On every path in the world coursed by a Jesuit will be found the chiseled motto Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam — for the greater glory of God. On weathered stone, crusted bronze, or parchment seal...

~ Excerpt from Brophy's 1959 yearbook


    • The Rev. Bill Muller, SJ

      Vice President for Mission and Identity

SOLDIER AND SAINT: Ignatius of Loyola, a soldier who became the founder of the Society of Jesus, never chose the easy path, nor did his fellow Jesuits. As missionaries and educators, they traveled widely, often to remote places and at great peril, to spread God’s word and establish schools. They believed fervently that even the most isolated and impoverished should be able to participate in the full human experience and know God.
Educated and intellectually driven, the Jesuits were theologians, scientists, artists and writers. They were lauded as “confessors to kings” and the “schoolmasters of Europe,” yet few orders were as persecuted and spent as much time in prison because of their ministry as the Jesuits; over the centuries, many have been martyred. Still, their spirit has proved indomitable and their roles as spiritual guides and educators have enriched the world immeasurably.
From Ignatius the soldier, we have inherited a fierce commitment to providing an exceptional education across all socio-economic tiers, for all races and all faiths; and to fighting for the marginalized. From Ignatius the saint, we have learned to revere the teachings of Jesus and to find God in all things. As a Jesuit school, we seek daily to be true to our Ignatian heritage and to do all things Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam.

Ignatian Initiatives and Spirituality at Brophy

List of 8 items.

  • > Jesuit and Catholic and Brophy: an Ignatian Newsletter from Fr. Bill Muller, SJ

  • > The Office of Faith and Justice

    At the heart of Brophy's campus, you can find the Office of Faith and Justice. From this busy hub, a steady stream of activity forms the core of ministry and Ignatian commitment on campus and in the community. Retreat programs are organized, immersion trips are planned and service opportunities are initiated.

    During the school year, students typically complete approximately 35,000 service hours. Freshmen participate in Freshman Breakaways — off-campus work at service agencies, sophomores tutor students at local elementary schools through the Loyola Project, and every junior completes at least 40 hours of social justice and education-related work through their Ignatian Encounter program. To learn more about Ignatian service, click here.

    Retreats are another essential element of Jesuit education with students traveling to Manresa, Brophy's retreat campus outside of Sedona, for Magis and Kairos retreats. The annual Freshman Retreat is on campus at the beginning of the year. To learn more about retreats, click here

    Finally, students travel to locations around the world on immersion trips and exchanges. Immersing themselves in unfamiliar and often uncomfortable situations, students become aware of how many people face extreme poverty, political unrest, lack of educational opportunities, racism and other challenges that place them on the margins of society and subject them to inequities and injustices that prevent them from thriving as children of God. To learn more about immersions, click here.

    For more information on the Office of Faith and Justice, explore the website's Ministry pages.
  • > The Ignatian Year

    On May 20, 2021, the international Jesuit community celebrated the 500-year anniversary of Ignatius' "cannonball moment," when he started the journey from soldier to saint. Father General Arturo Sosa has called for this anniversary to mark the beginning of an "Ignatian Year," that will culminate on July 31, 2022, with the Feast Day of St. Ignatius.

    Brophy looks forward to celebrating Ignatian milestones along the way as we commemorate this transformative journey that led to the formation of the Society of Jesus. 
  • > The Universal Apostolic Preferences

  • > The Summit on Human Dignity

    Part of the transformational experience that is Jesuit education is to start young people on an early path to awareness of social issues and current affairs, and to teach them how to become advocates for social justice and positive change in the world. At Brophy, the annual Summit on Human Dignity (modeled after those most often seen at colleges and universities) highlights an issue that is particularly relevant and informs students on its nuances, as well as its social and political ramifications.

    Organized and facilitated by the Office of Faith and Justice, this community-wide effort engages students, faculty, staff, parents and the wider community. To learn more about the Summit on Human Dignity, click here.
  • > Loyola Academy

    Established in 2011, Brophy's Loyola Academy provides the foundation for a college preparatory education to boys in grades six through eight. Students accepted into the program demonstrate academic promise and come from families whose income for a family of four is in the $20,000-$25,000 range. Students attend at no cost to their families.

    Each May, Brophy celebrates the annual Signing Ceremony as the Loyola Academy students who have finished the seven-year program — three years of middle school and four years of high school — announce their future plans. Typically, all go on to become first-generation college students. To learn more about Loyola Academy, click here.
  • > The Office of Equity and Inclusion

    The Office of Equity and Inclusion leads Brophy’s efforts to ensure that each historically under-represented student and his family is fully included in the Brophy experience and has an equitable opportunity to thrive in all areas of student life. To learn more about the Office of Equity and Inclusion, click here.
  • > The Romero Program

    With the creation of the Romero Program, Brophy continues to imbue the curriculum with Ignatian values and principles.

    The Romero Program creates an Ignatian learning experience that allows Brophy seniors to put their faith into action, to understand and respond to issues related to inequities in the community, and to take the first steps toward becoming the leaders Arizona will need to build an equitable future for all its citizens. To learn more about the Romero Program, click here.