MIAMI— During the week of March 13-17 Belen Jesuit Preparatory School has been celebrating Ignatian Week. The week is culminating on Friday, March 17 with an opportunity for students to participate in different works of service throughout the school day.
Six-hundred middle school students will be working throughout the day on the following service projects:
6th Grade: Sandwich making for the homeless in the Cosculluela Hall throughout the day (except 11- 11:45 a.m.).
7th Grade: Care Packages for the homeless will be assembled in a classroom (H204) throughout the day (except 11- 11:45 a.m.).
8th Grade: Caring for Miami backpack packing event in the Gym from 12:30-2:30 p.m.
Six hundred and fifty high school students (grades 9-11) will be shown a documentary titled Project S.H.I.E.L.D. (Siblings Help Inform Everyone about Living with Disabilities) that was made by 11th grade student Andres Dones at 9:50 a.m. Andres has a brother with special needs and has seen firsthand the difficulties his brother encounters. As a true Man for Others, Andres' hope is that this documentary not only shed light to the daily struggles of families with a special need child but calls us all to treat them with tremendous compassion and love. The film was shown to the middle school in January.
“Ignatian Week is an opportunity for students to study about the life of Saint Ignatius, the history of the Jesuit Order, Jesuit Saints, Ignatian ideals such as “Finding God in all Things” and the impact of the Jesuits in our world today,” said Kathleen Mackle, Theology Department Chairperson.
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.