Jesuit Father R. Michael Brophy died on June 10, 2013, at Colombiere Center in Clarkston, Mich. Fr. Brophy was born on May 7, 1938, in Chicago. He graduated from Loyola Academy before entering the Jesuits on Sept. 1, 1956, at Milford, Ohio. He was ordained on May 29, 1969, in Aurora, Ill., and took final vows on Feb. 2, 1976. As a Jesuit, Fr. Brophy earned a bachelor’s degree in Latin and a master’s degree in English from Loyola University Chicago.
After Juniorate at Milford (1958-1960) he moved to West Baden College in southern Indiana (1960-1963) for philosophy. Fr. Brophy returned to his alma mater, Loyola Academy, and taught English during his regency (1963-1966) and then went to theology at the Bellarmine School of Theology in North Aurora, Ill. (1966-1969).
Immediately after ordination, Fr. Brophy taught religion at St. Ignatius College Prep (1969-1970) and then a good number of years at St. Xavier High School (1970-1975). In 1975 Fr. Brophy became the rector of Loyola Academy. While he was rector, Fr. Brophy also worked as a student counselor (1975-1979), directed Campus Ministry (1977-1979) and taught English (1978-1981).
His ministerial focus turned to formation when he moved to Loyola University Chicago, where he wore many hats, including minister and assistant to the Rector (1982-1983), Director of the Collegian Program [now called the First Studies Program] (1983-1984), and Superior of the Lewis-Bremner Community (1983-1988). Fr. Brophy is remembered fondly by many Jesuits who experienced his watchful care and assistance as the Chicago Provincial Assistant for Formation (1985-1990). Fr. Brophy then moved to Cincinnati where he helped to form adults in their spiritual lives. He was a retreat and spiritual director at the Jesuit Spirituality Center at Milford (1991-1999) and worked in Adult Faith Formation at St. Xavier High School (1999-2009). In 2009 he moved to Colombiere Center where he did as much community service as his health allowed.