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Belen Jesuit Named One of the Top U.S. Catholic High Schools

MIAMI- Today, The Cardinal Newman Society released the list of schools recognized by the Catholic Education Honor Roll as 2014 Schools of Excellence. For the EIGHTH consecutive time Belen Jesuit has been named one of the Top U.S. Catholic High Schools by the National Catholic High School Honor Roll. Belen Jesuit is the ONLY Catholic School in Miami-Dade County to receive this recognition and one of only three in the entire state of Florida. Since 2004 the Honor Roll has celebrated quality Catholic education throughout the United States. 

“We are honored to be included among such distinguished schools,” said Jesuit Father Pedro Suárez, President of Belen Jesuit. “It recognizes our commitment to Catholic education. I applaud the students, parents, teachers, and staff for their hard work and commitment to this important mission of the Church." 

A banner is on display in front of the school displaying this accolade. The daily mass at the school chapel will be offered for our students and faculty.Students and all employees will enjoy a celebratory cake at lunchtime. 

“Receiving this recognition fills us with joy and motivates all of us at Belen Jesuit Preparatory School to strive for excellence,” said Dr. María Cristina Reyes, School Principal. “Providing young men with access to a rigorous education, deeply rooted in Ignatian and Jesuit values, enables them to achieve their best for the Greater Glory of God (ADMG).” 

Honor Roll schools receiving this designation are marked by the integration of Catholic identity throughout all aspects of their programs and excellence in academics. This year seventy-one schools received the honor of being named as a School of Excellence, and an additional nine received the distinction of Honorable Mention. This is less than five percent of the Catholic high schools in the United States.

This year’s Honor Roll schools are diverse: large and small, new and long-established, highly selective and those with open enrollment admissions policies, as well as a variety of tuition rates. The common trait is an institutional commitment to providing a truly integrated and faithful Catholic education across all disciplines and in all areas of student activities.

The Acton Institute founded the Catholic High School Honor Roll in 2004. The Cardinal Newman Society assumed the program in 2012, consistent with its mission of helping Catholic families and promoting faithful Catholic education.

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10th Annual Football Kickoff Classic: Belen Jesuit vs. Christopher Columbus

MIAMI- The annual rivalry football game that attracts alumni from two of Miami-Dade County’s most prestigious, private, all-male Catholic Schools; Belen Jesuit vs.  Christopher Columbus will take place on Friday, September5, 2014. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.

Over 10,000 spectators are expected. The game is the first and only time both teams meet during the football season. 

MEDIA COVERAGE: ALL MEDIA ATTENDING THE GAME MUST ENTER VIA GATE 3 ON GAME DAY. Please send the name of the correspondents assigned to cover the game via email to tmartinez@belenjesuit.org. If you would like to schedule program interviews or get broll prior to the game, please let Teresa Martinez know in advance to coordinate. Contact Teresa Martinez, Director of Communications at 786.621.4173.

The annual football kickoff classic will take place at the FIU Stadium; located at11200 S.W. 8th Street in Miami. Belen Jesuit Alumni are invited to take part in pre-game festivities by joining the tailgate from 5 – 6:45 p.m. 

"This is a great opportunity for alumni, students, parents and friends of the school to gather together and show support for our student athletes,” said Mariano Loret de Mola, Executive Director of the Belen Alumni Association of Jesuit Schools from Cuba and Miami “As an Alumni Association the tailgate is a wonderful annual event that unites the Belen community.” 

Pre-sale tickets to the football game are: student tickets $10.00; Adult tickets $15.00 and are sold at the campus bookstore.  ALL tickets sold on game day will cost $20.00

BELEN JESUIT ALUMNI: For more information or if you would like to participate in this event, contact Mariano Loret de Mola, Executive Director of the Belen Alumni Association of Jesuit Schools from Cuba and Miami at 786.621.4667 or email alumni@belenjesuit.org. 

MEDIA ARE WELCOME. 

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Mass to Celebrate the Beginning of a New School Year

MIAMI- Jesuit Father Pedro Suarez along with other Miami Jesuits will celebrate the first school-wide Mass of the new school year at Belen Jesuit Preparatory School on Monday, August 25 at 9:30 a.m. 

The Mass of the Holy Spirit is traditional in all Catholic schools at the beginning of the academic year.  At Jesuit schools such as Belen it is an important event to highlight the Jesuit values upon which the School was established.

“We begin the new school year 2014-15 with gratitude to God for the many blessings bestowed upon our students, parents, faculty, staff, benefactors, and alumni and for the many accomplishments achieved last year in academics, spiritual growth, athletics and extracurricular activities,” said Jesuit Father Pedro Suarez, school president.  “We look forward to our 161st academic year with enthusiasm and renewed energy, which are summarized by a triple motto: “Striving for Greatness, Celebrating the Past, Embracing the Future.”

 

Mass to Celebrate Feast of Saint Ignatius Loyola

MIAMI- Belen Jesuit Preparatory School will mark the Feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola, in honor of the founder of the Society of Jesus, with a noon Mass on Thursday, July 31 at Gesu Catholic Church in downtown Miami.

“This is a special occasion to thank the Lord for the gift of Ignatian spirituality and for over 115 years of Jesuit presence in Miami,” said Father Pedro A. Suarez, S.J., President of Belen Jesuit Preparatory School. “Gesu Catholic Church opened in 1896 by the Society of Jesus and as the city of Miami grew and expanded so did the Jesuits and their mission of educating others. We invite the public to join us for this beautiful Mass at this historic church.”

Gesu Catholic Church is located at 118 N.E. 2nd Street in downtown Miami. Parking is available in the lot adjacent to the Rectory on 118 NE 2nd Street and across the street from the church on 2nd Street.  The main celebrant will be Father Pedro Suarez.  The homilist will be Father Carlos Diharce, SJ, a Belen graduate of 1959, who has worked as a missionary among indigenous people in Northern Peru for 42 years.

St. Ignatius of Loyola was the founder of the Society of Jesus in 1540.  He was beatified by Pope Paul V in 1609 and later canonized by Pope Gregory XV in 1622.  A former Spanish soldier, Ignatius is the patron saint of military personnel and of the Society of Jesus. The Jesuits are now present in some 112 countries worldwide with more than 17,000 priests and brothers – the largest male religious order in the Catholic Church, and is well known as a missionary and educational religious Order.

MEDIA ARE WELCOME

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Belen Youth Missions Celebrating 33 Years of Service for Others

MIAMI- Ninety-eight participants from Belen Jesuit will be heading off on a summer mission trip June 27- July 6 to the village of Hoyo de Perez in Altamira, Dominican Republic were they will build a bridge and setup a make shift clinic.

 

The missionaries include students from Belen Jesuit, Our Lady of Lourdes Academy, Carrolton School of the Sacred Heart, and St. Brendan High School ranging in age from 17-19. The students will join Jesuit Fathers Emilio Travieso, Frank Permuy, alumni, engineers and medical staff on the trip.

 

The purpose of the mission is to serve the impoverished village of Hoyo de Perez by delivering medicines, vitamins, and building tools that will be used to construct a much-needed bridge. The bridge will be approximately 120' feet long and 14 feet wide. There are approximately 110 families in Hoyo de Perez. Their livelihood comes from agriculture; mainly cacao, coffee and avocado. In addition, the bridge will also benefit an additional 700 families that live near Hoyo de Perez.

 

“Our school has supported such missions for 33 years.  It is one way in which Belen Jesuit fulfills its motto Forming men for others”, said Jesuit Father Pedro Suárez’58, Belen President.

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2014 Commencement Speaker Announced

MIAMI- Belen Jesuit Preparatory School announces that alumnus Sergio M. Gonzalez ’81 will be the commencement speaker at the James L. Knight Center on Thursday, May 29 at 7:00 p.m.

Mr. Gonzalez received his Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and his J.D. degree from Columbia University. Currently, he is the Senior Vice President for Advancement and External Affairs at the University of Miami overseeing communications, development, government relations and alumni affairs for the University.

Two- hundred and twenty-three seniors will graduate from Belen Jesuit, all of which will continue their education at a college or university.

 

“We are deeply honored that Mr. Gonzalez accepted our invitation to be part of this important milestone in the life of these young men,” said Jesuit Father Pedro Suárez ’58, Belen Jesuit’sPresident of the school. “In his professional life, Mr. Gonzalez has shown a serious commitment to improving the conditions of homeless and poverty-stricken minorities, in the spirit of a true “man for others.”  We are fortunate that this year of celebration of the 160th anniversary of Belen’s foundation, we can count on Sergio Gonzalez as the speaker at the 2014 commencement.” 

 

The James L. Knight Center is located at 400 SE Second Ave in Miami, 33131.

Before working for the University of Miami, he served as chief of staff for Miami-Dade County Executive Mayor Alex Penelas, director of Miami-Dade County Mayor’s Office of Job Creation and Welfare-To-Work and was the executive director of South Florida 1999 Super Bowl Host Committee.  Previously, Gonzalez was the initial executive director of the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust.

Mr. Gonzalez is a member of the Florida Bar and resides in Coral Gables with his wife, Patricia Andreu. He has three children, of which his oldest, Andrés Manuel, is a 2011 Belen graduate. 

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Belen Jesuit presents, “The Living Stations of the Cross”

Belen Jesuit presents, "The Living Stations of the Cross" featuring students from Our Lady of Lourdes Academy on Tuesday, April 15 at 7 p.m. This presentation will take place in various locations throughout the Belen Jesuit campus but begins in the Roca Amphitheater & ends in the Garrido Family Plaza. All are welcome to attend.   

“To witness HIS passion during the holiest time of the year helps students understand the sacrifice Jesus did for all of us,” said Jesuit Father Pedro Suarez, School President. “This representation of Jesus’ path from condemnation, crucifixion and resurrection is a solemn and prayerful gathering that will take place only a couple of days before the Holy Triduum (three-day celebration of the death and resurrection of Christ - Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Vigil/Easter Sunday).”

Over 80 students from both Belen Jesuit and Lourdes Academy will act out the last 12 hours of Jesus’ life in this solemn presentation. Hundreds are expected to attend.

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THREE Belen Jesuit Student Athletes to SIGN National Letters of Intent

 

MIAMI- Three Belen Jesuit student athletes will sign their national letter of intent to play sports at the collegiate level in a signing ceremony on Thursday, April 10 at 3:15 p.m. in the Cosculluela Dining Hall located adjacent to the Administration building.

“All of them are outstanding young men and they will be excellent Belen ambassadors at their respective universities, “saidAthletic Director Carlos Barquin. 

•          Pedro Gomez- Golf:   St. Andrews College in North Carolina 

•          Fabian Tomas- Cross Country/ Track & Field:   University of Portland   

•          Boleck De Pawlikowski- Swimming: East Carolina University  

“Humbly proud of Fabian Tomas for making the bold and exciting decision to go run XC and Track & Field more than 3,000 miles away from Miami at the University of Portland,” said Cross Country Coach Frankie Ruiz.  

The signing ceremony will be streamed live, http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/channels/belen-jesuit-miami-florida.    

“It is a great honor for the Belen community to have these athletes recognized for their superb abilities,” said Jesuit Father Pedro Suarez, President of the School. “They are not only great athletes, but fine students and a wonderful representation of Belen Jesuit.”  

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Crew team to participate in Miami International Regatta

MIAMI- The Belen Jesuit Crew team will take part in the annual Miami International Regatta (MIR) Saturday, April 5 at 8 a.m. at the Miami Marine Stadium in Virginia Key; this is the only local regatta the team participates during the Spring season.

The Regatta will take place at 3601 Rickenbacker Cswy in Miami (Virginia Key), 33149.

The Belen Jesuit crew team will be participating in several races, competing against other in-state and international rowing programs (schools and clubs). The crew team is made up of 95 students in grades 6-12 and competes in over 14 events throughout the season.

“We are very proud of the crew team and wish them the best of luck as they represent Belen Jesuit at this prestigious Regatta,” said Jesuit Father Pedro Suarez, School President. “Aside from this local Regatta the team has traveled this academic year to compete in Boston, Chattanooga, Orlando, Sarasota, and will travel last spring to Princeton and Sacramento.”

During the fall, the team won 3rd place – bronze, in the Head of the Charles (Boston), several first places – gold,  in the Head of the Hooch (Chattanooga), and in the early spring season, has had unprecedented performances in the Novice regatta (Orlando) and the Sarasota Invitational.  

The Crew team began its inaugural season (2000-2001) in mid-November of 2000, since then has secured many victories and awards and is currently being led by Head Coach Yunian Cabrera.

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U.S. Congresswomen to Speak to Students During Annual Leadership Series

MAMI- U.S. Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, district 27 representative, will speak to the Belen Jesuit National Junior Honor Society and other students on Monday, March 31at 3 p.m. in the Cosculluela Hall. *This event is NOT open to the public.

The Congresswoman will be addressing the students about Leadership and the importance of Leadership in the 21st Century. 

 

“We welcome Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen to our campus and thank her for taking the time to speak to our students,” said Jesuit Father Pedro Suarez, school president. “Her experiences in both politics and as an educator will provide invaluable insight and perspective to our students.”

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Talent Show to Benefit Operation Smile

MIAMI- On Friday, April 4, at 7:30 p.m. students from several Miami-Dade County schools will showcase their talents to benefit Operation Smile at the Third Annual Operation Smile Talent Show in Belen Jesuit’s Roca Theater. Tickets will be sold for $5 at the box office on the night of the performance. 

Operation Smile is an international charity that performs free surgeries for needy children who suffer from facial deformities. 

The show will feature young and talented performers from Belen Jesuit, Lourdes Academy, St. Brendan, and other public and private schools.  

“It is such a privilege and honor to host the third annual Belen Operation Smile talent show.  This is the perfect opportunity to raise awareness and funds for such a great cause,” said Robert Waechter, President of Belen Operation Smile Students Club.  “Being born with these deformities causes these children physical and emotional complications. For every $240 we raise, Operation Smile is able to provide a child with the surgery that will change their life.” 

Operation Smile, headquartered in Norfolk, Virginia, is an international children’s medical charity with programs and Foundations in more than 60 countries, whose network of more than 5,000 medical volunteers from 76 countries is dedicated to helping improve the health and lives of children and young adults.

Every three minutes a child is born with a cleft - often unable to eat, speak, socialize, or smile. In some places, these children are shunned and rejected. In too many cases, their parents can’t afford to give them surgeries they need to live a normal life.  Through the dedication of medical volunteers and the generosity and spirit of volunteerism demonstrated by the supporters of this cause, Operation Smile heals thousands of children per year. The surgery is simple and inexpensive, yet can change a child’s life forever.

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Wolverine Summer Camp Set to Open

MIAMI- The Belen Wolverine Summer Camp will begin accepting registration for boys and girls ages 4- 14 on Monday, March 17. The camp will run from June 16, 2014 to August 1, 2014. The Summer Camp Parent Open House will be on Saturday, June 14, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. sharp.

Belen Summer Camp is one of the largest day camp in Miami-Dade County. Registration will be limited to the first 1,100 campers per session.

Fees & Payment:

  • Registration - $100.00
  • 7 Weeks Camp Fee Early Bird  - $1,030 -  before May 16, 2014
  • 7 Weeks Camp Fee - $1,105
  • 4 Weeks Camp - $765.00
  • Weekly - $220.00

Supervised Camp activities will be from 8:30 am. to 4:30 p.m. The camp fee includes an array of recreational, educational and vocational activities, lunch, snack and a weekly field trip.

 

For more information visit www.belensummercamp.org or call 786. 621.4610. More information can be found online, summercamp@belenjesuit.org.   

Belen Summer Camp is looking for Senior Counselors, Junior Counselors, CITs and Lifeguards to join our 2014 summer camp staff. To apply you must be 15 prior to June 14. Applications are available online at www.belenjesuit.org/summercampemployment. Employment applications for Senior Counselors are due by Friday, May 9. Junior Counselors and Counselors in Training applications are due by Friday, May 16.

Commemorating 160 Year of Continuous Jesuit Education

MIAMI- In commemoration of 160 years of continuous Jesuit education, Belen Jesuit Preparatory School will host two special events during the week of March 10 during its Ignatian Week.

Ignatian Week provides an opportunity for the school's community to reflect upon its roots and examine how the development of the order's teaching tradition has become synonymous with academic excellence and spiritual formation. 

On Monday, March 10 at 7:00 p.m. at the Cosculluela Dining Hall, Belen Jesuit historian and author Zeida Sardiñas will present a "Jesuit Retrospect" discussing the important role that the Jesuits have played in the school's history as well as on its permanence.  Mrs. Sardiñas is the author of the soon to be released book, Men for Others: The Belen Jesuit Story.

“This is a special occasion to thank the Lord for the gift of Ignatian spirituality and for over 53 years of Jesuit education in Miami and 160 years stemming from Cuba,” said Father Pedro A. Suarez, S.J., President of Belen Jesuit Preparatory School. “The school never closed the doors; Belen in Havana came to Miami and within months began teaching at the Centro Hispano Católico in the Gesù School building in downtown Miami.”

A school-wide Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, March 12 at 9:30 a.m. in the gymnasium.The main celebrant will be Jesuit Father Pedro Suarez.

The Jesuits founded the school in 1854 in Havana, Cuba.  In 1961, Belen and all private schools were confiscated by the new political regime. The school was re-established in Miami on September 17, 1961 and has grown tremendously over the last five decades.

In 1962, the School acquired its own building and moved to a new site on the corner of S.W. 8th Street and 7th Avenue in Miami. It remained there until 1981 when the School moved to its current location; a 30-acre site in West Miami-Dade County. The school has flourished since then as a middle school and high school that presently provides educational services to nearly 1,500 young men every year. At the beginning on of the 2012-13 academic year, the school implemented a one‐to‐one program using the Apple iPad device and utilizing all digital textbooks. In addition, each classroom and computer lab is equipped with a ceiling mounted projector, Apple TV and Smart Board.  Since 2006, Belen Jesuit has been named one of the Top 50 U.S. Catholic High Schools by the National Catholic High School Honor Roll.

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Belen Jesuit hosts Chastity Day

MIAMI- On Thursday, Feb. 20 from 9:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. Belen Jesuit eighth graders will join other eighth graders from area Catholic schools to take part in the 2nd Annual Chastity Day held at the Roca Theatre. The students will be encouraged to live up to the church's teachings on the sacredness of the body and living a chaste life.

 

“We began using high school gymnasiums and gradually progressed to professional theatre venues which offer maximum ability for the students to see and hear the presentations on sexual integrity and the sanctity of life,” said Joan Crown, director, Respect Life Office.

The Chastity Day presentations include:

  • Music and Medica Messages - Gerard John, Youth Minister St. Bartholomew Church
  • Value of Life - Dr. Grazie Christie
  • Real Love - Missionaries from "Generation Life"
  • Witness talks - Jon Pierre and Teresa Marcazzo 

There will be lots of music, videos, prizes and interaction with the audience.

Chastity Days are sponsored and organized by the archdiocese's Respect Life Office with help from members of the Miami Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women. This is the 12th year the Respect Life Office has hosted this event.

Belen Jesuit: Masses for Venezuela

MIAMI- Given the situation that the Venezuelan people are undergoing at this moment, the Belen Jesuit community wants to express our solidarity with them by offering the 7:15 a.m.  and the 9:30 a.m. Spanish Masses in the school chapel tomorrow, Feb. 19 for peace in Venezuela. 

MASSES ARE NOT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. MEDIA ARE WELCOME.  The 7:15 a.m. Mass is open to members of the Belen Jesuit community (parents & alumni) and the 9:30 a.m. is a student Mass.
 

There is nothing stronger than prayer. God bless the Venezuelan people and all who struggle for justice! As Pope Paul VI would say: “If you want peace, work for justice.” Let us be one with the people of Venezuela.

 

 

SEVEN Belen Jesuit Student Athletes to SIGN National Letters of Intent

MIAMI- The Belen Community is enthusiastic to announce that SEVEN student athletes will sign their national letters of intent to play sports at the collegiate level. The signing ceremony will take place this afternoon, February 5 at 3:15 p.m. in the Cosculluela Dining Hall located adjacent to the Administration building.

“We are very proud of these young men. This signing day is a result of many years of hard work on the playing fields and in the classroom,” said Richard Stuart, Head Football Coach. “All of them are outstanding young men and they will be excellent Belen ambassadors at their respective universities. “

FOOTBALL:

  • Jonathan Schultz – Davidson College, North Carolina
  • John Medina -  Trinity College, Connecticut
  • Jorge Powell – Penn State University, Pennsylvania
  • Jack Flood- Coastal Carolina University, South Carolina
  • Jorge Pola- Catholic University, Washington, D.C.
  • Carlos Salazar- Ave Maria University, Ft. Myers, Florida

BASKETBALL:

  •  Nicolas Iparraguirre – Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri

“It is a great honor for the Belen community to have these athletes recognized for their stellar abilities,” said Jesuit Father Pedro Suarez, President of the School. “They are not only great athletes, but fine students and a wonderful representation of Belen Jesuit.”

The signing ceremony will be streamed live, http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/channels/belen-jesuit-miami-florida.  

 
Belen Jesuit Presents Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

MIAMI- The Belen Jesuit Humanities Department presents the great Disney Classic, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, book by Linda Woolverton. Performances will take place March 6- 8 and 13-15 at 7:30 p.m. in the Roca Theatre.  A matinee performance will be held on Sunday, March 9 and 16 at 3 p.m.

Directed by: Francisco Padura and Choreography by: Julie Pappas-Smith

“In January, our journey began with an empty stage, a wonderful cast, a group of collaborative theatre artists, and a vision of how we could bring this beautiful story to life, this “Tale as old as time” to the stage,” Francisco Padura, director and drama teacher.  “BEAUTY AND THE BEAST is said to be the second most familiar fairytale after Cinderella. It tells the story of a strong-willed, young woman who longs to escape her daily routine. Yet she is imprisoned in a castle by a prince who has been magically transformed into a hideous monster as a punishment for his selfishness. Only the power of true love can break the spell. Join us in following your dreams, believing in the power of magic, and letting the transformation begin.”

Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students. Tickets can be purchased online http://seatyourself.biz/belenjesuit or at the door. For more information, call 786.621.4624.

Belen Jesuit- Roca Theatre is located at 500 SW 127th Ave. in Miami.

The complete ensemble is from Belen Jesuit and other Miami-Dade Community Schools.

“We are excited to offer the community an opportunity to watch this classic Disney story come to life,” said Jesuit Father Pedro Suárez, President of the school. “Over the years our Humanities Department has had great success in classics like Fantasticks, Godspell, West Side Story, Into the Woods, Sound of Music and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and I have no doubt this show will garner the same accolades.”

 

In 1991, the animated feature Beauty and the Beast became the first "cartoon" to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture. Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST was nominated for nine 1994 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST celebrated thirteen years on Broadway, and after 5,464 performances is currently the eighth longest running musical in Broadway history and has been performed in over 15 countries and 7 languages around the world.

Varsity Baseball vs Christopher Columbus

MIAMI- Belen Jesuit Preparatory School will play Christopher Columbus High School in baseball at Mark Light Field at Alex Rodriguez Park on Monday, February 10, 2014 at 7 p.m.

"What better place to play the Belen/Columbus baseball game than UM?” said Belen Jesuit Head Baseball Coach Jerry Albert. “Every kid who grows up playing baseball in Miami hopes to someday play there, so the experience of playing a game at Mark Light as a high school player is definitely special.”

TICKETS GO ON-SALE, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 29. General admission tickets $10. A limited number of seat back tickets will be sold at $25 and field box seats at $50. Tickets will be sold in the school bookstore Monday-Friday from 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Belen Jesuit is the home team. Jesuit Father Pedro Suarez, Belen School President, will say the Invocation.

The Mark Light Field at Alex Rodriguez Park is located at 6201 San Amaro Drive in Coral Gables, FL 33146.

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Hernandez Field Blessing & Inauguration

MIAMI— After 10 months of construction, the northwest lot of Belen Jesuit Preparatory School was transformed into a beautiful new practice field, which features an artificial turf. The Belen administration, members of the alumni association and the Jesuits will bless and inaugurate the 3-acre practice field on Tuesday, January 14 at 3 p.m. [located adjacent to the baseball field and behind the Nike Hill]

The new field will be named the Hernandez Family Field after the donors whose great generosity helped finance the construction of the new athletic facility, located just beyond the Nike Hill.  The field will be used by athletes, who play soccer, lacrosse and football, and also by track and cross-country runners.  In addition, 400 meters have been added to the cross-country course and the shot put. A plaque with the names of all those who made donations for the new field will be dedicated and blessed.

"Our Family is eternally grateful to Belen and the community it has created. In the effort to show our gratitude, we would like to help with the addition of the Hernandez Field. We have created the Hernandez Family Foundation with the intention of giving back to organizations making a difference and Belen could not be a better place to start," said Rudy Hernandez93 when the family announced their gift in January 2013. "Our family, Rodolfo and Mercy Hernandez parents of Rudy Hernandez class of 93', Danny Hernandez 97', Greg Hernandez 04', and grandparents to current student Adrian Hernandez 2017' are all very excited to be a part of the continued growth of Belen."

“This gift that was given to our school community by the Hernandez family will be used by countless numbers of students for several generation and they will know that it was by the effort, dedication and love of Belen that made it possible,” said Jesuit Father Pedro Suarez, School President. “We are grateful to them for their generosity and for the example they give to the community.”

Belen Jesuit vs. Christopher Columbus Basketball Teams Meet Head-to-Head

Belen Jesuit Preparatory School will play Christopher Columbus High School in basketball at the UM BankUnited Center on Friday, January 17, 2014. JV Game begins at 6:00 p.m. followed by the Varsity Game at 7:30 p.m.

The match up will pin Miami-Dade County’s most prestigious, private, all-male Catholic Schools in competition.

TICKETS GO ON-SALE, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 8. The game will be limited to 2,500 spectators per school. There are 1,000 student tickets at $10.00 each and 1,500 adult tickets at $15.00 each. Two-hundred and fifty preferred parking tickets will be sold in advance, $5 each via the school bookstore. Tickets on game day will be $20 at the arena.

The BankUnited Center is located at 1245 Dauer Drive Coral Gables, 33146.

“We are looking forward to play this team, as we do every year,” saidVarsity Basketball Head Coach Jose Roca. “We share a fun, healthy rivalry with Columbus and a shared respect. It is going to be a great game!”

No tickets will be held at the door. No refunds will be given for unclaimed tickets.  The Belen Alumni Office is open from 9AM to 3PM during the week on School Days. All tickets must be picked up at the Belen Alumni House, located at 12805 SW 6 Street, by no later than Thursday, January 16 at noon.Tickets are $15 each with a $1 service charge for purchasing online.  Alumni can purchase tickets online, www.belenjesuit.org/bvcbasketball or call the Alumni Office at 786.621.4667. 

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TOMBOLA 2014- Celebrating 160 Years of Continuous Jesuit Education

MIAMI-  Belen Jesuit will celebrate its annual festival, “TOMBOLA” February 7-9, 2014. 

The kick-off event will be a cocktail and dinner “Belen Culinary Extravaganza” on Friday, February 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the center of the school- the Garrido Family Plaza. The Belen Culinary Extravaganzawill feature some of the city’s most diverse and popular restaurants with exciting wine pairings. 

“TOMBOLA brings the Belen family and the surrounding community together for a weekend of fun and camaraderie,” said Jesuit Father Pedro Suarez, President of the school. “It truly strengthens the bonds of friendship and helps support the Belen Scholarship fund which provides many deserving young men the opportunity of a Belen Jesuit education.“

TOMBOLA Schedule

 Friday, February 7 –Belen Culinary Extravaganza, 

Garrido Family Plaza - 7:30 p.m. $60 per person, www.belenjesuit.org/kickoff
Saturday, February 8 – Wine & Beer Tasting, Cosculluela Hall
6 p.m. $25 pre-sale tickets or $30 at the door,
www.belenjesuit.org/winetasting

 Saturday and Sunday, February 8 & 9 

Belen Jesuit Grounds,
Saturday 12 Noon – 12 Midnight
Sunday 12 Noon - 9:00 p.m.

 Valet parking available all weekend!

 

Tombola Trivia is back! Play along with us Saturday & Sunday using the Twitter hashtag #Tombola2014. There are several ways to get involved and to read about each opportunity visit www.belenjesuit.org/tombola.

Blessing of the Nativity ‘Belen in Belen ‘

MIAMI- The Jesuit Fathers at Belen Jesuit Preparatory School will bless the nativity scene located inside the heart of the campus on Wednesday, November 13 at 9:30 a.m.  The sixth grade choir will sing Christmas carols.

“We are beginning the advent season a bit earlier this year because we want our students, faculty and members of the Belen community to have the opportunity to enjoy this beautiful nativity scene,” said Jesuit Father Pedro Suarez, School President.

“My intention is for everyone that passes by it will be enticed to stop and really look at it,” said Jesuit Father Jorge Rojas, Middle School Assistant Principal. “It is important for our students, faculty and parents to have this depiction of the first family as a representation of the real importance of why we celebrate Christmas.”  

Fr. Rojas, SJ led the construction of the nativity scene, which took approximately two weeks to complete.  It is located surrounding the staircase of the school’s first floor.  *The attached pictures depict the construction of the nativity.

Varsity Swim Team Wins SEVENTH Consecutive Regional Championship

MIAMI- Belen Jesuit's Varsity Swim Team won its seventh consecutive regional championship Nov. 5, competing against 16 other teams. The varsity swimmers scored 417 points while Mater Academy-Hialeah Gardens, the runner up, scored 247 points.

Belen was the fastest team in the three relays where its swimmers participated in. The school took first place in the 200-yard medley relay, with Boleck de Pawlikowski swimming backstroke, Manny Lopez swimming breaststroke, Alejandro Carriazo swimming butterfly and Ryan Guso swimming freestyle.

In the 200-free relay, Belen Jesuit was first with Ryan Guso, Juan Perez Costa, Max Garcia del Pozo and Daniel Simpson swimming. In the 400-yard free relay, the team came in first place again with Boleck de Pawlikowski, Juan Perez Costa, Alejandro Carriazo, and Ryan Guso finishing the night with joy and a lot of excitement.

Boleck accumulated 60 points by himself and in the individual results became the only Belen Jesuit swimmer ranked first in his events, the 500-yard freestyle and 100-yard backstroke.

The team will now head to the state meet Nov. 15 in Stuart to defend its state title.

"We are very proud of our swimmers and coaches. They have done an incredible job representing Belen Jesuit and we are excited for them to defend their state title," said Jesuit Father Pedro Suarez, school president.

'Diamonds are Forever' Celebrating 160 Years of Continuous Education

MIAMI- The Belen Jesuit community will join business leaders and special guests in celebrating the school’s 32nd Annual Gala on Saturday, November 23 at 7:30 p.m. at the Historic Alfred I. DuPont Building.

CNN Latino Miami Anchor, Maria Elvira Salazar will emcee the gala. This semi-formal event is an opportunity for members of the Belen Jesuit community and their guests to enjoy delicious food by Mena Catering, live music by the Chirino Sisters and drinks courtesy of the Bacardi Bar. An estimated 500 people are expected to attend.

The proceeds from the Gala will benefit the Belen Jesuit Scholarship Fund. Please join us for an evening of food and music for the good cause of providing quality education and financial assistance to talented students. Tickets for the 2013 DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER Gala are $175 per person and can be purchased online at www.belenjesuit.org/galatickets.

“The Annual Gala exists to raise funds for the Scholarship fund and provides assistance to deserving students who cannot afford a Jesuit education,” said Jesuit Father Pedro Suárez. “This would not be possible without your generosity. The annual gala is the biggest annual effort to raise funds for the financial assistance program.”

Every year the scholarship fund provides financial aid to over 300 students; annually distributing in excess of $1.8 million.

The Alfred I. DuPont Building is located at 169 E Flagler St #5, Miami, FL 33131.

That Championship Season Debuts in the Roca Theatre

MIAMI- The Belen Jesuit Humanities Department and Troupe 4666 of the International Thespian Society presents a performance of Jason Miller’s “That Championship Season” November 12-16 at 7:30 p.m. in the Roca Theatre at Belen Jesuit Preparatory School.  

The theater department’s mission at Belen Jesuit is to present work that not only educates and entertains, but also transports and transforms an audience,” said Leo Williams, Humanities Teacher and Director. “The best compliment our audience can give is to exclaim, “I forgot where I was,” or, “I never thought about it in quite that way.”  If our efforts move an audience to take action as a result, then we have succeeded beyond our expectations.” 

Ticket prices are $10 per person and can be purchased at the door or online at www.seatyourself.biz/belenjesuit. Belen Jesuit Preparatory School- Roca Theatre is located at 500 SW 127 Avenue in Miami.

“This play also invites to a serious reflection about what can happen when promising young men embark on a selfish mode of life and not on becoming “men for others”: despair and frustration can be dominant in the long run,” said Jesuit Father Pedro Suarez, School President. 

Director’s Note: It is always a challenge to select a play worthy of our efforts that utilizes primarily an all male cast.  Jason Miller’s “That Championship Season” provided a perfect vehicle to immerse ourselves in the process of creating realism.  To that end, the play was cast last spring, allowing the time over the summer for actors to engage in serious character analysis and study in order to present believable, three-dimensional characters.  The actors were at liberty to create a complete history in order to flesh out real individuals.  I challenged the actors to search for the truth, not my version, or what they might think might be the audience’s version of the truth, but their own truth as they have experienced it in their souls in order to reveal their characters in depth.  

That Championship Season is about middle America, its cult of mediocrity, and the way in which it views success. Jason Miller emphasizes that the American Dream has become a nightmare by focusing on the emptiness of the lives of men, who try to preserve their friendships and their egos despite the compromises they have made. Despite the bombastic chatter about the glorious championship game and the desperate efforts, urged by the Coach, to recover the team spirit, it becomes clear that these men are insecure and bewildered, each seeking his own redemption but finding none.  When the Coach’s rallying speech tells them that “lose” is not in their vocabulary because he made them all winners, the audience understands that the opposite is true: They have lost the game of life, which neither their rasping revelations nor their boozy camaraderie can conceal. They cling to the past as the celebration degenerates into a series of brutal confrontations and recriminations.  It is our hope that you, the audience, can gain some insight into the human condition.       

 Cast

Tom Daley……………………………………………………………………….Jose Pelegri, Belen Junior

George Sikowski………………………………………………………………Daniel Ramirez, Belen Senior

James Daley…………………………………………………………………….Matthew Pastor. Belen Senior

Phil Romano…………………………………………………………………….Nick Perez, Belen 7th grader

Coach………………………………………………………………………………Jonathan Amaro-Barron, Belen Senior    

 

THE STORY: Following their annual custom, five men—a high-school basketball coach, now retired, and four members of the team that he guided to the state championship twenty years earlier—meet for a reunion. The occasion begins in a light-hearted mood but gradually, as the pathos and desperation of their present lives are exposed and illuminated, the play takes on a rich power of rare dimension. One former player is now the inept mayor of the town—and facing a strong challenge for re-election. Another, the frustrated principal of the local high school, is his ambitious campaign manager. A third, now a successful (and destructive) businessman, is wavering in his financial support of the mayor. While the fourth is a witty, but despairing alcoholic. As the evening progresses all that these men were—and have become—is revealed and examined with biting humor and saving compassion. In the end self-preservation, abetted by the unconscious cynicism and bigotry of their coach, draws them together. But they are lost, morally bankrupt men holding onto fraudulent dreams that have poisoned their present lives and robbed them of the future that was once so rich in promise.

     

Belen Jesuit Students host 'fun day' for children with Autism

MIAMI- For the seventh consecutive year, Belen Jesuit students will host a ‘fun day’ for 100 children ages 3-12 with Autism and other disabilities on Friday, October 18 from 8 a.m. - noon.

The day will begin with the Belen students hearing a presentation regarding Autism at 8 a.m. “Our students start the day very apprehensive but then find that the kids are a lot of fun,” said Olga Ramon, Mathematics teacher at Belen and event coordinator. “They learn techniques to better interact with the children and they learn a little compassion, patience and understanding for these kids.”

The activities will begin at 9 a.m. when the students from Blue Lakes Elementary School arrive at the Belen gymnasium. Among the activities scheduled are finger painting, basketball, hula-hoops, etc. All activities will conclude by noon.

“This day is special for a number of reasons. For one, this event is held on a day when the school is closed so all the students participating from Belen are doing this as volunteers,” said Ms. Ramon. “Secondly, this event gives our students the opportunity to give back and to have fun all while bringing a smile to child with a disability.”

Autism statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention identify around 1 in 110 American children as on the autism spectrum–a 600 percent increase in prevalence over the past two decades. More children will be diagnosed with autism this year than with childhood cancer, juvenile diabetes or pediatric AIDS combined.

 

 
Crew team participates in local Regatta- Head of the Indian Creek

MIAMI- The Belen Jesuit Prep Crew team will take part in the first regatta of the season the Head of the Indian Creek in Miami Beach.  It will be on Sunday, October 13 at the Shane Watersports Center, home to the Miami Beach Rowing Club.  Most of the team will be competing in this regatta with races held throughout the day. 

The annual Head of the Indian Creek is a 2.7-mile race against the clock on the scenic Indian Creek in the heart of Miami Beach. Race categories cover the entire range of competitors (high school, masters, colleges and open classes) from recreation singles to championship eights.

The Shane Watersports Center is located at 6500 Indian Creek Dr., Miami Beach, 33141.

“We are very proud of the crew team and wish them the best of luck as they represent Belen Jesuit at over a dozen Regattas this school year,” said Jesuit Father Pedro Suarez, School President. “Aside from this local Regatta the team will travel to Boston, Chattanooga, Orlando, Sarasota, Princeton and Sacramento to compete.”

The school crew team will be participating in ten races throughout the day on Sunday, competing against several of the best Florida’s rowing programs (schools and clubs).  The crew team is made up of 90 students in grades 6-12 and competes in over 14 events throughout the season.

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Celebrating Diversity Modern Languages Fair/ Celebrando Nuestra Diversidad Feria de la Hispanidad

MIAMI- Belen Jesuit Preparatory School will celebrate and honor our Hispanic Heritage with the annual Modern Languages Fair on Thursday, October 10 at 7 p.m.

“During these festivities, parents and relatives will enjoy the projects, banners, and crafts that our students have been creating for the last few weeks,” said Principal, Dr. María Cristina Reyes-García.  “In addition, there will be plenty of Latin music, poetry recitals, typical dishes, original movies made by the students in Spanish, and as always, our traditionally joyful family atmosphere.”

“This is a wonderful event because it truly showcases the diversity of cultures within our own school and reflects our greater community,” said Modern Languages Department Chairperson, Annette Anton. “Students are able to express themselves in whatever way makes them most comfortable, either through music, film, art or literature.”

MEDIA ARE WELCOME.

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MIAMI- El Colegio Belen Jesuit Preparatory School honrará la herencia hispana con la celebración de nuestra Feria de la Hispanidad anual, la cual se llevará a cabo el 10 de octubre a las 7 p.m. en el Patio Central del plantel.

“Durante esta festividad los padres y familiares de la comunidad de Belén disfrutarán de proyectos, afiches y otras artesanías que nuestros estudiantes han estado preparando durante las pasadas semanas”, acotó  la Dra. María Cristina Reyes-García, Directora del Colegio.  “Además habrá una gran variedad de música, declamación de poesías, platos típicos, películas originales preparadas en español por los estudiantes  y, como siempre, nuestra tradicional atmósfera festiva”.

“Este evento es maravilloso porque verdaderamente resalta la diversidad de nuestra cultura dentro del colegio que, a su vez, es un reflejo de toda nuestra comunidad”, declaró  la Sra. Annette Antón, Directora del Departamento de Lenguas Modernas. “Los estudiantes tienen la oportunidad de honrar y celebrar su cultura  en la manera que más les interese, ya sea a través de la música, el baile, la literatura, el arte o simplemente disfrutando un delicioso plato de comida típica”.  

LOS MEDIOS DE COMUNICACIÓN SON BIENVENIDOS.

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Battle Like a Wolverine- Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign

MIAMI- During the month of October Belen Jesuit Preparatory School will mark its 3rd year of fundraising and promoting Breast Cancer Awareness. So far, students, families and employees have raised nearly $10,000 for this worthy cause. This year we hope to exceed our previous fundraising goals and increase awareness by introducing, Battle Like A Wolverine 5K.

 

Battle Like A Wolverine 5Kis a family friendly event which aims to promote the importance of early detection, screening and awareness. The 5K will take place on Saturday, October 12 from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. on the Belen Jesuit school grounds. Register online, www.battlelikeawolverine.com

“Belen has courageously  offered to be a  champion in raising awareness for Breast Cancer while raising funds for the Baptist Health Breast Center,”  Lidice Lascano, Science teacher and Coordinator for Breast Cancer Awareness at the School. “As a mom of a junior and an alumnus, I have witnessed firsthand how the school's motto, "Men for Others" is threaded into the student’s lives and has a profound effect way beyond the classroom.”

Additionally, pink items will be sold in the on-campus bookstore; including blue & pink bow ties that students can wear in place of their uniform tie throughout the month.

On Thursday, October 17, Breast Cancer Awareness Day, food served in the cafeteria will have elements of pink, a special video produced by students will debut and the school website (www.belenjesuit.org) will have a pink ribbon on its homepage. The school’s Facebook page will also display a photo of the school “going pink.”

The net proceeds from the above listed fundraising events and items will benefit our partner, the Baptist Health Breast Center. Together we strive to provide mammograms for uninsured individuals and support the Baptist Breast Center Care Coaches.

Belen Jesuit Open House for Prospective Students in Grades 6-9

MIAMI—Parents and prospective students in grades 6-9 are invited to attend Open House on Saturday, October 5 at Belen Jesuit Preparatory School, 500 SW 127th Ave in Miami.

Public School Students are asked to arrive at 10 a.m. Parochial & Private School Students are asked to arrive at 2 p.m.

The school successfully implemented a one‐to‐one program using the Apple iPad device and utilizing all digital textbooks during the 2012-13 school year.
In addition, each classroom and computer lab is equipped with a ceiling mounted projector, Apple TV and Smart Board.

Every student at Belen Jesuit is given the same opportunity to succeed and flourish,” said Jesuit Father Pedro Suárez, school president.All students are encouraged daily to maximize their potential in preparation for higher education and beyond.”

Belen Jesuit admits students without regard to race, religion, color, national or ethnic origin. As a Catholic college preparatory school in the Jesuit tradition, Belen Jesuit actively seeks a student body that represents a broad and diverse variety of abilities, talents, backgrounds and interests.

For information about admissions, please contact 786.621.4032 or visit our website, www.belenjesuit.org. Questions will be answered in real time during the Open House via the school’s Facebook and Twitter pages, use hashtag #BelenOpenHouse.

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Street Renaming Ceremony Honoring Jesuit Father Benito Viñes - Predictor Of Hurricanes

Join the Jesuit community of Miami on Thursday, September 12 at 9:30 a.m. in a Street
Renaming Ceremony with Miami-Dade County Commissioner
José "Pepe" Diaz, District 12The signage will be unveiled on the corner of 6th St and 128th Ave and will be named “Fr. Benito Viñes Way.”

The ceremony will take begin in the Belen Alumni House located at 12805 SW 6 Street in Miami.

In 1870, Jesuit Father Benito Viñes became head of the Meteorological Observatory at el Colegio de Belen in Havana, Cuba.  Beginning his significant and important research on hurricanes, he established an observation network across Cuba.  It was at this observatory that the ‘Father of Hurricanes’ went on to predict hurricanes, helping to prepare Havana for the storm that hit the city on September 12, 1875.

“Fr. Viñes was so influential on modern tropical meteorology that, for a time, hurricanes were to
be called “Viñesas,” instead of the naming system currently in place
,” said Jesuit Father Pedro Cartaya, Director of the Fr. Benito Viñes, SJ Observatory. “I think the school has continued a great Jesuit tradition of science and education through the observatory.” 

Continuing a tradition of over 140 years, the Fr. Benito Viñes, SJ Observatory is at the service of its students and the Miami community.

Belen Jesuit is one of the only schools in the United States equipped with a 16” telescope with a CCD camera for astrophotography and one of only a few schools in South Florida with an observatory. Weather forecasts are radioed daily to various cities in Florida. The observatory was made possible by donations from the Belen Jesuit Class of 1972.

The school includes a meteorology & astronomy club for both the middle school and high school. All students have access to a fully functional meteorology center that can be used to predict and analyze weather patterns throughout the globe.

Archbishop of Miami to celebrate Mass with Students & Bless new statue of St. Ignatius Loyola

MIAMI- The Most Rev. Thomas Wenski, Archbishop of Miami will celebrate the first school-wide Mass at Belen Jesuit Preparatory School on Wednesday, September 11 at 9:30 a.m. 
Following the solemn mass, the archbishop will bless and unveil a new statue of St. Ignatius Loyola the Teacher located at the entrance of the school.

The Mass of the Holy Spirit is traditional in all Catholic schools at the beginning of the academic year.  At Jesuit schools such as Belen it is an important event to highlight the Jesuit values upon which the School was established.

“We are honored that Archbishop Wenski will join us for Mass and share this important time with our students and faculty,” said Jesuit Father Pedro Suarez, school president. “We welcome him as the leader of the Church in South Florida to help us implore from God the grace we need in our journey through the new academic year.”

The statue of St. Ignatius was donated by the Zaldivar family whose son Miguel Zaldivar is currently a senior at the school; the statue was bronzed by local sculptor Lazaro Valdez.

“The statue, located at the entrance of the school, will help inspire and motivate the students and the educators in the Jesuit philosophy of education,” said Fr. Suarez, S.J.   “Everyone who walks through those gates will now be greeted by the founder of the Jesuit Order, who believed that through education we can make the world a better place for the greater glory of God.  This gift will be an inspiration for the entire Belen community and we are grateful to the Zaldivar family for their
generous initiative.”

9th Annual Football Kickoff Classic Belen Jesuit vs. Christopher Columbus

MIAMI- The annual rivalry football game that attracts alumni from two of Miami-Dade County’s most prestigious, private, all-male Catholic Schools; Belen Jesuit vs. Christopher Columbus will take place on Saturday, September 7 at 6:30 p.m.

“This is a great opportunity for alumni, students, parents and friends of the school to gather together and show support for our student athletes,” said Mariano Loret de Mola, Executive Director of the
Belen Alumni Association of Jesuit Schools from Cuba and Miami
“As an Alumni Association the tailgate is a wonderful annual event that unites the Belen community.”

Over 10,000 spectators are expected. The game is the first and only time both teams meet during the football season.

The annual football kickoff classic will take place at the FIU Stadium; located at11200 S.W. 8th Street in Miami. Alumni are invited to take part in pre-game festivities by joining the tailgate from 5 – 6:30 p.m. followed by kick off.

Tickets to the Columbus vs. Belen Jesuit football game will go on sale Wednesday, August 28
after 1:00 PM
. Student tickets cost $10.00; Adult tickets cost $15.00 and are sold at the campus bookstore.  Adult tickets cost $16.00 online, www.belenjesuit.org/bvcfootball, and ALL tickets sold on game day will cost $20.00.

BELEN JESUIT ALUMNI:
For more information or if you would like to participate in this event, contact Mariano Loret de Mola, Executive Director of the Belen Alumni Association of Jesuit Schools from Cuba and Miami at 786.621.4667 or email alumni@belenjesuit.org. To view sponsorship opportunities, click here.

MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES:If you would like to interview Coach Richard Stuart, Athletic Director Carlos Barquin or any student athlete prior to the game on September 7, please contact Teresa Martinez, Director of Communications at 786.621.4173 to schedule an interview.  

Mass to Celebrate Feast of Saint Ignatius Loyola

Join the Jesuit community of Miami on Wednesday, July 31, in honor of the feast day of St.
Ignatius Loyola for a Mass
at Gesu Catholic Church in downtown Miami at noon.

“This is a special occasion to thank the Lord for the gift of Ignatian spirituality and for over 115 years of Jesuit presence in Miami,” said Father Pedro A. Suarez, S.J., President of Belen Jesuit Preparatory School. “Gesu Catholic Church opened in 1896 by the Society of Jesus and as the city of Miami grew and expanded so did the Jesuits and their mission of educating others.”

Gesu Catholic Church is located at 118 N.E. 2nd Street in downtown Miami. Parking is available in the lot adjacent to the Rectory on 118 NE 2nd Street and across the street from the church on 2nd Street.

The main celebrant will be Jesuit Father Pedro Suarez.

St. Ignatius of Loyola was the founder of the Society of Jesus in 1540.  He was beatified by Pope Paul V in 1609 and later canonized by Pope Gregory XV in 1622.  A former Spanish soldier, Ignatius is the patron saint of military personnel and the Society of Jesus.

43 Students Return From European Adventure

For the 20th Anniversary of the Belen Jesuit Social Studies Department’s Overseas Study Program (OSP), Mr. Patrick Collins along with other faculty members including alumnus Jesuit Father Christian Saenz’95 led 43 students, alumni, family members to experience the best of Munich, Salzburg,
Innsbruck, Lucerne, Heidelberg and Cologne in eleven days in June. Click here to view pictures.

“The Overseas Study Program had to have been one of the most memorable experiences of my time at Belen,” said Ricardo Azze, Belen Jesuit 11th-grade student. “The OSP trip became a much larger experience as I mingled with other cultures, saw new places, and especially, made new friends.”

“The opportunity to travel with my grandson and his school was truly a blessing from God; I cherished every moment,” said Mrs. Lucia Morales, OSP participant and grandmother of Eric Labrado, Belen Jesuit 8th-grade student. “We created memories that we can share over and over again. Only  yesterday, I was able to point out to him that the music we were listening on the radio was Wagner. We discussed Neuschwanstein castle and how Ludwig had built it as a tribute to the musician.”

The OSP experiences ranged from standing in Dachau Concentration Camp to checking out the BMW Headquarters to doing “the wave” at the Hofbrauhaus to riding down a 2.5 mile Alpine Coaster to a snowball fight on Mt. Pilatus to actually sliding into a salt mine to ascending the Cologne
Cathedral to taste testing the Schocoladenmuseum chocolates to sharing reflections on the final night in Heidelberg. 

The Overseas Study Program was created in 1994 to broaden the cultural, political, spiritual, and personal perspective of students by traveling to distant lands in the summer. Through exploration, experience and reflection, participants encounter insights into God’s good Earth and people that are instrumental in the formation of Christian men.

Belen Jesuit Unveils Cross-Country Hill & Tunnel

Over 150 people attended The Nike Hill Blessing & Dedication Ceremony on June 22 at Belen Jesuit Preparatory School. On display were the seven state championship trophies won since 1995. Members from current and past cross-country teams attended the ceremony. eral cross-country teams attended
along with their families and the current team members

After 3-years of planning, raising funds, construction and a lot of hard work I’m very proud to
see this project nearly complete,” said Carlos Barquin, athletic director. “It took the determination of our cross-country alumni, spearheaded by alumnus Francisco ‘Paco’ Ruiz’73 to make this Hill & Tunnel a reality. We would also like to acknowledge the support received by Nike and the Garrido Family Foundation in the construction of this project." 

With the addition of the Hill & Tunnel, the length of the cross-country course extends to 1.7 miles.This added feature is also unique to Belen Jesuit; it is the only dedicated cross-country
course in South Florida and the only course with a Hill & Tunnel.

“The Hill & Tunnel are great features because it will give our team an added advantage going into
meets in other places outside of Miami,” said Frankie Ruiz,’96, head varsity coach. “The more exposure we give them to a variety of terrain the better prepared they will be to run on other courses.

To view the complete photo album visit, http://belenjesuitphotos.smugmug.com/Sports/Cross-Country/Nike-Hill-Blessing/30125146_VRM8Gt#!i=2590198167&k=DGZmWkB

Wolverine Summer Camp

MIAMI- The Belen Wolverine Summer Camp will OPEN for camper’s ages 4- 14 on Monday, June 17 beginning its 30th year serving the Miami-Dade community.

“I’m looking forward to beginning our 30th year,” said Carlos Barquin, camp director. “It has been a privilege to have seen generations of campers come through year after year. To say that approximately, 15,000 campers have learned to swim at our camp is amazing.”

Belen Summer Camp is one of the largest day camps in Miami-Dade County. Registration is
limited to the first 1,100 campers per session. (The camp is already 95% full)

Carlos Barquín who has been at Belen Jesuit since 1969 will direct the program, now in its 30th year. He is currently the Athletic Director and Track & Field Coach.

Mr. Barquín has worked with summer camps since 1969. He was Camp Director for the International Y.M.C.A. and the Southwest Y.M.C.A. He directed the Big Five Club summer camp from 1979 to 1983 and in 1984 founded the Belen Jesuit Summer Camp.

The Assistant Camp Directors are Dr. Carlos E. Díaz a graduate of Belen Jesuit, teacher and Dean at Harvard University and Cary Calvo, an elementary school teacher. The Camp Supervisors are Eli Barquin, Mayda Cordero and Francisco Fernandez. Lourdes Vega manages the summer camp office.

Fees & Payment:

  • Registration- $100.00
  • 7 Weeks Camp: June 17 - August 2 - $1,075.00
  • Session 1: June 17 - July 12 - $735.00
  • Session 2: July 8 - August 2 - $735.00
  • Weekly- $220.00

Supervised Camp activities will be from 8:30 am. to 4:30 p.m. The camp fee includes an array of recreational, educational and vocational activities, lunch, snack and a weekly field trip.

For more information visit www.belensummercamp.org or call/ email 786. 621.4610/ summercamp@belenjesuit.org.

Belen Youth Mission- Students and Alumni travel to the Dominican Republic

MIAMI- Sixty-five students from Belen Jesuit will be heading off on a summer mission trip June 28- July 7 to La Piragua Abajo, Dominican Republic were they will build a bridge and setup a make shift clinic.

In total, 100 people are participating in the “2013 Belen Youth Mission,” including 60 Juniors, 5 Seniors, and 17 Alumni.  Students from Belen Jesuit, Our Lady of Lourdes Academy and Carrolton School of the Sacred Heart ranging in age from 17-19 will join Jesuit Father Frank Permuy, alumni, engineers and medical staff on the trip.

The purpose of the mission is to serve the poor in a remote village of the Dominican Republic.  They will deliver medicines, mostly vitamins, and building tools that will be used to construct a much-needed bridge in the village of La Piragua Abajo.

“Our school has supported such missions for over 30 years.  It is one way in which Belen Jesuit fulfils its motto Forming men for others”, said Jesuit Father Pedro Suárez’58, Belen President.

2013 Commencement

MIAMI- Belen Jesuit Preparatory School proudly announces that Mr. Carlos Batlle ’80, President of the Belen Alumni Association, will be this year’s Commencement Speaker at Belen Jesuit’s
graduation ceremony on Thursday, May 30 at the James L. Knight Center at 7:00 p.m. which is located at 400 SE Second Ave in Miami, 33131.

“We are deeply honored that Mr. Batlle accepted our invitation to be part of this grand event,” said Jesuit Father Pedro Suárez ’58, Belen Jesuit’sPresident of the school. “He is not only a beloved and committed alumnus and a respected attorney, but is also a wonderful philanthropist.  I am very proud of the class of 2013 and wish them well as they finish their High School days at Belen and start a new chapter in life.”  

Two- hundred and one seniors will graduate from Belen Jesuit, all of which will continue their education at a college or university.  18% matriculated at FIU in Miami.

This year’s Valedictorian is Ricardo Martinez-Cid, 5.473 G.P.A and will attend Duke University. The Salutatorian is Jake Patrick Larson, 5.429 G.P.A., and he will attend California Institute of Technology.  To view the entire Class of 2013 matriculation list, click here.  

Belen Jesuit Wall of Martyrs Inductees

MIAMI- Honoring the schools Cuban heritage and paying homage to those men that paid the ultimate price to bring freedom, peace and justice to their country 4 men will be added to the “Wall of Martyrs” memorial at Belen Jesuit Preparatory School on Monday, May 20 at 4 p.m.

“Belen alumni have given their lives for a higher cause throughout Belen’s long history,” said Jesuit Father Pedro Suarez, president of the school. “Some of them died in a heroic act of charity; they were all exemplary men for others.”

In 2009, the “Wall of the Martyrs” memorial was created as a way forthe Belen community to remember and honor those men.  Their names, photographs and short narratives of their lives have been collected and prominently displayed in the Lobby of the second floor of the Belen Administration Building.  For more information or to learn about those alumni whose testimony will live forever visit http://www.belenjesuit.org/wallofmartyrs.

Martyrs to be honored in the Anniversary Ceremony -- May 20, 2013 (4 pm)

Joaquín Lastres (Teniente Coronel), Belén 1880 - Muerto en Campaña, Guerra de Independencia, Potrerillo, Camagüey, Septiembre 17, 1897.

Ismael Cejas y Castro Palomino (Capitán), Belén 1886 - Muerto en Campaña, Guerra de Independencia, Mogote, Pinar Del Rio,  Agosto de 1896

Dr. Carlos Soler López (Coronel Medico), Belén 1874 - En Combate Guerra de Independencia, Ojo de Agua, Las Villas, Enero 8, 1897.

Serafín Sánchez Valdivia (Mayor General), Sagrado Corazón de María, Sancti Spiritus 1858 -  En Combate Guerra de Independencia, Paso De Las Damas, Las Villas, Noviembre 18, 1896

Statement Regarding Incident at Varsity Water Polo State Championship

During the varsity Water Polo State Championship, one of our athletes showed poor sportsmanship after the game by pushing an athlete from the opposing team into the pool. Belen Jesuit School does not approve of this behavior.

The young athlete made a poor choice and acted on his emotions in the heat of the moment. He has acknowledged that his actions were wrong and apologized immediately to all members of the opposing team, including the young man he pushed into the pool. His coaches have reprimanded him and he has received the proper sanctions. Needless to say, he has learned a valuable lesson and realizes the inappropriateness of his action.

At Belen Jesuit we stress the importance of good sportsmanship and teach young athletes to respect the core principles and values that are a part of a Catholic education.

We sincerely apologize to the educational community for this unfortunate incident.

Jazz Band Wins National Achievement

MIAMI- Celebrating its fifth year the Belen Jesuit Jazz Band performed for the first time as part
of the Washington, DC Festivals of Music event on April 26
27 and came in second place superior at the national competition.

In celebration of their accomplishments and that of their teachers, they also performed during a
special cocktail reception in front of members of congress on April 25 in the Gold Room of the Rayburn House Office Building.

“It was an honor to play for members of congress and to play at this national competition,” said Javier Martinez, percussionist in the band. “As a senior, it will be a memory I can treasure forever. To think we started not knowing a thing about music and look at us now, it’s simply amazing.” Miguel Zaldivar, the first trumpet added, “I am very proud to be part of an institution where music, sports and spirituality are as important as academic excellence.”    

Those honored during that performance were Professor Leopoldo B. Nuñez and Maestros Jose R. Urbay and Marlene Urbay for their contribution to the advancement of Cuban art and music in the U.S.  

This is an unprecedented achievement,” said Jesuit Father Pedro Suárez, President of the school. “Our students played magnificently, I was blessed to be there and see firsthand not only how they handled themselves during a national competition but how well they represented our community. We are all very proud of their achievements.”

Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Congressman Joe Garcia (Belen alumnus, class of 1982), Congressmen Steve King from Iowa and Steve Stockman from Texas among others attended the cocktail reception.  Alumni living/working in the area joined Belen Jesuit Alumni President, Carlos Batlle'80 to watch the band perform.

The Jazz Band is integrated into the curriculum of the school and is treated as a subject; a student receives credit and a grade. Since its inception, 2007, the band has participated annually in the
Disney Music Festival and won gold in 2010 and 2011. Other awards of distinction have been:  Best in Class (2010), Best Soloist (2011) at the Disney Music Festival and winning Perfect Score at the Miami Youth Fair in 2009. In April of 2012, the Jazz Band made their first appearance at Orlando Fest in Universal Orlando and won Silver.

SIX Belen Jesuit Students Athletes Commit

MIAMI- Six Belen Jesuit athletes will commit to play their respective sports at the collegiate level on Friday, April 26 at 9:30a.m. in a signing ceremony in the Cosculluela Hall at Belen Jesuit.

Football

  • Alex Diblasi – RB/DB - Carnegie Mellon (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • Guillermo (Willy) Pujals – OL/TE - Union College (Schenectady, NY)
  • Alex Alvarez – RB- Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, New York)
  • Ryan Murphy – QB/WR- Trinity College (Hartford, Connecticut) 

Tennis

  • Juan Lorido- Catholic University (Washington,D.C.)  

Water Polo

  • Jake Guso- George Washington University (Washington, D.C.) 

“We are very proud of all our student athletes,” said Carlos Barquin, athletic director at Belen Jesuit. “It especially rewarding to see a student excel in his sport and pursue it at the next level. We wish them all the best.”

Celebrating ‘Earth Day’ Everyday

MIAMI- Middle School Students at Belen Jesuit are doing their part to plant the seeds of change and nurture a small yet productive herb garden on a once undeveloped green space on the school grounds.

Earth Day will be celebrated on Monday, April 22. Jesuit Father Marcelino Garcia and Jesuit Brother Michael Wood will be blessing the herb garden at 9:45 a.m. Students will harvest the garden plots after the blessing. Biodegradable plates will be used in the school cafeteria in honor of Earth Day and a special lunch option on the menu will incorporate at least 4 school garden ingredients.

The seventh grade science classes have taken the lead in the project but it has developed into a collaborative effort involving students from the high school, green club, art club and cafeteria staff. “The cafeteria staff has been donating appropriate food scraps to the compost tumbler in the garden every day, which my students pick up during eighth period,” said Valeria Flores, science teacher.

Students are logging the garden’s progress online, developing the website, posting pictures and other class activities. “My 7th grade classes have contributed information for the website, participated in the actual setting up/formatting, editing, content research, and design,” said Flores. “They've done projects on garden planning, found apps to help us track growth of our plants, and are also finding and creating "how to" videos that are on the site.”

Monetary and in-kind donations are being accepted to assist in the development of this
project. For more information on how to make a donation, visit
www.belenschoolgarden.com.

Talent Show to Benefit Operation Smile

MIAMI- The Second Annual Operation Smile Talent Show is on Friday, April 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the Roca Theater. Tickets will be sold for $10 at the box office on the night of the performance.

Operation Smile is an international charity that performs free surgeries for needy children who suffer from facial deformities.

Last year's show was a huge success, and we plan to make this year's show an even bigger one. The show will feature young and talent performers from Belen Jesuit, Lourdes Academy, Reagan High School, a 5th grader from Epiphany who is entering Belen next year, and other schools. 

Click on the link to view a promotional video for the event, http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=baN8QtPOK_U.

“We are holding this talent show again this year in an effort to support Operation Smile's mission.  We hope that through this event we are able to raise awareness and much needed funds for this  worthwhile cause,” said Carlos Fernandez, President and Founder of Belen Operation Smile Students Club.  “Facial deformities cause children so many physical complications as well as a great deal of emotional pain. Yet, for just $240 per child, Operation Smile is able to provide surgeries for children in need throughout the world – surgeries that will change their lives.”


Operation Smile, headquartered in Norfolk, Virginia, is an international children’s medical charity with programs and Foundations in more than 60 countries, whose network of more than 5,000 medical volunteers from 76 countries is dedicated to helping improve the health and lives of children and  young adults

Belen Jesuit Regional Tennis Champions

On April 11, the Wolverine varsity tennis team extended their historic season by capturing their second regional championship in school history. The team traveled to Stuart, FL to play Jensen Beach and defeated them 4-3. It was a tight match and all the Wolverines chipped in to bring home the championship.

“It was truly a team effort,” said Timothy VanScoy, Belen Jesuit teacher and tennis coach.. “I’m very proud of our team and this wonderful accomplishment for our school.”

Senior Captain Juan Lorido, playing through the pain of a pinched nerve in his back, defeated his opponent to capture his first regional #1 singles title. Juan adds this achievement to his historic four straight district singles titles. Sophomore Alejandro Hasagawa and Junior Christian Perez both brought home singles victories and that brought the total to 3-2 in Belen's favor. It would have to come down to doubles and there Hasagawa combined with his fired-up partner Bryan Rodriguez for the final victory.

They leave Sunday, April 14 for Orlando and the state championships, where Lorido hopes to add one more achievement in his storied seven-year varsity career. 

Solving math problems leads to great solutions

MIAMI- For the last 12 years, the Math Department at Belen Jesuit Preparatory School has been taking part in a Math-a-thon benefitting St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. This year the school raised $24,850; the most money the school has ever raised for this charity.

 “This is such a worthy charity and I’m very impressed with the dedication and compassion of our students,” said Adriana Delgado, Math-a-thon coordinator and Belen Jesuit Math teacher. “Everyone worked very hard and I know the people at St. Jude will put the money to good use. Helping others exemplifies the principles we teach at Belen and this is just another example of that in action.”

St. Jude designed Math-A-Thon to supplement a teacher's existing curriculum, while also teaching students the importance of helping others. To participate, students ask family and friends for pledges to solve math problems in the Math-A-Thon Funbook.

Since its inception, St. Jude has developed protocols that have helped bring overall survival rates for childhood cancers from less than 20 percent when the hospital opened in 1962 to more than 80 percent today.

Former U.S. Senator Mel Martinez To Speak to Senior Class

MIAMI- Former U.S.Senator Mel Martinez will be speaking the Belen Jesuit Senior Class on Thursday, April 18 at 9:30 a.m. in the Cosculluela Hall. *This event is NOT open to the public.

Mr. Martinez will speak to the students about his life in politics and will answer questions. This presentation is made possible by the Belen Alumni Association of Jesuit Schools from Cuba and Miami and  The Ramón Guiteras Memorial Library.

“We welcome Mel Martinez to our campus and thank him for taking the time to speak to our students,” said Jesuit Father Pedro Suarez, school president. “His experiences in both politics and as a lawyer will provide insight to our soon to be graduating seniors.”

Belen Jesuit Preparatory School- Cosculluela Hall is located at 500 SW
127th Ave in Miami. *Media enter via the side gate entrance off 127th Ave and SW 6th Street.

After more than a decade of public service, Mr. Martinez joined JPMorgan Chase in July 2010. Based in Florida, he represents the firm to clients throughout the Americas – from individuals and businesses to large corporations, governments and nonprofit organizations.

Mr. Martinez was elected to the United States Senate in 2004. Representing Florida as a U.S. Senator, he served on several committees including Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs and Armed Services.

Prior to his time in the Senate, Mr. Martinez served as the 12th Secretary of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). As the first Cuban-American to serve in a President’s cabinet, he became known for his efforts to increase homeownership for all Americans and his aggressive efforts to end chronic homelessness.

Mr.Martinez also served as Mayor of Orange County (Orlando, FL) and he practiced law for 25 years.

Crew team participates in 40th Miami International Regatta and San Diego Crew Classics

MIAMI- The Belen Jesuit Prep Crew team will take part in the 40th annual Miami International Regatta (MIR) Saturday, April 6 at 8 a.m. at the Miami Marine Stadium in Virginia Key; this is the only local regatta the team participates during the Spring season.

The Regatta will take place at 3601 Rickenbacker Cswy in Miami (Virginia Key), 33149.

The school crew team will be participating in fifteen races throughout the day on Saturday, April 6 competing against several other state, national, and international rowing programs (schools and clubs). In addition, the varsity Lightweight 8+ boat will be racing that same weekend at the prestigious San Diego Crew Classics regatta in California.   This is the second year that our team has been invited to participate at such prestigious national competition. The crew team is made up of 87 students in grades 6- 12 and competes in over 15 events throughout the season.

“We are very proud of the crew team and wish them the best of luck as they represent Belen at these prestigious Regattas” said Jesuit Father Pedro Suarez, School President.

The Crew team began its inaugural season (2000-2001) in mid-November of 2000, since then has secured many victories and awards and is currently being led by Head Coach Yunian
Cabrera.

Students to Celebrate with Mass of Thanksgiving In Honor of Pope Francis

MIAMI- In celebration of the election of the first Jesuit Latin American Pope in history, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, SJ, Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Monday March 18 will be a holiday for all Belen Jesuit students and employees.

On Tuesday, March 19 at 9:30 a.m., a school-wide Mass will be celebrated in the gym to celebrate the installation of Pope Francis in Rome as Supreme Pontiff.

“Let us offer our Thanksgiving to God and our prayers for the new Pope and for the Church,” said Jesuit Father Pedro Suárez, school president.

Click here to read Jesuit Fr. Suarez’s statement regarding the election of Pope Francis.

 

'Real Men Wear Pink' Campaign- School Donates $5,000 towards Breast Health

MIAMI- Throughout the month of October, Belen Jesuit Preparatory School, an all boy’s school located in Miami raised $5,000 for Breast Cancer Awareness. The school president, Jesuit
Father Pedro Suárez along with students from Belen Jesuit will present a check to members of the
Baptist Health Breast Center Foundation on Tuesday, March 19 at 10:00 a.m. in the Garrido Family Plaza located at the center of the school campus.

The school wide campaign, ‘Real Men Wear Pink’included students selling pink wristbands customized with the school’s logo, specially designed blue & pink ties as well as other fundraising initiatives.

All money raised by students at Belen Jesuit for this purpose have been earmarked towards providing 10 mammograms for uninsured individuals at Baptist Health South Florida  locations.  Baptist Health, of which Baptist Health Breast Center is a part, will match this donation.

“We’re very grateful to Belen Jesuit for their support,” said Dr. Gladys Giron, breast surgeon at the
Breast Center
.  “Through their generous donation, they have become our partner in helping screen those underserved in our community and will play a pivotal role in saving more lives from breast
cancer.”

La Liga Contra El Cancer has joined with us in this endeavor and will identify prospective recipients of the donated mammograms, as well as coordinate follow-up care if needed.

“As a mother of a sophomore (and an alum), my heart is so filled with gratitude to know that my son is being given the opportunity to show his compassion and support for such a personal cause with his whole school, ” said Lidice Lascano, Science teacher and Coordinator for Breast Cancer Awareness Week at the School.

Baptist Health Breast Center, located on the South Miami Hospital campus, features advanced breast imaging technology such as breast MRI, core biopsy and breast PET/PEM.  The Breast Center’s Board-certified physician team includes radiologists, specialized in interpreting breast images, and
specialized breast surgeons – all to further evaluate suspected or confirmed breast cancer.

Wolverine Summer Camp- Celebrating 30 Years

MIAMI- The Belen Wolverine Summer Camp will begin accepting registration for camper’s ages 4- 14 on March 11. The camp will run from June 17- August 2, 2013.

BelenSummer Camp is one of the largest day camp in Miami-Dade County. Registration will be limited to the first 1,100 campers per session.

Fees & Payment:

  • Registration -$100.00
  •  Weeks Camp:June 17 - August 2 (paid before 5/17) - $1,000.00
  • 7 Weeks Camp: June 17 - August 2 (paid after 5/17) - $1,075.00
  • Session 1: June 17 - July 12 - $735.00
  • Session 2: July 8 - August 2 - $735.00
  • Weekly - $220.00

Supervised Camp activities will be from 8:30 am. to 4:30 p.m. The camp fee includes an array of recreational, educational and vocational activities, lunch, snack and
a weekly field trip.

For more information visit www.belensummercamp.org or call/ email 786. 621.4610/ summercamp@belenjesuit.org.

A finite number of employment positions are available. To apply you must be 15 prior to June 13 and must meet all the criteria listed online.

The program, now in its 30th year, will be directed by Carlos Barquín who has been at Belen Jesuit since 1969. He is currently the Athletic Director and Track & Field Coach.

Mr. Barquín has worked with summer camps since 1969. He was Camp Director for the International Y.M.C.A. and the Southwest Y.M.C.A. He directed the Big Five Club summer camp from 1979 to 1983 and in 1984 founded the Belen Jesuit Summer Camp.

The Assistant Camp Directors are Dr. Carlos E. Díaz a graduate of Belen Jesuit, teacher and Dean at Harvard University and Cary Calvo, an elementary school teacher. The Camp Supervisors are Eli Barquin, Mayda Cordero and Francisco Fernandez. Lourdes Vega manages the summer camp office.

Young Artist Showcase: Anthony Rueda, Pianist

MIAMI- Season two of the Belen Jesuit Cultural Series will conclude with a Young Artist Showcase featuring Belen Jesuit senior Anthony Rueda on Sunday, March 3 at 3 p.m. in the Roca Theatre. Admittance is free.

Anthony began playing the piano at age eight under the guidance of Mrs. Sandra Davis. At age 14, Anthony continued his studies under the direction of Dr. Adam Aleksander, a renowned instructor and world-class performer.

In 2011, Anthony participated in his first Chopin National Piano Competition and was selected as one of the 15 scholarship recipients. That same year he also won a scholarship award from the Caribbean Music Club. In addition to the annual University of Miami, Clark Hall, recitals that he participates in, and his performances at the Steinway Recital Hall in Coral Gables, he has also participated in the Florida Federation Auditions, where for nine consecutive years he has received superior ratings.

Apart from his passion for the piano, Anthony is also a member of the Belen Jesuit Jazz Band where he is the First Alto Saxophonist.

The Belen Cultural Series is a cultural resource to the community while continuing to enrich the lives of our students, their families, alumni, Belen faculty and administration.

Belen Jesuit Presents, “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”

MIAMI- The Belen Jesuit Humanities Department proudly presents Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, music and lyrics by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. Performances will take place March 6- 9 and 13-16 at 7:30 p.m. in the Roca Theatre.

Directed by: Francisco Padura and Choreography by: Michelle Petrucci

“When I think of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, I think of a show as big as its title-flashy, big dance numbers, and great music… It all feels epic, gigantic,” said Francisco Padura, director and drama teacher. “And yet when I read the story, both the text of the show and the old testament from which its drawn, what strikes me is much simpler and, fundamentally,  more personal.”

“Here is the tale of a young man of great gifts, punished by those around him for having such strengths, who stays true to himself and by doing so achieves great things,” continued Padura. “It’s a powerful story we can all learn from. Ultimately, I hope we’re creating a production of Joseph… that honors both sides of the coin-big scale impact and earned sentiment- and that reminds us that this is, in fact, a wonderful piece of theatre. Let the Magic Begin!”

Synopsis: In this retelling of the Biblical story, Joseph is a handsome young man who is his father's favorite child, able to interpret dreams, and the bearer of an amazing coat. These facts lead Joseph's eleven brothers to become insatiably jealous. Thus, they sell Joseph into slavery to some passing Ishmaelites. After refusing the advances of his owner's wife, Joseph is sent to jail. Once in jail, he quickly becomes popular due to his ability to interpret dreams. The Pharaoh soon hears of Joseph's ability and appoints him to the post of Number 2 man in Egypt. Years later, Joseph's now starving brothers arrive in Egypt and ask Joseph, whom they do not recognize, for assistance. Joseph, in turn, gives his brothers a scare, but eventually grants them all they desire, reveals his identity, and reunites the family.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students. Tickets can be purchased online http://seatyourself.biz/belenjesuit or at the door. For more information, call (786)621-4624.

The complete ensemble is from Belen Jesuit and other Miami Dade Community Schools.

Cast:
Narrator: Darcy Hernandez

Joseph: Frankie Gonzalez

Jacob/Potiphar: Carlos Jordan

Pharaoh/Levi: Alejandro Senior

Ruben: Jonathan Amaro-Barron

Simeon:David Capetillo

Judah: Daniel Ramirez

Dan: Matthew Pastor

Naphtali: Javier Martinez

Gad: Jose Pelegri

Asher: Daniel Lopez

Issachar: Lucas Vigil

Zebulun: Christian Delgado

Benjamin: Anthony Padura

Potiphar's Wife: Becca Admire

Apache Dancer: Karina Padura

Wives:

Becca Admire

Christy Carral

Claudia Batista

Lauren Mosier

Michelle Sola

Natalia Quintero

Angelica Krauss

Sophia Prieto

Angela Rodriguez

Allison Lynott

Liana Lopez

Ishmaelite/Ensemble:

Jordi Orbay

Nicholas Perez 

“We are blessed to have such talented students performing this popular musical, “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” said Jesuit Father Pedro Suárez, President of the school. “We welcome the community to come see for themselves and enjoy the show.”

Avery Lopez Commits to FSU

MIAMI- Belen Jesuit Cross-country runner Avery Lopez signed his letter of intent to run at Florida State University on Feb. 21.

“I’m humbly proud of his decision to take his running to the collegiate level at a great cross-country program,” said Frankie Ruiz, ’96 Belen Jesuit cross-country couch. “There is no doubt he’ll make the Belen alumni proud.”

Avery Lopez was a member of three cross-country state championships for Belen Jesuit; most recently in 2012. Lopez was also selected as the Miami Herald’s All County Cross-Country athlete and in 2011; he was a Nike Cross-Country national team member.

MEDIA: Pictures of the signing ceremony can be accessed via this link, https://www.dropbox.com/sh/pikads1v20w0ik1/BLaljz390w

2013 Chastity Day

MIAMI- On Thursday, Feb. 21 from 9:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. Belen Jesuit eighth graders will join other eighth graders from area Catholic schools to take part in the first-ever Chastity Day held at the  Roca Theatre. The students will be encouraged to live up to the church's teachings on the sacredness of the body and living a chaste life.

“We began using high school gymnasiums and gradually progressed to professional theatre venues which offer maximum ability for the students to see and hear the presentations on sexual integrity and the sanctity of life,” said Joan Crown, director, Respect Life Office. 

The Chastity Day presentations include:

1.    Music and Media Messages- presented by a team of young missionaries from around the country called, Generation Life.

2.    Value of Life-  presented by Barbara Groeber the Respect Life Education Coordinator

3.    Real Love, (how to prepare for the relationships that God intended us to have in marriage)-  presented by two of our speakers bureau ladies, Ana Portela and Gladys Penin

4.    2 Testimonies showing the power of the Mercy of God in a young person's life- presented by Jon Pierre Marcazzo and Sylvia Appolon 

There will be lots of music, videos, prizes and interaction with the audience.

Chastity Days are sponsored and organized by the archdiocese's Respect Life Office with help from members of the Miami Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women. This is the 11th year the Respect Life Office has hosted this event.

MEDIA ARE WELCOME.

Eight Belen Jesuit Student Athletes to sign National Letters of Intent

MIAMI- The Belen Community is enthusiastic to announce that eight of its student athletes will be signing national letters of intent to play in Division 1 programs. The signing ceremony will take place on Wednesday, February 6 at 3:15 pm in the School Cafeteria.
 

“We are very proud of these young men. This signing day is a result of many years of hard work on the playing fields in the classroom and in the weight room,” said Richard Stuart, Head Football Coach. “All of them are outstanding young men and they will be excellent Belen ambassadors at their respective universities. “

FOOTBALL:

  • Keonte      Cash- Offensive Line – Florida A & M University
  • Xavier      Hines- Defensive Back -  Florida      International University
  • Mateo      Buraglia- Kicker/ Punter - Bucknell University
  • Cristian      Garcia-Defensive Tackle- Malone University
  • Andres      Garcia- Defensive End- Malone University
  • Camilo      Padron- Linebacker/ Fullback- Marist College

GOLF:
Oscar Cabanas- Fordham University

SOCCER:
Eduardo Valle- Stony Brook University

“It is a great honor for the Belen community to have these athletes be recognized for their stellar abilities,” said Jesuit Father Pedro Suarez, President of the School. “They are not only great athletes, but fine students and a great representation of Belen.”

Catch the signing ceremony live by logging on to www.FHSAAsports.com/belenjesuit

Varsity Basketball 6A District Games

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MIAMI- The Varsity Basketball-Districts on Friday, February 8 at Christopher Columbus High School. The first game is Northwestern vs. Central at 5:00 p.m. followed by Belen Jesuit vs. Miami Norland at 6:30 p.m.

Christopher Columbus High School is located at 3000 SW 87th Avenue in Miami. Tickets will be sold at the door; $6 per person.

“Our team has worked very hard to get to this game,” said Jose Roca, Basketball Head Coach and Assistant Principal to the High School. “We are excited to play the 4th ranked team in the state, Miami Norland. It is going to be a great game!”

The winners of each game will meet next at the 6A District 16 Championship game on Saturday, February 9 at 3 p.m at Belen Jesuit Preparatory School (Roberto Goizueta Athletic Center), 500 SW 127th Ave in Miami.

Three Belen Jesuit Football Players to sign National Letters of Intent

MIAMI- The Belen Community is enthusiastic to announce that three of its football players will be signing national letters of intent to play in Division 1 programs. The signing ceremony will take place on Wednesday, February 6 at 3:15 p.m. in the School Cafeteria. 

“We are very proud of these young men. This signing day is a result of many years of hard work on the playing fields in the classroom and in the weight room,” said Richard Stuart, Head Football Coach. “All of them are outstanding young men and they will be excellent Belen ambassadors at their respective universities. “ 

  • Keonte      Cash- Offensive Line – Florida A & M University
  • Xavier      Hines- Defensive Back -  Florida      International University
  • Mateo      Buraglia- Kicker/ Punter - Bucknell University

 “It is a great honor for the Belen community to have these athletes be recognized for their stellar abilities,” said Jesuit Father Pedro Suarez, President of the School. “They are not only great athletes, but fine students and a great representation of Belen.”

Baseball game at Marlins Park CANCELLED

The Belen Jesuit varsity baseball game vs. Columbus scheduled for February 2 at 6 P.M. at Marlins Park has been cancelled. Refunds will be given at point of purchase. Tickets and vouchers must be returned. For more information, please contact 786.621.4173

The pre-season baseball classic will be played on Monday, February 4 at 6:30 p.m. at Columbus High School, 3000 SW 87th Avenue in Miami. Tickets for the game will be sold at the gate, $10 per person.

Archdiocese of Miami High School Art Show

MIAMI- The Archdiocese of Miami High School Invitational Student Art Show is on display in the Saladrigas Art Gallery from January 23- February 14. The show features artwork created by students attending high school in the Archdiocese of Miami. The Artist Reception will take place on Saturday, February 2 at 4 p.m. in the Gallery.

“This exhibit highlights some of our very talented high school artists,” said Ignacio Font, Belen Jesuit Art Teacher and Exhibit Coordinator. “This event also brings together various Catholic High Schools that typically meet over an athletic event and are able to see each other in a different creative light.”

Catholic High Schools participating in the exhibit: Belen Jesuit Preparatory School-Miami, St. Brendan High School-Miami, Our Lady of Lourdes Academy-Miami, St. Thomas Aquinas High School-Broward, Cardinal Gibbons High School-Broward, Immaculata – La Salle High School-Miami and Archbishop Edward A. McCarthy High School-Broward.

For information on hours when the exhibit can be viewed, call 786-621-4624.

Former City of Miami Mayor Manny Diaz Presents His New Book

MIAMI- Former City of Miami Mayor Manny Diaz and Belen Jesuit alumnus, Class of 1973, will be presenting his new book, "Miami Transformed: Rebuilding America One Neighborhood, One City at a Time” on Wednesday, January 23 at 9:45 a.m. in the Roca Theater.

Members of Belen Jesuit’s junior and senior classes will be in attendance. This presentation is made possible by the Belen Alumni Association of Jesuit Schools from Cuba and Miami, Ramón Guiteras Memorial Library and the school’s Social Studies Department.

Mr. Diaz was born in Cuba and came to Miami in 1961 at the age of six. Before becoming Mayor of Miami, he was a local attorney. He served two terms as Mayor of Miami and was president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

Baseball game at Marlins Park- Belen Jesuit vs. Christopher Columbus

MIAMI- For the second consecutive year, Belen Jesuit will play at Marlins Park versus Christopher Columbus on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 6 p.m.. TICKETS WILL GO ON SALE ON JANUARY 14 AT BELEN JESUIT.

"It's a pretty special way to kick-off the season,” said Jerry Albert, head baseball coach. “Our kids are very excited to have the opportunity to play at Marlins Ballpark again. The energy generated by both schools is very high whenever we meet in an athletic event. It should be a great night!"

The pre-season match up will pin Miami-Dade County’s most prestigious, private, all-male Catholic Schools in competition to win the Legacy Cup.

All tickets for the high school game will be general admission in the lower bowl area sold at $30 and include one voucher good for a select 2013 Marlins home game. Tickets on game day will be $35. Parking is $10. A specially designed t-shirt for any game against Columbus is available at the school bookstore for $10.

“We were honored to be the first game ever played at the new Marlins Park in 2012 and are excited to have been asked to play their once again”, said Jesuit Father Pedro Suárez, President of the school. “Tickets are expected to go fast so people interested in purchasing tickets are encouraged to act quickly!”

Tickets can be purchased in advance via the school’s bookstore. Belen alumni interested in purchasing tickets, should call the Alumni Office at 786.621.4667.

Tombola 2013

MIAMI- Belen Jesuit will celebrate its annual festival, “TOMBOLA” February 8-10, 2013.

The kick-off event will be a cocktail and dinner “Belen Culinary Extravaganza” on Friday, February 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the center of the school- the Garrido Family Plaza. The Belen Culinary Extravaganza will feature some of the city’s most diverse and popular restaurants with exciting wine pairings.

“TOMBOLA brings the Belen family and the surrounding community together for a weekend of fun and camaraderie,” said Jesuit Father Pedro Suarez, President of the school. “It truly strengthens the bonds of friendship and helps support the Belen Scholarship fund which provides many deserving young men the opportunity of a Belen Jesuit education.“

TOMBOLA Schedule

Friday, February 8 –Belen Culinary Extravaganza,
Garrido Family Plaza - 7:30 p.m. $60 per person
Saturday, February 9 - Wine Tasting, Cosculluela Hall
6 p.m. $20 pre-sale tickets or $25 at the door

Saturday and Sunday, February 9 & 10
Annual Tombola Festival Ride bracelet good for the entire weekend - $60.00
20 tickets for $16.00
Belen Jesuit Grounds,
Saturday 12 Noon – 12 Midnight
Sunday 12 Noon - 9:00 p.m.

Tombola Trivia is back! Play along with us Saturday & Sunday using the Twitter hashtag #Tombola2013. There are several ways to get involved and to read about each opportunity visit www.belenjesuit.org/tombola.

 

Baseball Legend to visit Belen Jesuit

MIAMI- Baseball legend Camilo Perez will be visiting Belen Jesuit Preparatory School and offering a pitcher’s clinic on Friday, January 11 at 3:30 p.m.  

Born in Cuba, Camilo played for Major League Baseball as a right-handed pitcher for 18 years (1954–1971), he played for the Washington Senators (which became the Minnesota Twins in 1961), Cincinnati Reds, Los Angeles Dodgers, and the Cleveland Indians. He was also known by the nicknames "Camile" and "Little Potato."[

“Our parents, Grandparents and student athletes will savor this visit,” said Carlos Barquin, athletic director. “In my own humble opinion; Camilo had the best curve ball ever in baseball. Once an article came out where a famous psychologist claimed that the curve ball did not exist and that it was only an optical illusion to which another famous writer replied... stand behind a tree and let Camilo Pascual throw you a curve ball.”

Carlos Ponce in Concert

MIAMI- Season two of the Belen Jesuit Cultural Series will include a performance by Puerto Rican actor, singer, composer and television personality Carlos Ponce on Saturday, January 26 at 8 p.m. The Belen Jesuit Jazz Band conducted by Marlene Urbay will perform alongside Ponce classic American & Latin standards. 

“We are excited to welcome Carlos Ponce to the Belen stage,” said Jesuit Father Pedro Suárez, President of the school. “He is not only an accomplished singer and actor but he has managed to do both in English & Spanish. Our students in the Jazz Band are looking forward to performing with him and we are excited to invite the public to come to our theatre for what will a fantastic evening.”

Show and ticket information is available online www.belenjesuit.org/culturalseries. To view Carlos Ponce’s video bio, click here http://youtu.be/ZCUatEIBrZs.

The Belen Cultural Series is a cultural resource to the community while continuing to enrich the lives of our students, their families, alumni, Belen faculty and administration.

Net proceeds from the Cultural Series benefit the Belen Scholarship Program. Every year Belen provides financial assistance to over 300 students, distributing $1.8 million annually.

MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES:  To schedule an interview with Carlos Ponce and/or members of the Belen Jesuit Jazz Band please contact Teresa Martinez at 786-621-4173 or email tmartinez@belenjesuit.org

Basketball Teams Meet Head-to-Head in New Venue

MIAMI- Belen Jesuit Preparatory School will play Christopher Columbus High School in basketball at the UM BankUnited Center on Friday, January 18, 2013. The match up will pin Miami-Dade County’s most prestigious, private, all-male Catholic Schools in competition.

TICKETS ARE ON-SALE. The game will be limited to 2,500 spectators per school. There are 1,000 student tickets at $10.00 each and 1,500 adult tickets at $15.00 each. They will be sold on a first come, first served basis. Tickets on game day will be $20 at the arena.  Parking is $10.

Schedule:

JV Game          6:00 p.m.
Varsity Game  7:30 p.m.

The BankUnited Center is located at 1245 Dauer Drive Coral Gables, 33146.

“We are looking forward to play this team,” said Jose Roca, Basketball Head Coach and Assistant Principal to the High School. “We share a fun, healthy rivalry with Columbus and a shared respect. It is going to be a great game!”

Tickets in advance for Belen Jesuit can be purchased via the school’s bookstore.  Alumni interested in purchasing tickets, click here or call the Alumni Office at 786.621.4667.

Belen in Belen

The Jesuit Fathers at Belen Jesuit Preparatory School will bless the nativity scene located inside the heart of the campus on Friday, December 7 at 9:30 a.m. Click here to view pictures.

“When I began putting the nativity together nearly two weeks ago I envisioned it so that everyone that passed by it would be enticed to stop and really look at it,” said Jesuit Father Jorge Rojas, 6th grade spiritual counselor. “It is important for our students, faculty and parents to have this depiction of the first family as a representation of the real importance of why we celebrate Christmas.”  

A 'reel' catch

On December 3, nearly fifty students in the Belen Jesuit Fishing Club were given free fishing gear including a rod/reel combo and tackle box thanks to Fish Florida. The non-profit organization, helps people, especially children, learn about fishing and Florida’s environment.

The club, led by Mr. Eric Ballesteros teaches the kids basic fishing skills such as conservation and the importance of catch and release, fish recognition, rigging of tackle and how to throw a cast net.  

Father Izquierdo Memorial Golf Tournament

MIAMI- The Annual Father Izquierdo Memorial Golf Tournament will be held on Friday, January 25 at the International Links Miami Melreese Country Club. Registration begins at 11 a.m.

The event will begin with lunch, followed by tournament play and culminate with a cocktail reception.

Our mission is to raise funds for the Belen Scholarship Program. Every year the scholarship fund provides financial aid to over 300 students; distributing in excess of $1.8 million annually.

“Thanks to the cooperation of past participants, this tournament has funded over 100 scholarships providing young men in our community a chance to attend Belen,” said Mariano Loret de Mola, Executive Director, Belen Alumni Association of Jesuit Schools from Cuba and Miami.

Registration and Sponsorship information is available online, www.belenjesuit.org/golfclassic.

The International Links Miami Melreese Country Club is
located at 1802 NW 37th Avenue in Miami.

If you have any questions please contact Mariano Loret de Mola at 786.621.4667 or mdemola@belenjesuit.org.

Cross-Country Team wins STATE Championship

MIAMI- The Belen Jesuit varsity cross-country team won the Class 3A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP on November 17 at Apalachee Regional Park in Tallahassee. Belen beat Fort Walton Beach by 85 points in claiming its SIXTH STATE TITLE IN SEVEN YEARS AND SEVENTH CHAMPIONSHIP OVERALL. 

Senior Avery Lopez was the first Wolverine to cross, taking fourth place in 15:37. Michael Magoulas (seventh, 15:45), Fabian Tomas (eighth, 15:49) and Ryan Rodriguez (10th, 15:50) posted low-point totals, Andres Fernandez finished in 36th place (16:21).

Belen Jesuit Student Signs National Letter of Intent

MIAMI- The Belen Jesuit Community is proud to announce that Elias Monsalve, 17, has signed a letter of intent to play in Division 1 baseball at Manhattan College in New York.
 

“Elias was one of our most consistent hitters as a junior,” said Belen Jesuit Head Coach, Jerry Albert. “He adjusted well to playing the outfield last year and has done everything we have asked of him since I have been here at Belen.  He has great size and a plus arm and at the plate, he has a very fluid, level swing.  Manhattan will offer a great opportunity for him to thrive academically as well as athletically.

2012 JSEA Principals’ Conference

MIAMI- Fifty-five principals’ from Jesuit schools throughout the United States visited Belen Jesuit Preparatory School on November 15 as part of The JSEA (Jesuit Secondary Education Association) annual Principals’ Conference.
 

“It is a wonderful privilege for our school to welcome principals’ from across the country to Belen Jesuit,” said Jesuit Father Pedro Suarez, President, Belen Jesuit. “We are  honored to be considered ‘pioneers’ in the implementation of an iPad 1:1 program and are happy to share both the obstacles we have faced and the success we have had with other schools.” 

The theme for the visit was how Belen Jesuit was using educational technology, specifically the iPad. Principals’ had the opportunity to ask a student, faculty and administration panel questions and hear testimonials on how the 1:1 program was implemented and how it is being utilized.

Belen Jesuit Jazz Band to play at Viernes Culturales

MIAMI- The Belen Jazz Band will help kick off the Christmas season and perform prior to lighting the Christmas tree in Little Havana. The Belen Jazz Band led by Marlene Urbay, Music Director will perform at the historic Domino Plaza in Little Havana on Friday, November 30 at 8 p.m. during Viernes Culturales.

The Domino Plaza is located at 804 SW 15TH Avenue in Miami, 33135. For questions, regarding parking or directions contact 305.643.5500. “It has been an exciting year for the Belen Jazz Band and we are excited to perform and this wonderful venue,” said Marlene Urbay, Music Director.

The Jazz Band is integrated into the curriculum of the school and is treated as a subject; a student receives credit and a grade. Since its inception, 2007, the band has participated annually in the Disney Music Festival and won gold in 2010 and 2011. Other awards of distinction have been:  Best in Class (2010), Best Soloist (2011) at the Disney Music Festival and winning Perfect Score at the Miami Youth Fair in 2009. In April of 2012, the Jazz Band made their first appearance at Orlando Fest in Universal Orlando and won Silver. In August 2012, the Belen Jesuit Jazz Band released their first CD featuring American & Latin Jazz standards.
 
“Viernes Culturales is a surprising mix of old and new. We're still bringing you the classic favorites: dancing under the stars, domino games and cigar rollers,” said Pati Vargas, Executive Director, Viernes Culturales. “We welcome back to the stage the talented students from Belen Jesuit to the beautiful Domino Plaza.”

Swim Team wins SATE Championship

MIAMI- The Belen Jesuit varsity swim team won the STATE CHAMPIONSHIP on November 8. Senior Julian Ballestas lead Belen Jesuit to its SIXTH State Championship (Class 2A) in the school’s history at the FHSAA in Orlando.

Julian closes out his high school swimming career with a gold medal in the 200 yards free, a silver medal in the 100 yards free and anchored the 4 X 100 free and the 4 X 200 free relays, which also captured gold. Other Belen Jesuit gold medal winners who participated in the winning relays were Ryan Guso, Evan Banceilla, Tommy Avallone, Juan Perez-Costa and Jose Perez. All of the Belen Jesuit swimmers who advanced to the State Championship contributed by placing in the different events.

*This is the sixth State Championship for Coach Kirk Peppas. Belen Jesuit was the only Miami-Dade school at the Class 2A final meet.

Student Production “Career Angel”

MIAMI-  The Belen Jesuit Humanities Department and Troupe 4666 of the International Thespian Society presents a performance of  Gerard Majella Murray’s “Career Angel” November 13-16 at 7:30 p.m. in the Roca Theatre.

“Members of our award-winning Troupe 4666 of the International Thespian Society have been hard at work since August to present the Humanities Department fall production: Career Angel,” said Leo Williams, director and humanities teacher.  “This farce-fantasy has elements reminiscent of such classic plays and films as “Harvey”, “It’s a Wonderful Life”, and “Miracle on 34th Street.”

THE STORY: Brother Seraphim, head of a boys' home, is a man of charm, humor, and faith. The Home faces financial difficulties, and Brother Fidelis is annoyed at Seraphim's childish dependence on the Lord. The Home is practically bankrupt. There is, however, a neighbor, Barr, who has so far saved it from ruin. When things look worst, Seraphim's Guardian Angel appears to him and, unseen and unheard by others, takes the case in hand. The Angel is a humorous fellow who supplies Seraphim with what turns out to be a solution of his difficulties. He leads Seraphim to the barn and reveals an unknown version of the Declaration of Independence in Jefferson's own hand. This will, of course, bring in more than enough money to save the Home. The Brothers react to Seraphim's story in various ways, some believing what he says and others concluding that he is out of his mind. Due to the Angel's refusal to appear to others, Seraphim is the victim of amusing incidents, and is actually in danger of being sent to a sanitarium. Meantime, one of the boys suspects Barr, and with the help of the Angel the boys discover that Barr is the leader of a group of saboteurs. The Home is now in the limelight of national publicity, the saboteurs are brought to justice, and the document is authenticated, thus saving the home.

Ticket prices are $10 and can be purchased at the door, in advance in room I-101 or by calling 786.621.4624. Belen Jesuit Preparatory School- Roca Theatre is located at 500 SW 127 Avenue in Miami.

The Main Cast includes:

Brother Gregory……………………………………………………………………..Jonathan Amaro-Baron

Donnie McAdams…………………………………………………………………………Christian Delgado

Willie Garvey…………………………………………………………………………………Daniel Coulombe

Brother Fidelis…………………………………………………………………………………Matthew Pastor

Kurt Rheinhold…………………………………………………………………………………Daniel Ramirez

Brother Seraphim…………………………………………………………………………Alejandro Senior

Angel Guardian…………………………………………………………………………………..Jaime Lopez

Duval Devoise…………………………………………………………………………………Antoine Brandt

J. Mosely Barr……………………………………………………………………………………Daniel Perez

Brother Ubaldis…………………………………………………………………………………David Capetillo

Joe Hurdles…………………………………………………………………………………………Jose Pelegri

Walter Glinsky………………………………………………………………………………Roberto Villasante

Frank Thompson………………………………………………………………………………Thomas Lopez

Al Fuller………………………………………………………………………………………..Anthony Padura

Johnnie Rinn……………………………………………………………………………………Oscar Berlanga

Bruno Chevoski……………………………………………………….……………………….…Lucas Vigi

“I am excited to bring this play to Belen Jesuit and expose our students to this work,” said Mr. Williams. “I welcome the community to attend a performance and experience the wonderful talent we have at our school.”

Results of 2012 Mock Elections

Students at Belen Jesuit Preparatory School in Miami are joining millions around the country exercising their right to vote; students in grades 6-12 had the opportunity to vote during a mock election utilizing an electronic ballot via the iPad device created by the school on Monday, November 5.

  • The      proposal to increase Miami-Dade County taxes to fund improved animal      services PASSED with 72.7%.
  • The      proposal to allow expansion at the Crandon Park Tennis Center PASSED with      79.4%.
  • The      two Florida Constitutional Amendments needed 60% voter approval in order      to be adopted. Both Florida Constitutional Amendments were APPROVED by the      voters at Belen Jesuit by a percentage of 73.4% and 78.7%.
  • The      U.S. Senate race was won by Connie Mack with a margin of 63.1%.
  • Student      at Belen Jesuit voted for Mitt Romney for President of the United States      with 66.4% over Barack Obama at 26.6%.

The results can be viewed in their entirety online,

Student Body to Participate in Electronic Mock Elections

MIAMI- Students at Belen Jesuit Preparatory School in Miami will join millions around the country exercising their right to vote on Tuesday, November 6. Students in grades 6-12 will vote during a mock election utilizing an electronic ballot via the iPad device created by the school.

“Having a mock election is a grand exercise in civic education,” said Patrick Collins, Social Studies Department Chairperson. “Every student will be given the opportunity to vote for their candidate and referendum of choice using an electronic ballot that we designed specifically for our school. Our hope is that by giving our students a voice they feel empowered to cast a ‘real’ vote when they are of age.”

The school’s Social Studies Department worked in conjunction with the Technology Department in designing the ballot. Students will receive a unique URL sent to him via their Belen Jesuit email.  This link will take them to a “Password Protected” Ballot.  During the students’ Social Studies class on November 6, they will be given the password and the opportunity to vote. Once a link is activated and used, it cannot be reused. Students will also be given paper ballots to cast their vote and thereby establishing a paper trail. Results will be tallied the same day and results announced by the end of the school day. Click here to view the sample ballot.

“I commend our Social Studies Department for taking this initiative and providing our students with a unique opportunity to voice their political choice,” said Father Pedro Suárez, Belen Jesuit President. “It is our responsibility as educators to instill in our students the importance of fulfilling our civic duty and being well informed when you exercise your right to vote.”

MEDIA ARE WELCOME.

Seraphic Fire Makes Belen Jesuit Debut

MIAMI- Season two of the Belen Jesuit Cultural Series will include a performance two-time Grammy- nominated All-Star ensemble Seraphic Fire on Tuesday, December 11 at 8 p.m. in the Roca Theater.

From the traditional opening strains of Adeste Fideles (O Come, All Ye Faithful), Seraphic Fire’s annual a cappella candlelight Christmas concerts are one of the highlights of the cultural season. The world’s most beloved yuletide hymn, Silent Night, will serve as the centerpiece for this year’s Christmas musical celebration. Beautiful Gregorian chant, timeless carols, and glorious motets create a holiday soundscape that transport the listener across time and space.

“It really isn’t the Christmas season until you hear a choir sing O Come, All Ye Faithful, Silent Night and The First Noel,” said Seraphic Fire’s artistic director Patrick Dupré Quigley.  “This year’s program is a sung Christmas card – images and messages that last with the listener throughout the season. We are excited to have this opportunity to perform for the Belen community.” 

“We are excited to welcome this acclaimed group to the Belen stage,” said Jesuit Father Pedro Suárez, President of the school. “This concert will surely bring those in attendance into the Christmas spirit. The music is both beautiful and touching.”

Show and ticket information is available online www.belenjesuit.org/culturalseries and www.SeraphicFire.org.

The Belen Cultural Series is a cultural resource to the community while continuing to enrich the lives of our students, their families, alumni, Belen faculty and administration.

Net proceeds from the Cultural Series benefit the Belen Scholarship Program. Every year Belen provides financial assistance to over 300 students, distributing $1.8 million annually.

Hurricane Sandy Cancellations

Due to Hurricane Sandy all Belen Jesuit Preparatory School after school activities including today’s scheduled parent teacher conferences have been CANCELLED. The school will be closed tomorrow, October 26 and the homecoming game versus Mater Academy has been Cancelled.

*As of tonight,the homecoming dance scheduled for Friday night, October 26 has not been cancelled.

Parents are encouraged to stay up to date by visiting the school’s website, www.belenjesuit.org

Paralympian Rudy Garcia-Tolson Motivates Students

MIAMI- Paralympian Rudy Garcia-Tolso spoke to students at Belen Jesuit Preparatory School  on October 24.

“His message of faith, determination, positive thinking and belief oneself served as an inspiration to our students,” said Carlos Barquin, Belen Jesuit Athletic Director.

Throughout his morning presentation, Rudy told students about how he lost both legs, overcame challenges and maintained a positive attitude. He encouraged students to remain positive and stay focused on their goals.  Photos are available for use by the media, click here.

Media Opportunities- October 24:

  • 2:45 pm he will speak to all the athletes in the school gymnasium.
  • 3:30 pm, he will swim with the Belen Jesuit swimming team.
  • 4:45 pm, he will run in practice with the Belen Jesuit Cross Country Team.

Belen Jesuit is located at 500 SW 127th Avenue in Miami.

Rudy Garcia-Tolson (24) is an athlete on the United States Paralympic team. He competed at the 2004 Summer Paralympics in Athens and in the 2008 Summer Paralympics in Beijing in swimming. Most recently, Rudy swam in the 2012 London Paralympics and won a Silver medal, 200m individual medley

Rudy will also be competing alongside athletes at the Nike Factory Store Halloween 5k Inside Dolphin Mall on October 28.  The race will benefit the Li’l Abner Foundation. The event will be produced by US Road Sports and Entertainment Group, producers of the ING Miami Marathon and the Escape to Miami Triathlon; for more information visit, www.runmiami.com.

Red Ribbon Week Presentations

MIAMI- The Miami Dade Police Department will kick off Red Ribbon Week at Belen Jesuit Preparatory School on Friday, October 19 with a presentation to the entire student body. Red Ribbon Week will be will be celebrated in Belen Jesuit (and nationally) from Oct 22-26.  

High School students will gather in the gym to hear a presentation by a Miami Dade Fire Chief who will show them a video and talk to them about the consequences of drinking/drugging and driving. 

Middle School students will gather in the Roca Theater to hear a presentation conducted by two Miami Dade County detectives.  They will be discussing the dangers of alcohol use, synthetic marijuana and prescription drug abuse.

Both assemblies are from 9:30 am to 10:30 am.

Both of these presentations are being offered free to our school through the SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) club’s relationship with the Miami Dade Police Dept. 

Also, on the 19th students will have the opportunity to visit the Police Departments mobile substance abuse prevention museum.  It has interactive and educational information throughout and police officers will be on hand speaking to the students as they visit. 

Six Students Commended in the 2013 National Merit® Scholarship Program

2013 National Merit Scholarship Program

MIAMI- Six students from Belen Jesuit Preparatory School in Miami have been named Commended Students in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program. Jesuit Father Pedro Suárez, President of Belen Jesuit and Jose E. Roca '84, Assistant Principal for the High School presented each student with a certificate of achievement.

Commended Students are Eduardo Iglesias, Luciano E. Laratelli, Jose A. Prieto III, Diego Rosette, Andres J. Smith and Steven P. Tyler.

“These students have worked very hard to excel academically,” said Father Suárez. “It is a great honor for them to be among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2013 competition.”

According to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, about 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Students were entered into the competition by the taking the 2011 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test and by meeting published program entry/participation requirements.

“We are extremely proud of these six young men, their hard work and God given talents have been recognized with this commendation from the National Merit Scholarship Program,” said Mr. Roca.

Head of the Indian Creek Regatta

MIAMI- The Belen Jesuit Crew team will take part in the annual Head of the Indian Creek Regatta on Sunday, October 14. This is the only regatta in the fall and the first of only two regattas during the whole season that the team is participating in locally.  The regatta is a 2.7 mile race against the clock on scenic Indian Creek in the heart of Miami Beach.

The event will take place at the Miami Beach Rowing Club - Ronald W. Shane Center, located at 6500 Indian Creek Drive, Miami Beach, 33141 (MBRC).  The Belen Jesuit Crew tent will be positioned along the side of the river where all team tents usually are in the spectator area.  Parking will be available at the City lot at Collins and 73rd Street, and a free shuttle will run from the lot to the spectator area starting at 6am.    

The school crew team will be participating in several races on Sunday, October 14 competing against several other state, national, and international rowing programs (schools and clubs). The team is made up of 80 students in grades 6- 12 and participates in over 15 events throughout the season.

BJP Crew – Schedule of Races 

8:10am - Event 02 - Men's Jr 1x:
(A) Hector Formoso-Murias;

(B) Nicolas Fernandez;
(C) Jose Armengol;
(D) Santiago Dipilla

9:10 am - Event 14 - Men's Jr. 4+

(A) Manuel de Ovin Berenguer; Alexander Vidal; Alec Keenan; Joseph Menendez; Manny Sanchez.

(B) Kristian Ventura; Nicolas Castillo; Andrew Escobar; Vincent Cendan; David Alvarez.

 

9:20 am - Event 15 - Men's Jr. Ltwt. 4+

Miguel Zaldivar; Daniel Ugas; Vincent Vazquez; Andres Fernandez; Christopher Sanu

 

10:10 am - Event 22 - Men's Jr. JV 4x

Diego Guimaraes; Matias Buedo; Nick Keenan; Alejandro Novoa

 

10:20am - Event 24 - Middle School Boys/Girls/Mixed Exhibition 8+

Lucas Zumpano; Daniel Giacosa; Ricardo Labrada; Jonathan Menendez; Michael Balbuena; Kristian Ventura; Carlos Dominguez; Julian Rodriguez; Sebastian Hernandez.  

 

10:40am - Event 27 - Men's Jr. 2x

(A) David Dukenik; Alejandro Seda

(B) Joseph Perez; Luis Suarez

 

12:10pm - Event 41: Men's Jr. 8+

(A) Miguel Zaldivar; Alexander Vidal; Alec Keenan; Daniel Ugas; Manuel Sanchez; Joseph Menendez; Vincent Vazquez; Andres Fernandez; Christopher Sanu

(B) Santiago Ugas; Rashad Ismail; Casey Rodriguez; Nick Vazquez; Roberto Villasante; Robert Woodry; Robert Waechter; James Perez; Horacio Garcia

 

12:10pm - Event 42 - Men's Jr. Ltwt. 8+

(A) Manuel De Ovin Berenguer; Hector Formoso-Murias; Jose Armengol; Diego Guimaraes; Alejandro Novoa; Nicholas Keenan; Santiago diPilla; Matias Buedo; Nicolas Fernandez

(B) Kristian Ventura; Nicolas Castillo; David Alvarez; Vincent Cendan; Andrew Escobar; Luis Suarez; David Dukenik; Joseph Perez; Alejandro Seda


The next local regatta where the Belen Jesuit Crew team will participate in is the Miami International Regatta on April 6, 2013.

“We are very proud of our crew team and wish them the best of luck as they begin their season at this local regatta,” said Jesuit Father Pedro Suarez, School President. “Go Wolverines!”

The Crew team began its inaugural season (2000-2001) in mid-November of 2000 and is currently being led by head coach Yunian Cabrera with Jeffrey Montes (‘05) and Roberto Ruiz serving as assistant coaches.

THE PUBLIC AND MEDIA ARE WELCOME.

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Baseball Hall of Famer Coming to Belen Jesuit Campus

MIAMI- Baseball Hall of Famer, Atanasio “Tony” Pérez will be visiting Belen Jesuit Preparatory School and speaking to our baseball players on Monday, October 8 at 3:30 p.m.

Born in Cuba, Tony played for Cincinnati Reds (1964-1976, 1984-1986), Montreal Expos (1977-1979), Boston Red Sox (1980-1982) and Philadelphia Phillies (1983). After retiring, Pérez went on to manage the Reds and Florida Marlins. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2000.

"It's not every day that you are able to welcome a Hall of Famer to your campus,” said Jerry Albert, Head Baseball Coach. “The kids are looking forward to it - he is not only a Hall of Fame player, but also a very integral part of the South Florida Baseball scene with the Marlins. I remember watching the Big Red Machine as a kid - it will be an honor to meet him and have him here for the players."

‘Real Men Wear Pink’

Real Men Wear Pink

MIAMI- In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness, Belen Jesuit Preparatory School, an all boys school located in Miami is going pink the week of October 15th.

All week long students will be wearing pink wristbands customized with the school’s logo and pink ribbon outlined in blue; each wristband costs $5 with proceeds benefiting the Baptist Health Breast Center Foundation. Students and faculty will also have the opportunity to purchase blue & pink ties to wear throughout the week. Each tie will cost $20, $6 of which will go towards purchasing much needed items for breast cancer patients at Baptist hospital.

The school’s central patio, located at the heart/center of the campus, will be decorated with pink ribbons and a banner will be on display that states, ‘Real Men Wear Pink.’  All tests/ quizzes during the month of October will be printed on pink paper.

The newly created Belen Jesuit bowling team will wear pink ribbons and wristbands during all their games in October. The varsity football team will show their support by wearing pink socks during the Homecoming game versus Mater Academy on Friday, October 26 at 3 p.m.

On Friday, October 19, Breast Cancer Awareness Day, food served in the cafeteria will have elements of pink, a special video produced by students will debut and the school website (www.belenjesuit.org) will have a pink ribbon on its homepage. The school’s Facebook page will also display a photo of the school “going pink.”

“As a mother of a sophomore (and an alum), my heart is so filled with gratitude to know that my son is being given the opportunity to show his compassion and support for such a personal cause with his whole school, ” said Lidice Lascano, Science teacher and Coordinator for Breast Cancer Awareness Week at the School. 

Students are also selling tickets to the Miami Dolphins vs St. Louis Rams game on Sunday, October 14. Tickets cost $35; $10 from each ticket sale will benefit Baptist Health Breast Center Foundation. Game time is 1 p.m. Tickets are available at the on campus bookstore.

Belen Jesuit Named One of the Top 50 U.S. Catholic High Schools

MIAMI-For the SEVENTH consecutive year Belen Jesuit has been named one of the Top 50 U.S. Catholic High Schools by the National Catholic High School Honor Roll. Since 2004, the Honor Roll has recognized excellence in Catholic identity, academics and civic education at Catholic high schools across the United States.

“We are honored to be included among such distinguished schools,” said Jesuit Father Pedro Suárez, President of Belen Jesuit. “It recognizes our commitment to Catholic education. I applaud the students, parents, teachers, and staff for their hard work and commitment to this important mission of the Church."

A banner is on display in front of the school displaying this accolade. 

This year’s top 50 Honor Roll schools are diverse: large and small, new and long-established, both highly selective and open enrollment admissions policies, and high and low tuition rates. The common trait is an institutional commitment to providing a truly integrated and faithful Catholic education across all disciplines and in all areas of student activities.

The Catholic High School Honor Roll was created by The Acton Institute in 2004. The Cardinal Newman Society assumed the program this year, consistent with its mission of helping Catholic families and promoting faithful Catholic education. The complete list of Top 50 High Schools can be viewed online, www.cardinalnewmansociety.org.

Belen Jesuit Open House

MIAMI—Parents and prospective students in grades 6-9 are invited to attend Open House on Saturday, October 13 at Belen Jesuit Preparatory School, 500 SW 127th Ave in Miami.

Public School Students are asked to arrive at 10 a.m. Parochial & Private School Students are asked to arrive at 2 p.m.

The school implemented a one‐to‐one program using the Apple iPad device and utilizing all digital textbooks during the 2012-13 school year.

Belen Jesuit admits students without regard to race, religion, color, national or ethnic origin. As a Catholic college preparatory school in the Jesuit tradition, Belen Jesuit actively seeks a student body that represents a broad and diverse variety of abilities, talents, backgrounds and interests.

For information about admissions, please contact 786.621.4032 or visit our website, www.belenjesuit.org.

The “Authentic Cuban Sandwich” Showdown

MIAMI- Win or lose, Belen Jesuit aims to make it known that Miami is the home of the “Original Cuban Sandwich.” On Friday, August 24 after the 4 p.m. football game against rival Tampa Jesuit, Islas Canarias Restaurant will deliver 70 Cuban sandwiches for the Tampa team.

“Back in April 2012 when news reports brought to light that the city of Tampa was claiming to be the home of the Cuban sandwich I thought to myself there’s no way that’s true,” said Carlos Barquin, Belen’s Athletic Director. “We thought this would be a fun way to share with our fellow Jesuit brothers what a true and authentic Cuban sandwich tastes like.”

The game will be played at Gulliver Preparatory High School located 6575 North Kendall Drive, Miami, 33156. The sandwiches will be handed out after the game at approximately 7 p.m. in the parking lot.

Islas Canarias Restaurant food truck Cuban Cube has generously provided the Cuban sandwiches and croquetas for the student athletes. Miami based Cawy Bottling Company has also agreed to provide the Cuban beverage Materva to each player from Tampa Jesuit.

“Jesuit High School, also known as Tampa Jesuit, has always been a great competitor and we are looking forward to a great game and a wonderful season,” said Richard Stuart, Head Football Coach, Belen Jesuit. “Tampa Jesuit and Belen Jesuit are the only Jesuit schools in Florida and share in a tough but friendly rivalry.”

MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES: If you would like to interview Coach Stuart or Coach Barquin prior to the game on August 24, please contact Teresa Martinez, Director of Communications at 786.621.4173 to schedule an interview. If you would like to attend a football team practice and interview a student athlete contact Mrs. Martinez for authorization and scheduling.

UPDATE- Belen Jesuit vs. Tampa Jesuit

*** Due to weather and construction delays the game has be RELOCATED to Gulliver Prep School located at 1500 San Remo Ave, Coral Gables, 33146. The debut of the new artificial turf football field will be on Friday, August 31 at Belen Jesuit Preparatory School. ***

MIAMI- On Friday, August 24 at 4 p.m. the Belen Jesuit Wolverines will kick-off their 41st football season against rival Tampa Jesuit at Gulliver located 1500 San Remo Ave, Coral Gables, 33146.

“Jesuit High School, also known as Tampa Jesuit, has always been a great competitor and we are looking forward to a great game and a wonderful season,” said Richard Stuart, Head Football Coach, Belen Jesuit. “Tampa Jesuit and Belen Jesuit are the only Jesuit schools in Florida and share in a tough but friendly rivalry.”

Belen Jesuit vs. Christopher Columbus- 8th Annual Football Kickoff Classic

MIAMI- The annual rivalry football game that attracts alumni from two of Miami-Dade County’s most prestigious, private, all-male Catholic Schools; Belen Jesuit vs.  Christopher Columbus will take place on Friday, September 7.

“This is a great opportunity for alumni, students, parents and friends of the school to gather together and show support for our student athletes,” said Mariano Loret de Mola, Executive Director of the Belen Alumni Association of Jesuit Schools from Cuba and Miami “As an Alumni Association the tailgate is a wonderful annual event that unites the Belen community.”

Over 10,000 spectators are expected. The game, with partial proceeds benefitting the Belen Alumni Association, is the first and only time both teams meet during the football season.

The eighth annual football kickoff classic will take place at the FIU Stadium; located at 11200 S.W. 8th Street in Miami. Alumni are invited to take part in pre-game festivities by joining the tailgate from 5 – 7 p.m. followed by kick off at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets to the Columbus vs. Belen Jesuit football game will go on sale Thursday, August 30 after 1:00 PM. Student tickets cost $5.00 and are sold at the bookstore.  Adult tickets cost $16.00 online and all tickets sold on game day will cost $20.00. 

BELEN JESUIT ALUMNI: For more information or if you would like to participate in this event, contact Mariano Loret de Mola, Executive Director of the Belen Alumni Association of Jesuit Schools from Cuba and Miami at 786.621.4667 or email alumni@belenjesuit.org.

MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES: If you would like to interview Coach Stuart or Coach Barquin prior to the game on September 7, please contact Teresa Martinez, Director of Communications at 786.621.4173 to schedule an interview. If you would like to attend a football team practice and interview a student athlete contact Mrs. Martinez for authorization and scheduling.                                                                                                                 

41st Football Season - Belen Jesuit vs. Tampa Jesuit

MIAMI- On Friday, August 24 at 4 p.m. the Belen Jesuit Wolverines will kick-off their 41st football season against rival Tampa Jesuit in the newly named Sánchez Field located on the Belen campus. This highly anticipated matchup will also be the debut of a new artificial turf football field. 

“This impressive field is of the same quality as the one used by the Buffalo Bills in the NFL,” said Carlos Barquin, Athletic Director, Belen Jesuit. “Thanks to the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. José Sánchez the field will be named the Sánchez Field during a half-time recognition ceremony at the game. This project wouldn’t be a reality had it not been for the support of many parents, alumni and friends of the school.” 

As surface wear-out and maintenance will be less, the field will be able to be used continuously for many sports including football, soccer, and lacrosse.

Construction on the artificial turf took place throughout the summer, June- August 2012 and features the Belen “B” in the center.

“Jesuit High School, also known as Tampa Jesuit, has always been a great competitor and we are looking forward to a great game and a wonderful season,” said Richard Stuart, Head Football Coach, Belen Jesuit. “Tampa Jesuit and Belen Jesuit are the only Jesuit schools in Florida and share in a tough but friendly rivalry.”

The game will be streamed live online on www.foxsportsflorida.com. To view photos of the construction of the field click here.

MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES: If you would like to interview Coach Stuart or Coach Barquin prior to the game on August 24, please contact Teresa Martinez, Director of Communications at 786.621.4173 to schedule an interview. If you would like to attend a football team practice and interview a student athlete contact Mrs. Martinez for authorization and scheduling.

Belen Jesuit Cultural Series Season Two Performers Announced

MIAMI- Season two of the Belen Jesuit Cultural Series will include performances by the Belen Jesuit Jazz Band under Marlene Urbay and the launch of their first CD, Photographic exhibit by Alberto Romeu, three-time Grammy-nominated Cuban music group Tiempo Libre,  two-time Grammy- nominated All-Star ensemble Seraphic Fire, Steinway & Sons Piano Festival and an encore presentation of Flameno Puro directly from Seville, Spain.

The Belen Cultural Series is a cultural resource to the community while continuing to enrich the lives of our students, their families, alumni, Belen faculty and administration.

Net proceeds from the Cultural Series benefit the Belen Scholarship Program. Every year Belen provides financial assistance to over 300 students, distributing $1.8 million annually.

“We are very excited to once again offer this great Cultural Series to our community by inviting talented performers to the Belen stage,” said Jesuit Father Pedro Suarez, President of the school. “These artists are renowned in their specific genres and it is an honor to welcome them to Belen Jesuit and expose our students to this level of talent.”

Tickets will go on sale Tuesday, September 4! Show and ticket information is available online www.belenjesuit.org/culturalseries.

MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES:  To schedule an interview with any of the artists please contact Teresa Martinez at 786-621-4173 or email tmartinez@belenjesuit.org.

Full implementation of iPads in the classroom

MIAMI– The first day of the 2012-13 school year for Belen Jesuit Preparatory School will be on Tuesday, August 21. Students will embark in a new era of teaching at Belen Jesuit with the implementation of a one‐to‐one program using the Apple iPad device and utilizing all digital textbooks.

“Our faculty has been receiving training on utilizing the iPad device to its fullest capabilities since December 2011,” said Carol Vila, Director of Technology. “We are excited to be among the first schools in Miami-Dade County to implement this new teaching method. We look forward to an exciting year of innovation and challenges.” 

“We are looking forward to a wonderful academic year full of activities and advancement in learning,” said Jesuit Father Pedro Suárez, President of the school. “The daily use of iPads in the classroom will give our students the edge as they prepare for their future in college and beyond. Our faculty along with the students will learn from this technology and embrace creativity in education.” 
 
Fifteen-hundred all male students in grades 6-12 make up the student body along with 120 teachers; 68% of which have a Master’s degree or higher.

MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES: Students will begin picking up their iPads on August 14 and attend a training seminar on how the iPads will be used in the classroom. Cameras are welcome. Interviews with administrators, faculty, alumni and students can be facilitated by contacting Teresa Martinez, Director of Communications at 786-621-4173. Live shots can be accommodated with prior notice. The school day begins at 8 a.m.

LOCAL EDUCATORS HEAD TO BOSTON FOR GLOBAL SUMMIT

MIAMI– Jesuit Father Pedro Suárez, President- Principal, Jesuit Father Guillermo García-Tuñón and José Roca, Assistant Principal-High School of Belen Jesuit Preparatory School will travel to Boston at the end of July to participate in the International Colloquium on Jesuit Secondary Education (ICJSE), the first-ever global meeting of Jesuit secondary schools in the 450-year history of the Jesuits.

ICJSE seeks to strengthen the global network of Jesuits schools by providing a venue to share ideas, discuss common strengths and challenges, examine our Jesuit mission and identity, and focus on how Jesuit school educators can prepare students to become global leaders.

“The enormous challenges to Jesuit education today require our best efforts in order for us to serve the mission that has been entrusted to us,” said Superior General Adolfo Nicolas, SJ, head of the Jesuits. “By gathering as a global body of Jesuit secondary schools for the first time we can begin to establish ways of collectively preparing our students and school communities to address the … welfare of the entire world and its development in a sustainable and life-giving way.”

Three hundred and seventy-one educators from 61 countries on six continents are registered for the event. In addition to Belen Jesuit, attendees will represent schools from Australia, Congo, China, El Salvador, Italy, and many other countries.

“As an educator, this is a truly remarkable opportunity,” said Jesuit Father Pedro Suárez. “I look forward to hearing about the innovative teaching methods employed by Jesuit Schools from around the world and learn about how we can help one another and ultimately our students in preparing them for a global economy."

The ICJSE will take place in Boston from July 29 to August 2, 2012. It will take place on the grounds of Boston College. For more information, visit www.icjse.org.

Feast of Saint Ignatius Loyola

MIAMI- Join the Jesuit community of Miami on Tuesday, July 31, in honor of the feast day of St. Ignatius Loyola for a Mass at Gesu Catholic Church in downtown Miami at noon.

 “This is a special occasion to thank the Lord for the gift of Ignatian spirituality and for over 115 years of Jesuit presence in Miami,” said Father Pedro A. Suarez, S.J., President - Principal of Belen Jesuit Preparatory School. “Gesu Catholic Church opened in 1896 by the Society of Jesus and as the city of Miami grew and expanded so did the Jesuits and their mission of educating others.” 

Gesu Catholic Church is located at 118 N.E. 2nd Street in downtown Miami. 

The main celebrant will be Jesuit Father Eddy Alvarez, pastor of Gesu Church and the homilist will be Jesuit Father Eduardo Najarro who is a theologian and professor at the Major Seminary in Santo Domingo.

After the Mass, refreshments will be served, courtesy of the Gesu community.

St. Ignatius of Loyola was the founder of the Society of Jesus in 1540.  He was beatified by Pope Paul V in 1609 and later canonized by Pope Gregory XV in 1622.  A former Spanish soldier, Ignatius is the patron saint of military personnel and the Society of Jesus.

Belen Summer Mission Trip

MIAMI- Over seventy students from Belen and two other Catholic schools will be heading off on a summer mission trip June 29 to San Felipe Abajo, Dominican Republic for 10 days.

 

In total, 104 people are participating in the “2012 Belen Youth Mission”.  Students from Belen Jesuit Preparatory School, Our Lady of Lourdes Academy and Carrolton School of the Sacred Heart ranging in age from 17-19 will join Belen school Principal Jesuit Father Guillermo García-Tuñón, alumni, engineers and medical staff on the trip.

 

The purpose of the mission is to serve the poor in a remote village of the Dominican Republic.  They will deliver medicines, mostly vitamins, and building tools that will be used to construct a much-needed bridge in the village of San Felipe Abajo.

 

“While most students are winding down from a busy academic year and are looking forward to lazy afternoons and sunny beaches, it is beautiful to see these young men and women spending their vacation time in an impoverished land to fulfill a call to serve,” said Jesuit Father Guillermo García-Tuñón. “This is what education is all about: giving to others.” 

 

“Our school has supported such missions for over 30 years.  It is one way in which Belen Jesuit fulfils its motto Forming men for others”, said Jesuit Father Pedro Suarez, Belen President.  

Belen Pitcher picked in the ninth round of the MLB draft

MIAMI- The Belen Community is enthusiastic to announce that pitcher Alex Lavandero was picked in the ninth round of the Major League Baseball draft by the Milwaukee Brewers. He is a Florida Atlantic recruit.

"Alex is a great athlete and wonderful guy. This is a testament to the work ethic and dedication that he has shown to the sport he loves,” said Jerry Albert, Head Baseball Coach. “We are all very proud of him; it’s a very exciting day for the Belen baseball program."

 

Five Names Added to Wall of Martyrs

MIAMI- Honoring the schools Cuban heritage and paying homage to those men that paid the ultimate price to bring freedom, peace and justice to their country 5 men will be added to the “Wall of Martyrs” memorial at Belen Jesuit Preparatory School on Monday, May 21 at 4 p.m.

“Belen alumni have given their lives for a higher cause throughout Belen’s long history,” said Jesuit Father Pedro Suarez, president of the school. “Some of them died in a heroic act of charity; they were all exemplary men for others.”

In 2009, the “Wall of the Martyrs” memorial was created as a way for the Belen community to remember and honor those men.  Their names, photographs and short narratives of their lives have been collected and prominently displayed in the Lobby of the second floor of the Belen Administration Building.  For more information or to learn about those alumni whose testimony will live forever visit http://www.belenjesuit.org/wallofmartyrs. 

Martyrs to be honored in the Anniversary Ceremony -- May 21, 2012 (4 pm)

  • Dr. Ricardo Pocurull y Oña, 1869 - Muerto en campaña, Guerra de Independencia, Pozo de Piedras, Las Villas, Julio 20, 1897
  • Carlos Rodríguez Santana, Electromecánica ’54 - Brigadista #2506 muerto en campo de entrenamiento para invasión Playa Girón, Septiembre 7, 1960
  • Raúl Vianello y Alacán, ’45 - Derribado en combate aéreo en Playa Girón, Abril 17,1961
  • Alfredo “Cuco” José Cervantes Lago, ’51 - Muerto asfixiado en la rastra que transportaba prisioneros de Playa Girón a La Habana, Abril 21,1961
  • Dr. José Antonio Muiño Gómez, Sagrado Corazón, Sagua, ’36 - Fusilado, Prisión La Cabaña, La Habana, Febrero 2, 1962

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“Spanish Extravaganza” to end Inaugural Season of Cultural Series

MIAMI- Throughout the 2011-12 academic year Belen Jesuit has been celebrating its Golden Jubilee in Miami. The end of the Inaugural Season of the Cultural Series will be on Saturday, May 20 at 3 p.m. in the Roca Theatre.

The concert features, The Florida Chamber Orchestra with Special Guest Luis Riopedre, tenor, Marisol Moreno, spanish dancer and Marlene Urbay, music director. Performing works by Bizet, Manuel de Falla, Soutullo y Vert and Pablo Sorosaba

Tickets are on sale now, www.belenjesuit.org/jubilee or via phone at (786)621-4177. Tickets are general admission $25. Net proceeds from each event in the Cultural Series will benefit the Belen Scholarship Program.

“We have been incredibly fortunate to have had wonderful performers grace our stage and interact with our students,” said Jesuit Father Pedro Suarez, President of the school. “This concert is a festive way of ending our Inaugural Season and wonderful tribute to our Golden Jubilee. I invite the community to join us as we celebrate.”

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Students Rally to Help One of Their Own

MIAMI- Students, parents, faculty and staff from Belen Jesuit Preparatory School in Miami will take part in a series of fundraisers April 27- May 20 to help recently diagnosed high school freshman, Andres Hidalgo.

Earlier this month fifteen-year-old Andres was diagnosed with leukemia. Leukemia is a type of cancer that affects the blood and bone marrow, the spongy center of bones where our blood cells are formed.

One hundred percent of the proceeds raised at any of these events will go to help the Hidalgo family. 

Friday, April 27 a Basketball Tournament with students from Belen will begin at 3:15 pm in the Gymnasium. $20 for teams of four players, food and drinks will be sold as well.  For more information, please contact: Dan Montesi at dmontesi@belenjesuit.org.

On Thursday May 3, Belen School will host a blood drive on our campus.  Anyone interested can also donate blood at The Community Blood Centers of South Florida-Kendall Branch at 8232 Mills Drive, Miami, FL 33183 (in the former Kendall Town and Country Mall).  If donating at the Community Center please give the following information: Andres Hidalgo; DOB: 1/27/97; MD: Knaied

Sunday May 20, a Family Fun Day will be hosted by a Belen family at Hacienda Guadalupe, located at 6401 SW 125 Ave Miami, 33183.  The day will begin with Mass at 11:30 am.  There will be a $2 admission.  Many activities for adults and children will be available as well as food and drinks.  For more information, please contact Gema Sanz at 305.323.9314.

“We have always said that the Belen community is a family and when a family member is ill we come together and do what we can to help,” said Jesuit Father Pedro Suarez, President of the school. “Through prayer we offer Andres and his family our greatest strength as he faces this tough fight.” 

Additionally, families at the school are taking part in a food chain for the Hidalgo family and students at the school are taking part in a weekly rosary offered in Andres’s name.

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2012 Commencement Speaker Announced

MIAMI- Belen Jesuit Preparatory School alumnus and current Florida State Representative Carlos Trujillo has agreed to be the Commencement Speaker at Belen’s Golden Jubilee graduation ceremony on May 30 at the James L. Knight Center at 7:00 p.m.

“We are deeply honored that Carlos accepted our invitation to be part of this grand event,” said Jesuit Father Pedro Suarez, President of the school. “Carlos is fondly remembered by many Belen faculty, who appreciated his commitment to caring and serving other people.”

Carlos is a 2001 graduate of Belen Jesuit Preparatory School and a recipient of the Miami Herald's Silver Knight Award. He served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Belen Jesuit Alumni Association and is a Board Member of the Miami-Dade County Criminal Justice Council.  He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Spring Hill College, where he majored in International Business.  At Spring Hill College, Carlos was Vice President of the Student Government Association.  He received his law degree from The Florida State University.

He has served as the State Representative for District 116 in Miami Dade County since 2010 and was selected by the Speaker of the House to serve on the Congressional Redistricting Subcommittee and the Select Committee on Government Reorganization.  During 2012, Mr. Trujillo sponsored two House bills that were approved, SR 1562 and SR 1921, recognizing Belen Jesuit Preparatory School’s 50th anniversary in Miami. Carlos participated in many service projects while a student at Belen including, the Belen Youth Mission in the Dominican Republic, was co-captain of the cross-country team, was elected President of the Belen Key Club and Governor of the Florida district.  He was also a member of Miami Bridge for the improvement of runaway children and participated in tutoring services to disadvantaged kids in Homestead. 

The James L. Knight Center is located at 400 SE Second Ave in Miami, 33131.

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Cyber Safety Presentation

MIAMI- As we spend more time using the Internet and on-line resources we can face unknown risks and dangers.   Belen tries to help our education on all of the positive and negative implications of modern technology.

A presentation on “Internet Risks” will be offered to Belen’s 7th, 8th and 9th grade students on April 19 at 9:30 a.m. by Ms. Josie Ashton of the Attorney General’s Office, Cybercrimes unit.  She has spoken in the past to our students and parents and will provide some practical and essential information.  

A special session for parents will be held in the Roca Theater on April 19 at 7:30 p.m.  Some of those Internet risks are posting inappropriate pictures or messages on line, using social media to bully or humiliate others and being solicited on-line by adults posing as young people.  All middle school parents are cordially invited.

“The internet has become an integral part in all of our lives but more specifically, in that of our youth as it is now necessary for their education, socialization and general growth and development. There are so many benefits to this technology that they seem to outweigh any negative consequences,” said Teresa Gutierrez, Director of School Counseling. “However, one instance of misjudgment while on-line can have disastrous and even permanent consequences.  For this reason, parents and all adults who interact with our youth need to be informed and vigilant about the potential hazards the internet can pose.”

“We all need to be aware of the dangers found in cyberspace,” said Jesuit Father Pedro Suarez, President of the school. “It is our hope that through these presentations both our students and their parents will become more knowledgeable on this important topic and be safer online.”

50 Year Celebration “Alumni Day”

MIAMI- Throughout the 2011-12 academic year Belen Jesuit has been celebrating its’ Golden Jubilee in Miami. The celebration will culminate with “Alumni Day” on Saturday, May 5. The day is comprised of a morning torch relay from Belen’s original campus in Downtown Miami located next to Gesu Catholic Church and will continue to the school’s second site on SW 8th street at 7th Avenue, ending at the current campus on 127th Avenue.

A prayer service/ Invocation will kick off Alumni Day at Gesu Church at 8 a.m. Invited to the prayer service would be alumni that graduated from the school in Cuba and members of the first graduating class in Miami.

The entire course is an estimated 14.25 miles. Fifty groups of alumni representing each year of the school in Miami will run/jog the course. Each leg of the course is approximately ¼ mile.

Once at the current campus field day activities will take place and a family style BBQ lunch will be offered to all participants. A time capsule, designed by Jesuit Father Pedro Cartaya, will also be buried on campus with memorabilia of the school. The daylong event will end with a Mass at the Garrido Family Plaza (central patio) at 5 p.m.

“When Belen celebrated its 150th anniversary of existence in 2004 we did a similar relay,” said Jesuit Father Pedro Suarez, President of the school. “It was such a success that we thought it would only be fitting to do a similar event for the 50th anniversary of the school in Miami. We welcome all alumni to participate and celebrate in this momentous occasion with us.”

Gesu Catholic Church is located 118 NE 2nd Street in Downtown Miami. Belen Jesuit Preparatory School is located at 500 SW 127 Avenue in Miami. 

MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES: To schedule an interview with participants please contact Teresa Martinez at 786-621-4173 or email tmartinez@belenjesuit.org.

ALUMNI: For more information or if you would like to participate in this historic event, contact Mariano Loret de Mola, Executive Director of the Belen Alumni Association of Jesuit Schools from Cuba and Miami at 786.621.4667 or email alumni@belenjesuit.org.

Father Izquierdo Memorial Golf Tournament

MIAMI- In commemoration of Belen’s Golden Jubilee in Miami, the Father Izquierdo Memorial Golf Tournament will be held on Friday, April 20 at the International Links Miami Melreese Country Club. Registration begins at 11 a.m.

This year, the event will begin with lunch, followed by tournament play and culminate with a cocktail reception.

Our mission is to raise funds for the Belen Scholarship Program. Every year the scholarship fund provides financial aid to over 300 students; distributing in excess of $1.8 million annually.

“Thanks to the cooperation of past participants, this tournament has funded over 100 scholarships providing young men in our community a chance to attend Belen,”said Mariano Loret de Mola, Executive Director, Belen Alumni Association of Jesuit Schools from Cuba and Miami.

Registration and Sponsorship information is available online, www.belenjesuit.org/golfclassic.

The International Links Miami Melreese Country Club is located at 1802 NW 37th Avenue in Miami.

If you have any questions please contact Mariano Loret de Mola at 786.621.4667 or mdemola@belenjesuit.org.

Belen Wolverine Summer Camp Open Registration

MIAMI- The Belen Wolverine Summer Camp is now accepting registration for camper’s ages 4- 14 and will run from June 18- August 3, 2012.

The Belen Summer Camp is perhaps the largest day camp in all of Miami-Dade County. Registration will be limited to 1,100 campers per session.

Fees & Payment:

    • Registration - $100.00
    • 7 Weeks Camp: June 18 - August 3 (paid before 5/18) - $970.00
    • 7 Weeks Camp: June 18 - August 3 (paid after 5/18) - $1,045.00
    • Session 1: June 18 - July 13 - $705.00
    • Session 2: July 9 - August 3 - $705.00
    • Weekly - $200.00

unded the Belen Jesuit Summer Camp.unded the Belen Jesuit Summer Camp. The Assistant Camp Directors are Carlos E. Díaz, also a graduate of Belen Jesuit, Ph.D. student and teacher and Dean at Harvard University; Cary Calvo, an elementary school teacher. The Supervisors are Mr. Paco Fernandez, Ms. Mayda Cordero & Ms. Eli Barquin. The Belen Summer Camp is perhaps the largest day camp in all of Miami-Dade County. Registration will be limited to 1,100 campers per session.

Supervised Camp activities will be from 8:30 am. to 4:30 p.m. and included in your payment are an array of recreational, educational and vocational activities.

For more information visit www.belensummercamp.org or call/ email (786) 621-4610/ summercamp@belenjesuit.org.

A finite number of employment positions are available. To apply you must be 15 prior to June 14 and must meet all the criteria listed online.

Carlos Barquín, Belen’s Athletic Director and Track & Field Coach will direct the program, now in its 28th year. Mr. Barquín has worked with Summer Camps since 1969. He was Camp Director for the International Y.M.C.A. and the Southwest Y.M.C.A. He directed the Big Five Club summer camp from 1979 to 1983 and in 1984 founded the Belen Jesuit Summer Camp.

Lucrecia in Concert- Back by Popular Demand

MIAMI- Renowned Cuban singer Lucrecia will once again grace the Belen Jesuit stage on Saturday, April 28 at 7 p.m. accompanied by the Belen Jazz Band conducted by Marlene Urbay and members of the Celia Cruz All-Star Band.

The concert will honor the legendary Celia Cruz, who is considered one of the most renowned Cuban musicians of all time and will be preceded by the 2008 documentary, “Celia: The Queen.”

“We are very excited to once again welcome Lucrecia to our campus,” said Jesuit Father Pedro Suarez, President of the school. “She graced our stage at the onset of our Cultural Series in October of 2011 and captured the heart of everyone in attendance. I invite the community to come and experience her in concert first hand.”

Tickets are on sale now, www.belenjesuit.org/jubilee. Prices are $25, $35 and $55 with a VIP Artists Reception to follow in the Saladrigas Gallery. Net proceeds from each event in the Cultural Series will benefit the Belen Scholarship Program.

MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES: Both Lucrecia and Marlene Urbay are available for interviews beginning on April 25. To schedule an interview with either artist please contact Teresa Martinez at 786-621-4173 or email tmartinez@belenjesuit.org.

The Sound of Music at Belen

MIAMI-  The Belen Humanities Department presents as part of the Golden Jubilee Cultural Series at Belen Jesuit Preparatory School a performance of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s, “The Sound of Music” March 21-24 and March 28-31 at the Roca Theatre.   

Ticket prices are $20 for adults and $15 for students and are available online, http://www.seatyourself.biz/belenjesuit. All performances begin at 7:30 p.m.

The complete ensemble is comprised of over 30 actors from Belen and other participating Miami Dade Community Schools.

The Main Cast includes:

Maria Rainer:                         Lourdes Artiz, 11th   grade Our Lady of Lourdes

Mother Abbess:                       Mari Dosil

Captain Georg von Trapp:      Jonathan Amaro-Barron, 10th grade Belen Jesuit

Brigitta, age 9:                        Zoe Maloney, South Miami Middle School

Liesl, age 16:                            Karina Padura, FIU

Rolf Gruber, age 17:               Francisco Gonzalez, 11th grade Belen Jesuit

“This extremely talented cast will transform the Roca Theater into Salzburg, Austria and fill the Hills with the Sound of Music,” said Francisco Padura, director and drama teacher. “Together we have recreated the heart and soul of this beautiful and touching story. Let us take you on a journey to another time and place, and surround you with inspiring familiar melodies and unforgettable characters.” 

“We are blessed to have such talented students performing in “The Sound of Music,” said Jesuit Father Pedro Suárez, President of the school. “We welcome the community to come see for themselves and enjoy the show.” 

Synopsis: When a postulant proves too high-spirited for the religious life, she is dispatched to serve as governess for the seven children of a windowed naval Captain. Her growing rapport with the youngsters, coupled with her generosity of spirit, gradually captures the heart of the stern Captain, and they marry. Upon returning from their honeymoon, they discover that Austria has been invaded by the Nazis, who demand the Captain’s immediate service in their navy. The family’s narrow escape over the mountains to Switzerland on the eve of World War II provides one of the most thrilling and inspirational finales ever presented in the theater. The motion picture version remains the most popular movie musical of all times.

Spread The Word To End The Word Campaign

MIAMI- The “Spread the Word to End the Word” campaign will be celebrated at Belen Jesuit Preparatory School March 5-9, 2012 and is being hosted by the Belen Best Buddies chapter.  The campaign is an ongoing effort by Special Olympics, Best Buddies and R-word supporters to raise the consciousness of society about the dehumanizing and hurtful effects of the word “retard(ed)” and encourage people to pledge to stop using the R-word.

Throughout the week, students will have the opportunity to visit the R-word Pledge Station during their lunch period and make a promise to end their use of the word.

The campaign, created by youth, is intended to engage school organizations and communities to rally and pledge their support at www.r-word.org and to promote the inclusion and acceptance of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The school’s internal newscast, WBLN will also air several videos, which focus on social inclusion of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The campaign will also serve as a fundraiser for the Best Buddies Friendship Walk - South Florida. “R-WORD” bracelets will be on sale for $2 in the bookstore in support of this cause.

 “Before I became involved with Best Buddies, I was unaware of the hurtful effects of the word ‘retard(ed).’ I myself used the word in every day conversation. However, after gaining many friendships with people who have intellectual and developmental disabilities I have become aware of how dehumanizing the word really is,” said eleventh grader Enrique Menendez, President and Founder of Belen Best Buddies. “Even when not used with bad intentions, it still affects those who know that a person with a disability should not be characterized by a word that has become synonymous with “dumb” or “stupid”.”

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Belen Crew team participates in 39th Miami International Regatta

MIAMI- The Belen Jesuit Crew team will take part in the 39th annual Miami International Regatta (MIR) Sunday, March 4 at 10 a.m. at the Miami Marine Stadium in Virginia Key; this is the only local regatta the team participates during the Springs season and will feature a special performance by the Belen drum-line at 10:30 a.m.

The school crew team will be participating in several races on Sunday, March 4, competing against several other state, national, and international rowing programs (schools and clubs). The team is made up of 58 students in grades 6- 12 and participates in over 15 events throughout the season.

“We are very proud of crew team and wish them the best of luck as they represent Belen at this prestigious Regatta,” said Jesuit Father Pedro Suarez, School President.

The Crew team began its inaugural season (2000-2001) in mid-November of 2000 and is currently being led by head coach Yunian Cabrera with Jeffrey Montes (‘05) and Roberto Ruiz serving as assistant coaches.

Golden Jubilee Cultural Series Concert featuring Internationally Renowned Pianist, Benjamin Grosvenor

MIAMI- Making his Miami debut as the first stop on his United States tour British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor  will perform as part of the Golden Jubilee Cultural Series at Belen Jesuit Preparatory School on Thursday, March 1 at 8 p.m.

“This young man has already accomplished such wonderful accolades and we are overjoyed to have him meet our students and perform for our community,” said Jesuit Father Pedro Suárez, President of the school.

Nineteen-year-old Grosvenor first came to prominence as the outstanding winner of the Keyboard Final of the 2004 BBC Young Musician Competition at the age of eleven. Since then, Benjamin has become an internationally regarded pianist performing concerts with orchestras including the London Philharmonic, Tokyo Symphony, and Brazilian Symphony in venues such as the Royal Festival Hall, Barbican, Muza Kawasaki and Carnegie Hall (at the age of thirteen).

*His complete biography is attached.

 

This concert is cosponsored by Steinway & Sons Miami in association with the Friends of Chamber Music. Ticket prices are id="mce_marker"5, $25 and $35. Tickets can be purchased online, www.belenjesuit.org/jubilee.

All events in the Cultural Series will take place in the Roca Theatre located in the Belen campus. A variety of musical performances are scheduled throughout the academic year, concluding on May 20, 2012.  

Net proceeds from the Cultural Series will benefit the Belen Scholarship Program. Every year the scholarship fund provides financial aid to over 300 students; distributing in excess of 8 million annually. 

MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES: Interviews with administrators, faculty, students and alumni can be facilitated by contacting Teresa Martinez, Communications Director at 786-621-4173. Interviews with Benjamin Grosvenor, the day before the concert, can be scheduled in advance with Teresa Martinez.

Four Belen Jesuit Football Players to sign National Letters of Intent

MIAMI- The Belen Community is enthusiastic to announce that four of its football players will be signing national letters of intent to play in Division 1 programs. The signing ceremony will take place on Wednesday, February 1st at 9:30 a.m. in the Cosculluela Hall located in the administration building of the school.

“We are very proud of these young men. This signing day is a result of many years of hard work on the playing fields in the classroom and in the weight room,” said Richard Stuart, Head Football Coach. “All of them are outstanding young men and they will be excellent Belen ambassadors at their respective universities. “

  • Imani Davis- Running      Back -University of Akron
  • Frankie      Hernandez- Defensive Back- Dartmouth College
  • Ricky Fernandez- Tight      End- Fairmont State University
  • Alfonso Horner- Defensive      End- Florida International University or University of Akron

*decision will be announced at the press conference

Additionally Alec Macias, Running Back,  will be going to -Tulane University and Kevin Viera, Offensive Line,- FIU as Preferred Walk-ons.  

“It is a great honor for the Belen community to have these athletes be recognized for their stellar abilities,” said Jesuit Father Pedro Suarez, President of the School. “They are not only great athletes, but fine students and a great representation of Belen.”

Belen Jesuit Preparatory School is located at 500 SW 127th Ave in Miami. (Enter via the entrance on 6th Street for the Administration building.)

MEDIA ARE WELCOME. ATHLETES AND COACHES WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR INTERVIEWS.                          

Local students hold benefit for Operation Smile

MIAMI- Students from several Miami-Dade County schools will showcase their talents to benefit Operation Smile on Friday, February 3 at 7 p.m. in the Roca Theatre located at the Belen campus.

“In the beginning of the 2010 school year, several of my friends and I were inspired by Operation Smile, a worldwide charity that performs free cleft lip and cleft palate surgeries for children in need,” said Carlos Fernandez, President and Founder of Belen Operation Smile Students Club. “We decided to form a club at Belen Jesuit that would raise funds and awareness for this organization and came up with the idea of a talent show.”

Students from Our Lady of Lourdes Academy, Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart, Southwest Senior High School and Ronald Reagan High School are participating in the talent show.

All tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the Roca Theatre box office on the day of the performance.

“We are so proud of our students, they have taken this initiative to heart and are truly trying to make a difference in the world,” said Maria D. Alonso, English teacher and club moderator.

“We hope that through this event we are able to raise awareness and much needed funds for this worthwhile cause,” said Fernandez.  “Facial deformities cause children so many physical complications as well as a great deal of emotional pain. Yet, for just $240 per child, Operation Smile is able to provide surgeries for children in need throughout the world – surgeries that will change their lives.”

Operation Smile, headquartered in Norfolk, Virginia, is an international children’s medical charity with programs and Foundations in more than 60 countries, whose network of more than 5,000 medical volunteers from 76 countries is dedicated to helping improve the health and lives of children and young adults

Rivals take it to the court- Belen Jesuit vs. Christopher Columbus

MIAMI- The annual rivalry basketball game that attracts alumni and students from two of Miami-Dade County’s most prestigious, private, all-male Catholic Schools; Belen Jesuit vs.  Christopher Columbus will take place on Friday, January 13 at Florida International University.

The junior varsity team will play at 6 p.m. followed by varsity at 7:30 p.m.

“This is the tenth consecutive year of playing against Columbus and it’s a game we look forward to every year,” said Jose E. Roca, Assistant Principal and Varsity Coach. “Both schools have outstanding players and this game showcases that talent.”

FIU is located at located at 11200 S.W. 8th Street in Miami.

Tickets to the Columbus vs. Belen Jesuit basketball game are still available.  Tickets purchased at the game are $20.

MEDIA ARE WELCOME.

300 Belen students host ‘fun day’ for children with Autism

MIAMI- For the fifth year, Belen students will host a ‘fun day’ for 140 children ages 3-12 with Autism and other disabilities on Friday, January 13.

The day will begin with the Belen students hearing a presentation regarding Autism at 8 a.m. “Our students start the day very apprehensive but then find that the kids are a lot of fun,” said Olga Ramon, Mathematics teacher at Belen and event coordinator. “They learn techniques to better interact with the kids and they learn a little compassion, patience and understanding for these kids.”

The activities will begin at 9 a.m. when the students from Blue Lakes Elementary School arrive at the Belen gymnasium. Among the activities scheduled are finger painting, basketball, hula-hoops, etc. All activities will conclude by noon.

“This day is special for a number of reasons. For one, this event is held on a day when the school is closed so all the students participating from Belen are doing this as volunteers,” said Ms. Ramon. “Secondly, this event gives our students the opportunity to give back and to have fun all while bringing a smile to child with a disability.”

Autism statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention identify around 1 in 110 American children as on the autism spectrum–a 600 percent increase in prevalence over the past two decades. More children will be diagnosed with autism this year than with childhood cancer, juvenile diabetes or pediatric AIDS combined.

MEDIA ARE WELCOME.

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Golden Jubilee Cultural Series Concert featuring Acclaimed Local Guitarist, Rafael Padrón

MIAMI- Internationally acclaimed local guitarist, Rafael Padrón will perform as part of the Golden Jubilee Cultural Series at Belen Jesuit Preparatory School on Sunday, January 29 at 3 p.m.

“We are very excited to welcome to the Belen stage this talented guitarist,” said Jesuit Father Pedro Suárez, President of the school. “We are honored to welcome Rafael to perform for our community and inspire the next generation of performers.”

Mr. Padrón has won national and international competitions including the Montpelier Cultural Arts Center Recital Series Competition in the United States.  He has also been a featured performer in festivals and concerts around the world. Currently, he is part of the faculty at the Miami Conservatory of Music, at the University of Miami and Florida International University. 

All events in the Cultural Series will take place in the Roca Theatre located in the Belen campus. A variety of musical performances are scheduled throughout the academic year, concluding on April 29, 2012. Tickets can be purchased online, www.belenjesuit.org/jubilee.

Net proceeds from the Cultural Series will benefit the Belen Scholarship Program. Every year the scholarship fund provides financial aid to over 300 students; distributing in excess of id="mce_marker".8 million annually.

MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES: Interviews with administrators, faculty, students and alumni can be facilitated by contacting Teresa Martinez, Communications Director at 786-621-4173. Interviews with Rafael Padrón , before the concert, can also be scheduled in advance with Teresa Martinez. *To view the complete list of Golden Jubilee related events click here. 

 

Belen Cultural Series Tickets on Sale Now

MIAMI- Tickets are on sale NOW for the remaining events of Belen Jesuit Preparatory School’s Cultural Series Inaugural Season. Performances by renowned local and international artists will take place on campus in the Roca Theatre.

Tickets can be purchased online, www.belenjesuit.org/jubilee. Net proceeds from the Cultural Series will benefit the Belen Scholarship Program.

Schedule of Events:

Sunday, January, 29, 2012 – 3 p.m.

Rafael Padron, Guitarist Performing works by Barrios, Brouwer, Fariñas, Mertz and Tarrega

Ticket prices: $15, $25 and $35


Thursday, March 1, 2012 – 8 p.m.

Benjamin Grosvenor, pianist

In partnership with the Friends of Chamber Music

Miami Debut

Performing works by Chopin, Bach, Ravel and Rachmaninoff
Ticket prices: $15, $25 and $35


Saturday, March 3, 2012 – 8 p.m.

Flamenco Puro- directly from Seville, Spain

In partnership with La Fundacion de Arte Flamenco Cristina Heeren

VIP Artists’ Reception, Saladrigas Gallery - Following the Performance
Ticket prices: $25, $35 and $55


Saturday, April 28, 2012 - 7 p.m.

Celia the Queen: Documentary and Concert

Featuring Lucrecia and the Celia Cruz All-Star Band

VIP Artists’ Reception, Saladrigas Gallery – Following the Performance
Ticket prices: $25, $35 and $55

Ordination of Christian Saenz, SJ

MIAMI- Belen Jesuit Preparatory School alumnus Christian Sáenz, S.J. will be ordained to the priesthood on Saturday, December 10 at 10 a.m. in a trilingual (English, Spanish & Latin) Mass at Gesu Catholic Church in downtown Miami.

The main celebrant and homilist will be Archbishop Thomas Wenski.

Gesu Catholic Church is located at 118 N.E. 2nd Street in downtown Miami.

Saenz, 34, was born and raised in Miami. He graduated from Belen in 1995 and continued his studies at Syracuse University in New York, obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Italian language in 2000. Two years after graduation, he entered the Society of Jesus and began his formation as a Jesuit in the novitiate in Santiago, Dominican Republic. He continued his studies at Fordham University, a Jesuit University in New York, and graduated with a Master’s in Philosophy in 2006. Upon graduation, he worked at Belen as a social studies teacher for two years and afterward went to the Pontifical Gregorian University in Italy and earned a Baccalaureate in Sacred Theology in 2011.

“My life and the formation that I have undergone for the last nine years serve as prelude to the life which God has called me to live,” said Deacon Saenz before his ordination. “This next step is just the beginning of a life that turns toward God in a deeper and total way.”

Since August 2011, Saenz has been working as a social studies teacher at his alma mater Belen Jesuit Preparatory School. He will continue to work at the school after his ordination.  Newly ordained, Father Saenz will celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving at his home parish, St. Thomas the Apostle on Sunday, December 11 at 11 a.m.

Four Belen Jesuit Baseball Players to sign National Letters of Intent

MIAMI- The Belen Community is enthusiastic to announce that four of its baseball players will be signing national letters of intent to play in Division 1 programs. The signing ceremony will take place on Wednesday, November 9 at 3 p.m. in the Cosculluela Hall located in the administration building of the school.

"These four players obviously have high-level baseball ability and skills.  The schools that have recruited them are top-tier, Division 1 programs.  It is a great testament to the work ethic and dedication that each of them have shown to the sport they love,” said Jerry Albert, Head Baseball Coach. “They are all going to terrific programs, and each will be a great fit for their respective schools.  It's a very exciting day for the Belen baseball program."

  • Shortstop - Alexander De Goti - Long Beach State, Long Beach, California
  • Centerfielder - Joey Rodriguez - Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • Pitcher - Alejandro Lavandero - Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida
  • Catcher - David Diaz-Fernandez – Marshall University, Huntington, West Virginia

“It is a great honor for the Belen community to have these athletes be recognized for their stellar abilities,” said Jesuit Father Pedro Suarez, President of the School. “They are not only great athletes, but fine students and a great representation of Belen.”

Golde Jubilee Gala

MIAMI- The Belen Jesuit community will join business leaders and dignitaries in celebrating the school’s Golden Jubilee at the Annual Gala on Saturday, November 5 at the Doral Golf Resort and Spa.

This elegant affair will feature a performance by Willy Chirino. Net proceeds from the gala go towards Belen's scholarship program, affording deserving and qualifying students the opportunity of a Jesuit education. Every year the scholarship fund provides financial aid to over 300 students; annually distributing in excess of $1.8 million.

“The Gala has always been one of the biggest fund-raisers for financial aid,” said Jesuit Father Pedro Suarez, President of Belen Jesuit Preparatory School. “This year, our Golden Jubilee, we are pulling all the stops, so that this event may be memorable in the history of Belen, uniting all our friends for the common cause of helping many students to receive a Jesuit education.”

MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES: Interviews with administrators, faculty, students and alumni can be facilitated by contacting Teresa Martinez, Communications Director at 786-621-4173.

To view the complete list of Golden Jubilee related events click here.

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT; MEDIA ARE WELCOME BUT MUST NOTIFY TERESA MARTINEZ IN ADVANCE, IF YOU PLAN TO COVER THE GALA.

Memorial Mass- Rev. Tomás Macho Castillo, S.J.

MIAMI- The Belen Jesuit Community invites anyone that knew Jesuit Father Tomas Macho to a Mass of Remembrance on Tuesday, October 25, at 7 p.m. in the Belen Chapel.   Jesuit Father Pedro Suarez, S.J., President of Belen Jesuit Preparatory School, will be the main celebrant and homilist. 

The Belen Chapel is located adjacent to the Central Patio on campus, 500 S.W. 127th Avenue in Miami.

Father Macho died on October 15 at the Jesuit Infirmary in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; he was 96 years old.   Born in Santander, Spain in 1915 he entered the Jesuit Order in 1932 and was ordained in 1946. 

“He was a kind and courageous man who lived his faith fully and had a tremendous love for Cuba and the Cuban people,” said Jesuit Father Pedro Suarez. “He was a wonderful friend with a great sense of humor and will be remembered by all who knew him.  May he rest in peace.”

Fr. Macho received a doctorate in Philosophy from Fordham University and taught at Belen both in Cuba and in Miami, at St. Thomas University and at St. John Vianney College Seminary.   He also served as chaplain of the Brigade 2506 during the Bay of Pigs invasion, and was himself a prisoner in Cuba. Fr. Macho also served at St. Cecilia’s parish in Hialeah for many years.

Florida Highway Patrol And Teens White Out Crashes

The Florida Highway Patrol will host press conferences throughout the state in order to bring attention to National Teen Driver Safety Week and our White Out events.

What: Press Conference for National Teen Driver Safety Week / White Out Event

Who: Belen Jesuit Preparatory Principal, Rev. Guillermo M. García-Tuñon, S.J.

Florida Highway Patrol Public Affairs Officer, Trooper Joe Sanchez

Members of the Street Smart Program

Students from Belen Jesuit Preparatory and representatives from state agencies, law enforcement and other partners in teen driver safety also will be on site and available for interviews.

When: Oct. 18, 2011 at 2 p.m.

Where: Belen Jesuit Preparatory
School Gymnasium
500 SW 127th Avenue
Miami, FL 33184

Why: National Teen Driver Safety Week

Parking information: Media interested in attending will have designed parking area, please contact Teresa Martinez, Director of Communications at Belen (786.621.4176/ tmartinez@belenjesuit.org) with any questions. Media interviews will be coordinated after the presentation in the school gym.

‘Real Men Wear Pink’

MIAMI-  In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness, Belen Jesuit Preparatory School, an all boys school located in Miami is going pink the week of October 17th.

All week long students will be wearing pink wrist sweatbands customized with the school’s logo and pink ribbon outlined in blue; each wristband costs $5 with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the American Cancer Society- Making Strides for Breast Cancer campaign. The school’s central patio, located at the heart/center of the campus, will be decorated with pink ribbons and a banner will be on display that states, ‘Real Men Wear Pink.’

On Thursday, October 20, Breast Cancer Awareness Day, food served in the cafeteria will have elements of pink, a special video produced by students will be shown, all tests and quizzes on that day will be given on pink paper and the school website (www.belenjesuit.org) will go pink along with the school newscast- WBLN news.                

“As a mother of a freshman (and an alum), my heart is so filled with gratitude to know that my son is being given the opportunity to show his compassion and support for such a personal cause with his whole school, ” said Lidice Lascano, Science teacher and Coordinator for Breast Cancer Awareness Week at the School.

Archbishop to Bless Newly Renovated Plaza

MIAMI- Archbishop Thomas Wenski will bless the newly renovated Garrido Family Plaza at Belen Jesuit Preparatory School on Friday, October 14 at 6 p.m.

The plaza, located at the heart (center) of the campus underwent a complete renovation over the summer of 2011 in commemoration of the school’s Golden Jubilee celebration.

Jose Garrido, Sr. is a Belen Alumnus from the Class of 1946; his son Jose Garrido, Jr. graduated in 1972, and Jose A. Garrido, III graduated in 1999.

“The Garridos have been very supportive of many Belen activities and projects, and their connection to Belen spans three generations,” said Jesuit Father Pedro Suarez, President of the school. “We have always been fortunate to count on their friendship and generosity.”

Lucrecia in Concert- Cultural Series Season Launch

MIAMI- Renowned Cuban singer Lucrecia accompanied by the Belen Jazz Band conducted by Marlene Urbay will launch the Inaugural Cultural Series on Saturday, October 8.  DUE TO SCHEDULING CONFLICTS, RAUL ESPARZA WILL NOT PERFORM AT THIS EVENT.

“We are very excited to begin this new venture with hopes to enrich our community by inviting talented performers to the Belen stage,” said Jesuit Father Pedro Suarez, President of the school. “We welcome Lucrecia to our campus for the first time and are proud of our students and band teacher Marlene Urbay that will accompany her on stage.”

Tickets are on sale now, www.belenjesuit.org/jubileeeventtickets. The concert begins at 8 p.m.; prices are $35, $65 and $125. Net proceeds from each event in the Cultural Series will benefit the Belen Scholarship Program. The $65 and $125 priced tickets include a meet and greet during a cocktail reception after the concert with the artists.

MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES: Both Lucrecia and Marlene Urbay are available for interviews beginning on October 4. To schedule an interview with either artist please contact Teresa Martinez at 786-621-4173 or email tmartinez@belenjesuit.org. ATTACHED are Artist Biographies.

Several events are planned throughout the2011- 2012 academic year to celebrate the school’s Golden Jubilee. For a detailed list of upcoming events in the Cultural Series visit www.belenjesuit.org/jubilee.

Belen Students Celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Charity

MIAMI- On Thursday, September 8 one hundred students from Belen Jesuit Preparatory School participated in the opening procession of the Mass celebrating the 50th anniversary of the arrival of the replica statue of Our Lady of Charity in Miami in 1961.

“We are humbled by the invitation to participate in the Mass in honor of Our Lady of Charity, Patroness of Cuba. El Colegio de Belen was founded in Cuba, in 1854, and after the Communist Revolution, continued its uninterrupted education of young men here in Miami,” said Josefina Chirino, director of campus ministry at Belen. “Our roots are profoundly Cuban, and now that we are celebrating our 50th anniversary in Miami, we share in the joy of the entire Cuban people, celebrating the protection and continued intercession of Our Blessed Mother.”

The students from Belen joined Archbishop of Miami Thomas Wenski and the Cuban community of South Florida at the University of Miami BankUnited Center.

Eleventh grader, Francisco Villafane participated in the Presentation of Gifts procession carrying a portrait of Cuban Martyr Eduardo de la Fuente. “Being part of this historic event makes me feel like I am part of something amazing; I don’t know how to describe the feeling,” said Villafane. “This event shows how the Body of Christ extends throughout the world.”


Better known as La Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre, Our Lady of Charity is the patroness of Cuba. Her statue was found floating in stormy waters in El Cobre, Cuba, by three fishermen who considered it an answer to their prayers for safety. The original statue remains in El Cobre, while the replica was smuggled out of Cuba and brought to Miami in 1961, just in time for the first celebration here of her Sept. 8 feast day – a Mass that took place at Miami’s Bobby Maduro Stadium.

Belen Jesuit Preparatory School in Miami is celebrating its Golden Jubilee during the 2011-2012 academic year. The Jesuits founded the school in 1854 in Havana, Cuba. In 1961, Belen and all private schools were confiscated by the new political regime. The School was re-established in Miami on September 17, 1961 and has grown tremendously over the last five
decades.

Belen Celebrates 50 years of teaching in Miami

 MIAMI- Celebrating 50 years in Miami, Belen Jesuit Preparatory School is celebrating its jubilee year by commemorating the first day of classes for the original school, which was on the fourth floor of the former Gesu School building, with a Mass on Monday, September 19.

The Mass will be celebrated in the newly renovated Garrido Family Plaza, at 500 SW 127th Avenue in Miami, at 6:00 AM.

To begin the day, the community will gather at the front gates of the school and will be addressed by Jesuit Father Pedro Suarez, President of the school. The Jesuit priests will then open the gates and the Mass will begin shortly afterwards. Members of the class of 1961 and the current senior class will be active participants in the celebration. The mass will be followed by a breakfast reception in the school cafeteria.

MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES: Interviews with administrators, faculty, alumni and students can be facilitated by contacting Teresa Martinez, Communications Director at 786-621-4173. Live shots can be accommodated with prior notice.

Belen Jesuit Preparatory School in Miami is celebrating its Golden Jubilee during the 2011-2012 academic year. The Jesuits founded the school in 1854 in Havana, Cuba. In 1961, Belen and all private schools were confiscated by the new political regime. The School was re-established in Miami on September 17, 1961 and has grown tremendously over the last five decades.

In 1962 the School acquired its own building and moved to a new site on the corner of S.W. 8th Street and 7th Avenue in Miami. It remained there until 1981 when the School moved to its current location; a 30-acre site in western Dade County. In October 2003 the school inaugurated The Ignatian Center for the Arts, offering theatrical and musical performances, as well as, art exhibits throughout the year. Currently the enrollment is nearly 1,500 male students in grades 6 to 12 and over 6-thousand alumni.

MEDIA ARE WELCOME. All members of the community, including current students, alumni, faculty, staff and neighbors are invited to attend the Mass.

Golden Jubilee Cultural Series Announced

MIAMI- Celebrating 50 years in Miami, Belen Jesuit Preparatory School is kicking off its Jubilee year by announcing the launch of a Cultural Series.

MEDIA ONLY: The kick- off event on Friday, October 7th will include the unveiling of the Humberto Calzada commemorative painting in the lobby of the administrative building located on the Belen campus at 6 p.m. Followed by official ceremonies and Capital Campaign launch, in the Roca Theater at 7:15 p.m. *This event is by invitation only.

All events in the Cultural Series will take place in the Ignatian Center for the Arts, Roca Theatre located in the Belen campus. A variety of musical performances are scheduled throughout the academic year beginning October 8 and concluding April 29, 2012. Tickets are now on sale for the opening night performance on Saturday, October 8th at 8 p.m. featuring alumnus and Broadway star Raul Esparza in Concert with special guest Lucrecia, accompanied by the Belen Jesuit Jazz Band under the direction of Marlene Urbay. Proceeds from Belen’s Cultural Series to benefit the Scholarship Program. To purchase tickets log on to, www.belenjesuit.org/jubileeeventtickets.

“We are very excited to begin this new venture with hopes to enrich our community by inviting talented performers to the Belen stage,” said Jesuit Father Pedro Suarez, President of the school. “Raul not only is a graduate of the school but a supporter of the arts and education.  We are proud to welcome him home.”

MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES: Interviews with administrators, faculty, students and alumni can be facilitated by contacting Teresa Martinez, Communications Director at 786-621-4173. Interviews with Raul Esparza and Lucrecia before the performance can be scheduled in advance with Teresa Martinez. *To view the complete list of Golden Jubilee related events click here.

Back to School

MIAMI- Celebrating 50 years in Miami, Belen Jesuit Preparatory School is celebrating its Golden Jubilee throughout the 2011- 2012 academic year.

The first day of school for 273 new students will be on Monday, August 22nd. All 1,479 students in grades 6 to 12 return to school on Tuesday, August 23rd.

“Belen approaches every new academic year with enthusiasm, but this year it is even greater because we have the opportunity to celebrate 50 years of perseverance and hard work,” said Jesuit Father Guillermo García-Tuñón, Principal at Belen. “This milestone is a testament to the ability of a small group of exiles who overcame adversity and took advantage of the awesome opportunity this country gave them.”

Belen Jesuit Preparatory School is located at 500 SW 127 Avenue in Miami, 33184.

MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES: Interviews with administrators, faculty and students can be facilitated by contacting Teresa Martinez, Communications Director at 786-621-4173. Live shots for back to school related stories can be accommodated with prior notice. *The first bell rings at 8 a.m.

Belen Jesuit Preparatory School was founded by the Jesuits in 1854 in Havana, Cuba. In 1961, Belen and all private schools were confiscated by the new political regime. The School was re-established in Miami that same year and has grown over the last five decades.

The school has received numerous accolades in both athletics and academics; including being named for the sixth consecutive year one of the Top 50 U.S. Catholic High Schools by the National Catholic High School Honor Roll in 2011.

Profession of First Vows

MIAMI- Belen Jesuit Preparatory School alumnus Julio Miguel Minsal- Ruiz will make his profession of first vows to the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) on Friday, September 9th at 9:30 a.m. in the school gymnasium. *By invitation only; not open to the public.

The main celebrant will be Fr. Fernando Polanco, SJ, Provincial of the Antilles and concelebrated by Father Pedro A. Suarez, S.J., school President and Father Guillermo García-Tuñón, S.J., principal and other Jesuit priests.  The Mass coincides with the Feast of St. Peter Claver, a 17th century Spanish Jesuit missionary who spent most of his priestly life ministering to the poor and sick slaves in Cartagena, Colombia. 

Belen Jesuit Preparatory School is located at 500 SW 127 Avenue in Miami, 33184.

Minsal- Ruiz, 24, was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico and raised in Miami. He graduated from Belen in 2005 and continued his studies at Xavier University, a Jesuit university, in Cincinnati, Ohio obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in philosophy and psychology. Upon graduation, he entered the Society of Jesus and began his formation as a Jesuit in the novitiate in Santiago, Dominican Republic.

As a novice, “I made the 30 day silent retreat (The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola), served in hospitals, and made a month-long pilgrimage. Over the course of the two years, I also studied the history and constitutions of the Jesuits as well as the life of St. Ignatius,” said Minsal- Ruiz. "The novitiate was a challenging, life-changing experience that taught me to live the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience with love and evangelical joy.”

Minsal-Ruiz will continue his education at Fordham University in New York and strive to complete a Masters degree in philosophy.

The Society of Jesus is both a missionary and a teaching Roman Catholic religious order since it was founded by Pope Paul III at the request of Saint Ignatius of Loyola in 1540.  The motto of the Society, "Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam" indicates its goal to help all men and women to live according to Christ's example of love and service.  The Jesuits dedicated themselves to spread the Gospel in mission lands and to the apostolate of education very early in their history.  

Belen Jesuit Preparatory School is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, is affiliated with the National Catholic Educational Association and is a member of both the Jesuit Secondary Education Association (JSEA) and Jesuit High School College Counselors Association.

Media are welcome.

7th Annual Football Kickoff Classic Belen Jesuit vs. Christopher Columbus

MIAMI- The annual rivalry football game that attracts alumni from two of Miami-Dade County’s most prestigious, private, all-male Catholic Schools; Belen Jesuit vs.  Christopher Columbus will take place on Friday, September 9th.

“This is a very special occasion in our community for reasons that go way beyond the athletic competition and the enormous efforts of the fine young men who play their hearts out every year on both sides of the field,” said Jorge Hernandez-Toraño, President of the Alumni Association Board of Directors.  “The students, athletes, families, friends and alumni of both Schools represent the best our community has to offer and they gather together once a year to celebrate the excellence and traditions of both Schools on and off the field.”

Over 10,000 spectators are expected. The game, with partial proceeds benefitting the Belen Alumni Association, is the first and only time both teams meet during the football season.

The 7th annual football kickoff classic will take place at the FIU Stadium; located at 11200 S.W. 8th Street in Miami. Alumni are invited to take part in pre-game festivities by joining the tailgate from 5 – 7 p.m. followed by kick off at 7:30 p.m.

For more information contact Ricardo R. Raimúndez, Director of Alumni Services at Belen, (786) 621- 4667 or via email at rraimundez@belenjesuit.org.

New Varsity Baseball Head Coach Announced

MIAMI- The Belen Community is enthusiastic to announce the hiring of Jerry Albert to the Athletic Department as Head Baseball Coach and Physical Education Teacher.

 “It is a great honor to have Jerry coming onboard. Coach Albert exceeded all of our pre requisites. He is a person of integrity, an outstanding teacher, an excellent role model who places great value in the education and the development of the whole person.  I look forward to working with him,” said Carlos Barquin, Athletic Director at Belen Jesuit.

Jerry Albert, 45, is the former Athletic Director and Head Baseball Coach at Coral Springs Charter High School and holds a Bachelors and Masters degree in Physical Education from Queens College in New York. 

Albert brings extensive experience as both an educator and a coach including serving as Assistant Baseball Coach and Morality and Ethics teacher at Christopher Columbus High School in Miami and Athletic Director, Physical Education teacher and Head Junior Varsity Baseball Coach at Archbishop Molloy High School in Queens, New York. Additionally, in 2010 he was honored by the Sun-Sentinel Newspaper and named Broward County Coach of the year.

School President to Speak at Boston College Science and Faith Symposium

CHESTNUT HILL - Belen Jesuit School President Reverend Pedro Suarez, S.J. will be a guest speaker at an international symposium on Faith, Science and Mathematics at Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, on Wednesday, July 13. The symposium is organized by the College’s Department of Mathematics and the Clavius Group of Mathematicians and is open to the public.

Christopher Clavius was a German Jesuit priest, astronomer and mathematician who lived between 1538 and 1612, taught at the Roman College and was the architect of our present-day calendar, the so-called “Gregorian Calendar”, named after Pope Gregory XIII who made it official in 1582. A crater on the Moon is named after Clavius.

The title of Rev. Suarez’ conference is “When Math meets Philosophy: a historical approach to the Philosophy of Mathematics” and is scheduled at 3:00 PM in room 300 of Higgins Hall. Rev. Suarez received an M.Div. from Loyola University (Chicago), a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Northwestern University and has lectured on several occasions on the relationship between faith and science. He is also a Professor Emeritus from Barry University, where he taught for over 20 years.

The program of the symposium contains the following lectures:

  • 9:30-10:30 AM “The Ontological Proof for the Existence of God” – Pedro Guimarães Ferreira, S.J. (Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro)
  • 11:00-12:00 AM "Mathematical and Religious Truth" – Javier Leach, S.J. (Complutense University, Madrid)
  • 1:30-2:30 PM “Beauty in Mathematical Discovery and the Encounter with God” – Paul Schweitzer, S.J. (Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro)
  • 3:00-4:00 PM " When Math meets Philosophy: A Historical Approximation to the Philosophy of Mathematics"—Pedro A. Suarez S.J. (Barry University and Belen Jesuit Preparatory School, Miami)
  • 4:15-5:15 PM "On the Pernicious Influence of Mathematics: Some Advice from Gödel and Rota" Palle Yourgrau (Brandeis University)
 
Feast of Saint Ignatius Loyola

MIAMI - Join the Jesuit community of Miami in celebrating the Feast day of St. Ignatius Loyola on Sunday, July 31 with a Spanish Mass at Gesu Catholic Church in downtown Miami at 5 p.m.

“This is a special occasion to thank the Lord for the gift of Ignatian spirituality and for 50 years of Jesuit presence in Miami,” said Father Pedro A. Suarez, S.J., President of Belen Jesuit Preparatory School.

After the Mass, refreshments will be served, courtesy of the Gesu community.

Gesu Catholic Church is located at 118 N.E. 2nd Street in downtown Miami.

The main celebrant will be Father Suarez and the homilist will be Father Antonio Luis Fenoll, S.J., former Director of Novices in Cuba and present ecclesiastical assistant for the Christian Life Community in Southern Spain.

St. Ignatius of Loyola was the founder of the Society of Jesus in 1540. He was beatified by Pope Paul V in 1609 and later canonized by Pope Gregory XV in 1622. A former Spanish soldier, Ignatius is the patron saint of military personnel and the Society of Jesus.

Students Return From Summer Mission Trip - Build Bridge in 10 Days

MIAMI - While most students are relaxing at home or enjoying summer camp students from Belen Jesuit Preparatory School in Miami spent 10 days, June 24 to July 3, building a bridge for the village of Pescado Bobo located in the Dominican Republic about 40 miles outside of Santiago.

“The purpose of the trip is to expose our students to a reality that they are not familiar with,” said Jesuit Father Guillermo García-Tuñón, principal at Belen and moderator of the trip. “The majority of the world lives in poverty and this gives them an opportunity to work side by side with the poor and experience for 10 days what they live all the time. The trip allows the students to serve and to exercise Belen’s motto of being 'men for others.'"

This is the 30th year Belen students have participated in a summer mission trip to the Dominican Republic. The group totaled 93 people: 51 Belen students between the ages of 16 and 18; 21 girls from Carrolton School of the Sacred Heart and Our Lady of Lourdes Academy between the ages of 16 and 18; 5 doctors; 14 Belen alumni; and 2 Belen parents.

The typical 8-hour work day consisted of working on the construction of the bridge and clinic and ended with daily Mass; breaking intermittently for meals.

The group also travelled with a container filled with medicine for the clinic and tools for the construction of the bridge. In addition, many of the building materials were purchased locally so that the cost would be more manageable. In total, the project cost $40,000 which was paid for by donations.

“The hope is that the students become more aware of the presence of God in their lives and the reality of so many,” said Father García-Tuñón. “That they are motivated to love and serve not only in extraordinary circumstances like the mountains of the Dominican Republic, but daily.”

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