Brigada 2506 Chaplain, Father Tomas Macho, dies

Jesuit priest and chaplain for the Brigada 2506, Father Tomas Macho, passed away on October 15th, 2011, in the Dominican Republic. May he rest in peace.

Via the Miami Herald:

Father Tomas Macho, Belen Jesuit Academies teacher in Cuba and Miami, dies Tomas Macho, who taught religion at the Belen Jesuit Academies in Cuba and Miami, died Oct. 15 at the Jesuit Infirmary in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Belen officials said.

Born in Santander, Spain, in 1915, Macho entered the Jesuit Order in 1932 and was ordained in 1946. He earned a doctoral degree from Fordham University in New York and taught at St. Thomas University and at St. John Vianney College Seminary in addition to the Belen schools.

He served as chaplain of Brigade 2506 during the Bay of Pigs invasion, and as a priest in Hialeah’s St. Cecilia’s parish.

“The Brigade was an important part of his life,’’ said Mariano Loret de Mola of Miami, one of Macho’s students in Cuba. “He was expelled [from Cuba] with the rest of the Jesuits in 1961 and came to Miami. He was put in jail with the Brigade [after the failed invasion] and released at the same time.’’ He called Macho “very friendly, very up to date and knowledgeable about the world.’’

A Mass of Remembrance was held at the Belen Chapel, 500 SW 127th Ave.

“He was a kind and courageous man who lived his faith fully and had a tremendous love for Cuba and the Cuban people,” said Jesuit Father Pedro Suarez. “He was a wonderful friend with a great sense of humor and will be remembered by all who knew him. May he rest in peace.”