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 –
76 40th Reunion
October 7th – 8th
Reunion Contact:
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 –
96 20th Reunion

October 7th – 8th
Reunion Contact: Blair Polachek
Reunion website –

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