In Memoriam: Michael Heraty ’10

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Michael Richard Heraty moved with his parents from Pagosa Springs, Colorado to Phoenix specifically to attend Brophy. He graduated with honors in 2010, one of the “Men of Ten”; in his words “those were the best 4 years of my life.” It was at Brophy where he began his mastery of the Spanish language passion for Latin Americans.
Michael somehow knew his time with us would be short and he became determined to make it count.
He followed dreams, not rules. He was bold and brave. Michael traveled fearlessly.
He was inspired by people, connected by their human spirits, each unique, in diverse settings and circumstances.
He easily crossed social boundaries that separated more rigid thinkers.heraty
He created immense fun out of ordinary events, and extraordinary events out of immense fun.
Michael was creative and whimsical, in his stories, written and verbal.
He was mischievous and loved to create elaborate practical jokes.
He was controversial, but often considerate and kind. Michael was endlessly curious and tremendously intelligent.
He lived life passionately and with little fear. He was an encourager to the timid and fearful.
Michael helped others to grow by stretching from where they were, to where they could go.
Michael dearly loved his little brother Gabriel Mateo who reached a part of his heart that stayed hidden from others.heraty 2
Michael left our world half way thru his 5-month “Mega Trip”, just 15 days after his 23rd birthday. His life in this world was ended by an unidentified assailant on April 1, 2015 in Honduras. He had been visiting the the family he had lived with during the summer of 2008 while part of the Amigos de Las Americas Program. He has left a hole in the hearts of many, though we know we shall be reunited with Christ in His home.
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Alumni Now – June 2015 Edition

Thoughts from Father Postell, S.J.

Within the last few weeks, the church has celebrated the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ. Few people remember that one of the reforms of Vatican II over 40 years ago was the method of receiving the Eucharist. Of course, all of this was based on a theology of bringing the body of Christ closer to the people of God. Hereafter, it would no longer be the monopoly of the clergy. So, the laity was encouraged to receive communion in the hands rather than on the tongue and also to receive the precious blood from the cup.

For our purposes, it might be helpful to examine changing theology as a changing attitude, and by attitude I mean the image of open hands as opposed to closed fists.

You do not enter the Eucharist with a closed fist. For that matter, we do not greet one another with a closed fist. That image convokes fear, control, even resentment. The clinched fist gives the connotation of being closed. One, for instance, does not eat with a clinched fist. One does not shake hands and greet one another with a clinched fist.

Certainly we are encouraged to receive the body of Christ with open hands. The attitude of open hands is one of welcome, companionship, indeed even community and family. Open hands convey communication rather than opposition or control.

What is our attitude with which we receive the body and the blood of Christ? Do we open ourselves to the grace of growth contained in the body of Christ? Do we approach communion with clinched fists where we fear to be changed? Do we want control or are we open to be moved by a love force greater than ours? This attitude of open hands and clinched fists is symbolic of the attitude with which we build community, establish families, and solidify regions.


The Newest Graduating Class

Every year in the transition period of graduation, we remind the class of the need we have here at Brophy for the continued financial support of our alumni. Simply put, we will survive in the future, not just on tuition dollars, but on the sympathetic response of alumni who treasure the benefits of their Brophy Jesuit education. And so it is with great pride that we can announce that the Class of 2015 has already produced nine contributions to the Men of ’15 scholarship endowment. The total of these nine gifts support approximately ¼ of a student’s annual tuition.



The school enjoyed 630 completed applications for the Class of 2019. We plan on opening the school year with a total approximating 355 for the class. This may constitute one of the largest classes in the history of the school. Moreover, we experience the usual diversity of 105 zip codes and 98 different elementary feeder schools. The incoming class reflects the ethnic diversity of the city of Phoenix.

Service Project

The Alumni Association continues to stimulate interest in a new opportunity at Circle the City. The first orientation was held early in the month of May and hosted some ten alumni and/or spouses. The next orientation is on July 11th, we hope to be able to furnish an even greater number of participants. To sign up, contact


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A Bit of History

RIP James Lewis Palmer, 1918-2015. As much as we can ascertain, we call attention to the death of the oldest surviving alumnus of Brophy College Preparatory. Jim was one of those students who got caught in that awkward moment when, because of the Great Depression, Brophy had to close its doors. Jim would have graduated in 1936, but the school folded in 1935. Jim spent his last year of high school at Bellarmine Preparatory in San Jose. We have always understood that the students in that class were awarded diplomas from Brophy.

Since James Palmer was our oldest living alumnus, we take our hats off to a man who later joined the United States Navy, saw action in World War II in the South Pacific, married and fathered seven children and finally spent an active part of his life working for the church and participating in the work of the St. Vincent de Paul Society.

Alumni Updates

  • David Marotz ’98 recently earned his MBA from Yale School of Management, a program focused on Leadership in Healthcare. He is currently working in Minneapolis for Surescripts.Christopher Hoyt ’01 celebrated his second anniversary as National Director of Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos!Kyle Chalmers 13was voted the 2015 Philadelphia Inquirer Men’s Tennis Academic All-Area Performer of the Year


In Memoriam

Donald C. Kuzela ’64

James L. Palmer ’36

Michael and Cecilia Frakes – parents of Tim Frakes ’82, Brian Frakes ’83, Ken Frakes ’91 and Tony Frakes.

Robert Oliphant – father of Alexander Oliphant ’80

Father John Lo Schiavo, S.J. – Brophy’s Assistant Principal from 1958 – 1961

Warren Herrgott – father of Alexander Herrgott ’99

Maria Tibajia –  mother of Norman Tibajia ’17

Austen Thompson ’08 accepted to Arizona’s MD-PhD program

2008 thompson, austenWe get to do a lot of fun things working in college athletics, but I don’t think there is anything I enjoy more than sharing the experiences of our current and former student-athletes. Earlier this week, we learned that alumni swimming and diving letter winner Austen Thompson was accepted into Arizona’s MD-PhD program, which will give him the opportunity to earn both MD and PhD degrees over the next seven to eight years. That, in and of itself, is something to celebrate, but when you consider that only two of over 100 applicants were selected, you can see why we’re so excited to share the news.

Austen has been a model student-athlete ever since he stepped on campus in 2008. He earned bachelor’s degrees in molecular and cellular biology and in physiology in 2012, graduating cum laude in both areas of study. He’s currently working on a master’s in physiological sciences. While swimming, Austen served as a team captain his senior year and finished off a career that saw him earn a National Championship in the 400-yard individual medley, seven All-America honors, an Academic All-District nod and a place on the State Farm Good Neighbor team. He was also a two-year member of our Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, and to cap it all off, was named Homecoming King.

Through the MD-PhD program, Austen will have the chance to spend his first two years at medical school followed by a completion of graduate course work and dissertation research. Then, he’ll need to complete the clinical medical school requirements to finish off the program.

(Reprinted from Greg Byrne’s Wildcat Wednesday for University of Arizona Athletics – January 2015)

Mick Ebeling ’88 releases new book Not Impossible

1988 ebeling, mick (not impossible labs)Brophy alumnus (1988) Mick Ebeling’s new book Not Impossible which was released last week, explores his lifelong mission to change the world. His company, Not Impossible Labs, was created to solve medical problems that seemed to be unsolvable and do it in a do-it-yourself kind of way.

In 2009, Mick and his team created the Eyewriter for a graffiti artist struck down by ALS and unable to express himself creatively. Ebeling and his company built a pair of glasses that could track eye movements allowing the artist to work again. In 2013 Project Daniel was formed to manufacture a limb from a 3-D design for a teenage boy in Sudan who lost both arms in a bomb blast. When Daniel used the 3-D-printed left arm to feed himself, it was the first time in two years he’d been able to do so.

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For more information about Mick and the book click here

In the Name of Service: Adam Fishman ’10 (Dartmouth ’15)

Senior Adam Fishman brings his zest for helping others to the role of Jaeger Civic Intern this Fall

Taken from Dartmouth Peak Performance Magazine, Fall 2014

2010 fishman, adam (2014-nov)With its quaint downtown shops, neat neighborhoods and abundant natural beauty, Hanover is often referred to as the “quintessential New England college town.” Factor in low unemployment, safe streets and a major medical center nearby and it is easy to understand why Hanover has been recognized by national media outlets as being one of the best places in the country to live.
It is just as easy for Dartmouth students to be lulled into believing their Shangri-La on the Connecticut is representative of the entire Upper Valley region.
Senior lacrosse attackman Adam Fishman of Phoenix, Ariz., knows better.
As a sophomore Fishman took a class called Poverty and Public Policy that exposed him to the work of the Upper Valley Haven, “a non-profit, private organization that serves people struggling with poverty by providing food, shelter, education, clothing and support.” Fishman’s class offered a glimpse outside the Dartmouth bubble at the the work of the Haven, which in fiscal year 2014 provided food for 3,655 Upper Valley households and provided shelter for 42 families with children as well as 114 more adults.
“The Haven offers a life development course that provides useful tools for people who want to get things together,” Fishman explained. “For our class we interviewed a number of individuals who had spent time at the Haven who had done the program, and looked at ways to improve it.
“It was a chance to speak with people who had a different vantage point, one that you don’t normally get to encounter at Dartmouth. It was very eye-opening.”
Fishman’s appreciation for the very real challenges facing some residents of the Upper Valley and his interest in enlisting fellow Big Green athletes in efforts to make a difference in the lives of others has led to him being selected as Dartmouth’s latest Jaeger Civic Intern.
The Jaeger Civic Internship program, which operates in conjunction with Dartmouth’s Tucker Foundation, honors the legacy of Richard “Dick” Jaeger ’59, the former director of admissions who served as the college’s athletic director from 1989-2002. Jaeger continues to be an active volunteer in the Upper Valley, an interest that began long before his retirement as AD.
Fishman succeeds cross country skier Natalie Flowers in the Jaeger role, and Athletic Director Harry Sheehy believes he was an inspired choice.
“It is all about the quality of the person that we get in that position because kids are different,” Sheehy said. “I think Adam will be terrific there. He was very invested in improving the culture of the lacrosse team. He has a heart for service, so I think it is a great spot for him.”
2010-fishman,-adam-(2014-nov)Fishman was selected this spring as a finalist for the Yeardley Reynolds Love Unsung Hero Award, presented to one men’s and one women’s Division I lacrosse player each year. He was chosen for being, “at the forefront of Dartmouth Lacrosse’s community service efforts, helping lead the team to over 300 hours of service this past year through an organized service trip to Nicaragua, a weekly volunteer program at David’s House, a Scoop for Loot fundraiser for Lacrosse the Nations, and more.”
Fishman, who has been a volunteer cabin counselor at Paul Newman’s Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, had his volunteer spirit nurtured at Brophy College Preparatory in Phoenix.
“They try to turn out not just academics, but well-rounded individuals, and service plays a huge part of that,” he said. “It is called being, ‘A Man for Others.’ Service plays a huge part of that.
“Every junior does a service project that takes up an entire semester. Freshman and sophomore year you have service projects as well. Your senior year it culminates with a seminar-like class where you reflect on it all, what type of person you will be after after Brophy, and the lessons that you have learned there.”
Because scheduling conflicts kept Fishman from being able to make a service trip to El Salvador while he was at Brophy he has been particularly excited about opportunities that have come his way at Dartmouth, including one when he joined with teammates to help build a house in an impoverished Nicaraguan village, and to bring the joy of lacrosse to the children of the community.
“Through the ‘D Plan’ I was able to marry service with Spanish, lacrosse and education, all interests of mine,” he said. “That started at Brophy with wanting to participate in something like that, but Dartmouth really provided the opportunity.”
Last fall Fishman was program and activities coordinator for Lacrosse the Nations in Costa Rica, helping shape the organization’s involvement in the country.
Locally he has taken part in the Indian River Mentoring Program in a school system near Hanover, helped out with Special Olympics, volunteered at David’s House (the Lebanon facility that provides a home for families with children at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center), bicycled 100 miles twice in the Prouty cancer fund raiser and more. As the program chair for his fraternity he is charged with organizing service events in the area.
As the Jaeger Civic Intern, he hopes to personalize the volunteer efforts of Dartmouth athletes.
“There can be a trend of cookie-cutter community service where you go and do something and feel accomplished because you did something for someone else,” he said. “But there can be a lack of engagement there.
“This summer men’s basketball and women’s soccer every Monday are going to Kendal, the retirement community, and they are not just doing stuff for residents but they are doing stuff with residents and sharing experiences.. We are trying to move away from just reeling off hours of service, and trying to make it a meaningful experience.”
In addition to working to develop the volunteer programs at Dartmouth, Fishman has played an important role in helping improve the image of lacrosse both nationally, and on the Dartmouth campus.
In the 2012-13 school year, “We had more rules violations than I would want to say,” he admitted. “This year we completely eliminated them, which is remarkable. I really think that the group has bought in. The direction is great, and I think the class of leaders we have is off the charts.
“There’s a coaching change and that is outside our control, but I am very confident in the leadership and direction of the program. The group is very, very bought in.”
Fishman is hopeful that after a difficult year – for the team and personally – brighter days are ahead.
As a sophomore, the former Arizona all-state player who did a prep year at Lawrenceville enjoyed a productive season. He poured in 11 goals and added 10 assists to finish second on the team with 21 points.
The spring of 2014 wasn’t as much fun.
“Junior year was very tough, aside from wins and losses because injuries consumed my entire season,” he said. “Right before we came back for the winter term I pulled my hamstring pretty badly, which ended up putting me out for the first half of the season. Then I came back and played in one game and got injured during practice, which put me back into the whole rehab routine.”
Fishman ended up playing in just one game as a junior although he showed the difference he might have been able to make by scoring two goals and adding an assist in a midseason loss to Cornell before going back on the shelf.
“I had to find my role in other ways, which ended up getting me very involved with service on the team,” he said. “I was trying to find ways to better our program and ways that I could have an impact without being on the field. I would have loved to help us win more games, but I tried to have an impact in ways that I could while rehabbing, even if that was pretty limited.”
Finally healthy, Fishman is excited about the opportunity to make a difference on the field. At the same time he values the opportunity to help Big Green athletes make a difference in the lives of others.
His dream is to tap the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee – an organization that includes representatives for each varsity team – to spread awareness of, and grow opportunities for service. As the Jaeger intern, Fishman sits on the SAAC executive board, which he thinks will give him a bully pulpit to push for service.
“Harry Sheehy always talks about comprehensive excellence and it starts with DP2, which does so much to put our athletes in position to be successful on and off the field,” Fishman said. “I think the SAAC is an awesome bridge between each team and DP2. In addition to helping us improve the individual programs it can be a network for service. I am very excited about the prospect of SAAC reps being able to have an influence on teams and help Dartmouth stand out.
“Every school has great athletics, and every school in the Ivy League has great academics, but something that really sets Dartmouth apart is we are in a community that is kind in the middle of nowhere. It provides a unique opportunity to engage with the community around us and I think service can be the tool to do that.”
Adam Fishman’s recruiting visit to Dartmouth was made possible by the generosity of Eugene Carver ’50 and the Class of 1949 through the Athletic Sponsor Program.

Alumni Now – October Edition

Thoughts from Fr. Postell, S.J.

There is a gospel reading for the last Sunday of September which deals with two brothers, both quite different, which is no surprise. One refuses to do what his father requests. But then later, upon significant reflection, goes ahead and fulfills the request. The other brother reacts in the opposite way; he immediately acquiesces to his father’s request, but subsequently ignores it and does nothing. Which is the preferred brother? Well, the comprehensive answer is that neither really fulfilled the demands of an obedient and thoughtful son; what we and God are looking for is both a positive response and a follow through to the response. Would not we, as parents, have the same expectation? A lesson in this!!

Archive Update

We are missing copies of yearbooks for 1960, ’61, ’62, and ’63. If you have a copy of an issue from any of these years that you could donate, we would appreciate the opportunity to complete the archives.


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Alumni Awards

Bob Ryan, Principal at Brophy, has announced the recipients of the new Alumni Awards which honor two alumni for their commitment to the ideals of Jesuit education. The St. Francis Xavier Award for Ignatian Identity will be presented annually to a recent alumnus (15 years or fewer) who, after graduation from Brophy, seeks to deepen his commitment to the ideals of Jesuit education in remarkable ways. The St. Ignatius Loyola Award for Distinguished Service will be presented annually to a Brophy alumnus whose life and life’s work exemplifies a sustained commitment to the values of Jesuit education. This year’s St. Francis Xavier Award recipient is Colin Gilbert ’03 and the St. Ignatius Loyola Award recipient is Tom Manos ’70. Both awards will be presented at the annual Father/Son Communion Breakfast here at Brophy on November 22nd. For bios on our recipients and/or to RSVP, click here.

A Bit of History

When Brophy reopened its doors in 1952, it did so with an understanding reached with the bishop of Phoenix, Daniel J. Gercke, that the school would investigate the possibility of a college. So, the Jesuits began a scrutiny of suitable land in some proximity to Brophy. Coincidentally, the Federal Government began to explore the possibility of selling some of the Indian School surplus property, which was the site of land just across the irrigation canal from the Brophy. Within a few months a spokesman for the government, Senator Barry Goldwater, made it known that while the transaction was possible, the availability of the entire 55 acres which Brophy was looking at would not be possible. Ultimately, the viability of the project got mired in the larger debate of the selling of federal land to a private school. The same piece of land originally viewed by Brophy was subsequently bought by the city of Phoenix to build Central High School.

Alumni Updates

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The Brophy Alumni Brotherhood is alive and well…

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In Memoriam

Dr. David Lawless – Father of Tom Lawless ’73,
Cathy Lawless Gaudreau XCP ’74, and
predeceased by son Dan Lawless ’78

Mary DeConcini – Mother of Dino DeConcini ’83,
Nina DeConcini XCP ’81, Viva DeConcini XCP ’83

Edward J. Moran ’62 – Brother of Frederick J. Moran ’64,
Paul J Moran ’67 and the uncle of Michael P. Moran ’96

Mass for Deceased Alumni

Mark your calendars to join us for a Mass for Deceased Alumni, scheduled for Saturday, November 1st at 10:00am. We will honor the memory of all our deceased alumni Saturday morning in the Brophy chapel. Following communion, we will have a special presentation honoring those alumni who have died within the last year, listed here by class: Edward L. Muckerman ’58, D. Richard Toland ’58, Thomas J. Reilly ’59, Edward J. Moran ’62, Donald W. Jansen ’66, Thomas J. Kase ’66, Daren J. Krupa ’66, William J. Firth ’69, Ron C. Maggiano ’70, Michael P. Gormley ’71, Dean M. Phillips ’71, Allan V. Burklund ’77, Eric P. Atencio ’81, Michael F. Knill ’81, Michael J. Owens ’94, Seamus R. O’Bryan ’99, and Hernan Herrera ’09. We hope you will join us.

Alumni Now -August 2014 Edition

Thoughts from Fr. Postell, S.J.

It probably would come as no surprise to a student of scripture to hear that various accounts of the feeding of the multitude occur at least six times in the gospel. This certainly reinforces the priority that Jesus gives to food. Whether it is pieces of food or spiritual nourishment, Jesus is concerned to alleviate the hungers of His followers.

It is a facile conclusion to assume that the physical act of eating is not a priority in the emphasis of Jesus. But in every account of the feeding of the throng, Jesus seemed to emphasize that hearing the words of Jesus presupposes that His audience is not going hungry.

Jesus seemed to assume that starvation impedes the proper assimilation of His spiritual message. There is certainly precedent for this in many passages of the Old Testament.

For those of us who follow the teaching of Jesus Christ, we might take a proper look at the emphasis He places on the physical act of nourishment. Perhaps this is why He is so sensitive to collecting the scraps that are left over after The Miracle of Loaves and Fishes. One has to wonder whether we who belong to the community at Brophy could be more sensitive to wasting food, or even better, be creative about sharing some of our food surplus with those that go to bed hungry every night. Do we waste? Are we even sensitive to waste?

When Jesus multiplies the loaves and fishes, He recruits the disciples to help distribute the food. Perhaps Jesus the Lord is asking us to be His “Wait Staff”: to feed people, to serve them, to love them.

Football news

Did you know that the Broncos will open the season against Bishop Gorman from Las Vegas on August 22nd? This Nevada Catholic school is considered an athletic powerhouse and will prove a real challenge. The team is excited about traveling out of state.


The school’s retreat center escaped damage from nearby forest fires in the Oak Creek area. However, because of the liability of evacuating a large number of students on a moment’s notice, and because of the very dry conditions, the facility will be closed through the middle of October.

Service Project

St. Mary’s Food Bank has offered two dates for alumni participation: Saturday, August 16th 12:00pm-3:00pm and Saturday, September 13th from 8:00am-11:00am. Email your participation interest to Efforts continue at establishing a routine monthly opportunity for our volunteers.

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A Bit of History

Whenever I hear the word “Pinto” I think of a type of bean. But, as a matter of fact, the mascot for Brophy in its early history was “The Pinto.” I am looking at an article from The Arizona Republic of February 10th, 1935 and note that the Brophy Pintos beat Hayden in a basketball game by a score of 43-1. We all know how the Pintos later became the Broncos. At least we kept it in the horse species.

Alumni Updates

Wyatt Harris ’99 received his Executive MBA from Columbia Business School in May.

Jackson Santy ’13 was chosen as an 1870 Award Finalist at Loyola University Chicago, which honors a first-year student who has exemplified the Year One goals of The Loyola Experience.

Dennis Juarez ’10 is one of five people matriculating into UC Irvine’s Medical Scientist Training Program (dual degree MD/PhD).

Michael Rathwell ’04 married Betsy Neal of Seattle, Washington on April 5, 2014 in Phoenix, Arizona.

Steve Ferrara, MD ’87 is an Interventional Radiologist and Captain in the U.S. Navy, completing multiple worldwide deployments from Afghanistan to Africa and the Middle East to Indonesia. He was a National Academy of Sciences Congressional Health Policy Fellow on the Energy and Commerce Committee, which oversaw multiple federal agencies including HHS, FDA, and the NIH. He was asked to serve as the Navy’s Chief Medical Officer and Deputy Chief of Medical Operations. Steve and his wife, Elizabeth — a Pediatric Nephrologist, live just outside of Washington, DC with their two children. (photo right)

Need a boost? Alexander LaCroix ’03 has tapped into the energy drink market as one of the founding partners of Mental Mojo powdered drink mix, and recently made the cover of the Phoenix Business Journal.

J.J. Jansen ’04, long snapper for the Carolina Panthers, earns respect for ‘specialists everywhere’ earns respect for ‘specialists everywhere’.

Mark Nelson ’04 is Media Manager for Major League Soccer’s Portland Timbers.

Tyler J. Carrell ’03, an Associate with Gallagher and Kennedy, has been elected to serve as president of the Young Lawyers Division for the State Bar of Arizona. As if that isn’t enough to celebrate, Tyler and his wife Stephanie welcomed their first baby Wilson Charles Carrell this past June. Can you say Bronco ’32? (photo right)

Per The Arizona Republic, Chef Chris Collins ’01 gives southern food a modern update at Grassroots Kitchen and Tap, located in Phoenix and Scottsdale.

Sean Summers ’11 and Anchal Jain ’13 study mechanical engineering at USC. This year they worked together on the school’s intercollegiate, international race: USC Racing. Next year Sean will be president of the racing team and Anchal will be powertrain lead. The car is affectionately named Nikki. (photo below)

David Ross ’06 graduated from Bucknell University. He is currently pursuing his MBA at Georgetown while working for the U.S. Trade and Development Agency in Washington D.C. His work has taken him to Latin America, the Middle East, Europe, Eurasia, and East Asia.

In Memoriam

Eric P. Atencio ’81
Frank M. Barrios ’60
Allan Burklund ’77
Mike Gormley ’71
Hernan Herrera ’09
Troy Hudacko ’89
Michael F. Knill ’81
Daren Jon Krupa ’66

A brotherhood long after Brophy

A tale of three Brophy grads at Boston College: Michael Maerowitz, Eric An and Justin Germaine…Brophy Class of 2010

In one of the sweetest stories to come to the alumni office, Brophy alum mom Marlene Pontrelli shared this photo of her son, Michael and his friends. It encompasses all that we know to be true about the bonds that form at Brophy and because of Brophy.

“Eric, Michael and Justin knew each other at Brophy, but they were not friends and did not participate in the same activities. However, they were the only three in Brophy’s Class of 2010 who went to Boston College. Almost from the first day of class, they “found” each other. The Brophy connection brought them together, it was like having close family even though they were far from home,” writes Marlene. “After that first year, they ended up rooming together for the next three years. During summer and school breaks, they came back to Phoenix and would always get together before heading back to Boston.”

“It reminds me though Brophy is only a 4-year high school, the friends, experiences and connections that are made there last a lifetime.”

We agree!

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Alumni Now -June 2014 Edition

Thoughts from Fr. Postell, S.J.

The reading from Acts Chapter 6 talks about dissention in the early Christian community. The Greeks or non-Jewish Christians are complaining to the leadership that their widows are not being cared for. Why they were being overlooked is a problem that has been around as long as the Church.

Is it a question of an insufficient number of ministers? Or is it an issue of ministry staying within a certain context?

If the answer is that there are an insufficient number of ministers, then that can be easily remedied by ordaining new ministers. And this is what happened. Deacons were ordained to the number of seven. Incidentally, they all had Greek names. The sub-position is that the established ministers, if you want, the original twelve, were busy about preaching and healing. They were too busy, or perhaps too important, to be table waiters. But when the new ministers/deacons came on board, they took care of feeding the poor and the widows.

Possibly the real issue here is the nature of ministry. In what does real ministry consist? And is the church elastic enough to broaden its practice? We hear that the deacons immediately began to branch out and to visit the Jewish converts, so called Greeks, outside of Jerusalem and Israel. Presumably the established leadership was not as flexible and overlooked the needs of people who were hungry, or who needed someone to speak for them. Did you know that the Jewish translation for the word widow means “one who cannot speak?” And so, it was the new ministers who began to represent those who could not speak.

The early Christian community went through some tremendous growing pains. Witness Peter’s question “Lord, where are you going?” Thomas also asked “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” How we know the way and come to know the way means serving those who cannot speak for themselves.

College Admissions Information

A lot of you express a desire for the latest information on college admissions for the recently graduated class. Thanks to the department of college admissions, here is the most up to date data we have. The size of the recent senior class was 295. This class submitted 2,206 college applications or an average of 11 per student. 45% of these graduates are planning to attend one of the three Arizona public Universities. 44% of these students will be entering the honors programs of either ASU or UA. Jesuit Colleges: 51 students are planning on entering 14 Jesuit respective institutions, or roughly 17%. That percentage jumps to 21% when one includes non-Jesuit Catholic schools. Ivy League Schools: 9 students have plans to enter one of seven different sites. There were 16 acceptances in this category with 9 on the various waitlists. As a grand total, the Class of 2014 applied to 258 different institutions and will enter 76 different colleges. Number of applications to various colleges from Brophy: ASU enjoyed the most at 223 UA received 168 Santa Clara at 67 USC at 54 Stanford at 49 Fordham at 48 Gonzaga & NAU at 44 LMU at 43 *This list does not include all college applications The destination of our graduates: ASU will enroll 41 with an additional 30 to Barrett, The Honors College, for a total of 71. UA follows with a total of 58. USC is next at 10 and NAU follows at 8. The closest figures to the above are Fordham and Santa Clara at 7 each, Seattle with 6 enrolled and Stanford, Michigan and Creighton enjoying 5 each. The following institutions will receive 4 each—Notre Dame, Boston College, Loyola Marymount, Regis, Texas Christian and Indiana.

A Bit of History

In an article from the Arizona Catholic Herald of September 16th, 1932, occurs the mention of the efforts of the football coach, Jimmy Robinson, to upgrade the performance of the Brophy Pintos for the forthcoming year. It is interesting to note that Coach Robinson consulted with the coaches of three colleges at the time considered powerhouses on the gridiron. The coaches consulted worked at Gonzaga, Santa Clara and Loyola University. With this as momentum, the author notes that there were expectations for a “Fair team that would give a good account of itself.” It is interesting that the Pintos faced the coming season of 1932 with only four lettermen. I wonder in the year 2014 how many lettermen the Broncos return for the new season?

Alumni Updates

  • Congratulations to David Griffin ’87, recently named General Manager of the Cleveland Cavaliers!
  • Dan Strittmatter ’08 helps the White Sox “…keep the roster solid.” Read about it!
  • The West Coast Conference named Jake Steffens ’12 its Rawlings Baseball Pitcher and Player of the Week for May 5, 2014. Here’s the story!
  • The University of Arizona awarded Kurt Mohty ’10 with the Robert Logan Nugent Award.
  • Cullen Mahoney ’09, Michael Strittmatter ’05 and Kyle Westfall ’04 graciously donated their time to the Loyola Academy Scholars on behalf of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP). Photo
  • Mark Weber ’04 received his Masters from Harvard University (undergrad at Duke). He’s photo’d here with his father, John Weber who is also a Harvard grad (business school) and the honorary PhD recipient of the year, the 41st President of the United States George Herbert Walker Bush!
  • Check out the last blog post by Matt Emerson ’00 for America Magazine.
  • Alex Mason ’05 is part of the “Third Wave Coffee Movement.” What is that?
  • Adam Fishman ’10 was named a One Love Foundation Finalist.
  • Ryan Brown ’09, Devon McClelland ’09, Pat Larkin ’09, Matt Skowron ’09, and Ryan Todare ’09 together recently tackled Havasupai Falls in the Grand Canyon!
  • Devon Allen ’13 makes number 13 on the NFL’s “14 for ’14 – Most Freakish Athletes in College Football!”
  • David Graybill ’12 was drafted in the 33rd round of the MLB draft by the New York Yankees.
  • Accolades and updates for some of our newest Alums! Bobby Grant ’14 named Arizona High School Boys Track Athlete of the Year! Garrett Rupp ’14 and Nolan Weinstein ’14 representing Brophy at the Division 1 All-Star & Academic All-Star games for baseball! Billy Andrew ’14 making the Volleyball All-Arizona Team! Carlos Ochoa ’14 named the first National Speech and Debate Association National Student of the Year Finalist from Arizona! Max Ashton ’14 interviewed by Fox10 about his $20K textbooks! Ryan Castellani ’14 was selected by the Rockies in the 2nd round in the MLB First-Year Player Draft, 48th overall.

In Memoriam

Michael John Lang ’96

Gina Hazelton
Mother of Ben Hazelton ’91, Michael Hazelton ’92,
Chris Hazelton ’95, and KC Hazelton ’00

Al Derbis
Father of Stephen Derbis ’79

Howard Hanson
Father of John Hanson ’87 and
XCP Alums June and Tracy Hanson.

Justin Glenn PhD ’63 vol 1 on President Washington

Dr. Justin Glenn’s first volume of his multi-volume series was recently released on Amazon, entitled: The Washingtons: A Family History, Volume One: Seven Generations of the Presidential Branch.

    1963 glenn, justinThis is the initial volume of a comprehensive, multi-volume, fifteen-generation history traces the “Presidential line” of the Washingtons. Volume one begins with the immigrant John Washington who settled in Westmoreland Co., Va., in 1657, married Anne Pope, and was the great-grandfather of President George Washington. This volume continues the story of John and Anne’s family for a total of seven generations, collecting over 5,000 direct descendants. Future volumes will trace eight more generations with a total of over 63,000 descendants. Although structured in a genealogical format for the sake of clarity, this is no bare bones genealogy but a true family history with over 1,200 detailed biographical narratives. These in turn strive to convey the greatness of the family that produced not only The Father of His Country but many others, great and humble, who struggled to build that country.
    The Washingtons includes the time-honored John Wright line which in recent years has been challenged largely on the basis of DNA evidence. Volumes one and two will form a set, with a cumulative bibliography appearing at the end of volume 2. Volume two will highlight the most notable descendants and spouses from the later volumes, including such luminaries as General George S. Patton, the author Shelby Foote, and the actor Lee Marvin.

After leaving Brophy, Dr. Glenn graduated from Stanford University (B.A., Classics, 1967; magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) and was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow at Princeton University (M.A., Classics, 1969; Ph.D., Classics, 1970). His career as a professor of Classics at the University of Georgia and Florida State University spanned thirty-five years, and he has served as Registrar General of The National Society of the Washington Family Descendants since 2002. He and his wife Jody reside in Tallahassee, Florida.

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