Message from the President

List of 44 news stories.

  • All Saints Day Reflection

    Fr. Guillermo M. García-Tuñón, S.J., '87
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  • Radically Christ

    Fr. Guillermo M. García-Tuñón, S.J. | President
    (Father Guillermo García-Tuñón, S.J. delivered this homily at the Senior Ring Mass on October 16, 2018.)
     
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  • Do Not Be Afraid

    Fr. Guillermo M. García-Tuñón, S.J. | President
    (This speech was delivered by Fr. Guillermo M. García-Tuñón, S.J., Ed.D.,'87 to the entire student body, faculty, and staff on August 21, 2018 at a morning assembly on the first day of school.)
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  • Back in the U.S.A.

    Fr. Guillermo M. García-Tuñón, S.J. | President
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  • Garbage

    Fr. Guillermo M. García-Tuñón, S.J. | President
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  • Belen’s Teacher of the Year

    Fr. Guillermo M. García-Tuñón, S.J. | President
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  • Frustrated

    Fr. Guillermo M. García-Tuñón, S.J. | President
    (This reflection was originally written by Father Willie on Sunday, July 1 in the village of San Felipe Abajo, Santo Domingo.)
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  • "Gian was truly a son of Belen"

    Fr. Guillermo M. García-Tuñón, S.J. | President
    (Father Guillermo García-Tuñón, S.J. delivered these remarks at the Blessing and Inauguration of the Gian Zumpano Aquatic Center on June 6, 2018.)
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  • 2018 Baccalaureate Mass Homily

    Fr. Guillermo M. García-Tuñón, S.J. | President
    (Father Guillermo García-Tuñón, S.J. delivered this homily at the Baccalaureate Mass on May 10, 2018 held at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Doral.)
     
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  • Making Sense of Christmas

    Fr. Guillermo M. García-Tuñón, S.J. | President
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  • Lent Is So Romantic

    Fr. Guillermo M. García-Tuñón, S.J. | President
    (The following column was written by Fr. Willie and emailed to the entire Belen community on February 23, 2018.)
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  • Tombola Success

    Fr. Guillermo M. García-Tuñón, S.J. | President
    (The following column was written by Fr. Willie and emailed to the entire Belen community on February 14, 2018.)
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  • Our Lady of Belen

    Fr. Guillermo M. García-Tuñón, S.J. | President
    Today we celebrated the feast of Our Lady of Belen, patroness of our school.
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  • Easter Eggs for Christmas

    Fr. Guillermo M. García-Tuñón, S.J. | President
    I’ve always been a fan of Disney. Since I was a little kid, the idea of going to Disney World was so exciting that I couldn’t sleep for days knowing that we would be driving up to the Magic Kingdom.
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  • Our Dean of Men

    Fr. Guillermo M. García-Tuñón, S.J. | President
    Over the years our school has been blessed with the presence of extraordinary teachers who have contributed greatly to making Belen the special place that it is.
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  • Heading East

    Fr. Guillermo M. García-Tuñón, S.J. | President
    You may have heard the story before. It is one of my favorite anecdotes from Jesuit history.
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  • Class of 2018 Ring Ceremony Homily

    Fr. Guillermo M. García-Tuñón, S.J. | President
    (Father Guillermo García-Tuñón, S.J. delivered this homily at the Senior Ring Ceremony on October 10, 2017 held in the Garrido Family Plaza.)
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  • Six Million Dollar Men and Women

    Fr. Guillermo M. García-Tuñón, S.J. | President
    (The following column was written by Fr. Willie and emailed to the entire Belen community post Hurricane Irma)
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  • Aftermath of Hurricane Irma

    Fr. Guillermo M. García-Tuñón, S.J. | President
    I pray that you are all well and safe after Irma. Remember that if the most that happened was damage to property, then we are blessed.
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  • Opening Words for the Academic Year: Run to the Fire

    Fr. Guillermo M. García-Tuñón, S.J. | President
    (This speech was delivered by Fr. Guillermo M. García-Tuñón, S.J., Ed.D., '87 to the entire student body, faculty, and staff on August 22, 2017 at a morning assembly on the first day of school.)
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  • Waze

    Fr. Guillermo M. García-Tuñón, S.J. | President
    Waze is a wonderful app. Even though it’s been around for a while, not surprisingly, I only started using it a couple of months ago.
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  • Fr. Paco

    Fr. Guillermo M. García-Tuñón, S.J. | President
    (The following is a Reflection on Fr. Francisco Perez-Lerena, S.J. written by Father Willie.)
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  • Mission Accomplished

    Fr. Guillermo M. García-Tuñón, S.J. | President
    Belen Youth Missions continues tradition of service in the Domincan Republic.
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  • Run to the Fire

    Fr. Guillermo M. García-Tuñón, S.J. | President
    (This homily was delivered by Fr. Guillermo M. García-Tuñón, S.J., Ed.D., '87 at the Baccalaureate Mass for the Class of 2017 on May 16, 2017 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Doral.) 
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  • In Solidarity with our Venezuelan Brothers and Sisters

    Fr. Guillermo M. García-Tuñón, S.J. | President
    For years, the political situation in Venezuela has been deteriorating causing a humanitarian crisis that has flooded the media all over the world. Coverage of this ongoing crisis has brought to light the struggles of the Venezuelan people.
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  • Cactus

    Fr. Guillermo M. García-Tuñón, S.J. | President
    It is not uncommon to walk into your local Catholic church during Lent and find the place decorated for the season. Purple, of course, is a must.
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  • Reaccreditation News

    Fr. Guillermo M. García-Tuñón, S.J. | President
    It is with great pleasure that I announce to all of you that Belen Jesuit successfully completed its reaccreditation process with AdvancEd.
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  • End of an Era

    Fr. Guillermo M. García-Tuñón, S.J. | President
    When I started as a student at Belen Jesuit in September of 1983, I was a thirteen-year-old kid who had just left the comforts of a small parochial school and was tossed into what seemed, at first, a hostile environment made up of giant strangers. 
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  • Feast of St. Joseph

    Fr. Guillermo M. García-Tuñón, S.J. | President
    (Father Willie delivered this homily during the Mass and Blessing of St. Joseph's Patio on March 19, 2017)
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  • Lenten Reflection

    Fr. Guillermo M. García-Tuñón, S.J. | President
    (The following is a Lenten Reflection written by Father Willie and distributed to the Belen community.)
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  • Thank You

    Fr. Guillermo M. García-Tuñón, S.J. | President
    If you drove up today to drop off your son you would never know that this past weekend Belen Jesuit held its annual Tombola. 
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  • Love One Another

    Fr. Guillermo M. García-Tuñón, S.J. | President
    The extraordinary history of Belen Jesuit Preparatory School is one that truly embodies what is commonly referred to as the “American dream.”
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  • 2017 belongs to Jesus Christ

    Fr. Guillermo M. García-Tuñón, S.J. | President
    This speech was delivered to the whole student body by Father Willie on January 9 during a morning assembly welcoming everyone back from the Christmas break. 
     
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  • Christ, the true cause of Christmas

    Fr. Guillermo M. García-Tuñón, S.J. | President
    This column was featured in the December 8, 2016 edition of the eNewsletter which was sent to every student, parent, faculty, staff, and alumni.
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  • Year of Mercy

    Fr. Guillermo M. García-Tuñón, S.J. | President
    This column was featured in the November 14, 2016 edition of the eNewsletter which was sent to every student, parent, faculty, staff, and alumni.
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  • The Fellowship of the Ring

    Fr. Guillermo M. García-Tuñón, S.J. | President
    Father Guillermo García-Tuñón, S.J. delivered this homily at the Senior Ring Ceremony on October 18, 2016 held in the Garrido Family Plaza.
     
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  • COURTESY | Jesuits.org Fr. General Adolfo Nicolas and former superior general, Fr. Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, just after Fr. Nicolas election as superior general.

    What Is a General Congregation?

    Fr. Guillermo M. García-Tuñón, S.J. | President
    You may not be aware that we are living a historic time in the Society of Jesus. As we speak, hundreds of Jesuit superiors are gathered in Rome for the 36th General Congregation (GC36). This is a gathering that, as the number implies, has only met 36 times since the Jesuits were founded in 1541.
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  • It’s the brotherhood

    Fr. Guillermo M. García-Tuñón, S.J. | President
    This column was featured in the September 2016 edition of the eNewsletter which was sent to every student, parent, faculty, staff, and alumni. 
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  • Ana Rodriguez-Soto | The Florida Catholic

    "When I was 10"

    Fr. Guillermo M. García-Tuñón, S.J. | President
    It’s September 8, 1979. Even though the night is humid, there’s a slight breeze coming off the bay and it helps cool us down as we stand waiting for her to arrive. We know she is coming, there is no doubt about that, but she’s late. Isn’t it typical for a Cuban to be late? I know I should be accustomed to that, but the desire to see her is great and so I hope that maybe, just maybe, this one time she would put aside her cubanicity and appear on time. But no, she’s late. 
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  • Image of Christ

    Fr. Guillermo García-Tuñón, S.J. | President
    Father Guillermo García-Tuñón, S.J. delivered this address to the entire student body and faculty during a morning assembly in the Garrido Family Plaza to begin the new academic year on August 23, 2016.
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  • Getting ready for the 2016-17 academic year

    Dear Parents,
     
    In just a few days your sons will be making their way back to campus to begin the academic year. We are very excited for their return and have been working hard over the summer to prepare. I wanted to inform you of a few things that will help get us off on the right foot: 
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  • 2016 Baccalaureate Mass Homily

    A thought came to me while I was praying over this homily. Thinking about the class of 2016 and what I would want to say to you at your baccalaureate mass, I realized that I would be addressing the last class in Belen history to have had all its members born in the 20th century.

     
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  • Perspective

    There’s a scene in Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ that always impresses me no matter how often I watch the movie. It takes place just outside the praetorium, Pontius Pilate’s palace, as Jesus and the two thieves who will be crucified with him are being readied for the walk towards Calvary. As the two thieves have the wooden cross sections of their cross tied to their backs and shoulders, Jesus, who is bent over in pain, is presented his cross. How Jesus responds is what gets me every time.

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  • Standing on the shoulders of giants


    To the Belen Jesuit Community:

    During my three blessed years in the Dominican Republic I was missioned to our school located right on the border with Haiti. The school was founded in 1946 by a Cuban Jesuit as a vocational center focused primarily on educating young men and women from the countryside in the science of agriculture. While I thought I knew much about education because of my studies and previous experience at Belen Jesuit, I knew nothing about farming. Thus began a great learning curve that was nothing short of amazing.
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"Our role as educators is to till, to plant and water so that after our concerted labor, it is the Church and the world at large that will reap the harvest."

- Father García-Tuñón, S.J.

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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.