The Office of Mission and Formation at Belen Jesuit provides yearly retreats and days of reflection for each grade level so that each student may grow as a religious man. One of the goals of Jesuit education is to help young men deepen their religious dimension and make a meaningful choice toward faith and the service of justice. Accordingly, by the time a student reaches graduation, the Belen school student will have examined his religious beliefs and has chosen a fundamental orientation toward God in consonance with a religious tradition or community. 
While each retreat experience has its particular theme and structure, each experience aims to grow in relationship with Jesus Christ and participation in the Holy Roman Catholic Church. Additionally, in response to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishop’s call for a “Eucharistic Revival,” Jesus Christ present in the Most Blessed Sacrament is placed as the source and summit of the retreats.


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  • Confirmation Retreat

    Every 8th Grade student at Belen who is a candidate for the Sacrament of Confirmation attends a one-day retreat to build the awareness of the presence of the Holy Spirit in his life and to reflect on the seven-fold gift he will receive at his Confirmation.
  • Days of Spiritual Reflection

    Every 6th and 7th Grade student at Belen participates in one of the several “Days of Spiritual Reflection” experiences provided throughout the school year.
  • Encounter with Christ Experience

    This is a voluntary two-night, three-day retreat experience offered for our Junior Belen Jesuit students. The retreat is intended to challenge and inspire students to recognize and encounter the presence of Christ in their lives, to respond to that presence, and to grow closer to each other as brothers in Jesus Christ. The retreat encourages the students to go deeper in their relationship with Jesus. The experience sets aside time for students to critically think and reflect upon who Jesus is and who they are in HIS eyes, for the purpose of restoring hope for their unwritten tomorrows and to go forth to live life in its fullness as intentional disciples for Jesus.
  • Senior GRADitude Experience

    This is a voluntary opportunity for our graduating class to come together in a final experience that fosters brotherhood in reflection on not only their formative academic, spiritual and extracurricular memories but also of the characteristics, qualities, tradition and ideals of a “Graduate at Graduation” of Belen Jesuit. Each student is reminded at this crossroad that he has been provided with and, hopefully, generously responded to, the challenge to become a young “Man For Others” who is: Open to Growth, Intellectually Competent, Religious, Loving, and Committed to Doing Justice.
  • The Cardoner Experience

    Sophomore Belen Jesuit students are invited to participate in an overnight two-day retreat that provides an outdoor opportunity for our students to re-center in the midst of creation. The retreat is intended to nurture spiritual renewal and an encounter with God as they are encouraged through personal and group themed challenges and experiences to reflect on their lives while in a natural environment. The retreat is voluntary.
  • The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola

    All Belen Jesuit seniors are invited to experience the beauty and depth of Ignatian spirituality on this two-night, three-day retreat adaptation of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. The Spiritual Exercises are a compilation of meditations, prayers, and contemplative practices developed by St. Ignatius Loyola to help people deepen their relationship with God.

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    Br. Hunter D'Armond  , S.J. 

    Interim Dean of Mission and Formation
    (305) 223-8600
500 SW 127th Avenue, Miami, FL 33184
phone: 305.223.8600 | fax: 305.227.2565 | email:
Belen Jesuit Preparatory School was founded in 1854 in Havana, Cuba by Queen Isabel II of Spain.  The task of educating students was assigned to the priests and brothers of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits), whose teaching tradition is synonymous with academic excellence and spiritual discipline.  In 1961, the new political regime of Cuba confiscated the School property and expelled the Jesuit faculty.  The School was re-established in Miami the same year, and over the next decade, continued to grow.  Today, Belen Jesuit sits on a 30-acre site in western Dade County, only minutes away from downtown Miami.