A brotherhood long after Brophy

A tale of three Brophy grads at Boston College: Michael Maerowitz, Eric An and Justin Germaine…Brophy Class of 2010

In one of the sweetest stories to come to the alumni office, Brophy alum mom Marlene Pontrelli shared this photo of her son, Michael and his friends. It encompasses all that we know to be true about the bonds that form at Brophy and because of Brophy.

“Eric, Michael and Justin knew each other at Brophy, but they were not friends and did not participate in the same activities. However, they were the only three in Brophy’s Class of 2010 who went to Boston College. Almost from the first day of class, they “found” each other. The Brophy connection brought them together, it was like having close family even though they were far from home,” writes Marlene. “After that first year, they ended up rooming together for the next three years. During summer and school breaks, they came back to Phoenix and would always get together before heading back to Boston.”

“It reminds me though Brophy is only a 4-year high school, the friends, experiences and connections that are made there last a lifetime.”

We agree!

2010 maerowitz, germaine, an

Alumni Now -June 2014 Edition

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?

Alumni Updates

  • 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.

In Memoriam

Michael John Lang ’96

Gina Hazelton
Mother of Ben Hazelton ’91, Michael Hazelton ’92,
Chris Hazelton ’95, and KC Hazelton ’00

Al Derbis
Father of Stephen Derbis ’79

Howard Hanson
Father of John Hanson ’87 and
XCP Alums June and Tracy Hanson.

Justin Glenn PhD ’63 vol 1 on President Washington

Dr. Justin Glenn’s first volume of his multi-volume series was recently released on Amazon, entitled: The Washingtons: A Family History, Volume One: Seven Generations of the Presidential Branch.

    1963 glenn, justinThis is the initial volume of a comprehensive, multi-volume, fifteen-generation history traces the “Presidential line” of the Washingtons. Volume one begins with the immigrant John Washington who settled in Westmoreland Co., Va., in 1657, married Anne Pope, and was the great-grandfather of President George Washington. This volume continues the story of John and Anne’s family for a total of seven generations, collecting over 5,000 direct descendants. Future volumes will trace eight more generations with a total of over 63,000 descendants. Although structured in a genealogical format for the sake of clarity, this is no bare bones genealogy but a true family history with over 1,200 detailed biographical narratives. These in turn strive to convey the greatness of the family that produced not only The Father of His Country but many others, great and humble, who struggled to build that country.
    The Washingtons includes the time-honored John Wright line which in recent years has been challenged largely on the basis of DNA evidence. Volumes one and two will form a set, with a cumulative bibliography appearing at the end of volume 2. Volume two will highlight the most notable descendants and spouses from the later volumes, including such luminaries as General George S. Patton, the author Shelby Foote, and the actor Lee Marvin.

After leaving Brophy, Dr. Glenn graduated from Stanford University (B.A., Classics, 1967; magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) and was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow at Princeton University (M.A., Classics, 1969; Ph.D., Classics, 1970). His career as a professor of Classics at the University of Georgia and Florida State University spanned thirty-five years, and he has served as Registrar General of The National Society of the Washington Family Descendants since 2002. He and his wife Jody reside in Tallahassee, Florida.

Find more