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Brother Andrew SSF – a brief history

Andrew with wearing his usual colourful hat!

Andrew with wearing his usual colourful hat!

Born 31 March 1928 as Michael Francis Ince-Jones in Upminster to nonconformist parents. He read biology at Bedford College (London). For National Service, the Army sent him to Palestine.

He became an SSF Postulant on June 5th 1951, a novice on 4 October 1951, was professed on 6th October 1954 and made his Life Profession on 12th May 1958. In the same year, after time at Glasshampton, SSF sent him to New Guinea. In 1959, without any qualification, he taught in primary school in Port Moresby. His mother later settled in Brisbane.

Crick and Watson’s work on DNA when it was published interested him in medicine. The Medical School was becoming a University. The Dean welcomed Andrew to the course! His previous studies allowed him to do only four-years, plus 2 years Residency. He gained Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degrees in 1972. He then did general practice, involving surgery in basic conditions. He studied psychiatry in Nigeria. He was Superintendent of the country’s psychiatric hospital and also taught in the Port Moresby Medical and Nursing Schools.

In 1990 he joined the staff of the (ecumenical) Melanesian Institute, which studies Melanesian Culture at Goroka in the PNG Highlands. He developed trans-cultural approaches to psychiatry, with particular reference to PNG culture with its 700 languages. He was expert witness in forensic psychiatric opinion in the High Court. He largely worked away from SSF houses, perhaps more closely, professionally and spiritually with members of the RC Archdiocese of Mount Hagan. He read avidly until glaucoma lost him an eye.

He returned to the UK from 2004 to 2005 but finding it hard to settle in SSF houses he unilaterally returned to Goroka to live in a rented house. In October 2008 he reluctantly came home after 48 years in PNG. He stayed in Plaistow, then Hilfield. Andrew invariably wore several jumpers and a colourful PNG hat, with an equally-colourful Bilum over his shoulder, in which his ‘teddy’ often accompanied him! He died on 2 July 2013.

Andrew with a new born lamb at Hilfield

Andrew with a new born lamb at Hilfield