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.
A solid and committed faculty and staff is the heart that beats the lifeblood of Belen Jesuit.
Of particular importance has been our Dean of Men, Mr. Thomas de Quesada, “Mr. DQ.” For over 20 years, DQ has been a teacher, coach, mentor, and administrator who has given 100% of his time and talent to our students and their parents. As president of Belen Jesuit, you cannot imagine the sense of comfort he has provided to me knowing that he is in charge of the discipline and activities that help form “men for others.” I remember fondly my years as a student at Belen and the strong and positive impact my dean, Fr. Izquierdo, had on me. Mr. DQ plays on that same team.
That is why it is with some sadness that I inform you that Mr. DQ will be moving on from Belen Jesuit at the end of the academic year. A great opportunity has presented itself to him. He has been offered the job of Principal at Fairfield Jesuit Prep in Fairfield, Connecticut and he has rightfully accepted. I expressed to the president of Fairfield last week that he could not have hired a better man.
Due to the importance of the position of Dean of Men at Belen, our Principal Mr. Roca and I have agreed to hold a nationwide search to find the next person that will hold such position. A search committee has been formed that will begin to interview candidates after we get back from Christmas vacation. Mr. DQ has agreed to also be involved in the screening process.
While this news is bitter, it is sweet to know that one of our own has been offered a position held by only a few in the nation. It is a testament to the quality of our faculty and, especially, to the quality of Thomas de Quesada.
I ask that you please keep Mr. DQ in your prayers, along with our search for a new Dean of Men.
Have a blessed Christmas, and while enjoying a well-deserved rest, revel in celebrating the birth of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ.
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.