Alumni Now – May 2014 Edition

Thoughts from Fr. Postell, S.J.

On the way to Emmaus, this particular passage from the gospel of Luke is one of the best known resurrection narratives in the Bible. It begins with two disappointed disciples leaving Jerusalem after the death of Jesus. As they are walking along, they are joined by Jesus, though they do not at first recognize him.

Along the journey, Jesus begins to explain to them the significance of past events, especially his execution and death. And as he talks to them, “Their eyes were opened.”

The entire passage is full of significance; but just this small excerpt illustrates some mighty lessons. The two disciples were walking away from their center base in community, always a challenge to belief and faith. Would their faith have strengthened and their disillusionment lessened if they had stayed with the rest of their colleagues? The lessons for our contemporary life in faith are many. How often do we seek to participate in the affairs of our community of faith? Perhaps if we were more involved, our eyes would be open with a decrease in disillusionment.

The disciples in this case were traveling away, but to what destination? But, they were traveling. In many ways, life in the faith is life in journey. We get to meet Jesus at various times, in various places, at different moments in particular situations. One beautiful thing to remember is that the disciples recognized Jesus and the breaking of the bread. How often do we take our lives to the sacramental center of the Church?

Good Friday at St. Vincent de Paul

Over thirty volunteers gathered at St. Vincent de Paul’s Human Service’s Campus on Good Friday to grill and serve a meal to over 800 homeless individuals. Check out the photos!

The New Alumni Service Corps for 2014-2015

The Alumni Office congratulates Gabe Campbell ’10, Cooper Davis ’10, Karl Heiland ’10, Brok Kloeber ’10, and Jonathan Londono ’10 on being selected to represent the Alumni Service Corps for the upcoming year.

Brophy Academic Honors

We enjoyed the status of 26 National Merit Finalists, a record breaking total in the history of the school. We enjoyed a State Championship for our math team. We enjoyed Speech and Debate Team Champions in the Arizona District Tournament. All quite an addition to our celebration of the Resurrection, and says a great deal about the quality of instruction at Brophy.

Spring Sports Review

Volleyball – Submitted by Tony Oldani – The Brophy volleyball team is nearing the end of another terrific regular season! The team had a solid tournament in Las Vegas, winning the Bronze division and is currently 10-5 in power-point matches, playing the toughest schedule according to the AIA rankings.

Track – Submitted by Bill Kalkman – Following upon two state championships over the last three years (2011 and 2013 AZ state champions, 2012 state runner-up), hopes for a repeat this year by our Track team were not unrealistic. Led by returning hurdler Bobby Grant, recently having set a state record in the 300 IH, Brophy has been blessed with a group of talented harriers. Junior Isaiah Oliver gives the school a one two punch in the hurdles. Senior thrower Dominic Hernandez and freshman jumper Robert Brooks will have an impact on the state meet score. Our relay teams have been consistent point gatherers in every meet. Our distance runners improve with every week. And just to look to the future, our freshmen and sophomores present some of the most promising stable of tracksters in the history of the school.

Baseball – Submitted by Calvin Fairbourn ’14 – This year’s varsity baseball team was a double threat, well versed both at bat and in the field. Lead by D1-bound pitchers Ryan Castellani and Garrett Rupp, the Broncos took on all comers with determination and resolve. They enjoyed incredible success in the regular season, winning 19 of their 28 games, thanks in large part to incredible performances by many different members of the team. Of particular note was shortstop Nolan Weinstein, arguably the best in the state, who’s ability to deliver double plays and displays of incredible athleticism on cue, clinched more than a few games for the Broncos. They entered into post-season ranked 11th in the state, but were unfortunately cut down by Gilbert High School after an intense 9 inning game which ended 9-8. Congratulations to the team for a great year!

Crew – U.S. Rowing Southwest Regional Championships Bronze medal winners!

Tennis – Brophy tennis team won the state championship over Desert Mountain 5-4 on Saturday, May 10th. Details here!

A Bit of History – Submitted by Bob Sloncen ’57

In the fall of 1954, Brophy put together their first varsity basketball team since the days of the “Pintos”. The team was comprised of 4 juniors, 3 sophomores and 3 freshmen since Brophy did not have a senior class. I was one of the sophomores. Our coach was Fr. Jim Devlin, S.J. and despite the fact we had no gym, Fr. Devlin found us a place to practice. The Arizona National Guard Armory on the SE corner of 7th Ave and Jefferson. Money was hard to come by but Fr. Devlin was a very resourceful coach. The year prior the only all black high school in Phoenix – “Carver High” closed down due to desegregation. Fr. Devlin saw that the Phoenix Union High School District was having an auction to sell off things from the school that it couldn’t use. He went to the auction and had some success. He was excited about his “good deals”.

At practice the next week he told us we had some new uniforms coming but they weren’t ready yet. C-A-R-V-E-R had 6 letters and so did B-R-O-P-H-Y. Father Devlin had someone redo the uniforms with BROPHY on the front. About 2 days before our first game Coach Devlin handed each of us our “new” uniforms. They were almost brand new and we looked almost like a real basketball team. As we walked out on the gym floor that first night we were excited and things were perfect except for one little hiccup. Carver’s colors were blue and white and our new uniforms were still blue and white. But it didn’t bother our cheerleaders. They were still leading the crowd in the common chant of “GO RED….GO WHITE” as we ran around in our BLUE and WHITE uniforms.

Alumni Updates

For the second year in a row, John Heiland ’11 recently received the Dr. Renee Harrangue Award for Service and Leadership at Loyola Marymount University.

Adan Nunez-Frausto’10, currently a senior at Carlton College, delivered a tremendous hammer throw traveling 167 feet, 1 inch (50.93 meters) at the Carlton Relays the weekend of April 19th-20th. For his performance, Nunez-Frausto was named the MIAC Men’s Outdoor Field Athlete-of-the-Week. Details here!

Devon Allen ’13, a freshman at Oregon, is making his mark as a two-sport standout. Check it out!

Father and son alums, Bob Pimentel ’76 and Mateo Pimentel ’06, wrote and published a book for parents on the topic of Standardized Testing. Beyond Standard: Navigating the Standard Testing Experience is available on Amazon. Kudos!

Samuel DiCarlo ’11, currently a junior at Barrett, the Honors College at ASU, has been busy! He just completed his thesis project, working with fellow Brophy Alum Pete Burr ’07 to create a video. Samuel has recently been awarded the David Wayne Isom Memorial Scholarship, the Butterfield Scholarship, the Anna and Don Kirkman Family Scholarship, and the John Hudson Scholarship. The varying scholarships are based on the interest in studying families and improving the lives of families and children, as well as the desire to enter into a career of law enforcement upon graduation. In addition, he was received the Sun Angel Funk Award, presented to a student who achieves academic prominence and demonstrates community focused awareness. In the fall, Samuel will be studying abroad in Ireland at Dublin City University. We congratulate you Sam.

Bob Murphy ’83 and Spencer Kamps ’83 completed a rim to rim to rim run (45 miles) of the Grand Canyon on May 2 in 15 hours. For the record, Spencer beat Bob out of the canyon. At least that’s what Spencer says, and apparently it was just a gas!

Dr. Amit Gosalia ’93, co-owner and president of Audiology Clinic, Inc. has won the 2012-2013 American Academy of Audiology Scholar Award for the 4th time in a row. This honor is awarded those who have dedicated themselves to the field of Audiology and have shown their commitment to continued professional excellence. Dr. Gosalia also was elected to serve on the American Board of Audiology. He and his wife, Charmi, live in Vancouver, Washington.

Brophy alums helped Arizona State University wins the Southwestern Lacrosse Conference. Holding the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association SLC Championship trophy are Cortland Jones ’13, Landon Gagner ’13, Mack Regan ’12, Gage Buness ’13, and Robby Leonard ’13.

Kevin Tozer ’03 and his wife, Jennifer McLaughlin Tozer (XCP ’03), welcomed their daughter McKenna Marie Tozer on April 12, 2014. They currently reside in Ann Arbor, Michigan where Kevin is completing his medical residency in Ophthalmology at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center. 

Richard Thaddeus Schwab ’74 will be completing his Bachelor of Science degree in December 2014 from NAU and continuing on to law school.

Trent Murphy ’09 was drafted in the 2nd round by Washington Redskins! 

Bobby Grant ’14 talked to the Arizona Republic about his successful season.

In Memoriam

Thomas J. Reilly ’59
Edward L. Muckerman ’58
Pamela Ryan – mother of Timothy J. Ryan ’59
Jo-Lynn Cleverly – mother of Jack Cleverly ’11
Donald W. Jansen ’66

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!

Candlemass and the Feast of Mary’s purification

Candlemas-DayThere were two articles recently written to describe a certain reverence by Christians and Catholics towards scripture in general and the Old Testament in particular. In my own particular attitude, I tend to be a bit hasty about the historicity of certain rituals in the church, including the Old Testament.

There occurred two interesting events in the church’s calendar which obviously occur infrequently. On Sunday, February the 2nd, the church celebrated the Feast of Mary’s purification, which coincided with Candlemass days. This was a day when, traditionally, candles used by the church for the following year were blessed in one bulk. At the same time, candles for use in individual homes were also blessed and distributed. The idea behind this particular ritual is the spreading of light into the darkness, what the prophet Malachi calls the light to all the gentiles.

It is a very symbolic ritual and reflects the belief of the church that the messenger Christ represented by candlelight is ready to be spread throughout the world. The candles we utilize during liturgies are not just an antiquated precursor of a civilization before electric lights. Really the use of candles in addition has added theological significance.

Just to reinforce this assertion, the Feast of St Blaze follows the very next day on which occurs the Blessing of throats, a blessing conveyed by the crossing of two candles, significance indeed.

It behooves us therefore, to give more than passing thought to some of the religious articles we commonly take for granted.

An implicit leap to a fresh start

Postell-2011The timing of this issue of the Alumni Now cannot avoid mention of the New Year. We can trivialize the significance of the timing with the usual greeting of Happy New Year. But within the examination of the word Happy, there is the implicit leap to a fresh start. It comes as a surprise to some people that the name “January” owes its origin derives from the ancient Roman god Janus. Janus had two faces, one looking to the past and one scanning the future. The significance of timing in the beginning of this New Year might well involve a two-fold dynamic of examining the past and anticipating the future. Did we live the past year utilizing a potential? Do we anticipate the New Year making a decision to both correct inappropriate behavior, but even more so to take a leap into the unknown, to take a gamble, to use some of our creative reservoirs to make the world a better place? Can we make this New Year a happy era by taking a giant step forward? The Holy Spirit is there to help us make this Leap.
 
 
 

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Living Advent every day…

Postell-2011The season of Advent can probably best be captured by the attitude of two words “watching” and “waiting.” We refer to Advent as a season, if you will a liturgical season, but Advent is also a way of life. It is a way of life lived in watchfulness for the God who comes; not just at Christmas, but every day in various ways and through various people. So we wait, not passively, but actively.

Perhaps the secret of actively waiting is based on the belief that what we await is already on its way. Those who wait actively have faith that the seed of the future has been planted and that growth has already begun. Perhaps it is a good idea to let go of our wishful thinking, like “I wish I had a better job” and to start hoping. Often when we are willing to let go of our wishes, something beyond our own expectations can really happen. What we need to learn to do is to hope. We should be willing to give up control over a future so that God is free to define our lives.

 
 
 

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A Season of Change

Postell-2011Almost any scriptural commentary during this season of the year stresses the importance in the changes of the environment. This is to say, comments are made about the shortening of the days and the lengthening of the darkness. It is almost as if we are reaching a limit of darkness which nature can scarcely tolerate. After this comes the explosion of light.

Even so, we still have a way to go, a greater capacity for tolerating darkness. The breakpoint occurs on December 21st. We have approximately a month to test the experience of the old year, the shortening of the days, and gaining a perspective by the change of seasons.

This change of seasons is the foundation for certain psychic and/or spiritual moments in our internal lives. Most of us do not ignore the yearly evolution of nature. We know that changes are taking place. Even at the most basic level, on a perhaps subconscious stratum, people sit up and take notice.

Have we taken for granted a level of performance that is mediocre? Is something scratching at us that urges improvement? Do we think that God is calling us to an awareness that is more personal, more familiar, and more intense?

Are we satisfied with the care and concern that we show for our family, our friends, our church?

As the year ends and we anticipate a new beginning in nature, can we parallel that change in our spiritual lives and take a look at trends that are unproductive and even selfish.

Have we gone through a process of discernment that reveals a downward slide? Are we gearing up our energy for a new day? Are we prepared to offer a truly sincere Thanksgiving of faith, family and fullness?
 
 
 

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Dimensions of Faith

gospel-of-lukeIn the gospel of Luke, there are several parables which discuss the dimensions of faith. In these parables it is obvious that God is the Master and we are the servants. Sometimes though our faith gets twisted and we end up imitating the Master rather than being the servant. It is not surprising to realize how often people really do manufacture a God in their own image rather than listening to what God wants of us. Obviously, it is easier to take and easier to understand if we fashion God into what we want. But if that happens, the result is that this is our God and not the God who created us. And so, as members of the Brophy community, we have to be careful that we emphasize the God who created us even if what happens to us is not what we would choose and prefer.
 
 
 

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Quantifying humility

pope-washes-feetI have a question for you, how does one consider the topic of humility? By its very nature, any attempt to quantify humility leads to self enhancement, which is a contradiction. We don’t say that we are more humble than our neighbor. Otherwise to say this is not to be humble. Yet, we do recognize the humility in our neighbor or family member. Even considering humility is a by-product of an attitude, there are some characteristics of a person with humility. Such a person thinks of themselves in relation to God, and perhaps the needs of her brothers and sisters. He or she rather is more concerned with being of assistance than calling attention to self. And if he or she is attuned to God, then perhaps he or she is sensitive to those in need and thus a very humble person. Does not the word humility derive from the Latin word, which translated, means pertaining to the ground? If we are humble we are grounded. Grounded is a reality of a God centered universe which created everyone as brothers and sisters.
 
 
 

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Spiritual vigilance

st-ignatiusWe read in sacred scripture about the necessity for spiritual vigilance. The reason for such vigilance is that we do not know when we will die. There are warnings about misdirected priorities wherein we store up treasures which the world considers valuable. Jesus argues against accumulating material possessions and extreme wealth. He argues rather for priorities which place emphasis in another direction. But what Jesus is really suggesting is not so much a program motivated by fear – behave yourself because you may die tonight – but rather a life built on a continual and developing relationship with that of Jesus, Our Lord and Savior. So that one day, when we do meet Him, we will know all along that we have lived with Him and with those we have loved and cared for. We live productively and faithfully, not because we fear to meet Jesus, but because we desire to meet Jesus.
 
 
 

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