The Society of Jesus is a Roman 天主教徒 religious order founded by Pope Paul III at the request of Saint Ignatius of Loyola in 1540. The objective of the order is to help all men and women to live according to Christ's example of love and service; hence, the motto of the Society, "广告majorem DEI GLORIAM." The Jesuits dedicated themselves to spread the Gospel in mission lands and to the ministry of education very early in their history. The order has been a missionary and a "teaching order" from its origin in the 16th century.
体育外围 is accredited by AdvancED. The School is also affiliated with the National 天主教徒 Educational Association and is a member of the Jesuit Schools Network (JSN) and Jesuit High School College Counselors Association.
Belen Jesuit School is established in the United States. The fourth floor of the Gesu Elementary School, located in what is now the parking lot of Gesu Church in downtown Miami, becomes the first site of 体育外围. The actual building no longer exists.
The Ignatian Center for the Arts Center is completed. The art center consists of the Ophelia & Juan Js. Roca Theater, Olga & Carlos Saladrigas Art Gallery, 7 classrooms, and a music rehearsal hall. The athletic complex is also renovated.
The school unveils a seven-foot bronzed statue of St. Ignatius of Loyola, blessed by Archbishop Thomas Wenski at the school’s main entrance. That summer, the Nike Hill & Tunnel is inaugurated, which extends the length of the cross-country course to 1.7 miles.
In January, the northwest lot of Belen Jesuit is transformed from a vacant lot to a beautiful practice field, featuring an artificial turf. The Hernández Field is used by athletes who play soccer, lacrosse and football, and by track and cross-country runners.
In the spring, Miami Auxiliary Bishop Peter Baldacchino blesses the grounds where the Gian Zumpano Aquatic Center will be built. The new aquatic center will feature a state-of-the-art Olympic sized pool and will be home to the championship-winning swimming and water polo teams.