Thoughts from Fr. Postell, S.J.
During the month of November, we focus our attention on the deceased of our community. During November is the month of the holy souls. More importantly, it gives us an opportunity to fix our gaze on the members of our community who have gone before us and now rest with the Lord.
Death is a difficult topic to get excited about. It is often accompanied by feelings of grief, anxiety and separation. Not a few instances of death include significant suffering.
And that is why the gift of Christianity focuses on the hope of the resurrection. “If Jesus has not risen from the dead, our hope is in vain.” Our belief in the resurrection looks at an after-life and stresses the promise of eternal life where we are united with Christ our brother forever.
One thought often occurs to me in our belief in an after-life. It is almost as if we look to eternal life as a kind of fairy tale, merry-go-round Easter egg hunt. A place we will get to watch endless TV, or an exciting game of the World Series, or spend endless hours shopping without worrying about an expense account. I guess there is some consolation in this.
But frankly, we do not know much about the after-life. Though I suspect what we experience will far surpass measures of the material ecstasy we dream about. Jesus once exclaimed, “The eye has not seen” in His attempt to describe the after-life.
In point of fact, we know that we will be united eternally with our Brother who loves us. This is the essential gift of the resurrection. Everything else is a distraction. And that union with Jesus Christ will be perfect, all satisfying and yes, very exciting. This is the mystery of the resurrection and the gift. It is the completion and fulfillment of what we have striven for all of our lives. But after we die, that yearning and that struggling will be fulfilled. Not bad!
I recently heard of a woman who started detailing all the gifts and events in her life for which she was grateful. She would spend each day and recall a list of ten different topics. She wrote them all down. When she got to a thousand, she realized that even with this number, her list was not complete.
Would it be possible for each of us to emulate this practice over the next week and a half as we anticipate Thanksgiving Day?
Mass for Deceased Alumni
The Mass for Deceased Alumni was held on October 31st in the Brophy Chapel. This annual event takes place on a Saturday morning as close as possible to All Saints/All Souls day. A highlight of the liturgy is a PowerPoint of all deceased alumni who have passed within the last year. This year we included a picture of Fr. Olivier, even though he had not graduated from Brophy.
Bit of History (submitted by Bob Sloncen ’57)
For the 1953-54 and 1954-55 school years, Brophy had no buses to transport our athletic teams to the games. The school had 2 old vehicles but had to ask parents to the take team members to our away games. Away games were plentiful because we had no football field or gym for home games. It didn’t take long to figure out that the best ride to any game would be in Rick Johns’ mother’s Cadillac. We would do almost anything to ride with her because her vehicle had the most room and was air conditioned. If you did get to ride with her you were on your best behavior hoping you could ride again to the next game. The football and baseball teams wore their uniforms to the game. It made for a real cozy ride in the back seat. A bonus for riding with Mrs. Johns was she would sometimes buy dinner after a game. She was a great lady!
Lane McShane ’84, current Brophy teacher, will present The Legacy of the JFK Assassination. This 52nd Anniversary presentation will explore the how, who and why of the Kennedy assassination on Friday, November 20th from 6:00-8:30pm in northwest corner of the Harper Great Hall at Brophy. The presentation is open to all alumni, parents, faculty, staff and students. To rsvp, click here!
Congratulations to Dave Grounds ’84, President of Dorn Homes, named by The Arizona Republic and AZCentral’s 2015 Reader’s Choice Awards as Best Homebuilder in Arizona, and the Dorn Homes development, Prescott Lakes, was named best master planned community.
Dan Cavanagh ’69 will be honored on National Philanthropy Day November 19th in Tucson for his work with the Fox Theatre. The Fox is listed of the National Register of Historic Places. Dan serves on the Fox Board of Directors and co-hosted the gala celebrating the 85th anniversary of the theatre.
Pat Duncan ’76 was featured on Phoenix Bites highlighting his “Farmer in the House” dining series.
Judy Schaefer – mother of Scott Schaefer ‘80, predeceased by son Robert Schaefer ‘83
Anthony Sammons – grandfather of Andrew Broderick ‘02, Nick Broderick ‘05, Maggie Broderick XCP ‘08, Anna Claybough XCP ‘09, and Emily Jordan XCP ‘15
Manuel Morales Silva – father of Steve Silva ’85, Robert Silva ’83, Michelle XCP ’78, Patricia XCP ’79, Elisabeth XCP ’82 and Maria
John Cole Hickcox Sr. – uncle of Polly Fitzgerald XCP ‘68 and grandfather to Elizabeth Magura XCP 04 and Emma Magura XCP 07.
Jeffrey Rush ‘02
John Thompson ‘71
Kirsten Sandner – mother of Andrew Sandner ‘03