Exemplifying the Magis

Teresa Martinez | Director of Communications
The class of 2019 collectively served the community over 12,800 hours their senior year and more than 46,000 hours throughout their four years of high school. As impressive as those numbers may be, even more impressive is the way this time transformed the hearts of many of these students, and the impact their kindness made for countless people in need in our community and beyond.

“Our students are taught from the beginning what the Magis means,” said Community Service and Outreach Coordinator Teresita Gonzalez. “They understand that it not only represents doing more but to do it in such a way that God’s abundant love is evident in our actions.”

In the 2017 Strategic Plan of the school, the third pillar is identified as, Forming Well-Rounded Men. An initiative in this pillar was to enhance our Community Service Program.  This Volunteer Fair was just one way to inspire students to find their passion to serve. 

The main goal is to educate our students on the many possibilities that exist to serve in our community.  We were blessed to have 24 organizations accept our invitation this year. Students from 9-11 grade participated.

“I want them to put a face to the name,” said Gonzalez. “Many times they may sign up to volunteer at an organization without knowing much about them and this fair gave them the opportunity to begin a relationship with someone, learn their needs, before committing to service.”

The organizations that took part in the Volunteer fair on September 27 included (contact email is provided):

“I am very happy with the turnout,” said School Principal José E. Roca ‘84. “The entire ninth grade was able to participate during their FLEX block and many sophomores and juniors registered to attend. The event was a great way to motivate our young men to register as volunteers with these organizations and to hone their skills as future leaders of the community.”

Click here to see pictures from the Volunteer Fair. 
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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.