August 25, 2017 — Jesuit High School of Tampa, Florida, celebrated beloved school chaplain Jesuit Father Francis Brou's 70th anniversary of entering the Society of Jesus with a special convocation on Aug. 14.
The event was highlighted by warm, personal testimonials about Fr. Brou by school president Jesuit Father Richard C. Hermes and Jesuit Tampa alums Joe Ficarrotta ’65 and Connor Penn ’11. There were two special presentations: a plaque dedicating the school’s Office of Campus Ministry in Fr. Brou’s name and a beautiful portrait of Fr. Brou drawn by Jesuit High’s fine arts director Kevin Ball ’03.
The Office of Campus Ministry dedication reflected the enormous spiritual impact Fr. Brou has made on hundreds of young men at Jesuit. It was made possible through the generosity of Ficarrotta, Mac Greco '65, and the Hon. Ron Ficarrotta '76.
Fr. Brou initially was assigned to Jesuit as a teacher from 1964-71 and then from 2006 to the present as chaplain. Numerous alumni from the both 1960s-70s and 2000s-10s were on hand to join in the celebration.
Fr. Brou spoke last, exhibiting his trademark grace and humor. Exactly seven decades earlier in Louisiana, on Aug. 14, 1947, 18-year-old Francis Brou had entered the Society of Jesus. Fr. Brou shared a few anecdotes about his early days in the Jesuit novitiate, and then addressed the student body.
"It's always with a prayer of thanksgiving that I approach my days," Fr. Brou said. "Because being with you is my daily prayer."
For more on the Jubilarians of the Central and Southern Province, click here.