Veteran French Jesuit missioner dies

He lived in India for 67 years, 57 of which in St. Xavier’s, Ranchi alone.

December 02 2013, 9:29 PM
Veteran French Jesuit missioner dies
Father Christian de Brouwer

Catholics in Chotanagpur region in eastern India are mourning the death of a veteran French-born Jesuit missionary who spent nearly 70 years educating the tribal people of the area.

Father Christian de Brouwer, a former physics professor of St. Xavier’s College in Ranchi, Jharkhand state, died Nov. 28 at the age of 89.

Cardinal Telesphore Toppo of Ranchi presided over the Nov. 29 funeral service of the missioner, now buried in the Jesuit cemetery in Ranchi. 

“We have lost a pearl of Chhotanagpur,” said Cardinal Toppo, a former student of the late missionary.

Father De Brouwer was born in Amblain Ville near Paris, France, on January 21, 1924. He joined the society in 1942 at Drongen, Belgium and came to India in 1946, where he completed his priestly studies. 

After studying physics at St. Joseph’s College, Trichy, Tamil Nadu he was appointed professor of physics. He was head of the department of physics at St. Xavier’s College, Ranchi, 1968-1984, and director of Computer Education Centre, 1986-2013.

He has held other posts and also carried out pastoral duties. He lived in India for almost 67 years, 57 of which in St. Xavier’s, Ranchi alone. 

Source: Vatican Radio