Through regular Masses, religion courses, service work and retreats, Brophy’s Catholic identity is apparent.
But what does this mean for students who are not Catholic? While Brophy is comprised of a mainly Catholic student body, there are still those students who come from a diversity of backgrounds.
By Joe Skoog ’13
The Ignatian style of teaching, with its emphasis on faith, not only impacts Brophy students, but also the Brophy teachers.
When asked for their interpretation of faith, teachers responded in different ways.
“Faith is belief unencumbered by reason,” said Mr. John Damaso ’97.
Brophy prides itself on being the only Jesuit high school in Arizona since 1928 and on providing the impetus for spiritual growth in accordance with Jesuit ideals.
In a survey by The Roundup, in conjunction with Mr. Tim Sanford’s statistics class, 21 percent of the 70 seniors asked said their religious beliefs had changed from freshman to senior year.
Meanwhile, when 70 freshmen were asked the same question in March, 14 percent stated that their religious beliefs had already changed.
As people begin their explorations of high school, they are exposed to many new people and ideas.
This can lead to serious re-considerations in a person’s mode of thinking. This is especially true at a school like Brophy, which encourages us to think and discover new ideas.
According to a Roundup poll of 70 students, about 21 percent of seniors had changed their faith over their four years.