We must become the change we want to see
For 80 years Brophy has been educating young men in the Jesuit tradition to become leaders in the local and global communities, not just leaders who are known for their expertise in a particular field or industry but leaders with principles and convictions who have the courage to act on them.
For many people, leaving a legacy means leaving one’s imprint on the future. While the manner in which we dispose of our estates says a lot about who we are and what we value, Gandhi’s words remind us that we can also live our legacy by becoming the change we want to see. You can help us do this through your leadership giving and by becoming part of the Brophy Legacy Society, making provisions now for the future of Brophy in your will or estate plans. Your gift represents far more than dollars.
A lot can happen on a Magis retreat. The term magis is a key element of Jesuit spirituality, inviting one to do more and to become more in the hope of offering greater service. For Brophy students Matt Beienburg ‘07 and Mike Wren ‘08, magis translated to a very special drive to support U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan through the Packages From Home program, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting U.S. service men and women overseas.
“It was something that needed to be done.” Matt and Mike, part of Brophy’s Teen Republicans Club, spearheaded an initiative at the start of 2007 that sent over 130 care packages to troops overseas. According to the boys, this transcended politics and political parties. “It was the least we could do. These people are putting their lives on the line.”
And hundreds of Brophy students, faculty and staff responded by bringing items ranging from postage stamps to CD’s to snacks to personal hygiene items that filled the tables in the Student Activity Center. Many donated anonymously, not seeking any recognition for their participation, but simply making a gesture of individual support.
Sam Ewing, a faculty member in the Social Studies Department and moderator for the club, commented on what a difference he sees at Brophy versus other schools. “The thing that impressed me… was how it came together almost spontaneously and without the top-down leadership that is normally required.” Matt and Mike will tell you this is what it means to be Men For Others.
Mr. Ewing says it well: “It’s the support that surrounds the Brophy student -- parents, teachers, the curriculum, -- that helps make this a part of who they are: authentic.” Authentic, young men. Our future leaders. They are Brophy Making a Difference.
Your gifts continue the legacy of Men for Others.