Brophy alumnus Simon Zachary ’02 enters Jesuit Novitiate

2005 zachary, simonPress 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.

2013 jesuit novicesRead 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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Brophy alumnus abroad!

Congratulations to Brophy alumnus Jonathan Underwood ’05 who married his sweetheart, Yuki Wada, in February 2012 in Yokohama, Japan. In an email to Brophy, Jonathan wrote, “We had a large wedding ceremony with out of town friends and family at the Yokohama Bay Sheraton. Our son, Tomoru was born on December 10, 2012.” Jonathan works and lives in Tokyo where he develops video games. 2005 underwood_jonathan 1 (rev)

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Jeff Malkoon ’05 reflects on a life immersed in this year’s Summit topic, “The Opportunity Gap”

2005 malkoon, jeffYou 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.

2005 malkoon, jeff (2)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.

Sean Tierney ’05 writes about the democratic climate in Cairo

Sean Tierney ’05 spent his Christmas Break with Fr. William Fulco, S.J., PhD, head of the Archeology department at Loyola Marymount University, exploring the political, moral, and theological aspects of the Revolution in Egypt.  He reflects on his time in Cairo.

The energy in Cairo is palpable.  The traffic is constant and chaotic: Outside my window is an ever-present cacophony of car horns, near crashes, and pedestrian dodging.  There is a wide menu of smells available at any moment, ranging from putrid to flowery.  Cats are everywhere and believe that they run the place.  The people here appear to be quite happy — smiles are abundant and cordiality has been extended at every turn.   Our hosts — the Jesuit primary/high school in Cairo — have been gracious and warm.  Meals are cooked for us and I inhabit a room that looks out onto central Cairo and is yards away from a gorgeous balcony overlooking the same. Our goal was to stand in solidarity with Egypt’s beautiful people; this has proven to be a perfect venue. 

After two days in downtown Cairo — spent mostly speaking with people from Tahrir Square — we left for Giza, home of the Egyptian pyramids.  World History textbooks left me rather unprepared.  Sublime in both their design and temporal permanence, I was blown away from the minute we arrived.  Camels pace and vendors hassle, but there is one boss in this place; the pyramids dominate the scene.  I could do my best to describe what they look like and how they make you feel, but I’m not that talented. They’re really cool. It’s something you’ve just got to see. 

What I can tell you about was the conversation I had that day.  The Pyramids provided a beautiful entrée into a discussion of the significance of Revolution.  Gaze up at the tip of the pyramid and you think about how long these things have been around. Turn 180 degrees and you see a movement which threatens the way of life that these structures memorialize.  Our tour guide, whose trust we earned after making sure we didn’t interrupt his smoke breaks, was both willing and able to talk about his experience in the Revolution.  As a Mubarak supporter, his perspective was unique to our experience in Tahrir Square where we spoke with (and sympathized with) pro-Revolutionaries. Our tour guide’s take was quite different.

He explained that the Revolution has been an unwelcome disruption.  Stability that existed for centuries is no longer there. It has had a devastating effect on tourism here and the chain-reaction has affected many people’s everyday life (and may explain why the Muslim Brotherhood has had election success — people think they are the only ones capable of fixing the economy). Simply, the Revolution here has taken food out of people’s mouths and disrupted a lifestyle the Egyptians have enjoyed since the Pharaonic times.

On the other hand, it’s also easy to be swept up by the revolutionary spirit here.  Tahrir has a magnetic pull.  In fact, yesterday, I sat with a young activist for an hour or so.   She’s an activist for women’s rights (certainly, a challenge here) and a revolutionary at heart.   Her goals are noble, her means just, and her vision clear.  She spoke brilliantly of Egypt’s history, its current concerns and the possibilities of its future. Optimism abounds and she’s a very proud Egyptian. Egypt, she explained, was both ready and able to transition into a democracy.  I sat there wanting her to succeed. 

Certainly, there is a tension between these two conversations, a tension that has been confirmed by my nightly walks through downtown Cairo. Just after the evening prayers finish, the alleyways fill with smiling, happy people. The men bring out plastic chairs, smoke sheesha and chat; women attempt to corral both their husbands and their offspring; and, the children’s eyes dilate trying to take it all in.  Vendors’ calloused hands pull corn-on-the-cob off fires that they fan with pigeon feathers. Women in the niqab (the full veil) slide ice cream cones under their headscarves to get a taste of the sweet life.  Children clutch to their fathers as they dodge cars and appear to be playing a game of real-life "frogger" in the streets.  Neighbors meet and swap stories.  Each night is a communal activity.  Talk to them and you quickly realize that this experience is their national treasure.  And, many of them wonder (out loud) if the Revolution might threaten this stability.  

Post Revolution, the calculation that many are making is whether the right to vote is worth more than a threat to their beautiful lifestyle.  The young and educated — like the woman activist I met with — know that the two are not mutually exclusive; the Egyptian people can have (and deserve) both.  But, the dividends of self-governance have been slow to pay.  The Revolution has caused much pain for the average Egyptian and the dreams of the Revolution are not fully realized.   Thus, to make this Revolution work, the people will need to make a leap of faith, one that has been only an abstract idea since the time of the Pyramids.  Let us hope that American foreign policy can support a peaceful transition to democracy, not inhibit it.

Sean Tierney ’05 is in his third year at the University of Michigan Law School.
-Father William Fulco, SJ, PhDLMU curriculum vitae

Father Postell appoints Alumni Organizational Board

So many accomplishments take place in an average month, most of which are of vital concern to present students and their families. But there is a list of significant activities which stimulate the traditional and historical awareness of the alumni with regard to their alum mater. The newly formed Organizational Board will help the Director of Alumni, Father Phil Postell S.J., by providing guidance and direction in making decisions for the quality of alumni life at Brophy.

Meet our Board members…

Jeano M. Birdoes Jr. ’71

David C. Brown Jr. ’85

Kevin R. Cleveland ’90

Ed W. Hendricks, Sr. ’59

Tom Leander ’82

Thomas P. Manos ’70

Joseph Melczer, III ’66

Michael Z. Strittmatter ’05