The Jesuit community of Miami invites the public to a bilingual (English/Spanish) Mass on Sunday, July 31, in honor of the feast day of St. Ignatius of Loyola at the Ignatian Spirituality Center (Casa Manresa) at 6 p.m.
“This is a special occasion to thank the Lord for the gift of Ignatian spirituality and for over 115 years of a Jesuit presence in Miami,” said Jesuit Father Guillermo M. García-Tuñón, President of Belen Jesuit Preparatory School.
The Ignatian Spirituality Center (Casa Manresa) is located at 12190 SW 56th Street in Miami, 33175.
The main celebrant will be Jesuit Father García-Tuñón and will be concelebrated by other Miami Jesuits.
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 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.