Broncos in Bowl Games

Watching Bowl Games this holiday?
Keep your eye out for these Brophy Alumni!

Trent Murphy 2009

Devon Allen


Tyler Bruggman

(Washington State University)

Casey Skowron

(University of Arizona)

Alex Garoutte

(Arizona State University)

Fred Gammage

(Arizona State University)

Jack Auran


Matt Butterfield

(UCLA Graduate Assistant)

Alumni quick update, December 2013

Catch up on Brophy alumni this month

  • Dave Mulligan ’97 on Conan on Thursday, November 21st with his band Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers!
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  • Armando Contreras ’10 was awarded the Albert Rees Davis Scholarship sponsored by The Singers’ Club of Cleveland. Armando is currently a student at the Cleveland Institute of Music.

  • Running for Rice University, Will Firth ’11 earned All-Region Honors and a spot at the NCAA Division 1 Cross Country Region Championships on November 16th and 17th.

  • RJ Silva ’10 will play a lead role in the Twelfth Night at Loyola University Chicago this month.

  • Brophy honored Bob Wesley ’67, Tom Schmitt ’79 and Tim Schmitt ’81 at the 2013 President’s Club Dinner for their unwavering dedication to the Brophy community.

  • Robert Schein ’95, Partner and Managing Director at High Tower Advisors Palm Desert, was quoted in WSJ article “Livening up End-of-Life planning.”

  • Flavio Bravo ’12 joins LUC’s Fast for Families (photo)

  • Patrick (JP) Hornbeck ’99 Al Jazeera interview about Pope Francis’ mission statement
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  • Brett Fitzgerald ’09 among 5 ASU Fulbrights teaching English in Korea. ASU among top 3 in Fulbrights

  • Tony Strazzara ’07, along with a friend, carried an injured biker off a mountain trail. The man, grateful, posted their photo on his Facebook page.

  • Eric Chalmers ’10, Student Government President, interviewed by The Commons @ Seattle University

Living Advent every day…

Postell-2011The season of Advent can probably best be captured by the attitude of two words “watching” and “waiting.” We refer to Advent as a season, if you will a liturgical season, but Advent is also a way of life. It is a way of life lived in watchfulness for the God who comes; not just at Christmas, but every day in various ways and through various people. So we wait, not passively, but actively.

Perhaps the secret of actively waiting is based on the belief that what we await is already on its way. Those who wait actively have faith that the seed of the future has been planted and that growth has already begun. Perhaps it is a good idea to let go of our wishful thinking, like “I wish I had a better job” and to start hoping. Often when we are willing to let go of our wishes, something beyond our own expectations can really happen. What we need to learn to do is to hope. We should be willing to give up control over a future so that God is free to define our lives.


Read Father Postell’s blog posts here

Bob Sloncen ’57 reflects on the impact of President Kennedy’s assassination

Brophy alumnus Bob Sloncen ’57 was a member of the Coast Guard on Active Duty on that day in November 1963. He remembers his experience well…

“I just watched an NBC telecast from Dallas commemorating the 50th Anniversary of JFK’s fateful trip to Dallas. Brian Williams was asking “Where you when you heard the terrible news?” It brought back memories from that day in my life.

kennedyI was a 23 year old LTJG USCG officer stationed at USCG Group Office Sabine, TX. I had just been promoted to be the Executive Officer due to the previous XO leaving for flight school in Pensacola, FL. Our base was located about 20 miles south of Port Arthur, TX on the Sabine River which separates Texas from Louisiana. We were a couple miles north of where the river entered the Gulf of Mexico. Port Arthur, Beaumont and Orange, Texas were known as the “Golden Triangle”. There were a huge number of petrochemical plants along the Sabine and Neches Rivers and a lot of fishing boats.

Not long after the announcement of President Kennedy’s death we received word to shut down the Sabine River. Nothing on the river could enter or leave. I immediately let the Commanding Officer, who was not on the base, know what our orders were. I immediately contacted the pilots (marine) that no ships could leave or enter until further notice. We recalled all base members and got boat crews armed and underway. We had five 40 foot patrol boats, one 36 footer and an 82 footer. At that time we had no idea of what we were looking for. There was a concern that if this was more than one person involved in the assassination the easiest way to escape was probably on the water if you had this well planned. We were told to stop and board all boats under 100 ft, I think. I can’t remember the length exactly. We were to get boat numbers, names, look for anything unusual and search the boat. When we found out this could last a week I had to set up a schedule so we had fresh boat crews and boats serviced and fueled.

kennedy2After Oswald was captured they still didn’t know if it was a one man event. There were 2 very large refineries in Port Arthur. Texaco and Gulf Oil both probably had 2 or 3 big tankers in port to load and another 2 or 3 waiting off shore. They were not happy campers as they say.

I remember the day after the assassination a portrait came across the teletype of President Kennedy that was all X’s and O’s. It was an unbelievable likeness to him. I still have that teletype picture.

Not sure on this part but I think we opened the river 3 or 4 days later and then only boarded outbound watercraft.

Our little base of 70 people was exhausted………we didn’t realize the magnitude of that day and event until we got back to a normal routine”.

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