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