DWU and public pay respect to Br Andrew

The passing of Br Andrew Simpson cfc, MBE, the Vice President (student affairs) of Divine Word University was described as significant loss to the university and Papua New Guinea.

President of DWU, Fr Jan Czuba said the passing of Br Andrew was like an “amputation” where an important part of the body (DWU) was severed.

Fr Czuba was speaking at the special Holy Eucharist celebration to mark the life and work of Br Andrew at the St Joseph Freinademetz Chapel of the Madang campus before his body was taken to Alexishafen Catholic mission station where it was laid to rest at the mission cemetery on Wednesday 19 June, 2013. The Holy Eucharist celebration was led by His Grace, Archbishop Stephen Reichert, the archbishop of Madang Archdiocese.

Fr Czuba said Br Andrew made a significant contribution to DWU, higher education, Catholic education agency, the community in Madang and in other areas he was involved in.

He said Br Andrew will be missed by those he touched in his service in PNG since arriving from Sydney Australia in 1987.

Br Andrew’s sister Anne said her brother found his deep desire to work with students at DWU as the Vice President (student affairs) working with students.

Anne said Br Andrew found it at homework with and assist students achieve their dreams.

She said this was something he began doing in his early years as a young Christian Brother teaching in primary schools in Sydney many years ago.

Anne said Br Andrew’s involvement with students at DWU as the Vice President (student affairs) was the best thing that has happened in his life and he valued it so much.

On behalf of Br Andrew’s family, Anne thanked and paid tribute to DWU, Fr Czuba, the students and staff and the people of Madang and PNG for valuing the work of Br Andrew.

Fr Czuba said in recognition and memory of the immense contribution of Br Andrew, the academic staff administration building under construction will be named after him.

Lae Builders and Contractors’ Madang branch manager, Shane McCarthy spoke fondly of the contributions Br Andrew made to the business community as Vice President of the Madang Chamber of Commerce and Industry and in his time at the local rugby league competition.

Mr McCarthy said Br Andrew was a caring man who freely gave his time to be involved with the chamber and the sport of rugby league for the welfare of the Madang community. He said Br Andrew often used his is position in the Chamber to keep authorities on their toes when things were not working right in the town.

Anne was accompanied to Madang from Australia by her brothers Michael and Gerald. They were among hundreds of people from all works of life who converged on the DWU campus chapel to pay their last respect to Br Andrew. Apart from DWU staff, students and alumni, Holy Eucharist celebration was attended by members of the Christian Brothers community, academic friends, representatives of the business community, government, NGOs, churches, politics, Catholic Education Agency, Office of Higher Education and PNG Rugby Football League. The Eucharist celebration followed on from the viewing of the body that was conducted at the chapel the afternoon before on Tuesday 18th June, 2013.

After the burial, Br Andrew’s sister Anne and two brothers Michael and Gerald planted a tree at the campus memorial park and led a candle lighting ceremony in the afternoon to mark the life and service of Br Andrew.