Brophy alumnus Aaron Qureshi ’94 shared news of his ordination to the transitional diaconate at the Basilica of St. Peter’s in Rome on October 3rd for the Archdiocese of Washington (DC). He anticipates ordination to the priesthood of Jesus Christ on June 21, 2014 in Washington. Aaron will conclude studies in Rome in June 2015 and then return to Washington for parish ministry.
Men for Others never stops.
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On Sunday, September 29th, 11 Brophy students and alumni will be embarking on a historic swim from Alcatraz. The alums and students will be the sighted guides for 3 blind swimmers as they swim the 1 ½ mile channel between Alcatraz and San Francisco in 59 degree water. The three blind swimmers, including Brophy senior, Max Ashton, will be the first ever to swim the channel in Alcatraz Invitational’s 18 year history. “I want to swim Alcatraz because I want to prove to the world to not count me out just because I can’t see like everyone else. Brophy didn’t count me out. These Brophy Alumni aren’t counting me out. I hope Harvard, Stanford and Columbia won’t count me out, either.”
The idea to swim Alcatraz came from Alumni Jim Drake ’84 who, after guiding a 12-year-old blind student rim-to-rim across the Grand Canyon in 2010, knew blind students could swim Alcatraz. “I swam it in 2009. I knew if a blind student could do Rim to Rim in a single day, he could swim Alcatraz,” said Drake, who is now Arizona’s Assistant Secretary of State. “I pitched it to Marc Ashton and here we are.” Marc Ashton ’84 is the CEO of the Foundation for Blind Children and Max’s father. “Once Jim Drake convinced me our kids could do this, I reached out to my Brophy classmates Mike Tiffany ‘84 and Tom Palmer ‘84.” Mike Tiffany, a four-time veteran of Alcatraz, and one of Max’s sighted guides was nervous at first, “Alcatraz is hard. It’s very cold. The water is very choppy and the currents are strong, but I know Max is determined. Heck, he is the youngest blind person ever to summit Mount Kilimanjaro. I’m proud to be on his team.”
“This is what Brophy instills in our students,” said Brophy Regent Tom Palmer ’84, one of Katie Cuppy’s sighted guides, “We graduated from Brophy 30 years ago, but here we are being the eyes for those without vision. Men for Others never stops.”
To follow their historic swim, please go to Foundation for Blind Children’s website www.SeeItOurWay.org
Photo left to right: Jim Drake ’84, Craig Machen ’87, Ben Drake ’17, Jim Mooney ’84, Eric Stelzer ’16, Katie Cuppy (blind swimmer), Marc Ashton ’84, Max Ashton ’14 (blind swimmer), Tom Palmer ’84 (Brophy Regent), Tanner Robinson (blind swimmer), Mike Tiffany ’84, Ed Hendricks ’87, Jim Stelzer ‘84
Press Release from the California Province of the Society of Jesus
On Sunday, August 27th, eleven men enter the Society of Jesus’ combined novitiate including 2002 Brophy alumnus Simon Zachary. The new novices arrived at the novitiate with family and friends present. Eucharist was celebrated for all in attendance, and an information session was offered for family and friends.
These men will be guided through their two-year experience by Steve Corder, S.J., Director of the Novices for the California and Oregon Provinces, and supported by Tony Harris, S.J., Assistant Novice Director, along with Eddie Siebert, S.J. who serves as administrator of the Novitiate Community.
Read more about entering the novitiate…
Click here for bios on all the novices.
Please pray for Simon and for all the novices entering the Society of Jesus this year: Andrew Carrell, Joseph Dickan, Martin Hicks, Joseph Kraemer, Ryan Mak, Eric Nguyen, Jason Odem, Vicente (Appie) Perez, Jr., Alfonso Pizano, Jr. and Michael Tedone.
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(Press release from NPHH) The Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos y Hermanas International (NPHH) announced that Christopher Hoyt will be filling the role as National Director for NPH Guatemala beginning the first week in June, 2013.
Chris first met Fr. Phil Cleary and the NPH Mexico estudiantina and danza nearly 15 years ago in his home state of Arizona. During high school he accompanied the first mission trip from Our Lady of Perpetual Help school to visit two pequeños sponsored by his family. While at the University of Notre Dame, he pursued a dual degree in Film & Television and Spanish and studied Spanish in Chile. Just a few months before graduating, Chris visited the home and was able to have his first fluent conversation with the children in Miacatlán. That was when he decided to apply to volunteer with NPH Mexico after graduation.
Chris served in Mexico from 2005-2008, as a caregiver, Volunteer Coordinator, Visitor Coordinator, and Director of General Activities. During that time he volunteered with his sister Melissa, now Events Manager at Friends of the Orphans Midwest, and Katie Cordaro, who would later become his wife. Chris says his years with the children, staff, and volunteers of NPH Mexico were among the most influential of his life, and he hoped to someday return to NPH if the possibility arose.
Chris went on to pursue a Masters degree at the University of Kansas, the top rated school for Public Administration in the nation. During that time, he served as Director of Volunteers with the Missionaries of the Precious Blood Kansas City Province, where he developed a start-up program to supply social service agencies throughout the U.S. with volunteers to serve vulnerable communities.
In 2012, Chris traveled to West Africa to assist a Cameroonian community organization in developing international partnerships, revenue sources, and an international volunteer program. Upon completing that project, he accepted a Fellowship with Catholic Relief Services in Malawi, the organization’s largest operation in Southern Africa. There he worked on monitoring and evaluation systems to improve management and effectiveness for a program targeting 15,000 with early childhood development services.
Chris says, “For me, one of Fr. Wasson’s greatest legacies is that he embraced a family of worldwide supporters, in which each of us plays an equally important role, so that pequeños might lead the fullest life possible. Fr. Wasson opened the door for every one of us to use our gifts and talents to their fullest potential to write a new reality in the lives of vulnerable children. To participate in that vision is something I consider the highest honor and deepest responsibility.”
You don’t know where life will lead you after senior year. Shortly after beginning my university career in the business program at ASU, I decided to act on advice from a Brophy teacher, and give the humanities some consideration. I enrolled in a couple courses relating to religion and global conflict and discovered my true passion. I transferred into the School of Global Studies where I was immersed in the survey of world cultures and institutions. There, I had the privilege of studying Arabic in Amman, Jordan in 2007 and working as a clerical assistant in the British Parliament in 2008.
In 2009, I graduated and continued on to the Master’s program in Nonprofit Studies. During this program I began planning a post-grad backpacking trip with friend and fellow Global Studies major, Steven Londoño ’05. We sold as many possessions as we could to fund the trip and left after graduation in 2010. We spent six months vagabonding through a half-dozen Latin American countries. The most memorable event in our journey was the week spent constructing emergency housing in the suburbs of Montevideo with the Jesuit-founded relief organization TECHO, a youth-led non-profit organization seeking to overcome poverty in slums. Working with TECHO changed my life forever. I’d never encountered such a stark societal disconnect – a gap between the extraordinarily industrious working poor of Uruguay and the ability to build a better life; an opportunity gap. As beautiful and necessary as our housing constructions were both in their tangible nature and the sense of human solidarity they produced, without living-wage job opportunities, there was no prospect of sustainable improvement for these families. In the moment I made this realization I knew what I had to do. I began to see my future in the faces of the children there.
When I returned to Phoenix, I grabbed the only friend I thought might be crazy enough to embark on this journey with me, Michael McGillicuddy ’05. We’ve spent the past two years of our lives developing PB Americano – a peanut butter line that contributes profit to TECHO while gathering resources to return to the community and do what we can to produce living-wage job opportunities for TECHO housing recipients. After an extended period of development, we reached Valley farmers’ markets about two months ago with our products and have already raised hundreds for TECHO poverty reduction programs.
On Brophy’s FB page recently, I read about this year’s Summit on Human Dignity topic – The Opportunity Gap. It evoked pride in the fact that we’re addressing an issue the Brophy community finds worthy of critical inquiry and discussion. It also evoked the recognition that I might not have had the courage to identify and act on my passion, embarking on this journey and experiencing its many blessings.
PB Americano crafts the most delicious and nutritious products on the plant and bring the Americas together for the common cause of extreme poverty reduction. PB Americano displays at the Downtown Phoenix Public Market, The Union at Biltmore Fashion Park and Williams-Sonoma Artisans’ Market.
TECHO – www.techo.org/en
The Alumni Organizational Board offers Brophy Alumni the opportunity of working at the downtown Human Services Campus the afternoon of Good Friday, April 6th, from 1:30 to 5:30pm. The address is 220 S. 12th Avenue.
On this special day, the Brophy Alumni will host a hamburger and hotdog barbeque to feed approximately 600 homeless men and women. About 25 volunteers are needed to grill and serve the barbeque as well as stocking the serving tables and cleaning up. The campus will provide all the necessary grills, tables and ice chests. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old.
You will not just be feeding the hungry; your presence and hospitality is a tremendous example of “Men for Others.”
If you are available, please email Mike Strittmatter at email@example.com to coordinate available times.”