Alumni Now – February 2016

Thoughts from Fr. Postell, S.J.  

In the fourth chapter of the Gospel of Luke occurs the incident wherein Jesus returns to his hometown and begins to preach. His audience of longtime acquaintances are amazed at the performance of this son of a mere carpenter. Later on their amazement escalates into rage as they turn on Jesus and attempt to throw him off a cliff.  Small wonder that Jesus reacts, “No prophet is accepted in his own town.” It is well to note that the opposition to Jesus did not come from the pillars of the religious community, but rather rank and file ordinary people of the town.

We have to speculate on the content of this particular message of Jesus. What did he say that caused such a violent reaction? Well, simply put, Jesus reminded the people of his hometown that God’s call is to every person in the world. And this, the rank and file, his reliants could not accept.

This causes us to speculate on the nature of prophecy. It is a popular misconception that prophets predict the future. But actually, such a vocation pronounces on contemporary priorities in the state of human affairs and religious performance. What a prophet very often does is to gauge the distance between contemporary behaviors from the roots of religion. Jeremiah is one of the most human of the prophets in the Old Testament. He wanted no part of the responsibility of calling people to task. He was opposed by the king, the religious establishment, and even the ordinary people of Israel. He reminded the Jews that the monopoly of essence of religion dated from the building of the temple and the beginning of the written law. But Jeremiah says that their allegiance to God predates the building of the temple all the way back to Abraham. God stayed faithful to His people, even without the temple. What happened with the building of the temple was that the essence of Judaism was restricted to the temple and the law, forgetting that the relationship to God and His people evoked a much wider concern of people with one another and between the people and their God.

This particular emphasis by Jeremiah stirred up widespread hostility in his audience. The reaction of his people was violent, not unlike the reaction for Jesus and His message.

It is the business of the prophet to remind people of the essence of religion when that very essence has been pushed out from the center and often overlooked. In our living of day to day religion, have we allowed the purity of the message of Jesus to be pushed out from the status of priority and replaced by our own temple and law? We all remember fifty years ago how much importance was given to not eating meat on Friday. Do we have the same pattern today?

ASC Applications

We are currently accepting applications from the alumni of the Class of 2012 for the Brophy Alumni Service Corps (ASC). For more information or to begin the application process, click here.

 Athletics

Our varsity basketball did wind up its season on Friday, February 5th with a game against Sandra Day O’Connor High School. Thereafter the team entered the first round of the playoffs the second week of February. The varsity soccer team lost a squeaker to Desert Vista in the first round of the playoffs.

 Bit of History

Did you know that in the fall of 1934, when Brophy was scheduled to play Phoenix High, the Pintos were forced to cancel the game because of a rash of injuries? In a nutshell, Brophy only had eleven players with not enough healthy players for substitutes. Phoenix High agreed to cancel the scheduled game and even agreed to put Brophy on their schedule in football and basketball for the following year. With all the attention being given to head injuries in contemporary sports, we should remember that competitive athletics in the 1930s had to deal with injuries as well.

 Alumni Giving Highlight

Austin Walling ’08, Sales Manager at RE-BATH of Tucson and Brophy Community Foundation donor:

“I was so fortunate to be able to attend Brophy and receive the best high school education in the state. The sacrifices my parents made to make sure I could achieve that were immense, and I am so thankful to them. I know there are less fortunate people who deserve the same opportunity that I had. This is a fantastic way to help make a difference in students’ lives all across the state.”

 

Alumni Updates

Congratulations to JJ Jansen ’04, who, along with his teammates from the Carolina Panthers, made it all the way to Super Bowl!

Matt Pool ’86 is at it again, sharing his love of breakfast with a second location of the popular Matt’s Big Breakfast, which opened recently in the Camelback Corridor.

Stephen Watson 78 has been appointed as Mission Assurance Manager for NASA’s Deep Space Network, NASA’s international array of giant radio antennas that supports interplanetary spacecraft missions. The DSN consists of three facilities spaced equidistant around the world at Goldstone, California; near Madrid, Spain; and near Canberra, Australia.

More information is at http://deepspace.jpl.nasa.gov/.

Edward Cassavant 78 and his wife Elissa have lovingly put their efforts behind the 2nd Annual Team Bradley Bear 5K Walk/Run, supporting pediatric children battling brain cancer, in honor of their dear son Bradley Lucas Cassavant. Bradley lost his battle to brain cancer when he was just one year old.  For information on this year’s walk/run, click here!

Check out the most recent article by Matt Emerson ’00 for America Magazine on vocation and discernment.

Calvin Liang ’15 finished his first Ivy Championship as League Team Co-Champions as well as the Individual All-Ivy First Team.

 Our Brophy family, and so it grows!

Congratulations to Chris Angus ’04 and Janet (Johnson) Angus XCP ’04 on the birth of their daughter, Adelaide Marie Angus!

Wedding and Anniversaries

Life’s a beach! Chris Marchildon ’04 married Summer Hill in Big Sur, California in September and they live in Scottsdale.

Mike Strittmatter ’05 married Maura Quigley XCP ’05 in the Brophy Chapel last week. Congratulations to Maura and Mike, who serves on our Alumni Service Board.

Eric Herschede ’85 and his wife Molly recently celebrated their 20th anniversary. When asked the secret to their success, Eric shared “Patience, passion, and colorful socks.” Who knew?

Alumni Now – January 2016

Thoughts from Fr. Postell, S.J.  

One of the most significant feasts in the liturgical calendar of the church is the Feast of the Epiphany. Ironically, the importance of this feast looms very powerfully in the Eastern Church; perhaps not as weighty in the Roman Church.

We can get distracted about what to call the Wise Men, how many there were (St. Augustine thought twelve) and their names. Even the mention of the word “Star” has caused not a little speculation in the minds of sincere mathematicians and astronomers. Suffice it to say, the mention of the Star in the East reflects the emphasis of St. Matthew to portray the birth of Christ as a light in the darkness.

We are told by St. Paul that the gentiles are all coheirs, members of the same body. No longer are there Jew and gentile, but brothers and sisters.

Matthew is intent on preaching the message of unity, perhaps not sameness, but at least equality. What Matthew wanted to avoid is a practice of exclusion which disrupts the unity of the Christian message.

Interestingly enough, there seems to be the general assumption that most of the Jews at the time of Jesus knew about the promise of the birth of the Messiah. Scripture reports Herod as being very troubled, “And all Jerusalem with Him.” I am reminded of that famous scene in Bolt’s play about St. Thomas More when Henry VIII laughs as he jumps out of the boat. All of his followers laugh with him after waiting for his reaction.

Certainly Herod was troubled and feared the significance of this messianic threat. He certainly was not interested in unity, fairness, or justice.

We have to ask ourselves, are we sensitive to the birth of the Messiah in the year 2016, or are we more interested in exclusion?

ASC Retreat

The Brophy branch of the Alumni Service Corps (ASC) sponsored a collaborative retreat with members of the ASC programs of St. Ignatius in San Francisco and Bellarmine Prep in San Jose. The event took place at Manresa for the weekend of Jan. 7th – Jan. 10th. We had a full slate with faculty sponsors from each school. The only worry was element of snow and ice—oh yes, and some rock falls which threatened the passage of 89-A between Flagstaff and Sedona.

Faculty/Staff Retreat

The annual Brophy Faculty/Staff Retreat was held at Franciscan Renewal Center, The Casa, on Monday, January 4th. A former Brophy teacher, Chris Alling, presented some entertaining and supportive ideas. Mr. Alling is the current president of Xavier High School in Palm Desert. He is responsible for the vision of Xavier High School, which some people sincerely call “Brophy West.”

Spring Reunions
The Class of ’91 will be celebrating their 25th Reunion on Saturday, April 30th. See Reunions under Alumni Tab on Brophy’s webpage for more details.

A Bit of History

We might review a few memories about the closing of the old Brophy in 1935. Incidentally, the old Brophy is referred to by many veteran alumni as “Pinto Brophy.” Everyone knows by now that small enrollment and financial problems forced the school to close. One report claims an additional challenge – the difficulty of assigning Jesuits to staff the school. Possibly the contrast between L.A. and San Francisco on one hand, with the Phoenix frontier discouraged several Jesuits from moving to Pinto Brophy.

Whatever the case, the year 1934-35 must have been a traumatic one for the school community. The Jesuits suggested to the then Bishop Gercke that he purchase the school for the parish. We have to remember that the present Brophy chapel served as the parish church for quite a few years. Bishop Gercke considered asking the Christian Brothers in Santa Fe to run the school. The Brothers subsequently weighed the offer and declined. The Bishop subsequently bought the school for $50,000, which mirrored the debt the school had incurred up to that time. The Jesuits agreed that they would continue to administer the parish.

Not content to stand back, Bishop Gercke announced in late 1935 that he would start a campaign to build two Catholic high schools for boys. But he found little excitement for this project. During this conversation, the Bishop learned that the Franciscans would be interested in running Old Brophy. Apparently there were several factions in the school community who favored either Jesuits or Franciscans. During this time, the parish contracted with the BVM’s of Dubuque to staff the parish elementary school. And to put a close to the story, the Jesuits returned to Phoenix in 1952 to reopen Brophy College Preparatory.

Alumni Updates

 Adam Mosharrafa ’14 and Stanford University Soccer team won the NCAA Division I National Championship the weekend of December 12th. Mosharrafa is the second alumnus in as many years to play with and win an NCAA title. Last year, Riggs Lennon ’13 played for Virginia winning the 2014 title.

Brad Newman ’70 celebrated 40 years at Yavapai Exceptional Industries, an organization that supports adults with disabilities through job training, employment, volunteer placements, and support services. Read the article recently published in The Prescott News.

Pete Burr ’07, current Brophy teacher, was interviewed for the student newspaper The Brophy Roundup.

Weddings and Anniversaries

Edward Dunnigan ’59 and his wife Judy will be celebrating their 50th Anniversary on January 29th.

Ted Dettmer, Jr. ’62 and his wife Anita recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

Steve Kolesar ’62 and his wife Linda recently celebrated their anniversary. They were married in Rome, Italy, on October 30, 1971, by Fr. Daniel Kendall, SJ, 57. Two of his Jesuit fellows who were also studying in Rome at the time with Fr. Kendall, Fr. Ralph DaCosta, SJ, (India) and Fr. Antonio Lambimno, SJ, (Phillipines), assisted in the Marriage in The Chapel of San Andrea al Quirinale, a 15th century Jesuit Church in Rome. It is known as the “Pearl of the Baroque”, a Church commissioned to and designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini.

Alumni Now – December 2015

Thoughts from Fr. Postell, S.J.
A student of New Testament culture frequently revisits the understanding, at least in Judaism, about the causal influence of sickness. Simply put, disease and/or financial reversal was attributed to sin by the individual. A person was guilty of wrongdoing and was therefore punished with sickness. The reversal was also true. Financial and material prosperity was considered the direct result of moral rectitude.

Of course, in today’s times, we have a much more sophisticated understanding about sickness and would never attribute disease as a punishment from God for a particular sin. In other words, we are much more sensitive to the facile connection between disease and wrongdoing. We believe that a merciful God would never punish human beings out of a motive of revenge. All that being said, there is an undeniable connection between sickness and some underlying psychological root causes. No one can deny the truth of the maxim “a healthy mind, a healthy body.” I want to put it another way; very often depressed and challenged mental attitudes can cause or make the body much more susceptible to physical illness.

But if that is the case, namely that God does not punish the individual with disease because of sin, then we can refine that insight to establish the possible connection between mental health and physical health. One aspect of positive mental health is faith in God and in His son Jesus. We might thoroughly reflect on the healing force that comes to an individual with faith in Jesus Christ.

During the season of Advent, we study the theme of preparation for Christmas and perhaps this could be a reminder of deepening our faith in Jesus Christ. It was the role of John the Baptist to prepare the way. “Make straight the path of the Lord.” John the Baptist ate honey and clothed himself in animal skins. His mindset was focused on “The Lamb of God.” There was scarcely a political bone in his body. People knew where they stood with him and his role was to prepare for the coming of Jesus.

As we prepare for the birthday of Jesus, we have the invitation to deepen our faith, to take care of our bodies and souls, to develop a kind of mental attitude that is founded in belief and which in effect can bring happiness of both soul and body. We simply focus on the light that shines in the darkness.

 

Christmas Mass Schedule at Brophy Chapel
Thursday, December 24th
4:15pm St. Francis Xavier Mass held in the Brophy Chapel
7:30pm Brophy Mass
9:30pm Brophy Mass
Friday December 25th – MERRY CHRISTMAS!
10:00am Brophy Mass
Sunday December 27th
10:00am Regular Sunday Mass
New Year’s Masses – none are held in the Brophy Chapel. Please check St. Francis Xavier Parish website for Mass listings.

 

Young Alum Luncheon

Back from college for your winter break? We invite our young alumni, graduates from the Classes of ’12-’15, to join us on Wednesday, January 6th from 11:30 to 1:00pm for pizza in the Harper Great Hall. It’s a great opportunity to reconnect with classmates and various staff members before they head back into their classrooms. If you plan on joining us, please RSVP here! We want to make sure we have enough pizza!

 

Reunions

Each year Brophy enjoys a wide-ranging group of reunions based on 10 year intervals. This year, the Class of ’65 celebrated its 50th anniversary with a Friday night informal gathering here at Brophy. The following night, the reunion class enjoyed the hospitality of the Phoenix Country Club. To reunion chair, Peter Calihan ’65 and his committee, including but not limited to Larry Cuzzocrea ’65, Richard DeNinno ’65, Jim Hawkins ’65, Bob Houck ’65, John Howe ’65, Mark Kalich ’65, William Kantor ’65, Larry Muckerman ’65, John Pope ’65, Stephen Rempe ’65, Rich Roulier ’65, and Richard Trowbridge ’65, congratulations on a successful celebration.

Later on in the year, the Classes of ’75, ’85, and ’95 celebrated with their respective classmates with equal delight as well. Many thanks to Sean Kelly ’75, Bob Beardsley ’75, Eric Herschede ’85, and Brian Theobald ’95 for their leadership and to their many classmates who assisted them in putting these events together.

After Thanksgiving day and on a chilly Friday evening, the Class of ’05 met in the McCain Colonnade. The attendance was outstanding. This reunion, chaired by Michael Strittmatter ’05, along with Sean Berens ’05, Oscar Barboa ’05, Sean Tierney ’05, Bobby Wesley ’05, and Joe White ’05 could very well hold the record of hosting the largest reunion gathering and tour on Brophy’s campus.

With this impetus in mind, someone asked why wait to celebrate every 10 years; why, in the span of 10 years, can we not intersperse an informal reminder every 5 years. So, this spring, we will do a 5 year kick-off as a kind of pilot program. As of this writing, the Classes of ’71 and the ’91 are in the planning stages for celebrations this spring.

Bit of History

On August 23rd, 1928, the Arizona Republic reported that the new Brophy football coach Jimmy Robinson would install a unique offensive set called the Notre Dame Box. Coach Robinson had previously coached in Portland, Oregon and before that had played football in the college ranks at Gonzaga University. In those days, schools such as Santa Clara, Loyola and Gonzaga were ranked as collegiate football powerhouses. So, the hiring of Coach Robinson, who would also coach basketball and baseball, was considered a hiring plum for Brophy. Small wonder that the Phoenix newspaper described him as one of “The most promising men in the coaching game.”

 

Alumni Updates

Matt Miller ’97 continues to inspire us! After losing his fingers and toes to frostbite in a mountain climbing accident, Matt’s determination has not wavered. He is now conquering miles and miles of pavement with ultra-distant running! Read his story here.

Andy Schmidbauer ’88 was honored for his 20 years of service with the Brophy Cross Country Team. This season was his last and he will be sorely missed, but will hardly be taking it easy! He will continue his teaching of Spanish, coaching volleyball, and yes, raising his twin boys with wife Joy.

Joe Dugan ’02 is a featured artist in the Emerging Visions exhibit at the Agora Gallery in NYC from December 29th to January 14th. Read more about Joe and the inspiration behind his work.

Tyler Bruggman ’13, quarterback for the Scottsdale Community College Artichokes, is thriving on and off the field. He was recently highlighted on www.sports360az.com.

Justin Glenn ’63 has just released the latest in his ongoing series. Volume 5, Part 1 and Part 2 of his book “The Washingtons: A Family History” is now available on Amazon. Congratulations Justin!

Isaiah Oliver ’15 was interviewed by the Denver Post on setting his sights on a bigger role for the Colorado University Buffalo’s 2016 football season.

 

Wedding Anniversaries

John Ashton ’87 and Kimberly (Finney) Ashton XCP ’87 will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary on January 5, 2016. Per John, “25 Years, and still having fun!”

 

In Memoriam

Thomas A. McCarthy Jr. – father to Megan Kuhl XCP ’90 and Teresa Brown XCP 82-83 and grandfather to Preston Kuhl ’17, Molly Kuhl XCP ’18, Riggs Brown ’14, Tucker Brown ’17 and Connor Brown, husband of Diane McCarthy.

Dr. Bill Dunn – father of Tim Dunn ’76, Bill Dunn ’72, Chuck Dunn ’74, Patty Klieber XCP ’71, and Katie Dunn XCP ’80 and husband of Mary Dunn.

Sally O’Malley Whitten Lara – mother of Christopher Whitten ’84, grandmother of Tom Whitten ’13 and Charlie Whitten ’15

Anne Hickie – Brophy Regent Emeritus and mother of Christopher Hickie ’83, Matthew Hickie ’85 and Brian Hickie.

Christian Smallsreed ’88

Miguel Gutierrez, Jr. ’11

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 – October 2015

ALUMNI NOW

October 2015 Edition

Thoughts from Fr. Postell, S.J.  

For the second Sunday of October, many of us were exposed to the famous gospel in St. Mark, the rich young man.

One of the most significant lines in all of scripture is the characterization of this person as sad. I wonder why that is?

We presume that this young man was good, kept the commandments, and did what the religious culture of his times required. Simply put, he was a just and upright person who was a faithful observer of the law. But Jesus called him beyond customary requisites for holiness and invited the man to give up his earthly basis of security. In simple terms, he was challenged to make a life altering choice that would benefit himself and others as well.

But he refused and went away sad. He did not go away bad, but he went away sad.

We have always connected refusal with badness. But we really should connect it with sadness. The refusal to say yes to the invitation to follow Jesus makes us more sad than it makes us bad. It makes us prone to lie, to rationalize, to excuse ourselves and to accuse others. So, in our relationship with Jesus when we say no, the danger is not that we will not receive our due, the danger is more that we will ended up getting everything and enjoying nothing. How sad!

Athletics

The swim team continues to dominate and work toward their 29th consecutive state title. The cross country team improves steadily every week and hopes for a finish in the top three at state. The Broncos have achieved a football record of 4 – 2 with heart breaking last minute losses against Pinnacle and Desert Ridge—thrilling games but losses nonetheless.

 Annual Mass for Deceased Alumni

This is a reminder of our third annual Mass for Deceased Alumni to be held in the chapel at 10:00am on Saturday, October 31st. After communion we present a slide show of all who have died in the recent year. The number of those who have attended increased dramatically over the last year. If you have not attended before, please join us.

Dallas Alumni Gathering

The Alumni Association hosted a meeting of Brophy alumni at the home of Stewart Keller 73 on the night of Thursday, October 1st. About fourteen alumni assembled to swap stories of their own experiences and to listen to Father Postell report on current developments. He listed the strong projections for future applicants, the positive enrollment at Brophy and the status of the various athletic teams. Someone suggested at the gathering that the school should replicate this experience in other cities. What do you think?

Reunion Preview

Check out the reunion page on Brophy’s website for information on this year’s reunions.

 Are you former player on the Brophy soccer team?

An event is in the works and we want to make sure you are included. Leave your contact info here.

 Bit of History

When most of us who are familiar with contemporary Brophy Prep hear of a school logo or crest, what immediately comes to our minds are the popular “tower” or “bronco” emblems. It may come as a surprise to learn that there is an official school crest that is much more formal, even classical. It combines the history of the Brophy family with influences of the Society of Jesus and even the city of Phoenix. The top of the emblem features three gold “fleur-de-lis” designs taken directly from the original Brophy family crest. In the center of the shield is a green stripe, also from the Brophy family crest, but to which has been added the blue and gold seal of the Society of Jesus, with its monogram “IHS” representing the first three letters of the Greek spelling of the Holy Name of Jesus. To the left of this stripe is placed an inverted crescent borrowed from the Xavier family shield, representing the patron of Brophy, St. Francis Xavier.  And finally, to the right of the center stripe, is the picture of the mythical Phoenix rising from the ashes, representing the city of Phoenix.

 Alumni Updates

Cooper Davis ’10, Brophy 2D Graphic Design teacher and Quidditch team coach, was interviewed by The Guardian about what it takes to be a Quidditch coach, which definitely included a sense of humor!

Congratulations to A.J. Arvizu ’09. He was selected as one of the “40 Under 40: Latinos in Foreign Policy” (#1 spot). A.J. served as a Brophy Alumni Service Corp volunteer for 13-14 school year.

Louis Coppelli ’06, a loan officer with Primary Residential Mortgage, Inc., recently visited Brophy juniors and seniors of Mr. Blair Cook’s class, Principles of Consumer and Business Finance, with his presentation Credit Competency. The presentation focused on preparing a plan for a healthy credit future and how to avoid the pitfalls many young people find themselves in.

Look who is representing the Broncos on the Saint Louis University swim team:
Left to right: Cal Higgins ’15, TJ Decker ’13, Ryan McCoy ’14, Isaiah Williams ’15, Matt Martinez – former assistant coach12-13

 

In Memoriam

Julia Angela Lee Bean XCP ’00 – sister of Alex Bean 98

Joe Davis – former Jesuit at Brophy 1961-67

Marianna Dains Korte – mother of Ray Korte ’64, Karen Robertson XCP ’66, Kristine Morris XCP ’67, and Virginia Korte XCP ’71, and predeceased by son Fred Korte

Dr. Carlos Carrion – father of Daniel Carrion ’77, Patty Ragsdale XCP ’78, Alex Stark XCP ’80, six grandchildren including Elina Stark XCP and Nick Stark ’06

Helen Grant – mother of Richard Grant 61, David Grant 68, Jerry Grant 70, Sally Grant Cohen XCP ’64, Mary Grant Avina XCP ’75, Meg Grant XCP ’77, Christine Grant XCP ’82,  and grandmother of Myles Grant 98, Mark Grant ’05, Lee Anne Grant XCP ’02, Megan Grant XCP ’02, and Jeanette Grant XCP ’00.

Royal Lee Swanberg ’56

Alumni Now – September 2015

Thoughts from Fr. Postell, S.J. 

In the seventh chapter of the Gospel of Mark, Jesus is asked to cure a man who is deaf. Simply, he cannot hear. Jesus first removes his patient away from the crowd and then proceeds to heal the deaf man. This episode is heavy with implications for those of us who hear but do not listen, or do not hear with awareness. Whether it be the noise of the crowd, or the many voices competing for our attention, or God forbid, those voices who are saying something we do not agree with or which contain opinions which threaten our security. It is curious that this cure is worked outside of the geographical comfort level of Israel, to the district of Decapolis, which would have been a new kind of culture to the followers of Jesus and to traditional Jews. What can we learn from people who might be considered foreigners to our American comfort level, from immigrants, even visitors to our shores, to our city and to our church communities?

 

Varsity Football

The Broncos opened their season August 21st at Sandra Day O’Connor High School facing the home team Eagles on a windy but hot summer night. In fact, the half time was lengthened to allow the teams to handle the intensity of the heat. Heat there was a plenty. But the heat came from the potent Bronco offense balanced off by devastating running and accurate passing. The defense held up its own share of responsibility by shutting down the home town team to no score. In fact, for the fourth quarter, AIA rules provided for a running time exception because of the one sided score. The game was an exciting preview for things to come.

The Broncos traveled to California August 29th to play the Cathedral High Lancers from Carlsbad with confidence after the previous week’s O’Connor victory. The final score of the second game was a convincing 30 – 12 win by the Broncos. Quarterback Cade Knox completed 24 passes for 124 yards and Ryan Velez carried the ball 18 times for 187 yards. The Lancers were victimized all night long by mistakes, three of which came on the center-quarterback exchange. Still and all, the Bronco defense showed significant improvement as it approached the Brophy first home game vs.  Liberty.

On September 4th, the Broncos captured their third straight win with a convincing defeat of Liberty High School 31-10. The offense looked superb, with a deft blend of passing and running. One of the unique features of the game was the celebration of Coach Scooter Molander’s 100th win at Brophy. The customary Gatorade drenching overshadowed the dramatic display of lightening that caused a delay at the beginning of the second half.

 

Service Project with Circle the City

The Alumni Board and Circle the City are most grateful for the generous time (over 136 hours this past quarter) and care our Brophy alumni have brought to the Circle the City mission.  It’s an honor to have each of you on board. To our volunteering alumni family, please save the date (November 21st) for a social in thanks for you being Men for Others in a time and place to heal. More details to come. If you have not yet signed up as a volunteer and are interested in doing so, please contact Tom McCabe at tpmccabe2001@gmail.com

 

Annual Mass for Deceased Alumni

Mark your calendars to join us for our annual Mass for Deceased Alumni, Saturday, October 31st at 10:00am. We will honor our deceased alumni with a special picture presentation of those alumni who have died within the last year.

 

Dallas Alumni Gathering

If you are a Brophy alumnus currently living in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, consider attending our second annual gathering on Thursday, October 1st. For location information and to RSVP, contact the Alumni Office at alumni@brophyprep.org.

 

Mass of the Holy Spirit

Every year, the school officially and spiritually begins its academic year with the celebration of the Mass of the Holy Spirit, asking the assistance of God on the academic program of the school. This year, our special presider at mass was a visiting Jesuit priest who just happened to be a Brophy alumnus, Fr. Michael Michaelson, S.J. The faculty was also thrilled to listen to Fr. Michaelson at an additional luncheon presentation later in the day. It truly was a significant beginning of the school year as we thanked God for our blessings and asked his spirit to bless our educational effort for the forthcoming year.  Incidentally, in 1931 during the era of the “Old Brophy” the school opened the “scholastic” year with the Mass of the “Holy Ghost.”

 

Reunion Preview

Alumni from ’65, ’75, ’85, ’95, ’05 and ’10, don’t miss out on your reunion! Check out the reunion page on Brophy’s website and email alumni@brophyprep.org with questions.

 

Are you former player on the Brophy soccer team?

An event is in the works and we want to make sure you are included. Leave your contact info here.

 

Bit of History

Whenever I see the new light rail pass in front of the school, I am reminded of a picture I have seen of a street car that used to bring students to the neighborhood of Brophy. The “trolley” came out Third Street to Indian School Road. It is rumored that one student used his car to shuttle several students the rest of the way to school, for a nickel.

 

In Memoriam

Robert Bayless ’60

Stephen W. Burns ’72

John Fay ’79 – uncle of Christopher Baca ’11, brother of Melanie Baca XCP ’81 and Martha Moneypenny  XCP ’84

Eric Gustafson ’68

Marilyn Osborn – grandmother of Mark Grant ‘05

Alumni Now – August 2015

Thoughts from Father Postell, S.J.

It always comes as a surprise to note the frequency in the gospels of the feeding of the multitude. It occurs as often as six times and probably refers to one event; though one has to remember that since this written narrative occurs some thirty years after the actual events, there may be some variations, depending on what point the evangelist wants to make.

One has to wonder how the multiplication of the food took place. Was it a reminder of the Passover event where the Chosen People received food from heaven? Was it a stress by the gospel author to stimulate community consideration? By that, I mean was it an occasion whereby the actual members of the assembly were moved to share what they had with others in the audience so that the result was an actual surplus at the end of the meal?

Is the real point the feeding of the multitude? Or is the real point, in fact, the meeting a need of the people of God by Jesus? Is the feeding a physical miracle or a faith miracle, where Jesus determines to take care of the needs of his people, both physical and spiritual? Indeed, this is a miracle to be sure, a miracle of love, hope and faith.

College Admissions

The topic of college admissions continues to be of major interest to our alumni. Where students apply and enroll has certain implications for the kind of program Brophy maintains. It might be interesting to discover that out of a class size of 314, 2,400 college applications were submitted. This averages out to 8 applications per student, a sensational increase in the number as compared with 40 years ago. Incidentally, Brophy teachers composed 458 recommendation letters on behalf of graduating seniors. 42% of our students are attending Arizona colleges, and 45% of those will be attending honors colleges. 53 students will attend 16 different Jesuit colleges. The recently graduated class applied to 313 separate colleges and plan to enroll at over 100 different colleges.

It should come as no surprise to learn that ASU received 235 applications and University of Arizona 182, with Santa Clara next in line with 56. Fordham and NAU follow closely with 46 each.

As for actual enrolling, ASU signed up 85 this year, while UofA enrolled 44. 11 students enrolled at Santa Clara, 8 chose Creighton. An interesting side note, out of 85 students who enrolled at ASU, 47 have been accepted into Barrett, the Honors College. And, even though the honors programs at UofA and ASU have become increasingly selective, Brophy percentages remain strong.

2015 Brophy Varsity Football Season Outlook

For the third year in four seasons, Broncos football begins early with fall camp practice and Manresa retreat beginning in late July.  Likewise, the team will play an out-of-state opponent for the third time in four seasons, fourth time overall.  Brophy was invited to participate in the Brothers-In-Arms Classic in the San Diego area, Saturday, August 29th.  The event features a series of high school football games matching well-known opponents over two days, in celebration of our United States military personnel.

Following an AIA one-year realignment, Brophy football will complete in new Division I, Section 1, with section opponents Chandler (the defending Division I state champions), Hamilton, Basha and Perry.  In an effort to achieve competitive balance, the AIA assigned seventeen of the top football programs to new Division I.  Recognizing that all the Division I teams are perennial playoff qualifiers, 16 teams will advance to the Division I post-season playoffs.  To accommodate a 17-team schedule, a bye week was added this season.

The 2015 Broncos’ season kicks off Friday, August 21st at Sandra Day O’Connor, then involves a game against Cathedral High School in Carlsbad, CA, onSaturday, August 29th. Mark your calendars for the first time home game with Liberty at Phoenix College on Friday, September 4th.

 

New Gym in Progress

Much has been said over the past several years about the proposed addition to the gym facilities at Brophy. It was said to be an add-on to the present gym, a duplication of what we presently enjoy, or even a separate building. Whatever the case, construction has already begun and our readers can follow the progress on the Brophy webcam, hourly or even every eight seconds. Fr. Reese has a name for the new edifice, “The Dutch” in memory of long time Jesuit priest favorite Harry “Dutch” Olivier, S.J., whose death we celebrated four months ago. And we are assured that next summer at this time, the new gym, a separate building, will be finished. How is that for progress?

From the Brophy Community Foundation

Brophy alums and their families represent 50% of the Arizona taxpayers choosing the Brophy Community Foundation for their annual private tuition tax credit donation.  It is reasonable that those who have experienced this kind of education and inspiration “For Others” should feel the connection.  It is remarkable that this annual support will help provide tuition aid for more than 2,000 students this school year.  On August 11, 2015, a letter to the editor of the Arizona Republic was submitted by the Brophy Community Foundation in response to recent news about Arizona’s tax credit programs.  Among the many pros/cons to the private tuition tax credit, it is worth noting that the BCF has been rated #1 for two consecutive years in an independent review of Arizona STOs.  Your continued support is so appreciated and critical to continuing this work.

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

  • Circle the City is grateful for Brophy alumni family involvement. “You do not realize the extent your time and talent continues to touch Circle the City patients and staff. Thank you for being men and women for others at a time and a place to heal.” Michael Santeusanio, Circle the City Manager of Service Excellence. Contact Tom McCabe at tpmccabe2001@gmail.com to learn about the volunteer opportunities at Circle the City, the Brophy Alumni Association’s selected community service project.                            ​Philip Stevens ’95 received his Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in Language, Reading and Culture. He subsequently applied for and received a tenured track professorship at the University of Idaho in the anthropology department.

    Tyler J. Carrell ’03 will serve a year-long term as President of the State Bar of Arizona Young Lawyers Division, while concurrently serving as President of the Maricopa County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division. No attorney has ever held these positions at the same time.

    Scott Day Freeman ’84, a shareholder in Fennemore Craig’s Phoenix office, has been elected President of the Arizona Association of Defense Counsel.

     

    Brian Weisel ’68 Salina Regional Health Center’s Quality Improvement Director in Salina, Kansas, has been named to the Board of Examiners for the 2015 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award by the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology. Read more about this honor here!Congratulations to Tom Ottman ’15 (500 Free, 400 Free Relay), Isaiah Williams ’15 (400 Free Relay, Medley Relay), Grady Ottomeyer ’15(200 Free Relay, 400 Free Relay), DJ Brown ’15 (200 Free Relay, Medley Relay) and Cal Higgins ’15 (Medley Relay) who were recently named National High School All-American Swimmers by the National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association (NISCA).

    U-Haul International Executive V.P. Stuart Shoen ’98 shared his experience regarding making summer internships count withAzcentral.com. Also interviewed are Amir Khawaja ’15, Brenner Nathan ’15, Garrett Pedicini ’15 and Martin Rodriguez Nunez ’15.

    Congratulations to Paris Dennard ’00 who recently joined the Government Affairs team at the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) as Legislative Director. Paris will work to advance TMCF public policy and funding priorities across party lines before Congress and the Executive branch.

    Justin Glenn ’63 has completed his book The Washingtons: A Family History. Volume 3 and Vol. 4 (Part 1 and Part 2) have just appeared. The entire series includes ten volumes in fourteen parts, about 6,000 pages in all. Congratulations to Justin on this incredible undertaking, which he started at age 29, having just celebrated his 70th birthday a few months ago!

    Gibby Gorman ’77, retired Captain of the Tempe Fire Department, is now Battalion Chief of the Maricopa Fire Department. Gibby is married to Dr. Andrea Gorman, a nutritionist and personal trainer.

    Brophy alumni, did you graduate from the St. Gregory’s Class of 1960? If so, your St. Gregory’s reunion is scheduled for November 6, 2015. Complete details and registration forms are available at: stgregs1960reunion.net.

In Memoriam

Harriet Haskell – mother of Christopher Brown ’74

Jerome Philip (Jerry) Murphy ’69

Raymond Jennett, Jr. ’63

Louden Frank – brother of Chase Frank ’13 and son of former Brophy faculty member Brad Frank

Carol Zacher – mother of Richard Zacher ’82, Michael Zacher ’84,

Kevin Zacher ’88 and Keith Zacher ’88 and grandmother of John Zacher ’17 and Matthew Zacher ’18. She was predeceased by her son John Zacher ’83

Michael Curleymember of Brophy’s Board of Trustees and father to Kevin Curley ’10, Christopher Curley ’13 and daughter Elizabeth

Angeline Basile – grandmother of Zac Basile ’14, Max Basile ’17 and Jessie Basile XCP 16

Larry Tucker – grandfather of Mack Regan ’12 and Connor Regan ’17

Viola Ohaco Anderson – mother of Larry Anderson ’66, Christopher Anderson ’68, aunt of Greg Pafford ’77 and grandmother ofZachary Faust ’18

Diane Taylor – mother of Eric Taylor ‘91, Lana Taylor Holmes (XCP) and Jill Taylor Gaynor (XCP), grandmother of Matthew Holmes ’17, Katie Holmes (XCP ’19) and Brendan Gaynor ’17

Arthur Charles Riedmann – father of William Riedmann ’74

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.

 

Admissions

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 tpmccabe2001@gmail.com.

Reunions

Check out the Reunion Updates!

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

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.

Reunions

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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.

Manresa

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 alumni@brophyprep.org. Efforts continue at establishing a routine monthly opportunity for our volunteers.

Reunions
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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