Thoughts from Father Phil Postell, S.J.
In the nineteenth century, a noted anthropologist studied the language of Native Americans located in North America. He found a certain peculiarity about the language. When it came to color, there were only two words – black and white. Every single variation of color was reduced to black and white. This is what they said and this is what they actually saw.
In our contemporary usage of language, do we mirror sometimes the same attitudes when we look at the diversity of the people around us? Do we simply reduce the extraordinary varieties of culture to black and white?
Alumni Family Picnic
Submitted by Calvin Fairbourn ’14
On Sunday, April 6th, over 150 alumni, along with their families, joined Father Postell and other Brophy staff for the Second Annual Alumni Family Picnic. The afternoon started with mass in the chapel followed by dinner provided by Pita Jungle, activities, and beer and wine from Four Peaks Brewery. Also, thank you to our Chairmen Dave Brown ’85 and Eric Herschede ’85. The alumni ranged from the Class of 1956 to 2010, and enjoyed a beautiful afternoon filled with fun and memories. Students led tours of campus, organized events, and chatted with past and future Brophy brothers. It was a wonderful experience, and the Office of Alumni Relations would like to thank the students and alumni who attended, along with the Classes of 1987 and 1984, who underwrote the event. Check out the Photo Gallery
Retreat for Jesuit Alumni
The Jesuit Retreat Center of Los Altos is hosting a retreat for alumni of Jesuit institutions the weekend of May 16-18th. Bishop Gordon Bennett S.J., most recently of Loyola Marymount, will be our director. This gathering will be a great opportunity for alums in the California and Arizona area to connect with one another and reconnect with their Jesuit roots.
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We have suspended our commitment to St. Mary’s Food Bank for the time being due to the new restrictions limiting group service days to four times a year. We would like to continue offering our alumni the ability to serve on a monthly basis and are therefore researching six or seven possibilities with monthly options. We hope to come to a decision at the meeting of the Alumni Organizational Board on April 22nd and will then announce our decision.
A Bit of History
Submitted by Bob Sloncen ’57
Brophy’s first varsity basketball team was put together in the fall of 1954. At that time we had no senior class but our coach, Fr. James Devlin S.J., wanted to start playing a varsity schedule. Enrollment for the schools then averaged about 140 students. Loyola High School in Los Angeles, California had an All-Catholic Tournament in December and Coach wanted us to play in it. Arrangements were made to stay at Chaminade Catholic High School in the Los Angeles area. We loaded up 3 or 4 cars with players, suitcases and equipment and hit the road. Most of the players had never been to California so needless to say this was a big deal!
Our first game was against Notre Dame and we got whipped. The second game was against St. Monica. We did fairly well the first half, but got blown away in the second. But Fr. Devlin had a surprise! Through his Jesuit network he got us tickets to go to the Loyola University vs University of San Francisco basketball game. We didn’t realize it at the time, but we would be seeing history made in that game. USF won the game, which became one of the victories in their NCAA record setting 60 game win streak. Wow! And two of their top players were the Hall of Fame duo of Bill Russell and KC Jones who later led the Boston Celtics to 11 NBA titles. But it gets better. Fr. Devlin knew some of the coaches at USF and after the game we got to go into their dressing room to meet them.
We thought it was cool at the time, but as the years went even more so. Bill Russell, KC Jones and the Brophy boys all in one room? Definitely cool!
Kyle Nilsen ’10 was awarded the James H. Robb Memorial Award for Excellence in Academic Achievement in the study of the History of Philosophy at Marquette University.
Andrew Anderson ’10 will graduate this May from William and Mary with a double major in Finance and Religious Studies. In August, Andrew will head to Leiden, Netherlands as a Fulbright Scholar to attend Leiden University where he will spend a year to receive his Masters in Arabic. Leiden is the oldest university in the Netherlands, founded in 1575.
Congratulations to Flavio Bravo ’10, the next Loyola University Chicago USGA President!
Tim Kempton ’13 is one of 25 finalists for Lehigh Freshmen of the Year! Read more here!