Alumni Quick Updates, January 2014

  • Brophy faculty/staff was blessed to have Matt Emerson ’00 lead a retreat. Matt taught at Brophy in 2005, and then left for law school at Notre Dame. After graduation, he left his practice to join the staff at Xavier Prep in Coachella. Matt writes for America Magazine.
  • Christopher Collins ’01 was featured in the December 2013 issue of Uptown magazine. Read the article here!
  • Joshua Dennard ’11 talks Christmas at University of Montana.
  • Alex Lendrum ’09 (USC ’13) is the second-fastest Trojan ever in the 100- and 200-yard backstroke as well as the 200-yard individual medley. The two-time All-American also completed premed studies as a bio-chemistry major, posting a 3.76 cumulative GPA and making the Dean’s List every semester of his college career. Read more!
  • Matt Skowron ’09, Zach Patterson ’08 & Bobby Banahan ’08 at the AdvoCare Bowl, See photo here!


In Memoriam

  • Dean Matthew Phillips ’71 – Dean is survived by his wife, Jan Phillips, daughter Jennifer Phillips and son Matthew Phillips
  • William J. Firth ’69 – Bill is survived by wife Anne, sons Will Firth ’11, Peter Firth ’06, daughter Lexi Firth; his brothers Tom Firth ’71, Paul Firth ’74, Gary Firth ’68; sister Debbie Firth (XCP ’72) and nephews Nick Firth ’96 and Erik Firth ’95.

Rory Tarbox ’01 receives MBA Honors from USC

2001 tarbox, roryRory Tarbox earned his MBA with Honors, and finished in the top 10% in his class of 650, from the Marshall School of Business at USC yesterday. After the ceremony we were sitting with his classmates and one asked him “how did you do it?”

His answer… “I learned to learn from Father Renna at Brophy.”

Photographed here with mom, Vicky

Christopher Hoyt ’01 named National Director for NPH Guatemala

2001 Hoyt, Chris (fb)(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.”

Chapel weddings and baptisms, June 2012

Martin Sims ’01 married Jamie Reardon (XCP ’01) on June 2, 2012. Father Olivier presided.

Matthew Smith ’06 wed wife Jennifer on June 9, 2012. Father Olivier presided.

David French ’98 and wife Kirsten Frances Alber French (XCP ’00) baptized son James Patrick on June 2nd.

Christopher Sheedy ’87 and wife Cari Hargis Sheedy (XCP ’02) baptized son Max James on June 28th. Msgr Richard Moyer presided.

Chapel Baptisms in April

|| Hector Torres ’95 and wife Rochelle baptized son Vincent Ramon on April 15th

|| Domini DeBonis ’04 and wife Emily baptized their daughter Lily Kate on April 21st

|| Patrick Ford ’01 and wife Nicole baptized their daughter Madeline Elizabeth on April 29th