Alumni Now – November 2015

Thoughts from Fr. Postell, S.J.  

During the month of November, we focus our attention on the deceased of our community. During November is the month of the holy souls. More importantly, it gives us an opportunity to fix our gaze on the members of our community who have gone before us and now rest with the Lord.

Death is a difficult topic to get excited about. It is often accompanied by feelings of grief, anxiety and separation. Not a few instances of death include significant suffering.

And that is why the gift of Christianity focuses on the hope of the resurrection. “If Jesus has not risen from the dead, our hope is in vain.” Our belief in the resurrection looks at an after-life and stresses the promise of eternal life where we are united with Christ our brother forever.

One thought often occurs to me in our belief in an after-life. It is almost as if we look to eternal life as a kind of fairy tale, merry-go-round Easter egg hunt. A place we will get to watch endless TV, or an exciting game of the World Series, or spend endless hours shopping without worrying about an expense account. I guess there is some consolation in this.

But frankly, we do not know much about the after-life. Though I suspect what we experience will far surpass measures of the material ecstasy we dream about. Jesus once exclaimed, “The eye has not seen” in His attempt to describe the after-life.

In point of fact, we know that we will be united eternally with our Brother who loves us. This is the essential gift of the resurrection. Everything else is a distraction. And that union with Jesus Christ will be perfect, all satisfying and yes, very exciting. This is the mystery of the resurrection and the gift. It is the completion and fulfillment of what we have striven for all of our lives. But after we die, that yearning and that struggling will be fulfilled. Not bad!

Thanksgiving

I recently heard of a woman who started detailing all the gifts and events in her life for which she was grateful. She would spend each day and recall a list of ten different topics. She wrote them all down. When she got to a thousand, she realized that even with this number, her list was not complete.

Would it be possible for each of us to emulate this practice over the next week and a half as we anticipate Thanksgiving Day?

 Mass for Deceased Alumni

The Mass for Deceased Alumni was held on October 31st in the Brophy Chapel. This annual event takes place on a Saturday morning as close as possible to All Saints/All Souls day. A highlight of the liturgy is a PowerPoint of all deceased alumni who have passed within the last year. This year we included a picture of Fr. Olivier, even though he had not graduated from Brophy.

 Bit of History (submitted by Bob Sloncen ’57)

For the 1953-54 and 1954-55 school years, Brophy had no buses to transport our athletic teams to the games.  The school had 2 old vehicles but had to ask parents to the take team members to our away games. Away games were plentiful because we had no football field or gym for home games. It didn’t take long to figure out that the best ride to any game would be in Rick Johns’ mother’s Cadillac. We would do almost anything to ride with her because her vehicle had the most room and was air conditioned. If you did get to ride with her you were on your best behavior hoping you could ride again to the next game. The football and baseball teams wore their uniforms to the game. It made for a real cozy ride in the back seat.  A bonus for riding with Mrs. Johns was she would sometimes buy dinner after a game.  She was a great lady!

 Alumni Updates

Lane McShane ’84, current Brophy teacher, will present The Legacy of the JFK Assassination. This 52nd Anniversary presentation will explore the how, who and why of the Kennedy assassination on Friday, November 20th from 6:00-8:30pm in northwest corner of the Harper Great Hall at Brophy. The presentation is open to all alumni, parents, faculty, staff and students. To rsvp, click here!

Congratulations to Dave Grounds ’84, President of Dorn Homes, named by The Arizona Republic and AZCentral’s 2015 Reader’s Choice Awards as Best Homebuilder in Arizona, and the Dorn Homes development, Prescott Lakes, was named best master planned community.

Dan Cavanagh ’69 will be honored on National Philanthropy Day November 19th in Tucson for his work with the Fox Theatre. The Fox is listed of the National Register of Historic Places. Dan serves on the Fox Board of Directors and co-hosted the gala celebrating the 85th anniversary of the theatre.

Pat Duncan ’76 was featured on Phoenix Bites highlighting his “Farmer in the House” dining series.

 

In Memoriam

Judy Schaefer – mother of Scott Schaefer 80, predeceased by son Robert Schaefer 83

Anthony Sammons – grandfather of Andrew Broderick 02, Nick Broderick 05, Maggie Broderick XCP 08, Anna Claybough XCP 09, and Emily Jordan XCP 15

Manuel Morales Silva – father of Steve Silva ’85, Robert Silva ’83, Michelle XCP ’78, Patricia XCP ’79, Elisabeth XCP ’82 and Maria

John Cole Hickcox Sr. – uncle of Polly Fitzgerald XCP 68 and grandfather to Elizabeth Magura XCP 04 and Emma Magura XCP 07.

Jeffrey Rush 02

John Thompson 71

Kirsten Sandnermother of Andrew Sandner 03

Alumni Now – April 2014 Edition

Thoughts from Father Phil Postell, S.J.

In the nineteenth century, a noted anthropologist studied the language of Native Americans located in North America. He found a certain peculiarity about the language. When it came to color, there were only two words – black and white. Every single variation of color was reduced to black and white. This is what they said and this is what they actually saw.

In our contemporary usage of language, do we mirror sometimes the same attitudes when we look at the diversity of the people around us? Do we simply reduce the extraordinary varieties of culture to black and white?

Alumni Family Picnic

Submitted by Calvin Fairbourn ’14
On Sunday, April 6th, over 150 alumni, along with their families, joined Father Postell and other Brophy staff for the Second Annual Alumni Family Picnic. The afternoon started with mass in the chapel followed by dinner provided by Pita Jungle, activities, and beer and wine from Four Peaks Brewery. Also, thank you to our Chairmen Dave Brown ’85 and Eric Herschede ’85. The alumni ranged from the Class of 1956 to 2010, and enjoyed a beautiful afternoon filled with fun and memories. Students led tours of campus, organized events, and chatted with past and future Brophy brothers. It was a wonderful experience, and the Office of Alumni Relations would like to thank the students and alumni who attended, along with the Classes of 1987 and 1984, who underwrote the event. Check out the Photo Gallery

Retreat for Jesuit Alumni

The Jesuit Retreat Center of Los Altos is hosting a retreat for alumni of Jesuit institutions the weekend of May 16-18th. Bishop Gordon Bennett S.J., most recently of Loyola Marymount, will be our director. This gathering will be a great opportunity for alums in the California and Arizona area to connect with one another and reconnect with their Jesuit roots.
Click here for details about this event and more Brophy alumni news

Service Project

We have suspended our commitment to St. Mary’s Food Bank for the time being due to the new restrictions limiting group service days to four times a year. We would like to continue offering our alumni the ability to serve on a monthly basis and are therefore researching six or seven possibilities with monthly options. We hope to come to a decision at the meeting of the Alumni Organizational Board on April 22nd and will then announce our decision.

A Bit of History

Submitted by Bob Sloncen ’57
Brophy’s first varsity basketball team was put together in the fall of 1954. At that time we had no senior class but our coach, Fr. James Devlin S.J., wanted to start playing a varsity schedule. Enrollment for the schools then averaged about 140 students. Loyola High School in Los Angeles, California had an All-Catholic Tournament in December and Coach wanted us to play in it. Arrangements were made to stay at Chaminade Catholic High School in the Los Angeles area. We loaded up 3 or 4 cars with players, suitcases and equipment and hit the road. Most of the players had never been to California so needless to say this was a big deal!

Our first game was against Notre Dame and we got whipped. The second game was against St. Monica. We did fairly well the first half, but got blown away in the second. But Fr. Devlin had a surprise! Through his Jesuit network he got us tickets to go to the Loyola University vs University of San Francisco basketball game. We didn’t realize it at the time, but we would be seeing history made in that game. USF won the game, which became one of the victories in their NCAA record setting 60 game win streak. Wow! And two of their top players were the Hall of Fame duo of Bill Russell and KC Jones who later led the Boston Celtics to 11 NBA titles. But it gets better. Fr. Devlin knew some of the coaches at USF and after the game we got to go into their dressing room to meet them.

We thought it was cool at the time, but as the years went even more so. Bill Russell, KC Jones and the Brophy boys all in one room? Definitely cool!

Alumni Updates

Kyle Nilsen ’10 was awarded the James H. Robb Memorial Award for Excellence in Academic Achievement in the study of the History of Philosophy at Marquette University.

Andrew Anderson ’10 will graduate this May from William and Mary with a double major in Finance and Religious Studies. In August, Andrew will head to Leiden, Netherlands as a Fulbright Scholar to attend Leiden University where he will spend a year to receive his Masters in Arabic. Leiden is the oldest university in the Netherlands, founded in 1575.

Congratulations to Flavio Bravo ’10, the next Loyola University Chicago USGA President!

Tim Kempton ’13 is one of 25 finalists for Lehigh Freshmen of the Year! Read more here!

Alumni quick update, November 2013

Catch up on Brophy alumni this month

  • Mike Haag ’92 made appearances on CBS This Morning on Nov 11th and NOVA on Nov 13th to talk about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
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  • Paris Dennard ’00 has recently been appointed Events Director at ASU’s The McCain Institute for International Leadership.
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  • Robert Balint ’09 received a Fulbright scholarship this past June and will teach English in Uruguay this coming February. Additionally, he (and fellow Boston College alums) completed a southbound trek of the Appalachian Trail from Maine to Georgia finishing in 131 days, walking 2186 miles and through 14 states. Read his trip blog.
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  • Marc Papakyriakou ’10 will be honored by the Loyola Marymount University Tau Beta Pi Engineering Society. This national engineering honor society was founded at Lehigh University in 1885 to honor students displaying excellence in scholarship and exemplary character as undergraduates in engineering and to foster a spirit of liberal culture in engineering colleges. The LMU chapter was established in 1974.
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  • RJ Silva ’10 and XCP ’12 grad Alex Nolen will play lead roles in Loyola University Chicago’s production of the Twelfth Night. See their rehearsal photos on Flickr.
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  • The Ashton Family dinner with the Jesuits! John Ashton ’87 and his wife Kim purchased “An evening with the Jesuits” at the Brophy Auction last spring and invited the entire Ashton clan including alumni Lynn ’81, Brett ’88, Marc ’84, and Joe ’83. Check out the photos Brophy’s Alumni Flickr

Brophy alumni and current students swim to Alcatraz

Men for Others never stops.

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1984 Ashton, Marc_alcatraz swim (wp)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

’84 alumni organize event to raise money for Konz Scholarship

On March 16th, Metta Yoga will be hosting their semi-annual fundraiser, the 7th Phoenician Rising, to benefit the Mike Konz ’84 Memorial Scholarship Fund at Brophy College Preparatory.

Michael Konz, a member of the Class of ’84, was tragically killed 20 years ago — the victim of senseless workplace violence that erupted in gun fire from a disgruntled employee. Michael came from very modest means and at the time of his death, he was working days to put himself through law school at night, a work ethic he maintained from an early age. Michael had an inspiring intellect, a keen sense of humor, a strong sense of family, and an unwavering generosity in sharing his time to help others. The scholarship fund will help make it possible for a current student in similar circumstances to attend Brophy, a place that had a profound impact on Michael.

Michael’s classmates invite you to enjoy an outdoor practice in our beautiful Arizona spring weather then visit the yoga-inspired market and silent auction. Full proceeds of the silent auction and voluntary donations will fund the scholarship in Mike’s name. In addition, all vendors will donate 20% of sales.

Come share your beautiful energy with your fellow alums and bring your friends and family. Metta Yoga is passionately involved in giving back to the community, visit their site to RSVP at: mettayogabooking.blogspot.com/.

Can’t make it to the event?

Donate online to honor Mike here



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Nick Matesi ’84 delivers nonstop coverage of Colorado Springs fires as TV GM

Prayers for our friends in Colorado as they continue the battle with wildfires. Alumnus Nick Matesi ’84 is the GM of KKTV Ch 11 in Colorado Springs where friends tell us they’ve been covering the fires for over 100 hours nonstop. He’s quoted writing, “Our Katrina moment. This is the worst thing I’ve been involved in more than 20-years in television…”

As wildfire rages, Colorado Springs station delivers days of nonstop breaking news

1984 alumnus Marc Ashton’s son ranked by “The Bleacher Report”

Marc Ashton’s son, Max Ashton ’14, was ranked #6 on The Bleacher Report’s Major League Baseball’s most famous child moments of all time.

During the 2011 season, Marc guided his son Max to the pitcher’s mound at at Chase Field to throw out the first pitch at the Diamondbacks/Brewers game. Max threw an almost perfect pitch.

Max and Marc were representing the Foundation for Blind Children, where Marc is the CEO. Visit their website www.SeeItOurWay.org for more information.