The devastation in the Bahamas due to Hurricane Dorian has deeply touched the community of South Florida. The people in the Caribbean, especially in the Bahamas, are going to need our help and like we have done many times in the past we know the Belen community will come together to answer the call.
At this time, we are asking for monetary donations to be made via this link, http://www.belenjesuit.org/hurricanedorian. All money collected will go to Catholic Charities Miami, whose long-standing relationship in the region will enable direct access to people in need, along with other established charitable organizations addressing urgent needs on the islands.
Additionally, since we are expecting a sold-out football game on Friday, September 6, we are requesting that anyone who attends the game bring any of the following items: tarps, mosquito netting, mosquito repellent, canned vegetables and canned meats/fish, Gatorade, Pedialyte, first aid supplies and hand sanitizer. No glass containers will be accepted. These items will be collected by Sea Hunter, who has graciously offered to coordinate the delivery of relief aid. Gates open at 6 p.m. and kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.
As a reminder, reopening our school is independent of when the Miami-Dade Public Schools reopen. Parents and employees are advised to monitor the news, our website and their email for updates on when Belen Jesuit will reopen.
Please join us in prayer for the many people affected in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian. May our Blessed Mother cover all those devastated with her mantle of love and may we all unite to help them in their recovery.
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.