Alumni Quick Updates, January 2014

  • Brophy faculty/staff was blessed to have Matt Emerson ’00 lead a retreat. Matt taught at Brophy in 2005, and then left for law school at Notre Dame. After graduation, he left his practice to join the staff at Xavier Prep in Coachella. Matt writes for America Magazine.
  • Christopher Collins ’01 was featured in the December 2013 issue of Uptown magazine. Read the article here!
  • Joshua Dennard ’11 talks Christmas at University of Montana.
  • Alex Lendrum ’09 (USC ’13) is the second-fastest Trojan ever in the 100- and 200-yard backstroke as well as the 200-yard individual medley. The two-time All-American also completed premed studies as a bio-chemistry major, posting a 3.76 cumulative GPA and making the Dean’s List every semester of his college career. Read more!
  • Matt Skowron ’09, Zach Patterson ’08 & Bobby Banahan ’08 at the AdvoCare Bowl, See photo here!


In Memoriam

  • Dean Matthew Phillips ’71 – Dean is survived by his wife, Jan Phillips, daughter Jennifer Phillips and son Matthew Phillips
  • William J. Firth ’69 – Bill is survived by wife Anne, sons Will Firth ’11, Peter Firth ’06, daughter Lexi Firth; his brothers Tom Firth ’71, Paul Firth ’74, Gary Firth ’68; sister Debbie Firth (XCP ’72) and nephews Nick Firth ’96 and Erik Firth ’95.

An implicit leap to a fresh start

Postell-2011The timing of this issue of the Alumni Now cannot avoid mention of the New Year. We can trivialize the significance of the timing with the usual greeting of Happy New Year. But within the examination of the word Happy, there is the implicit leap to a fresh start. It comes as a surprise to some people that the name “January” owes its origin derives from the ancient Roman god Janus. Janus had two faces, one looking to the past and one scanning the future. The significance of timing in the beginning of this New Year might well involve a two-fold dynamic of examining the past and anticipating the future. Did we live the past year utilizing a potential? Do we anticipate the New Year making a decision to both correct inappropriate behavior, but even more so to take a leap into the unknown, to take a gamble, to use some of our creative reservoirs to make the world a better place? Can we make this New Year a happy era by taking a giant step forward? The Holy Spirit is there to help us make this Leap.

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