Brophy College Preparatory expects students to be living examples of “faith that does justice.” Service hour requirements ensure that students are having encounters with people of all walks of life, socio-economic backgrounds, and different needs. The Catholic Tradition holds dear its belief in a preferential option for the poor and that we encounter Christ more powerfully in the “crucified people” of the world. Therefore, freshmen, sophomores, and juniors are required to engage in service, seeking justice for others and conversion in themselves.
Freshmen will participate in the Frosh Experience which is comprised of the Freshman Retreat, Special Olympics Game Day, and Freshman Breakaway.
Brophy’s Freshman Breakaway experience is a combination retreat and service immersion project to the St. Vincent de Paul Foundation or the Desert Mission Human Services for a full day of work and reflection. Duties may include serving lunch; distributing clothing, toiletries and diapers to clients; repairing bikes to be distributed to valley youth who cannot afford to purchase them; unloading donation trucks on the docks; sorting donations in the warehouse; and serving the evening meal and helping to clean up afterwards. Work throughout the day is balanced with reflection time in the chapel at St. Vincent De Paul or Desert Mission. Students are not only asked to reflect on whom they meet and what their experiences are there, but they are also asked to engage in a social analysis project where they attempt to imagine themselves into the experience of the working poor.
Special Olympics Day
During the Spring semester, the entire freshman class works together for one day on a service project to host Special Olympians on our campus. Students with special needs come from many public and private other-abled programs and schools in the valley. Working again with their Big Brothers, freshmen provide a safe, fun environment for their new friends. Activities such as basketball, relays, a dance party, table games, and skill stations bring Brophy students and special needs kids close together...to learn and be open to what we share in common.
The service requirement in sophomore year is composed of 40 hours of service, along with two written reflections during the experience. These 40 hours of service must be completed through an organization that provides the student with an opportunity to work directly with children.
As “Men for Others” Brophy sophomores are encouraged to volunteer their time and build relationships with children in the community. In addition to the considerable good that students can contribute to the lives of the children they encounter, mentoring relationships also provide Brophy students with insights into the lives of teachers, parents, coaches, and children. Through these new experiences students learn about different worldviews and begin to understand the people that hold them. This is an important component of Jesuit community service and solidarity.
The preferred project for sophomores is Loyola Project, which the student can complete during summer, fall, or spring semester. Brophy has strong relationships with local Catholic and public elementary schools who rely on us to tutor and mentor their students. The Office of Faith and Justice believes that working with children toward education helps Brophy sophomores foster a sense of responsibility to be there for a young child and a joy in sharing their Brophy education with another person.
Brophy Juniors will complete 40 hours of social justice and education-related work through the Ignatian Encounter. Juniors will complete this 0.5 credit “class in the community” with a student cohort for reflection, and a faculty guide to help them analyze their experiences working with the larger Phoenix community.