10/07/2013 15:09

DWU students pay tribute to late Br. Andrew Simpson CFC


08 JUL 2013. Divine Word University (DWU) students back from their Semester break gathered last night at the main auditorium in campus to pay tribute to late Br. Andrew Simpson cfc MBE, Vice President-Student Affairs, who passed away suddenly on 12 June 2013. Candles were first lighted and blessed by the Chaplain, Fr. Giorgio Licini PIME, at the university memorial park before commemoratory speeches were given and the different student regional groups performed items and songs. The Student Representative Council President, Philip Bosuk, said that, “Br. Andrew will be remembered for generations for the impact he had on the lives of many in Papua New Guinea”. He arrived in the country in 1987 aged 39, and served in St Paul’s Teachers’ College, Vunakanau in Rabaul, St Benedict’s Teachers’ College, Kaindi in Wewak, and Christian Brothers in Goroka before moving to DWU in Madang in 2003. The New Guinea Islands students recalled his beginnings in East New Britain as the time when he got acquainted with the PNG school system and education. Several students acknowledged their indebtedness for the advice and understanding of Br. Andrew Simpson during their stay at DWU in spite of delayed payments of school fees. The Solomon Islands students praised him for making it possible for them to access DWU for their tertiary education. “How can we now find one who will understand us they way he did?” one students asked the audience; while for current Acting Vice President - Student Affairs Mr. Ted Alu, Br. Andrew “was really a gift of the Simpson family to PNG”. A gift not to be taken back even in death, because “he wanted to remain in Madang”, confrere Br. Alfred Tivinarlik CFC said, recalling informal conversations with Br. Andrew. In fact he was laid to rest in 19 June 2013 at the mission cemetery of Alexishafen outside Madang, the closest possible place to his students and friends.(https://www.cbcpngsi.org/giorgiolicini@yahoo.com)