of Matthew McDermott ’96, Michael McDermott ’91 and Thomas McDermott ’88

Alumni Now-September 2016

Thoughts from Fr. Philip Postell, S.J.  

In one of the significant passages of the September Gospel readings occurs the curious recommendation by Jesus Christ “unless one hates mother and father, as well as his sister and brothers, he will not be saved.” Omitting the observation of a literary insertion having to do with exaggeration, one should remember that obtaining salvation and being a disciple of Jesus is not an easy road. First of all, we have to remember that this journey is just that. We never do arrive until we die. So the road to being a disciple is full of difficult choices. And what Jesus recommends is that we put him first and do not choose friends or family. This is not a ploy to minimize the place of the families. It is simply a suggestion that we put Jesus first. As a matter of fact, what Jesus is recommending is not dissimilar to what we face in our relationship with other human beings. If we are cultivating a relationship with family or with spouse or with friends, we have to determine what is the most important. This is not a hating incident so much as a recommendation and a statement for our priorities.

Service Project

We want to renew our push for a concerted alumni effort on a particular service project. This year we want to focus our efforts on Parsons Family Health Center. This facility serves breakfast for the homeless on the first Saturday, every other month, with the help of volunteers, and this is where we as Brophy alumni come in.

We want to recruit volunteers for the upcoming breakfast on Saturday, October 1st from 7:00am to 11:00am. If you are interested and available, please click here for details and to sign up for a shift.

 National Merit Finalists

Congratulations to the following members of the Class of 2017 who have qualified as Semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program:  Will Alpert, Anthony Cardellini, Carter Clelland, Zephan Enciso, Ian Gray, Brandon Hulston, Luke Miller, Brendan Morey, Luke Stegmayer, Ryan Teetsel, Brandon Theodorou, Michael Travis and Jack Venberg.

They have earned this distinction on the basis of their performance on the 2015 PSAT/NMSQT which they took last October.  They are part of a group of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists nationwide and 300 in Arizona.  They will submit a detailed application in hopes of advancing in the competition to the Finalist and Scholar levels later this year.  If they achieve those designations they will automatically qualify for scholarship money.  Congratulations, gentlemen.

History of Brophy and the AIA?

In the last issue, we made a request for information about past Olympians who graduated from Brophy. This move was stimulated by the emergence of Oregon track star Devon Allen ’13 who is an up and coming hurdler and who made the Olympic team this year. Moving on to another topic, I thought to pick the brains of the alumni regarding Brophy’s joining the AIA. Can anyone give me some particulars of this transition—when, why, how, conditions, concessions, resistance? How did the transfer impact the athletic flavor of Brophy thereafter?

Reunion Update

66 50th Reunion
November 5th – 6th
Reunion Contact: Tom McCabe
Reunion website –
76 40th Reunion
October 7th – 8th
Reunion Contact:
Reunion Chairs – John Regester, Art Cunningham and Peter Hushek

Reunion Details and RSVP Information
86 30th Reunion
October 22nd – 23rd
Reunion Contact: Kevin Dupont
Reunion website –
96 20th Reunion

October 7th – 8th
Reunion Contact: Blair Polachek
Reunion website –

Bit of History

“The first year that Brophy had a football team from the post WW II era was 1953.  At that time we had a freshman and sophomore class that each had about 40 students.  The team was a JV team and played no varsity games, except maybe Phoenix Indian School.  Fr. Schallert, Fr. Devlin and Bob Gillson were the main coaches.  Brophy had no uniforms but Carver High School, an all-black school in Phoenix closed down in May of 1953.  Fr. Schallert and Fr. Devlin attended an auction of their school property and ended up with grey T-shirts that said Carver, and football and basketball uniforms to outfit our first athletic teams.  The only problem was Carver’s colors were Blue and Gold and they were made for bigger, older students.   In one game, our speedy WR Bill Bezy broke away on a long run when his pants dropped down to his knees and down he went.  The blue and gold uniforms were our team uniforms for the ’53 and ’54 seasons.

According to Tim Walsh ’58 and Santa Clara alum, another lucky break for Brophy football occurred in 1955 when Santa Clara dropped their football program.  Never to miss an opportunity, during the summer of 1955, Fr. Schallert sweet talked Ron Giordan ’56 and Ed Chagnon ’56 to take a ride with him to Santa Clara.  There they were given Santa Clara’s red and white football uniforms and a tractor which was drastically needed to mow the football field.  They had a way to get the uniforms back to Brophy but not the tractor.  Fr. Schallert decided to get it to Phoenix on a train.  Ron Giordan remembers driving the tractor from Santa Clara to the train station at night as it would only go about 5 to 10 mph.  Once in Phoenix, he also drove it from the train station to Brophy at night.  Brophy wore Santa Clara’s red and white uniforms for at least the ’55, ’56 and ’57 football seasons.” Submitted by Bob Sloncen ’57.

Alumni Updates

Joshua Benjamin ’16 (Harvard ’20) is one of five Valley students profiled in September’s Arizona Foothills Magazine.

Eight of the 102 Arizona high school players now on PAC 12 football rosters are Brophy alums: Devon Allen ’13, Oregon; Frederick Gammage ’12, ASU; Austin A.T. Hall ’14, Stanford; C.J. Keller ’14, Stanford; Connor Murphy ’16, USC; Isaiah Oliver ’15, Colorado; Donald Reiter ’16, Arizona; and Owen Rogers ’14, ASU. Way to represent, Broncos!

AZCentral’s Facebook page highlighted athletes from local high schools who are now quarterbacks in NCAA programs, including Tyler Bruggman ’13 (Montana State), Brian Woodward ’14 (South Dakota), and Cade Knox ’16 (Harvard).

In Memoriam
James F Sullivanfather of Michael Sullivan ’79 and Joseph Sullivan ’85
Dennis Patrick Kilbane 62
Nancy Bidwell – grandmother of Thomas Bidwell  08
James Nisbet 62
Michael F. Murphy ’68
Peter Makaus 59 – Brophy Regent Emeritus, brother of Matthew Makaus 63 and father of Brent Makaus 90

Alumni Now – June 2016

Thoughts from Fr. Postell, S.J.  

The Feast of the Body and Blood of Jesus, which occurs nine weeks after Easter and one week after the celebration of Pentecost, includes two priorities for the early Christian community, and by extension to our contemporary school community. In one passage, Paul criticizes the early Corinthian community for the class differences evident in the weekly celebration of the Eucharist. One group comes in earlier than the rest and enjoys priority seating. The rest of the congregation comes in later and takes whatever is left over. The seating really is based on economic and social differences. But Paul thinks that the celebration of the Eucharist is an invitation to the people of God, irrespective of their financial and social strength. What they are asked to preach and witness is directly contradicted by their seating arrangement at the Eucharist. There are lessons in this practice for us today. In the gospel, on the same feast, Jesus feeds the five thousand. Who might these 5,000 be? They are probably the poor and the hungry and the homeless, all looking for some message of hope. Jesus preaches salvation to them but also feeds their hunger. To be exact, Jesus enjoins his disciples to feed the multitude. To be sure, there is both the distribution of physical nourishment combined with spiritual healing. As we attend church in our contemporary society, do we stop to realize the implications of receiving the body and blood of Christ with regard to the needs of the poor and the needy and the homeless?

Service Project

We have already, in an earlier issue, discussed the possibility of a new service project. With the impetus of the theology of ministry presented in the thoughts above, we want to announce an opportunity for feeding the homeless. The Parsons Family Health Center aims to feed the homeless every other first Saturday of the month and are looking for volunteers to assist in their efforts. Food is provided and the facility is furnished. The host institution is simply looking for help. Registration for this project is greatly simplified, register HERE. Our hopes are that someday the need for volunteers would be completely filled by Brophy Alumni.

Update on the New Gym

Bill Woods, Brophy’s Athletic Director, reports that construction on “The Dutch” is on schedule and ready for completion in mid-October. Both basketball and wrestling teams are chomping at the bit to enjoy “the finest physical training facility in the state.”  YouTube > 
As we move into the final phase of the construction of the Harry T. Olivier, S.J. Gymnasium, The Dutch, we pause to remember and celebrate the 59th anniversary of Father Olivier’s ordination on June 15, 1957.

Bronco Football News

Every year the football team tries to schedule a game against a high ranking opponent from either Nevada or California. Per Scooter Molander, Brophy’s Varsity Football Coach, the Broncos will play out-of-state opponent Fresno Edison High School (CA) in the Brothers-in Arms Classic on Saturday, August 20th at 2pm. The game will be held at Ventura College in Ventura California. We hope to get great support of Bronco fans everywhere, particularly those in the area. Perhaps the game will excite as much as the November 6, 2015 state playoff game vs Phoenix Pinnacle, which Brophy won 38-37 in double-overtime. That game earned Brophy the Best Game Award at the Arizona Sports Awards ceremony on June 5th. Coach Molander was on hand to accept the award.

Reunion Update

66 50th Reunion
November 5th – 6th
Reunion Contact: Tom McCabe

76 40th Reunion
October 7th – 8th
Reunion Contact:
Reunion Chairs – John Regester, Art Cunningham and Peter Hushek

86 30th Reunion
October 22nd – 23rd
Reunion Contact: Pat Bertenshaw

96 20th Reunion
October 7th – 8th
Reunion Contact: Blair Polachek

A Bit of History

An article from the Arizona Republic in January of 1930 reports some interesting facts about the basketball team. Brophy finished the season with a win over Loyola High School in Los Angeles, 20-11. The record of sixteen victories out of seventeen games was a truly impressive record for the young school. An interesting wrinkle on the schedule of that year reports a substantial loss to Buckeye High. Apparently Brophy played Buckeye with its second team. On its way back from Los Angeles the previous week, the team bus was involved in an automobile accident with injuries suffered by the first team.

Alumni Updates

Class of 2016, we welcome you as alumni and congratulations!

David Vidaure ’96 was recently promoted from Sergeant to Lieutenant at the Glendale Police Department. He is currently assigned as a Shift Commander out of the Foothills Patrol Division. He has been with the Glendale Police Department 12 1/2 years.

Chris Beall ’12 wrapped up his ASU baseball career and shares his thoughts with ASU’s Cronkite News.

Congratulations to Devon Allen ’13 (Oregon), Bobby Grant ’14 (Texas A&M) and Cole Walsh ’13 (Oregon) who all made the podium at the NCAA National Championships! Devon is the 110m hurdle champ, Bobby finished 4th in the 4×400 and 400 hurdles, and Cole placed 7th in the pole vault. Next stop, Olympic Trials!

Christian Maggi ’14 celebrated with his Yavapai College Roughriders teammates, the NJCAA National Champions! Christian was their starting right fielder.

Kudos to Matt Emerson ’00, who delivered the commencement address at Central Catholic High School in Modesto, CA. Matt writes and speaks on faith and education and has published a book, “Why Faith? A Journey of Discovery.

Darren Burr ’14, current UofA student, wins the Whiskey Row Marathon on his first attempt at ever running a marathon!

In Memoriam

Lee Perry – father of Geoff Perry ’80 and Chris Perry ’75, grandfather of Greg Genrich ’08

Mary Joy Farre – grandmother of Jack Tiffany ’15Chase Beggs ’17, and mother-in-law of Corey Beggs ’86

James F Sullivan – Father of Michael Sullivan ’79 and Joseph Sullivan ’85

Ted McDonnell – father of Kathleen McDonnell Zywicki  XCP ’75, Joe McDonnell ’76, Sue McDonnell Williams XCP ’77, Terry McDonnell ’78,  Felice McDonnell McCarthy XCP ’79, Brigid McDonnell Borst XCP ’84, and grandchildren Alex Zywicki XCP ’08, J.T. Zywicki ’09John Borst ’11, and Kevin Zywicki ’17

Alumni Now – February 2016

Thoughts from Fr. Postell, S.J.  

In the fourth chapter of the Gospel of Luke occurs the incident wherein Jesus returns to his hometown and begins to preach. His audience of longtime acquaintances are amazed at the performance of this son of a mere carpenter. Later on their amazement escalates into rage as they turn on Jesus and attempt to throw him off a cliff.  Small wonder that Jesus reacts, “No prophet is accepted in his own town.” It is well to note that the opposition to Jesus did not come from the pillars of the religious community, but rather rank and file ordinary people of the town.

We have to speculate on the content of this particular message of Jesus. What did he say that caused such a violent reaction? Well, simply put, Jesus reminded the people of his hometown that God’s call is to every person in the world. And this, the rank and file, his reliants could not accept.

This causes us to speculate on the nature of prophecy. It is a popular misconception that prophets predict the future. But actually, such a vocation pronounces on contemporary priorities in the state of human affairs and religious performance. What a prophet very often does is to gauge the distance between contemporary behaviors from the roots of religion. Jeremiah is one of the most human of the prophets in the Old Testament. He wanted no part of the responsibility of calling people to task. He was opposed by the king, the religious establishment, and even the ordinary people of Israel. He reminded the Jews that the monopoly of essence of religion dated from the building of the temple and the beginning of the written law. But Jeremiah says that their allegiance to God predates the building of the temple all the way back to Abraham. God stayed faithful to His people, even without the temple. What happened with the building of the temple was that the essence of Judaism was restricted to the temple and the law, forgetting that the relationship to God and His people evoked a much wider concern of people with one another and between the people and their God.

This particular emphasis by Jeremiah stirred up widespread hostility in his audience. The reaction of his people was violent, not unlike the reaction for Jesus and His message.

It is the business of the prophet to remind people of the essence of religion when that very essence has been pushed out from the center and often overlooked. In our living of day to day religion, have we allowed the purity of the message of Jesus to be pushed out from the status of priority and replaced by our own temple and law? We all remember fifty years ago how much importance was given to not eating meat on Friday. Do we have the same pattern today?

ASC Applications

We are currently accepting applications from the alumni of the Class of 2012 for the Brophy Alumni Service Corps (ASC). For more information or to begin the application process, click here.


Our varsity basketball did wind up its season on Friday, February 5th with a game against Sandra Day O’Connor High School. Thereafter the team entered the first round of the playoffs the second week of February. The varsity soccer team lost a squeaker to Desert Vista in the first round of the playoffs.

 Bit of History

Did you know that in the fall of 1934, when Brophy was scheduled to play Phoenix High, the Pintos were forced to cancel the game because of a rash of injuries? In a nutshell, Brophy only had eleven players with not enough healthy players for substitutes. Phoenix High agreed to cancel the scheduled game and even agreed to put Brophy on their schedule in football and basketball for the following year. With all the attention being given to head injuries in contemporary sports, we should remember that competitive athletics in the 1930s had to deal with injuries as well.

 Alumni Giving Highlight

Austin Walling ’08, Sales Manager at RE-BATH of Tucson and Brophy Community Foundation donor:

“I was so fortunate to be able to attend Brophy and receive the best high school education in the state. The sacrifices my parents made to make sure I could achieve that were immense, and I am so thankful to them. I know there are less fortunate people who deserve the same opportunity that I had. This is a fantastic way to help make a difference in students’ lives all across the state.”


Alumni Updates

Congratulations to JJ Jansen ’04, who, along with his teammates from the Carolina Panthers, made it all the way to Super Bowl!

Matt Pool ’86 is at it again, sharing his love of breakfast with a second location of the popular Matt’s Big Breakfast, which opened recently in the Camelback Corridor.

Stephen Watson 78 has been appointed as Mission Assurance Manager for NASA’s Deep Space Network, NASA’s international array of giant radio antennas that supports interplanetary spacecraft missions. The DSN consists of three facilities spaced equidistant around the world at Goldstone, California; near Madrid, Spain; and near Canberra, Australia.

More information is at

Edward Cassavant 78 and his wife Elissa have lovingly put their efforts behind the 2nd Annual Team Bradley Bear 5K Walk/Run, supporting pediatric children battling brain cancer, in honor of their dear son Bradley Lucas Cassavant. Bradley lost his battle to brain cancer when he was just one year old.  For information on this year’s walk/run, click here!

Check out the most recent article by Matt Emerson ’00 for America Magazine on vocation and discernment.

Calvin Liang ’15 finished his first Ivy Championship as League Team Co-Champions as well as the Individual All-Ivy First Team.

 Our Brophy family, and so it grows!

Congratulations to Chris Angus ’04 and Janet (Johnson) Angus XCP ’04 on the birth of their daughter, Adelaide Marie Angus!

Wedding and Anniversaries

Life’s a beach! Chris Marchildon ’04 married Summer Hill in Big Sur, California in September and they live in Scottsdale.

Mike Strittmatter ’05 married Maura Quigley XCP ’05 in the Brophy Chapel last week. Congratulations to Maura and Mike, who serves on our Alumni Service Board.

Eric Herschede ’85 and his wife Molly recently celebrated their 20th anniversary. When asked the secret to their success, Eric shared “Patience, passion, and colorful socks.” Who knew?

Alumni Now – January 2016

Thoughts from Fr. Postell, S.J.  

One of the most significant feasts in the liturgical calendar of the church is the Feast of the Epiphany. Ironically, the importance of this feast looms very powerfully in the Eastern Church; perhaps not as weighty in the Roman Church.

We can get distracted about what to call the Wise Men, how many there were (St. Augustine thought twelve) and their names. Even the mention of the word “Star” has caused not a little speculation in the minds of sincere mathematicians and astronomers. Suffice it to say, the mention of the Star in the East reflects the emphasis of St. Matthew to portray the birth of Christ as a light in the darkness.

We are told by St. Paul that the gentiles are all coheirs, members of the same body. No longer are there Jew and gentile, but brothers and sisters.

Matthew is intent on preaching the message of unity, perhaps not sameness, but at least equality. What Matthew wanted to avoid is a practice of exclusion which disrupts the unity of the Christian message.

Interestingly enough, there seems to be the general assumption that most of the Jews at the time of Jesus knew about the promise of the birth of the Messiah. Scripture reports Herod as being very troubled, “And all Jerusalem with Him.” I am reminded of that famous scene in Bolt’s play about St. Thomas More when Henry VIII laughs as he jumps out of the boat. All of his followers laugh with him after waiting for his reaction.

Certainly Herod was troubled and feared the significance of this messianic threat. He certainly was not interested in unity, fairness, or justice.

We have to ask ourselves, are we sensitive to the birth of the Messiah in the year 2016, or are we more interested in exclusion?

ASC Retreat

The Brophy branch of the Alumni Service Corps (ASC) sponsored a collaborative retreat with members of the ASC programs of St. Ignatius in San Francisco and Bellarmine Prep in San Jose. The event took place at Manresa for the weekend of Jan. 7th – Jan. 10th. We had a full slate with faculty sponsors from each school. The only worry was element of snow and ice—oh yes, and some rock falls which threatened the passage of 89-A between Flagstaff and Sedona.

Faculty/Staff Retreat

The annual Brophy Faculty/Staff Retreat was held at Franciscan Renewal Center, The Casa, on Monday, January 4th. A former Brophy teacher, Chris Alling, presented some entertaining and supportive ideas. Mr. Alling is the current president of Xavier High School in Palm Desert. He is responsible for the vision of Xavier High School, which some people sincerely call “Brophy West.”

Spring Reunions
The Class of ’91 will be celebrating their 25th Reunion on Saturday, April 30th. See Reunions under Alumni Tab on Brophy’s webpage for more details.

A Bit of History

We might review a few memories about the closing of the old Brophy in 1935. Incidentally, the old Brophy is referred to by many veteran alumni as “Pinto Brophy.” Everyone knows by now that small enrollment and financial problems forced the school to close. One report claims an additional challenge – the difficulty of assigning Jesuits to staff the school. Possibly the contrast between L.A. and San Francisco on one hand, with the Phoenix frontier discouraged several Jesuits from moving to Pinto Brophy.

Whatever the case, the year 1934-35 must have been a traumatic one for the school community. The Jesuits suggested to the then Bishop Gercke that he purchase the school for the parish. We have to remember that the present Brophy chapel served as the parish church for quite a few years. Bishop Gercke considered asking the Christian Brothers in Santa Fe to run the school. The Brothers subsequently weighed the offer and declined. The Bishop subsequently bought the school for $50,000, which mirrored the debt the school had incurred up to that time. The Jesuits agreed that they would continue to administer the parish.

Not content to stand back, Bishop Gercke announced in late 1935 that he would start a campaign to build two Catholic high schools for boys. But he found little excitement for this project. During this conversation, the Bishop learned that the Franciscans would be interested in running Old Brophy. Apparently there were several factions in the school community who favored either Jesuits or Franciscans. During this time, the parish contracted with the BVM’s of Dubuque to staff the parish elementary school. And to put a close to the story, the Jesuits returned to Phoenix in 1952 to reopen Brophy College Preparatory.

Alumni Updates

 Adam Mosharrafa ’14 and Stanford University Soccer team won the NCAA Division I National Championship the weekend of December 12th. Mosharrafa is the second alumnus in as many years to play with and win an NCAA title. Last year, Riggs Lennon ’13 played for Virginia winning the 2014 title.

Brad Newman ’70 celebrated 40 years at Yavapai Exceptional Industries, an organization that supports adults with disabilities through job training, employment, volunteer placements, and support services. Read the article recently published in The Prescott News.

Pete Burr ’07, current Brophy teacher, was interviewed for the student newspaper The Brophy Roundup.

Weddings and Anniversaries

Edward Dunnigan ’59 and his wife Judy will be celebrating their 50th Anniversary on January 29th.

Ted Dettmer, Jr. ’62 and his wife Anita recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

Steve Kolesar ’62 and his wife Linda recently celebrated their anniversary. They were married in Rome, Italy, on October 30, 1971, by Fr. Daniel Kendall, SJ, 57. Two of his Jesuit fellows who were also studying in Rome at the time with Fr. Kendall, Fr. Ralph DaCosta, SJ, (India) and Fr. Antonio Lambimno, SJ, (Phillipines), assisted in the Marriage in The Chapel of San Andrea al Quirinale, a 15th century Jesuit Church in Rome. It is known as the “Pearl of the Baroque”, a Church commissioned to and designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini.

Alumni Now – December 2015

Thoughts from Fr. Postell, S.J.
A student of New Testament culture frequently revisits the understanding, at least in Judaism, about the causal influence of sickness. Simply put, disease and/or financial reversal was attributed to sin by the individual. A person was guilty of wrongdoing and was therefore punished with sickness. The reversal was also true. Financial and material prosperity was considered the direct result of moral rectitude.

Of course, in today’s times, we have a much more sophisticated understanding about sickness and would never attribute disease as a punishment from God for a particular sin. In other words, we are much more sensitive to the facile connection between disease and wrongdoing. We believe that a merciful God would never punish human beings out of a motive of revenge. All that being said, there is an undeniable connection between sickness and some underlying psychological root causes. No one can deny the truth of the maxim “a healthy mind, a healthy body.” I want to put it another way; very often depressed and challenged mental attitudes can cause or make the body much more susceptible to physical illness.

But if that is the case, namely that God does not punish the individual with disease because of sin, then we can refine that insight to establish the possible connection between mental health and physical health. One aspect of positive mental health is faith in God and in His son Jesus. We might thoroughly reflect on the healing force that comes to an individual with faith in Jesus Christ.

During the season of Advent, we study the theme of preparation for Christmas and perhaps this could be a reminder of deepening our faith in Jesus Christ. It was the role of John the Baptist to prepare the way. “Make straight the path of the Lord.” John the Baptist ate honey and clothed himself in animal skins. His mindset was focused on “The Lamb of God.” There was scarcely a political bone in his body. People knew where they stood with him and his role was to prepare for the coming of Jesus.

As we prepare for the birthday of Jesus, we have the invitation to deepen our faith, to take care of our bodies and souls, to develop a kind of mental attitude that is founded in belief and which in effect can bring happiness of both soul and body. We simply focus on the light that shines in the darkness.


Christmas Mass Schedule at Brophy Chapel
Thursday, December 24th
4:15pm St. Francis Xavier Mass held in the Brophy Chapel
7:30pm Brophy Mass
9:30pm Brophy Mass
Friday December 25th – MERRY CHRISTMAS!
10:00am Brophy Mass
Sunday December 27th
10:00am Regular Sunday Mass
New Year’s Masses – none are held in the Brophy Chapel. Please check St. Francis Xavier Parish website for Mass listings.


Young Alum Luncheon

Back from college for your winter break? We invite our young alumni, graduates from the Classes of ’12-’15, to join us on Wednesday, January 6th from 11:30 to 1:00pm for pizza in the Harper Great Hall. It’s a great opportunity to reconnect with classmates and various staff members before they head back into their classrooms. If you plan on joining us, please RSVP here! We want to make sure we have enough pizza!



Each year Brophy enjoys a wide-ranging group of reunions based on 10 year intervals. This year, the Class of ’65 celebrated its 50th anniversary with a Friday night informal gathering here at Brophy. The following night, the reunion class enjoyed the hospitality of the Phoenix Country Club. To reunion chair, Peter Calihan ’65 and his committee, including but not limited to Larry Cuzzocrea ’65, Richard DeNinno ’65, Jim Hawkins ’65, Bob Houck ’65, John Howe ’65, Mark Kalich ’65, William Kantor ’65, Larry Muckerman ’65, John Pope ’65, Stephen Rempe ’65, Rich Roulier ’65, and Richard Trowbridge ’65, congratulations on a successful celebration.

Later on in the year, the Classes of ’75, ’85, and ’95 celebrated with their respective classmates with equal delight as well. Many thanks to Sean Kelly ’75, Bob Beardsley ’75, Eric Herschede ’85, and Brian Theobald ’95 for their leadership and to their many classmates who assisted them in putting these events together.

After Thanksgiving day and on a chilly Friday evening, the Class of ’05 met in the McCain Colonnade. The attendance was outstanding. This reunion, chaired by Michael Strittmatter ’05, along with Sean Berens ’05, Oscar Barboa ’05, Sean Tierney ’05, Bobby Wesley ’05, and Joe White ’05 could very well hold the record of hosting the largest reunion gathering and tour on Brophy’s campus.

With this impetus in mind, someone asked why wait to celebrate every 10 years; why, in the span of 10 years, can we not intersperse an informal reminder every 5 years. So, this spring, we will do a 5 year kick-off as a kind of pilot program. As of this writing, the Classes of ’71 and the ’91 are in the planning stages for celebrations this spring.

Bit of History

On August 23rd, 1928, the Arizona Republic reported that the new Brophy football coach Jimmy Robinson would install a unique offensive set called the Notre Dame Box. Coach Robinson had previously coached in Portland, Oregon and before that had played football in the college ranks at Gonzaga University. In those days, schools such as Santa Clara, Loyola and Gonzaga were ranked as collegiate football powerhouses. So, the hiring of Coach Robinson, who would also coach basketball and baseball, was considered a hiring plum for Brophy. Small wonder that the Phoenix newspaper described him as one of “The most promising men in the coaching game.”


Alumni Updates

Matt Miller ’97 continues to inspire us! After losing his fingers and toes to frostbite in a mountain climbing accident, Matt’s determination has not wavered. He is now conquering miles and miles of pavement with ultra-distant running! Read his story here.

Andy Schmidbauer ’88 was honored for his 20 years of service with the Brophy Cross Country Team. This season was his last and he will be sorely missed, but will hardly be taking it easy! He will continue his teaching of Spanish, coaching volleyball, and yes, raising his twin boys with wife Joy.

Joe Dugan ’02 is a featured artist in the Emerging Visions exhibit at the Agora Gallery in NYC from December 29th to January 14th. Read more about Joe and the inspiration behind his work.

Tyler Bruggman ’13, quarterback for the Scottsdale Community College Artichokes, is thriving on and off the field. He was recently highlighted on

Justin Glenn ’63 has just released the latest in his ongoing series. Volume 5, Part 1 and Part 2 of his book “The Washingtons: A Family History” is now available on Amazon. Congratulations Justin!

Isaiah Oliver ’15 was interviewed by the Denver Post on setting his sights on a bigger role for the Colorado University Buffalo’s 2016 football season.


Wedding Anniversaries

John Ashton ’87 and Kimberly (Finney) Ashton XCP ’87 will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary on January 5, 2016. Per John, “25 Years, and still having fun!”


In Memoriam

Thomas A. McCarthy Jr. – father to Megan Kuhl XCP ’90 and Teresa Brown XCP 82-83 and grandfather to Preston Kuhl ’17, Molly Kuhl XCP ’18, Riggs Brown ’14, Tucker Brown ’17 and Connor Brown, husband of Diane McCarthy.

Dr. Bill Dunn – father of Tim Dunn ’76, Bill Dunn ’72, Chuck Dunn ’74, Patty Klieber XCP ’71, and Katie Dunn XCP ’80 and husband of Mary Dunn.

Sally O’Malley Whitten Lara – mother of Christopher Whitten ’84, grandmother of Tom Whitten ’13 and Charlie Whitten ’15

Anne Hickie – Brophy Regent Emeritus and mother of Christopher Hickie ’83, Matthew Hickie ’85 and Brian Hickie.

Christian Smallsreed ’88

Miguel Gutierrez, Jr. ’11

Alumni Now – November 2015

Thoughts from Fr. Postell, S.J.  

During the month of November, we focus our attention on the deceased of our community. During November is the month of the holy souls. More importantly, it gives us an opportunity to fix our gaze on the members of our community who have gone before us and now rest with the Lord.

Death is a difficult topic to get excited about. It is often accompanied by feelings of grief, anxiety and separation. Not a few instances of death include significant suffering.

And that is why the gift of Christianity focuses on the hope of the resurrection. “If Jesus has not risen from the dead, our hope is in vain.” Our belief in the resurrection looks at an after-life and stresses the promise of eternal life where we are united with Christ our brother forever.

One thought often occurs to me in our belief in an after-life. It is almost as if we look to eternal life as a kind of fairy tale, merry-go-round Easter egg hunt. A place we will get to watch endless TV, or an exciting game of the World Series, or spend endless hours shopping without worrying about an expense account. I guess there is some consolation in this.

But frankly, we do not know much about the after-life. Though I suspect what we experience will far surpass measures of the material ecstasy we dream about. Jesus once exclaimed, “The eye has not seen” in His attempt to describe the after-life.

In point of fact, we know that we will be united eternally with our Brother who loves us. This is the essential gift of the resurrection. Everything else is a distraction. And that union with Jesus Christ will be perfect, all satisfying and yes, very exciting. This is the mystery of the resurrection and the gift. It is the completion and fulfillment of what we have striven for all of our lives. But after we die, that yearning and that struggling will be fulfilled. Not bad!


I recently heard of a woman who started detailing all the gifts and events in her life for which she was grateful. She would spend each day and recall a list of ten different topics. She wrote them all down. When she got to a thousand, she realized that even with this number, her list was not complete.

Would it be possible for each of us to emulate this practice over the next week and a half as we anticipate Thanksgiving Day?

 Mass for Deceased Alumni

The Mass for Deceased Alumni was held on October 31st in the Brophy Chapel. This annual event takes place on a Saturday morning as close as possible to All Saints/All Souls day. A highlight of the liturgy is a PowerPoint of all deceased alumni who have passed within the last year. This year we included a picture of Fr. Olivier, even though he had not graduated from Brophy.

 Bit of History (submitted by Bob Sloncen ’57)

For the 1953-54 and 1954-55 school years, Brophy had no buses to transport our athletic teams to the games.  The school had 2 old vehicles but had to ask parents to the take team members to our away games. Away games were plentiful because we had no football field or gym for home games. It didn’t take long to figure out that the best ride to any game would be in Rick Johns’ mother’s Cadillac. We would do almost anything to ride with her because her vehicle had the most room and was air conditioned. If you did get to ride with her you were on your best behavior hoping you could ride again to the next game. The football and baseball teams wore their uniforms to the game. It made for a real cozy ride in the back seat.  A bonus for riding with Mrs. Johns was she would sometimes buy dinner after a game.  She was a great lady!

 Alumni Updates

Lane McShane ’84, current Brophy teacher, will present The Legacy of the JFK Assassination. This 52nd Anniversary presentation will explore the how, who and why of the Kennedy assassination on Friday, November 20th from 6:00-8:30pm in northwest corner of the Harper Great Hall at Brophy. The presentation is open to all alumni, parents, faculty, staff and students. To rsvp, click here!

Congratulations to Dave Grounds ’84, President of Dorn Homes, named by The Arizona Republic and AZCentral’s 2015 Reader’s Choice Awards as Best Homebuilder in Arizona, and the Dorn Homes development, Prescott Lakes, was named best master planned community.

Dan Cavanagh ’69 will be honored on National Philanthropy Day November 19th in Tucson for his work with the Fox Theatre. The Fox is listed of the National Register of Historic Places. Dan serves on the Fox Board of Directors and co-hosted the gala celebrating the 85th anniversary of the theatre.

Pat Duncan ’76 was featured on Phoenix Bites highlighting his “Farmer in the House” dining series.


In Memoriam

Judy Schaefer – mother of Scott Schaefer 80, predeceased by son Robert Schaefer 83

Anthony Sammons – grandfather of Andrew Broderick 02, Nick Broderick 05, Maggie Broderick XCP 08, Anna Claybough XCP 09, and Emily Jordan XCP 15

Manuel Morales Silva – father of Steve Silva ’85, Robert Silva ’83, Michelle XCP ’78, Patricia XCP ’79, Elisabeth XCP ’82 and Maria

John Cole Hickcox Sr. – uncle of Polly Fitzgerald XCP 68 and grandfather to Elizabeth Magura XCP 04 and Emma Magura XCP 07.

Jeffrey Rush 02

John Thompson 71

Kirsten Sandnermother of Andrew Sandner 03