Community Service

The mission of the Society of Jesus, the service of the faith and the promotion of justice, points directly at the questions that St. Ignatius poses in the Spiritual Exercises: What have I done for Christ? What am I doing for Christ? What will I do for Christ? Our response is to serve Christ wherever he may be found, most especially in our brothers and sisters who are poor, aged, disabled, ill, in prison, or in any way afflicted. Every human being needs food, shelter, love, relationship, truth, meaning, promise and hope. Our students, “Men for and with Others,“ need to respond to the pressing needs of our world in love and service, knowing themselves to be the recipients of “grace upon grace” (Jn. 1:16) from God’s unimaginable love.

Our service program offers our students the opportunity to grow in their faith, to become men of virtue, men for and with others, knowing that “volunteer work with and for the poor helps young people to live in solidarity with others and find meaning in and direction for their lives. Service to others should become the habit of a graduate of a Jesuit school.
The goal of service at Belen Jesuit Preparatory School is to deepen the student’s awareness of his call to be a man for others and to share with the less fortunate the many talents he has received from a generous God. 

In the context of an education inspired by Christian and Ignatian principles, the student generously returns to those around him the great gifts of talent he has freely received. On the other hand, it often happens that the giver receives plenty in return as he receives gratitude and love from those he was sent to “help.” 

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    Mrs. Teresita Gonzalez 

    Community Service & Outreach Coordinator
    (786) 621-4120
500 SW 127th Avenue, Miami, FL 33184
phone: 305.223.8600 | fax: 305.227.2565 | email:
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.