Fr. Christian Saenz (2019-Present)
Born in Miami, Florida on November 26, 1969. He graduated form Belen Jesuit Preparatory School in 1987 and was admitted to the Society of Jesus on August 14, 1989 at the Jesuit Novitiate of St Stanislaus Kostka in Grand Coteau, Louisiana. Father Willie was ordained a priest on September 2, 2000 at Gesu Catholic Church in Miami. He received a B. A. in History from Florida International University (Miami), a Masters in Arts in Philosophy and a Masters in Arts in Education from Fordham University (New York), a degree in Theology from Instituo Santo Inacio in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, and a Doctorate in Education from Florida International University in 2006.
Father Willie was heavily involved at Belen from his ordination, serving as Professor, Spiritual Counselor, Vocation Promoter and Principal. During his time at Belen, Fr. Willie organized the annual summer trips of the Belen Youth Missions. He was also a member of the Board of Directors and Board of Advisors of the school until 2012 when he became Director of Instituto Tecnológico San Ignacio de Loyola in Dajabón, Dominican Republic. He returns to Miami as Director of the ACU and Director of Belen’s Development Office. Father Willie is slated to become Belen’s President in 2016.
Born in Mansilla Mayor in the Province of Leon, Spain, Fr. Amando Llorente S.J. was one of nine children, one of which was his older brother: Fr. Segundo Llorente S.J., a Jesuit missionary in Alaska. Father Amando Llorente arrived at the Colegio de Belén in Havana, Cuba in 1942 as part of his training to become a Jesuit priest. After a couple of years, he returned to Europe to complete his studies.
On September 1948, he was ordained to the Priesthood in Heythrope College, Oxford, Great Britain. He returned to Cuba in 1951 to take on the role of Director of the "El Calvario" Retreat House. After the passing away of our founder, Fr. Felipe Rey de Castro S.J., Fr. Llorente was then called to assume the position of Director of the ACU on March 2, 1952. In the morning hours of April 28, 2010, Fr. Amando passed onto the "Agrupación Triunfante".
A Spaniard from the Province of Galicia, Fr. Rey arrived in Cuba in 1925. After his arrival, Fr. Rey came to the "Escuela de Belén" (a Catholic school founded and run by the Jesuits) to be "Headmaster of the Upper Class", and eventually evolved to be Director of the school. In the summer of 1927, he was called back to Spain, and returned to Cuba on March 3, 1931 to found The Agrupación Católica Universitaria (ACU)
. Fr. Rey first got the idea of establishing the ACU by noticing that many of the students that graduated from Belen would be exposed to a liberal university environment and subsequently lose their faith. This was no trivial issue when one considers that Belen was a very elite school that produced some of Cuba's finest professionals. As a way for the graduating students to be involved and take an active approach in cultivating their Catholic faith, Fr. Rey instituted the ACU with the idea of developing formed, professional Catholic men that would hold a position of merit in society, and through his position, would exert a Catholic influence to society.
After many fruitful years of seeing the ACU grow in members and in fraternal devotion, Fr. Rey was called to eternal life and passed away of natural causes in his dormitory room on February 12, 1952.