Brophy College Preparatory announced that after an 8-month,
nationwide search, its Board of Trustees has named Adria Renke as its 11th
president since the founding of the school in 1928. Renke has been the Phoenix school’s
acting president since Father Edward Reese, SJ, stepped down in May 2016.
“The Board of Trustees is thrilled with our selection of
Adria as Brophy’s new president. Adria understands and values Jesuit Catholic
education,” said John Strittmatter, chairman of the Brophy Board of Trustees.
“She has a proven track record of 19 successful years in leadership at Brophy.
She is ready to hit the ground running as our new president.”
With her longtime commitment to Jesuit education, Renke, who
has served as Brophy’s vice president for the past 19 years, has been
instrumental in helping Brophy achieve its goals in the areas of technology,
the arts, math and science, athletics, social justice, and educating young men
in the Jesuit tradition. She believes in the Jesuit mission at Brophy that
shows young men the direct presence of God in all they do.
“To be chosen to serve as president of Brophy College
Preparatory is nothing short of a gift from God – a grace,” Renke said. “To
walk with Brophy’s young men as unique individuals while figuring out exactly
what God had in mind for them when He created them is a privilege and a call to
which I pledge to devote all my talents, energy. and love.”
In addition to her responsibilities at Brophy, Renke is
currently a board member of the Jesuit School of Theology at Santa Clara
University and a past board member of the National Jesuit Secondary Education
Association. In 2015 she was named a Who’s Who in Business awardee by both the Phoenix Business Journal and Arizona Republic. In 2016 she received the
“Mother of Year” award from Valle del Sol.
Father John P. McBride, SJ, veteran of the 75th Infantry Division during WW II who saw action in the Battle of the Bulge and helped in the liberation of France before becoming a teacher, pastor, and chaplain throughout the Northwest, entered into God’s peace October 20.
This fall, the Jesuit Basketball Spotlight program will mark a decade highlighting the mission of Jesuit education through basketball with two Jesuit Basketball Classics, played by four men’s and women’s teams.
Father Lawrence Bernard Murphy, SJ, longtime teacher at Loyola High School and parish priest at St. Brendan’s Church, Los Angeles, entered into God’s peace October 18 at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos, Calif. He was 90.
The Jesuit High School of Sacramento Board of Trustees has unanimously appointed Father John P. McGarry, SJ, as the school’s new president. Father McGarry will assume his duties at the beginning of the 2018-19 school year.
From November 4-6, nearly 2,000 individuals — mainly young adults representing 26 Jesuit colleges and universities, 49 Jesuit high schools, seven Jesuit parishes, current and former Jesuit Volunteers, and hundreds of alumni of Jesuit schools — gathered to hear speakers talk about social justice concerns ranging from Black Lives Matter to LGBTQ communities in the Catholic Church to feminism and environmental justice.
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