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.
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June 14, 2018 - Rep. Juan Vargas read a letter on the U.S. House Floor by Jesuit West Provincial Fr. Scott Santarosa, SJ, calling for support for the peaceful negotiation of a solution to the crisis in Nicaragua and for respect for the physical safety of all Nicaraguans.
June 11, 2018 - Bishop of San Diego, Most Reverend Robert W. McElroy ordained on Saturday, June 9, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in San Ysidro, California, four Jesuit Priests: Fr. JT Tanner, SJ , Fr. Elías Puentes, SJ, Fr. Alejandro Báez-González, SJ, and Fr. Thomas Flowers, SJ.
June 10, 2018 - The Jesuits West Province of the Society of Jesus held its Ordination Mass near the U.S.-Mexico border to call attention to the plight of immigrants. Province leaders and priests also participated in a Prayer Rally on June 8 at Chicano Park in San Diego in support of immigrants.
Jesuits West sponsored a spiritually enriching Portugal Pilgrimage to the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima and the renown cities of Porto and Lisbon, May 21-31. Father Sam Bellino, SJ, and Father John Mossi, SJ, were the spiritual directors for the journey which included daily Masses at Fatima.
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