Thoughts from Fr. Postell, S.J.
The reading from Acts Chapter 6 talks about dissention in the early Christian community. The Greeks or non-Jewish Christians are complaining to the leadership that their widows are not being cared for. Why they were being overlooked is a problem that has been around as long as the Church.
Is it a question of an insufficient number of ministers? Or is it an issue of ministry staying within a certain context?
If the answer is that there are an insufficient number of ministers, then that can be easily remedied by ordaining new ministers. And this is what happened. Deacons were ordained to the number of seven. Incidentally, they all had Greek names. The sub-position is that the established ministers, if you want, the original twelve, were busy about preaching and healing. They were too busy, or perhaps too important, to be table waiters. But when the new ministers/deacons came on board, they took care of feeding the poor and the widows.
Possibly the real issue here is the nature of ministry. In what does real ministry consist? And is the church elastic enough to broaden its practice? We hear that the deacons immediately began to branch out and to visit the Jewish converts, so called Greeks, outside of Jerusalem and Israel. Presumably the established leadership was not as flexible and overlooked the needs of people who were hungry, or who needed someone to speak for them. Did you know that the Jewish translation for the word widow means “one who cannot speak?” And so, it was the new ministers who began to represent those who could not speak.
The early Christian community went through some tremendous growing pains. Witness Peter’s question “Lord, where are you going?” Thomas also asked “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” How we know the way and come to know the way means serving those who cannot speak for themselves.
College Admissions Information
A lot of you express a desire for the latest information on college admissions for the recently graduated class. Thanks to the department of college admissions, here is the most up to date data we have. The size of the recent senior class was 295. This class submitted 2,206 college applications or an average of 11 per student. 45% of these graduates are planning to attend one of the three Arizona public Universities. 44% of these students will be entering the honors programs of either ASU or UA. Jesuit Colleges: 51 students are planning on entering 14 Jesuit respective institutions, or roughly 17%. That percentage jumps to 21% when one includes non-Jesuit Catholic schools. Ivy League Schools: 9 students have plans to enter one of seven different sites. There were 16 acceptances in this category with 9 on the various waitlists. As a grand total, the Class of 2014 applied to 258 different institutions and will enter 76 different colleges. Number of applications to various colleges from Brophy: ASU enjoyed the most at 223 UA received 168 Santa Clara at 67 USC at 54 Stanford at 49 Fordham at 48 Gonzaga & NAU at 44 LMU at 43 *This list does not include all college applications The destination of our graduates: ASU will enroll 41 with an additional 30 to Barrett, The Honors College, for a total of 71. UA follows with a total of 58. USC is next at 10 and NAU follows at 8. The closest figures to the above are Fordham and Santa Clara at 7 each, Seattle with 6 enrolled and Stanford, Michigan and Creighton enjoying 5 each. The following institutions will receive 4 each—Notre Dame, Boston College, Loyola Marymount, Regis, Texas Christian and Indiana.
A Bit of History
In an article from the Arizona Catholic Herald of September 16th, 1932, occurs the mention of the efforts of the football coach, Jimmy Robinson, to upgrade the performance of the Brophy Pintos for the forthcoming year. It is interesting to note that Coach Robinson consulted with the coaches of three colleges at the time considered powerhouses on the gridiron. The coaches consulted worked at Gonzaga, Santa Clara and Loyola University. With this as momentum, the author notes that there were expectations for a “Fair team that would give a good account of itself.” It is interesting that the Pintos faced the coming season of 1932 with only four lettermen. I wonder in the year 2014 how many lettermen the Broncos return for the new season?
- Congratulations to David Griffin ’87, recently named General Manager of the Cleveland Cavaliers!
- Dan Strittmatter ’08 helps the White Sox “…keep the roster solid.” Read about it!
- The West Coast Conference named Jake Steffens ’12 its Rawlings Baseball Pitcher and Player of the Week for May 5, 2014. Here’s the story!
- The University of Arizona awarded Kurt Mohty ’10 with the Robert Logan Nugent Award.
- Cullen Mahoney ’09, Michael Strittmatter ’05 and Kyle Westfall ’04 graciously donated their time to the Loyola Academy Scholars on behalf of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP). Photo
- Mark Weber ’04 received his Masters from Harvard University (undergrad at Duke). He’s photo’d here with his father, John Weber who is also a Harvard grad (business school) and the honorary PhD recipient of the year, the 41st President of the United States George Herbert Walker Bush!
- Check out the last blog post by Matt Emerson ’00 for America Magazine.
- Alex Mason ’05 is part of the “Third Wave Coffee Movement.” What is that?
- Adam Fishman ’10 was named a One Love Foundation Finalist.
- Ryan Brown ’09, Devon McClelland ’09, Pat Larkin ’09, Matt Skowron ’09, and Ryan Todare ’09 together recently tackled Havasupai Falls in the Grand Canyon!
- Devon Allen ’13 makes number 13 on the NFL’s “14 for ’14 – Most Freakish Athletes in College Football!”
- David Graybill ’12 was drafted in the 33rd round of the MLB draft by the New York Yankees.
- Accolades and updates for some of our newest Alums! Bobby Grant ’14 named Arizona High School Boys Track Athlete of the Year! Garrett Rupp ’14 and Nolan Weinstein ’14 representing Brophy at the Division 1 All-Star & Academic All-Star games for baseball! Billy Andrew ’14 making the Volleyball All-Arizona Team! Carlos Ochoa ’14 named the first National Speech and Debate Association National Student of the Year Finalist from Arizona! Max Ashton ’14 interviewed by Fox10 about his $20K textbooks! Ryan Castellani ’14 was selected by the Rockies in the 2nd round in the MLB First-Year Player Draft, 48th overall.
Michael John Lang ’96
Mother of Ben Hazelton ’91, Michael Hazelton ’92,
Chris Hazelton ’95, and KC Hazelton ’00
Father of Stephen Derbis ’79
Father of John Hanson ’87 and
XCP Alums June and Tracy Hanson.