Alumni Now – February 2016

Thoughts from Fr. Postell, S.J.  

In the fourth chapter of the Gospel of Luke occurs the incident wherein Jesus returns to his hometown and begins to preach. His audience of longtime acquaintances are amazed at the performance of this son of a mere carpenter. Later on their amazement escalates into rage as they turn on Jesus and attempt to throw him off a cliff.  Small wonder that Jesus reacts, “No prophet is accepted in his own town.” It is well to note that the opposition to Jesus did not come from the pillars of the religious community, but rather rank and file ordinary people of the town.

We have to speculate on the content of this particular message of Jesus. What did he say that caused such a violent reaction? Well, simply put, Jesus reminded the people of his hometown that God’s call is to every person in the world. And this, the rank and file, his reliants could not accept.

This causes us to speculate on the nature of prophecy. It is a popular misconception that prophets predict the future. But actually, such a vocation pronounces on contemporary priorities in the state of human affairs and religious performance. What a prophet very often does is to gauge the distance between contemporary behaviors from the roots of religion. Jeremiah is one of the most human of the prophets in the Old Testament. He wanted no part of the responsibility of calling people to task. He was opposed by the king, the religious establishment, and even the ordinary people of Israel. He reminded the Jews that the monopoly of essence of religion dated from the building of the temple and the beginning of the written law. But Jeremiah says that their allegiance to God predates the building of the temple all the way back to Abraham. God stayed faithful to His people, even without the temple. What happened with the building of the temple was that the essence of Judaism was restricted to the temple and the law, forgetting that the relationship to God and His people evoked a much wider concern of people with one another and between the people and their God.

This particular emphasis by Jeremiah stirred up widespread hostility in his audience. The reaction of his people was violent, not unlike the reaction for Jesus and His message.

It is the business of the prophet to remind people of the essence of religion when that very essence has been pushed out from the center and often overlooked. In our living of day to day religion, have we allowed the purity of the message of Jesus to be pushed out from the status of priority and replaced by our own temple and law? We all remember fifty years ago how much importance was given to not eating meat on Friday. Do we have the same pattern today?

ASC Applications

We are currently accepting applications from the alumni of the Class of 2012 for the Brophy Alumni Service Corps (ASC). For more information or to begin the application process, click here.


Our varsity basketball did wind up its season on Friday, February 5th with a game against Sandra Day O’Connor High School. Thereafter the team entered the first round of the playoffs the second week of February. The varsity soccer team lost a squeaker to Desert Vista in the first round of the playoffs.

 Bit of History

Did you know that in the fall of 1934, when Brophy was scheduled to play Phoenix High, the Pintos were forced to cancel the game because of a rash of injuries? In a nutshell, Brophy only had eleven players with not enough healthy players for substitutes. Phoenix High agreed to cancel the scheduled game and even agreed to put Brophy on their schedule in football and basketball for the following year. With all the attention being given to head injuries in contemporary sports, we should remember that competitive athletics in the 1930s had to deal with injuries as well.

 Alumni Giving Highlight

Austin Walling ’08, Sales Manager at RE-BATH of Tucson and Brophy Community Foundation donor:

“I was so fortunate to be able to attend Brophy and receive the best high school education in the state. The sacrifices my parents made to make sure I could achieve that were immense, and I am so thankful to them. I know there are less fortunate people who deserve the same opportunity that I had. This is a fantastic way to help make a difference in students’ lives all across the state.”


Alumni Updates

Congratulations to JJ Jansen ’04, who, along with his teammates from the Carolina Panthers, made it all the way to Super Bowl!

Matt Pool ’86 is at it again, sharing his love of breakfast with a second location of the popular Matt’s Big Breakfast, which opened recently in the Camelback Corridor.

Stephen Watson 78 has been appointed as Mission Assurance Manager for NASA’s Deep Space Network, NASA’s international array of giant radio antennas that supports interplanetary spacecraft missions. The DSN consists of three facilities spaced equidistant around the world at Goldstone, California; near Madrid, Spain; and near Canberra, Australia.

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Edward Cassavant 78 and his wife Elissa have lovingly put their efforts behind the 2nd Annual Team Bradley Bear 5K Walk/Run, supporting pediatric children battling brain cancer, in honor of their dear son Bradley Lucas Cassavant. Bradley lost his battle to brain cancer when he was just one year old.  For information on this year’s walk/run, click here!

Check out the most recent article by Matt Emerson ’00 for America Magazine on vocation and discernment.

Calvin Liang ’15 finished his first Ivy Championship as League Team Co-Champions as well as the Individual All-Ivy First Team.

 Our Brophy family, and so it grows!

Congratulations to Chris Angus ’04 and Janet (Johnson) Angus XCP ’04 on the birth of their daughter, Adelaide Marie Angus!

Wedding and Anniversaries

Life’s a beach! Chris Marchildon ’04 married Summer Hill in Big Sur, California in September and they live in Scottsdale.

Mike Strittmatter ’05 married Maura Quigley XCP ’05 in the Brophy Chapel last week. Congratulations to Maura and Mike, who serves on our Alumni Service Board.

Eric Herschede ’85 and his wife Molly recently celebrated their 20th anniversary. When asked the secret to their success, Eric shared “Patience, passion, and colorful socks.” Who knew?