As another successful school year comes to an end, I am so thankful for all the blessings we have received. I am very proud of all of our young men who, on a daily basis, have done their very best in the classroom, as well as in the pool or on the field, court, or stage, and in the service of others. Additionally, I am gratified to have witnessed how the class of 2019 led their peers by example and capped-off their time at Belen with a great Senior year. I wish them all much happiness and success as they move on to the next chapter of their lives.
Now, I look forward to our upcoming school year as we continue to reach new heights, always striving for the Magis – the more. I am excited to implement, alongside my team of teachers, administrators, and staff, a block schedule model for the 2019-2020 school year. This new schedule will allow us to delve deeper into the curriculum and develop the critical thinking skills our young men will need to continue to be effective leaders and problem solvers in the 21st century. Groundbreaking for the construction of the Roberto Goizueta STEAM Center will enhance these efforts by providing us with a state-of-the-art facility to expand interdisciplinary collaboration and creativity in the year 2020.
Additionally, our campus life will be enriched with the completion of the Arroyo Quad, an area designed for contemplation and reflection. The installation of lights in our fields will certainly unite our Belen community as we cheer for our athletic teams at night in our own backyard. Finally, the start of construction of Our Lady of Belen Chapel will be the highlight of our journey next year as we see the rising of a beautiful chapel where our entire Belen family will gather to deepen our faith in worship.
Indeed, we have much for which to be grateful! I ask God for continued graces during our next school year and beyond. May the Lord keep us all healthy and safe this summer, so we can enjoy our vacation and return to school renewed and refreshed. See you in August.
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.