SCU Visiting Scholar & National Catholic Reporter Senior Analyst in Speaker Series

Jesuit Father Thomas J. Reese, S.J. in the next Alumni Speaker Series

tom-reese-sj As favorable news continues to build about Pope Francis, the alumni will host Father Thomas J. Reese, S.J. to address the topic of “The New Pope.” Father Reese will speak on the night of Dec. 3rd in the Great Hall, beginning at 7:00 p.m.

Author, Editor, Scholar, Senior Analyst...
Jesuit Father Thomas J. Reese is SCU Markkula Center Visiting Scholar and Senior Analyst for National Catholic Reporter. He is the brother of Brophy’s President, Edward A. Reese, S.J.

He entered the Jesuits in 1962 and was ordained in 1974. Tom was educated at St. Louis University, the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, and at the University of California Berkeley, where he received a Ph.D. in political science. He worked in Washington as a lobbyist for tax reform from 1975 to 1978. He was an associate editor of America magazine, where he wrote on politics, economics and the Catholic church, from 1978 to 1985 and editor-in-chief from 1998 to 2005. He was a senior fellow at the Woodstock Theological Center from 1985 to 1998 and 2006 to 2013.

While at Woodstock, he wrote the trilogy on the organization and politics of the church: Archbishop: Inside the Power Structure of the American Catholic Church (1989), A Flock of Shepherds: The National Conference of Catholic Bishops (1992), and Inside the Vatican: The Politics and Organization of the Catholic Church (1996). He also edited The Universal Catechism Reader (1990), an analysis of the first draft of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and Episcopal Conferences: Historical, Canonical and Theological Studies (1989).


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    Alumni quick update, November 2013

    Catch up on Brophy alumni this month

    • Mike Haag ’92 made appearances on CBS This Morning on Nov 11th and NOVA on Nov 13th to talk about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
      Read Brophy’s blog post

    • Paris Dennard ’00 has recently been appointed Events Director at ASU’s The McCain Institute for International Leadership.

    • Robert Balint ’09 received a Fulbright scholarship this past June and will teach English in Uruguay this coming February. Additionally, he (and fellow Boston College alums) completed a southbound trek of the Appalachian Trail from Maine to Georgia finishing in 131 days, walking 2186 miles and through 14 states. Read his trip blog.

    • Marc Papakyriakou ’10 will be honored by the Loyola Marymount University Tau Beta Pi Engineering Society. This national engineering honor society was founded at Lehigh University in 1885 to honor students displaying excellence in scholarship and exemplary character as undergraduates in engineering and to foster a spirit of liberal culture in engineering colleges. The LMU chapter was established in 1974.

    • RJ Silva ’10 and XCP ’12 grad Alex Nolen will play lead roles in Loyola University Chicago’s production of the Twelfth Night. See their rehearsal photos on Flickr.

    • The Ashton Family dinner with the Jesuits! John Ashton ’87 and his wife Kim purchased “An evening with the Jesuits” at the Brophy Auction last spring and invited the entire Ashton clan including alumni Lynn ’81, Brett ’88, Marc ’84, and Joe ’83. Check out the photos Brophy’s Alumni Flickr

    A Season of Change

    Postell-2011Almost any scriptural commentary during this season of the year stresses the importance in the changes of the environment. This is to say, comments are made about the shortening of the days and the lengthening of the darkness. It is almost as if we are reaching a limit of darkness which nature can scarcely tolerate. After this comes the explosion of light.

    Even so, we still have a way to go, a greater capacity for tolerating darkness. The breakpoint occurs on December 21st. We have approximately a month to test the experience of the old year, the shortening of the days, and gaining a perspective by the change of seasons.

    This change of seasons is the foundation for certain psychic and/or spiritual moments in our internal lives. Most of us do not ignore the yearly evolution of nature. We know that changes are taking place. Even at the most basic level, on a perhaps subconscious stratum, people sit up and take notice.

    Have we taken for granted a level of performance that is mediocre? Is something scratching at us that urges improvement? Do we think that God is calling us to an awareness that is more personal, more familiar, and more intense?

    Are we satisfied with the care and concern that we show for our family, our friends, our church?

    As the year ends and we anticipate a new beginning in nature, can we parallel that change in our spiritual lives and take a look at trends that are unproductive and even selfish.

    Have we gone through a process of discernment that reveals a downward slide? Are we gearing up our energy for a new day? Are we prepared to offer a truly sincere Thanksgiving of faith, family and fullness?

    Read Father Postell’s blog posts here

    Brophy alumnus Mike Haag ’92 to appear on CBS, NOVA

    Brophy alumnus Mike Haag ’92 will make an appearance on CBS This Morning on November 11th and an hour-long PBS NOVA program on November 13th to talk about his research and testing on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

    1992 haag, mikeHis company Forensic Science Consultants will offer a 3-day course in February 2014 that breaks down a shooting incident reconstruction to include specific terminal ballistic events, examination of projectile penetration, perforation and deflection characteristics, shotgun ballistics analysis, 3D laser scanning, and more.

    Mike grew up learning about the field of forensic firearms from his dad, Luke. He has presented and published numerous papers at AFTE conferences, presented in England, and interned with the German Federal Forensics Section (BKA) in Wiesbaden. He is a Distinguished Member of the Association of Firearm and Tool Mark Examiners, a member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, and many other forensic associations.

    Mike is currently the Supervisor of the Firearm and Tool Mark Unit, Controlled Substances Unit, Blood / Breath Alcohol unit at the Albuquerque Police Department Crime Lab. He is a member of the Major Crime Scene Team, and a New Mexico State Certified Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor.

    Mike’s expertise has been called upon to teach numerous sessions of trajectory analysis and shooting reconstruction at the BATF’s National Firearm Examiner’s Academy, as well as Shooting Reconstruction classes nationwide and Canada, the UK, and Switzerland. Some of his most notable cases have come from as far away as Taiwan and Iraq.

    He is one of the few certified Forensic Scientists by AFTE in all three areas including

      Firearm Evidence Examination and Identification
      Gunshot Residue Analysis and Distance Determinations
      and Tool Mark Evidence Examination and Identification

    He is also certified by IAI as a Crime Scene Reconstructionist and made appearances on Discovery Channel, NOVA, and has been interviewed by FOX News on firearm related issues. He is author of the authoritative text Shooting Incident Reconstruction.