Alumni Now – November 2016

Thoughts from Father Philip Postell, SJ

In the regular calendar of the year of the Church we approach the conclusion of what is called the Ordinary Cycle. Ordinary in this sense does not mean trivial or routine, but rather a regular cycle of Sundays between Pentecost and Advent. We are passing through the final Sundays of Ordinary Time and approach the season of Advent. Our sequence of the church year parallels what is going on in nature. Leaves fall, grass dies, and in general, nature lies dormant. But even though nature seems to die, we realize that this period is temporary and pulses with expectation of a new year and spring cycle.

The Scripture writers reflect this preoccupation and changes of nature in the way they approach death. Death is simply not the end of existence. It is a door through which we go to life eternal. Jesus continually preaches that he is the God of the living, the God of Isaac and Jacob. So the death that Jesus went through is simply an entrance into life eternal.

We can speculate about what life eternal is, though the Scriptures insist that the eye has not seen nor ears heard the light that await us in the life of the Resurrection. And so Jesus will continue to insist that life eternal motivates us to live a strong and loving life.

A theologian once compared the way Jesus approaches earthly life with the way many human beings approach this life. We human beings measure life that ends in death. Even though we know that death is not the end of our existence, our instinct is to draw a line when we die. But Jesus measures existence the opposite way. Jesus measures existence beginning with death and entering into life eternal. In this way death is not a tragedy but simply a beginning of life eternal. This is his gift to us. It was this cycle of repetition and preparation for Christmas that we celebrate during Advent. We look forward to a new cycle of nature and a new experience of spiritual life this year.

Brophy Football

Brophy football ended its run in the playoffs, and its season, with a 34-33 loss to Red Mountain. Brophy finished with an 8-4 record. Kudos to the #RedArmy, Brophy’s diehard fans and supporters whose energy did a lot to always keep the Broncos going.

Reunions

Class of ’06 – Ten-year Reunion
Friday, November 25 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Pizza and Beer in the McCain Colonnade

Class of ’11 – Five-year Reunion
Saturday, November 26 from 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Pizza and Beer in the McCain Colunnade

#Giving Tuesday – November 29, 2016

There are those who participate in Black Friday and Cyber Monday,
but we are the Broncos…
#Giving Tuesday – Save the Date! – $100K in a Day
We can do this! Stay tuned…more to come…

Alumni Updates

Chris Hoyt ’01, recipient of Brophy’s 2015 St. Francis Xavier Award for Ignatian Identity and Director of Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos orphanage in Guatemala, was recently chosen to participate in The Changing of the Rose of Peace on behalf of the orphanage. The annual ceremony commemorates the signing of the Guatemalan Peace Accord ending a 36-year civil war in that country.

Congratulations to Isaiah Oliver ’15, named Pac-12 Special Teams Player of the Week following his five punt returns, including a 68-yard touchdown, in Colorado’s victory over UCLA.

Jonathan Londoño ’10 and his brother Steve Londoño ’05, co-founders of a competitive barbecue team called “Char Wars,” took first place in Brisket at the World BBQ Festival, competing against some of the best teams in the nation! Jonathan Londoño heads Brophy’s Student Advocacy and Outreach Office.

Congratulations to Aaron Gagleard ’08 on being named one of “35 Arizona Entrepreneurs Under 35!”

Many thanks to Rodrigo Dorador ’08 who returned to Brophy recently to speak to our Hermanos Unidos group about his journey rooted in education and advocacy.

Sam Triplett ’14, playing for Northwestern, helped lead his team to a third-place finish in the Bridgestone Golf Collegiate in Greensboro, N.C. Sam finished fourth overall in individual standings with a career best 17 birdies.

Michael Feagles ’16, who plays for Illinois, helped lead the golf team to a win in the East Lake Cup, a tournament showcasing some of the best teams and players in college golf. In addition, Michael placed an impressive fifth place in the individual Stroke Play.

In Memoriam

Adalberto Rodriguez ’05
Sean Michael Weber ’85

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