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.
For my part I thank Our Lady of Belen who I especially prayed to for protection for our Belen family and campus.
Here's what Belen looks like:
- Lots of downed trees throughout the campus. All palm trees weathered the storm well.
- Dining hall is fine except for a small leak in the middle of the space.
- All windows, outdoor television screens, central patio oaks, and vehicles are untouched.
- The large ficus tree on campus along 6 st fell and tore down the perimeter fence and is currently blocking the street. The fence along 127 avenue also suffered some damages.
- There is currently no power on campus. The two generators that work the kitchen and IT room are functioning.
- The batting cages and awning at the baseball field were beaten up. They need to be replaced.
- Currently the senior parking lot is flooded.
That's the basic information. The maintenance department is on campus for cleanup. We will send out word soon about reopening after we re access the situation. As you know, the streets are in bad shape and many of our families left out of town.
Overall, we are grateful that we came out of this unscathed.
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.