Department Outcomes

It is the hope and commitment of our Religious Studies Department that as a result of the courses we offer and the work we do together, our students will understand...
  • All people are created in the Image of God, and our students will come to know themselves as sinners who are intimately and unconditionally loved by God
  • The calling to know and love the person of Jesus Christ
  • The experience and grace of suffering, death, and resurrection
  • That love is ultimately shown in deeds

James Grindey, Department Chair

The Ignatian Workout, Senior Synthesis
Mr. Grindey has taught theology at the high school and college level for over 20 years. He received a Master of Arts degree in Systematic Theology and a Bachelor of Arts degree in theology/philosophy from Creighton University and offers a wealth of classroom experience. He has taught Scripture, Ethics, and Senior Synthesis at Brophy for five years and is the offensive linemen coach for varsity football. He enjoys participating in retreats, clubs, and engaging the students in Ignatian Spirituality. He is married and has three sons.
 
Classroom: Eller 214  ||  Tel: (602) 264-5291, ext. 6284  ||  jgrindey@brophyprep.org

Chris Agliano

Theodicy and the Holocaust, Scripture
Mr. Agliano grew up in Tampa, Fla. and attended Tampa Jesuit High School. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Boston College in Theology and Jewish Studies and a Master of Arts degree from Vanderbilt University in Jewish Studies and Biblical Studies. In addition to teaching, Mr. Agliano is also a coach and club moderator.
 
Classroom: Brophy 102  ||  Tel: (602) 264-5291, ext. 6284  ||  cagliano@brophyprep.org

Megan Agliano

Christian Ethics and Morality
Mrs. Agliano received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Philosophy from the University of Dallas in 2001 and her Master of Divinity from the University of Notre Dame in 2008. She grew up in the Phoenix area and attended Xavier College Preparatory. Mrs. Agliano spent several years in Chicago directing a whole family catechetical program at a parish but decided to move back to warm and sunny Phoenix in 2011 to begin teaching at Brophy. Prior to attending Notre Dame she also spent a year on staff at Andre House of Arizona which serves the homeless in downtown Phoenix. Mrs. Agliano currently teaches in the Religious Studies Department and is the Coordinator of Retreats and Reflections in the Office of Faith and Justice.
 
Office: Office of Faith and Justice  ||  Tel: (602) 264-5291, ext. 6527  ||  magliano@brophyprep.org

Flavio Bravo '12

Christian Ethics and Morality
Mr. Bravo earned his Bachelor of Arts from Loyola University of Chicago and returned to Brophy this year as a member of the Alumni Service Corps. He will be working in the Office of Faith and Justice and will teach one section of Ethics.

Tel: (602) 264-5291, ext. 6284  ||  fbravo@brophyprep.org

Tim Broyles

Senior Synthesis, Living the Paschal Mystery
Mr. Broyles grew up in Phoenix. He attended ASU where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in English and a Master’s in Secondary Education. He and his wife lived and worked in Mexico and Central America for five years, and he currently coordinates Brophy’s El Salvador trip.
 
Classroom: Eller 209  ||  Tel: (602) 264-5291, ext. 6284  ||  tbroyles@brophyprep.org

Elizabeth Clarke

Scripture
Ms. Clarke earned a Bachelor of Science in Communication from Illinois State University, a Master’s degree in Secondary English Education from Northern Arizona University, and a Master’s degree in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University in New Orleans. She has taught in Brophy’s English Department since 2002, and in Brophy’s Religion Department since 2012. She is the head coach of the Brophy Speech and Debate team and she moderates Brophy’s Youth and Government program.

Classroom: Brophy 111  ||  Tel: (602) 264-5291, ext. 6406  ||  eclarke@brophyprep.org

Tom Donlan

History of the Catholic Church; Jesus, Catholicism, and Violence
Dr. Donlan grew up in Highland Falls, N.Y. and earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Notre Dame. After teaching high school in New York, he earned a Master of Arts in Religious Studies from Yale University, followed by a Ph.D in European History (focusing on French Catholicism and Francis de Sales) from the University of Arizona. At Brophy, Dr. Donlan teaches History of Catholicism, as well as moderating the Middle Eastern Club and leading the Appalachia Immersion trip.

Classroom: Eller 301  ||  Tel. (602) 264-5291, ext. 6284  ||  tdonlan@brophyprep.org

Paul Fisko, Assistant Principal for Ministry

Encountering Jesus in the Sacraments
Mr. Fisko currently directs the Office of Faith and Justice and is originally from South Bend, Ind. He recently completed his tenth year as a faculty member in the Religious Studies Department and teaches the Sacraments course to sophomores. He has graduate degrees from the University of Notre Dame, the University of Portland, and the University of Oxford concentrating his work on Catholic education and the historical and modern relationship between science and religion. Mr. Fisko moderates many clubs and immersion trips and directs liturgical music for the Brophy Chapel community on Sundays. His family attends St. Gregory the Great Catholic parish and school, and he enjoys singing, composing, gardening, and travel.

Office: Office of Faith and Justice  ||  Tel: (602) 264-5291, ext. 6362  ||  pfisko@brophyprep.org

Thomas Mar

Christian Ethics and Morality, Philosophy, Senior Synthesis
Mr. Mar brings a variety of education and experience to Brophy. He has a degree in physics from Stanford, a philosophy degree from the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology, and a Master's degree in Education from the University of Mary. He is a long-time resident of the Valley and has taught in Catholic education for over a decade, most recently at Notre Dame Preparatory in Scottsdale. His interests include chess, philosophy, Thomas Aquinas, and occasionally he bikes to work.
 
Classrom: Eller 210  ||  Tel: (602) 264-5291, ext. 6284  ||  tmar@brophyprep.org

Quentin Orem

Living the Paschal Mystery, Encountering Jesus in the Sacraments, History of the Catholic Church
While studying philosophy at Santa Clara University, Mr. Orem developed a deep affinity for Jesuit education. He received the Jean Donovan Fellowship which enabled him to design an immersion program in Calcutta, India where he spent a summer teaching at Mother Theresa’s Ghandi School. He also studied abroad in El Salvador and returned there after graduation to spend a year as the Community Coordinator with the Casa de la Solidaridad. Mr. Orem recently completed his Master’s in Theological Studies at Boston College.

Tel: (602) 264-5291, ext. 6284  ||  qorem@brophyprep.org

Jon Shores

Scripture
Mr. Shores received a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from ASU in 2005 and a Master of Education in School Counseling from NAU in 2010. He began teaching in the fall of 2000. In addition to teaching, Mr. Shores has been involved with the Brophy golf team and the Office of Faith and Justice retreat programs.
 
Classroom: Brophy 101  ||  Tel: (602) 264-5291, ext. 6284  ||  jshores@brophyprep.org

Deacon Joe Stickney

Encountering Jesus in the Sacraments
Deacon Stickney graduated from Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose, Calif. and received a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Letters from Gonzaga University. He has two master's degrees, one in Theology from Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge, Mass. and another in Education from ASU. Deacon Stickney has been at Brophy since 1985.
 
He is married to Diana. They have four children. Deacon Stickney has an amateur's interest in astronomy and gardening. He was ordained a Deacon of the Diocese of Phoenix in November 2002.
 
Classroom: Eller 215  ||  Tel: (602) 264-5291, ext. 6354  ||  jstickney@brophyprep.org