Alumni Now – October 2016

Thoughts from Fr. Philip Postell, S.J.  

Even though the feast of Thanksgiving is more than a month away, the readings for the 28th Sunday of Ordinary Time are an effective introduction to a consideration of giving thanks. The Syrian general Naman approached the Jewish prophet for a cure of his leprosy. When he was finally cured, he returned to Israel wanting to give a gift to Elijah, the prophet. When the prophet refused the offer of a gift, the Syrian general mentioned the beautiful words of Old Testament gratitude, “God is at work at this moment.”

This story is a set up for today’s gospel where Jesus cures the 10 lepers. Of course, the poignant rendition of the cure of ten sick men recounts the fact that nine did not return to say thank you and only one did, namely the Samaritan. One is tempted to ask why the Samaritan and not the other nine? It is interesting to note that in the midst of their sickness, the ten lepers were united as a group. When they approached Jesus, they were together as a community, albeit a sick community. But once they were cured, then the old-time antagonism between Samaritans and Jews reappeared. It is no coincidence that the story takes place on the border between Israel and Samaria, another subtle reinforcement of the theme of true Thanksgiving. Why did not the other nine return to Jesus for thanks? Perhaps they no longer needed the support and assistance of one to help them, of a doctor to cure them. And so they resumed their former attitude. But the one lonely solitary Samaritan had nothing left but to realize that God is at work here and now.

Alumnus of the Year Awards

Brophy is happy to announce that Thomas P. McCabe ’66 has been named the 2016 recipient of the St. Ignatius Loyola Award for Distinguished Service. This is Brophy’s affirmation of an alumnus who is recognized and honored for the ways he personifies the Brophy graduate after graduation.

By happy coincidence, Tom McCabe is serving as Chairman of his class’s 50th Reunion.

Brophy annually presents the St. Francis Xavier award for Ignatian Identity to an alumnus who has graduated within the recent fifteen years. The recipient of this year’s St. Francis Xavier Award is Daniel B. Englander ’04.  Dan’s community outreach started when he was a student at Brophy volunteering at a mobile clinic in Phoenix and Mesa that provides free healthcare to those who cannot afford it.

The Alumni Awards will be presented at the Father-Son Communion Breakfast on Saturday, November 12. To register for the Breakfast, please click here.

#GivingTuesdayNovember 29, 2016

There are those that participate in Black Friday, and Cyber Monday. But we are the Broncos…

#GIVING TUESDAY
SAVE THE DATE – Tuesday, November 29th
100K in a day
We can do this!
Stay tuned….

Reunion Update

66 50th Reunion
November 5th – 6th
Reunion Contact: Tom McCabe
Reunion website – http://www.bcpxcp1966.myevent.com/

86 30th Reunion
October 22nd – 23rd
Reunion Contact: Kevin Dupont
Reunion website – http://brophyxavier1986.myevent.com/

06 10th Reunion
Friday, November 25th

11 5th Reunion
Saturday, November 29th

Wedding Anniversaries

Congratulations to Bob Davies ’62 and his wife Gerri, who celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in July. After graduating from Brophy, Bob enrolled at Arizona State College in Flagstaff (now NAU), the first Brophy grad to enter NAU. He graduated in 1966 and married Gerri that summer. Having played football for four years at Brophy, Bob says he still follows Brophy through every football season.

Paul Praetzel ’61 shared this thought, “55 years later, I am grateful for the disciplines learned at Brophy, blessings from our heavenly Father, and a dear wife of almost 50 years. Oops, not the proper order. Oh, well, I guess it’s back to Anton Renna’s class on critical thinking.”

Alumni Updates

Congratulations to Andy Morgan ’90 who was recently named the Dean of Students at Indiana State University.

Ryan Carver ’95 recently moved from San Francisco to NYC as a Technology Analyst at Voya Investment Management. He has one daughter and is in the process of adopting another!

Steve Ferrara ’87 was recruited by the VA in Phoenix to lead the interventional radiology service where he is increasing access and expanding critical clinical services for the Valley’s vets.

Tom Kaminski ’61, retired school principal with Los Angeles Unified School District, and his wife Linda, Superintendent of Schools for Azusa Unified School District, are living in California. They have three children “all educated, all employed, all out of the house – check, check, check!” They also have two grandchildren, ages two and three.

Rick Ternosky ’64 recently left Southern California for a new residence in Washington to be near the grandkids.

Joe Myers ’60 is retired and living in Boise, Idaho with his wife. Joe says “I’m am proud to be a Brophy graduate and a member of the family.’’ Joe has 4 children, two in grammar school, one in high school and one at Colorado Mesa University who plays on the soccer team.

Orville Glaze ’66 officially retired as of January 2016 and is “enjoying living the life of Riley.”

In Memoriam

Robert C. Williams – father of Colby Williams ’87 and Matt Williams ’90

Beth Schulze Clements – grandmother of Justin Clements ’09

James B. Crowley – father of James P. Crowley ’78 and grandfather of Matthew Tejada ’16 and Ryan Schmidt ’19

James Marsh – grandfather of Benjamin Marsh ’03

Paul Windes ’64

Christopher Michael Haenelfather of Brophy Trustee Michael Haenel, grandfather of Michael Haenel ’06, Philip Haenel ’08, Patrick Haenel ’10, Peter Haenel ’13 and Katie Haenel XCP ’13

Peter Andrews – grandfather of Tom Schisssel ’99, Kate Schissel Healy XCP 02, Jenny Schissel XCP 04, Kristen Schissel XCP 06 and father of Nancy Schissel, XCP Faculty

Robert Steinheiser – grandfather of Andrew Steinheiser ’14 and Rachel Steinheiser XCP 17

Patricia McDermott – mother of Matthew McDermott ’96, Michael McDermott ’91 and Thomas McDermott ’88

Alumni Now-September 2016

Thoughts from Fr. Philip Postell, S.J.  

In one of the significant passages of the September Gospel readings occurs the curious recommendation by Jesus Christ “unless one hates mother and father, as well as his sister and brothers, he will not be saved.” Omitting the observation of a literary insertion having to do with exaggeration, one should remember that obtaining salvation and being a disciple of Jesus is not an easy road. First of all, we have to remember that this journey is just that. We never do arrive until we die. So the road to being a disciple is full of difficult choices. And what Jesus recommends is that we put him first and do not choose friends or family. This is not a ploy to minimize the place of the families. It is simply a suggestion that we put Jesus first. As a matter of fact, what Jesus is recommending is not dissimilar to what we face in our relationship with other human beings. If we are cultivating a relationship with family or with spouse or with friends, we have to determine what is the most important. This is not a hating incident so much as a recommendation and a statement for our priorities.

Service Project

We want to renew our push for a concerted alumni effort on a particular service project. This year we want to focus our efforts on Parsons Family Health Center. This facility serves breakfast for the homeless on the first Saturday, every other month, with the help of volunteers, and this is where we as Brophy alumni come in.

We want to recruit volunteers for the upcoming breakfast on Saturday, October 1st from 7:00am to 11:00am. If you are interested and available, please click here for details and to sign up for a shift.

 National Merit Finalists

Congratulations to the following members of the Class of 2017 who have qualified as Semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program:  Will Alpert, Anthony Cardellini, Carter Clelland, Zephan Enciso, Ian Gray, Brandon Hulston, Luke Miller, Brendan Morey, Luke Stegmayer, Ryan Teetsel, Brandon Theodorou, Michael Travis and Jack Venberg.

They have earned this distinction on the basis of their performance on the 2015 PSAT/NMSQT which they took last October.  They are part of a group of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists nationwide and 300 in Arizona.  They will submit a detailed application in hopes of advancing in the competition to the Finalist and Scholar levels later this year.  If they achieve those designations they will automatically qualify for scholarship money.  Congratulations, gentlemen.

History of Brophy and the AIA?

In the last issue, we made a request for information about past Olympians who graduated from Brophy. This move was stimulated by the emergence of Oregon track star Devon Allen ’13 who is an up and coming hurdler and who made the Olympic team this year. Moving on to another topic, I thought to pick the brains of the alumni regarding Brophy’s joining the AIA. Can anyone give me some particulars of this transition—when, why, how, conditions, concessions, resistance? How did the transfer impact the athletic flavor of Brophy thereafter?

Reunion Update

66 50th Reunion
November 5th – 6th
Reunion Contact: Tom McCabe
Reunion website – http://www.bcpxcp1966.myevent.com/
76 40th Reunion
October 7th – 8th
Reunion Contact: brophy1976@gmail.com
Reunion Chairs – John Regester, Art Cunningham and Peter Hushek

Reunion Details and RSVP Information
86 30th Reunion
October 22nd – 23rd
Reunion Contact: Kevin Dupont
Reunion website – http://brophyxavier1986.myevent.com/
96 20th Reunion

October 7th – 8th
Reunion Contact: Blair Polachek
Reunion website – www.bcpxcp96.com

Bit of History

“The first year that Brophy had a football team from the post WW II era was 1953.  At that time we had a freshman and sophomore class that each had about 40 students.  The team was a JV team and played no varsity games, except maybe Phoenix Indian School.  Fr. Schallert, Fr. Devlin and Bob Gillson were the main coaches.  Brophy had no uniforms but Carver High School, an all-black school in Phoenix closed down in May of 1953.  Fr. Schallert and Fr. Devlin attended an auction of their school property and ended up with grey T-shirts that said Carver, and football and basketball uniforms to outfit our first athletic teams.  The only problem was Carver’s colors were Blue and Gold and they were made for bigger, older students.   In one game, our speedy WR Bill Bezy broke away on a long run when his pants dropped down to his knees and down he went.  The blue and gold uniforms were our team uniforms for the ’53 and ’54 seasons.

According to Tim Walsh ’58 and Santa Clara alum, another lucky break for Brophy football occurred in 1955 when Santa Clara dropped their football program.  Never to miss an opportunity, during the summer of 1955, Fr. Schallert sweet talked Ron Giordan ’56 and Ed Chagnon ’56 to take a ride with him to Santa Clara.  There they were given Santa Clara’s red and white football uniforms and a tractor which was drastically needed to mow the football field.  They had a way to get the uniforms back to Brophy but not the tractor.  Fr. Schallert decided to get it to Phoenix on a train.  Ron Giordan remembers driving the tractor from Santa Clara to the train station at night as it would only go about 5 to 10 mph.  Once in Phoenix, he also drove it from the train station to Brophy at night.  Brophy wore Santa Clara’s red and white uniforms for at least the ’55, ’56 and ’57 football seasons.” Submitted by Bob Sloncen ’57.

Alumni Updates

Joshua Benjamin ’16 (Harvard ’20) is one of five Valley students profiled in September’s Arizona Foothills Magazine.

Eight of the 102 Arizona high school players now on PAC 12 football rosters are Brophy alums: Devon Allen ’13, Oregon; Frederick Gammage ’12, ASU; Austin A.T. Hall ’14, Stanford; C.J. Keller ’14, Stanford; Connor Murphy ’16, USC; Isaiah Oliver ’15, Colorado; Donald Reiter ’16, Arizona; and Owen Rogers ’14, ASU. Way to represent, Broncos!

AZCentral’s Facebook page highlighted athletes from local high schools who are now quarterbacks in NCAA programs, including Tyler Bruggman ’13 (Montana State), Brian Woodward ’14 (South Dakota), and Cade Knox ’16 (Harvard).

In Memoriam
 
James F Sullivanfather of Michael Sullivan ’79 and Joseph Sullivan ’85
Dennis Patrick Kilbane 62
Nancy Bidwell – grandmother of Thomas Bidwell  08
James Nisbet 62
Michael F. Murphy ’68
Peter Makaus 59 – Brophy Regent Emeritus, brother of Matthew Makaus 63 and father of Brent Makaus 90

Alumni Now – June 2016

Thoughts from Fr. Postell, S.J.  

The Feast of the Body and Blood of Jesus, which occurs nine weeks after Easter and one week after the celebration of Pentecost, includes two priorities for the early Christian community, and by extension to our contemporary school community. In one passage, Paul criticizes the early Corinthian community for the class differences evident in the weekly celebration of the Eucharist. One group comes in earlier than the rest and enjoys priority seating. The rest of the congregation comes in later and takes whatever is left over. The seating really is based on economic and social differences. But Paul thinks that the celebration of the Eucharist is an invitation to the people of God, irrespective of their financial and social strength. What they are asked to preach and witness is directly contradicted by their seating arrangement at the Eucharist. There are lessons in this practice for us today. In the gospel, on the same feast, Jesus feeds the five thousand. Who might these 5,000 be? They are probably the poor and the hungry and the homeless, all looking for some message of hope. Jesus preaches salvation to them but also feeds their hunger. To be exact, Jesus enjoins his disciples to feed the multitude. To be sure, there is both the distribution of physical nourishment combined with spiritual healing. As we attend church in our contemporary society, do we stop to realize the implications of receiving the body and blood of Christ with regard to the needs of the poor and the needy and the homeless?

Service Project

We have already, in an earlier issue, discussed the possibility of a new service project. With the impetus of the theology of ministry presented in the thoughts above, we want to announce an opportunity for feeding the homeless. The Parsons Family Health Center aims to feed the homeless every other first Saturday of the month and are looking for volunteers to assist in their efforts. Food is provided and the facility is furnished. The host institution is simply looking for help. Registration for this project is greatly simplified, register HERE. Our hopes are that someday the need for volunteers would be completely filled by Brophy Alumni.

Update on the New Gym

Bill Woods, Brophy’s Athletic Director, reports that construction on “The Dutch” is on schedule and ready for completion in mid-October. Both basketball and wrestling teams are chomping at the bit to enjoy “the finest physical training facility in the state.”  YouTube > 
As we move into the final phase of the construction of the Harry T. Olivier, S.J. Gymnasium, The Dutch, we pause to remember and celebrate the 59th anniversary of Father Olivier’s ordination on June 15, 1957.

Bronco Football News

Every year the football team tries to schedule a game against a high ranking opponent from either Nevada or California. Per Scooter Molander, Brophy’s Varsity Football Coach, the Broncos will play out-of-state opponent Fresno Edison High School (CA) in the Brothers-in Arms Classic on Saturday, August 20th at 2pm. The game will be held at Ventura College in Ventura California. We hope to get great support of Bronco fans everywhere, particularly those in the area. Perhaps the game will excite as much as the November 6, 2015 state playoff game vs Phoenix Pinnacle, which Brophy won 38-37 in double-overtime. That game earned Brophy the Best Game Award at the Arizona Sports Awards ceremony on June 5th. Coach Molander was on hand to accept the award.

Reunion Update

66 50th Reunion
November 5th – 6th
Reunion Contact: Tom McCabe

76 40th Reunion
October 7th – 8th
Reunion Contact: brophy1976@gmail.com
Reunion Chairs – John Regester, Art Cunningham and Peter Hushek

86 30th Reunion
October 22nd – 23rd
Reunion Contact: Pat Bertenshaw

96 20th Reunion
October 7th – 8th
Reunion Contact: Blair Polachek

A Bit of History

An article from the Arizona Republic in January of 1930 reports some interesting facts about the basketball team. Brophy finished the season with a win over Loyola High School in Los Angeles, 20-11. The record of sixteen victories out of seventeen games was a truly impressive record for the young school. An interesting wrinkle on the schedule of that year reports a substantial loss to Buckeye High. Apparently Brophy played Buckeye with its second team. On its way back from Los Angeles the previous week, the team bus was involved in an automobile accident with injuries suffered by the first team.

Alumni Updates

Class of 2016, we welcome you as alumni and congratulations!

David Vidaure ’96 was recently promoted from Sergeant to Lieutenant at the Glendale Police Department. He is currently assigned as a Shift Commander out of the Foothills Patrol Division. He has been with the Glendale Police Department 12 1/2 years.

Chris Beall ’12 wrapped up his ASU baseball career and shares his thoughts with ASU’s Cronkite News.

Congratulations to Devon Allen ’13 (Oregon), Bobby Grant ’14 (Texas A&M) and Cole Walsh ’13 (Oregon) who all made the podium at the NCAA National Championships! Devon is the 110m hurdle champ, Bobby finished 4th in the 4×400 and 400 hurdles, and Cole placed 7th in the pole vault. Next stop, Olympic Trials!

Christian Maggi ’14 celebrated with his Yavapai College Roughriders teammates, the NJCAA National Champions! Christian was their starting right fielder.

Kudos to Matt Emerson ’00, who delivered the commencement address at Central Catholic High School in Modesto, CA. Matt writes and speaks on faith and education and has published a book, “Why Faith? A Journey of Discovery.

Darren Burr ’14, current UofA student, wins the Whiskey Row Marathon on his first attempt at ever running a marathon!

In Memoriam

Lee Perry – father of Geoff Perry ’80 and Chris Perry ’75, grandfather of Greg Genrich ’08

Mary Joy Farre – grandmother of Jack Tiffany ’15Chase Beggs ’17, and mother-in-law of Corey Beggs ’86

James F Sullivan – Father of Michael Sullivan ’79 and Joseph Sullivan ’85

Ted McDonnell – father of Kathleen McDonnell Zywicki  XCP ’75, Joe McDonnell ’76, Sue McDonnell Williams XCP ’77, Terry McDonnell ’78,  Felice McDonnell McCarthy XCP ’79, Brigid McDonnell Borst XCP ’84, and grandchildren Alex Zywicki XCP ’08, J.T. Zywicki ’09John Borst ’11, and Kevin Zywicki ’17