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 Michael J. Mandala, SJ, emeritus president of Verbum Dei High School, Los Angeles, died September 9, 2018 at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos, California. He suffered from pancreatic cancer. He was 71 years of age and had been a member of the Jesuit Order for 54 years, 41 years a priest.
Father John J. (“Hex”) Kindall, SJ, longtime high school teacher/principal and pastor in schools and parishes throughout the Pacific Northwest, died August 25, 2018 at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos, California. He was 91 years of age, a Jesuit for 74 years, and 61 years a priest.
The Jesuits West Prayer for September centers on St. Peter Claver, SJ, whose feast day is September 9. From 1610 until his death in 1654, Peter Claver, ministered to the slaves brought from Africa to Cartagena, Colombia. Peter signed his name, “slave of the slaves forever.”
August 26, 2018 – Bishop Thomas Daley of Spokane celebrated the 8:30 am Mass at St. Aloysius Church and officially announced Fr. Tom Lamanna, SJ, as the new Pastor. Fr. Jerry Graham, SJ, joins the parish team as Associate Pastor.
August 24, 2018 - In a letter released today, Jesuit Superior General Father Arturo Sosa addressed the Society of Jesus and its lay collaborators regarding the recent Pennsylvania Supreme Court grand jury report on sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.
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