Fr. Walter Andrade SJ (78), a Jesuit from the Fatima Retreat House Mangaluru, former principal of St Joseph’s College of Commerce and St Joseph’s Evening College, Bengaluru and St Aloysius Evening College, Mangaluru, passed away on August 26, 2020. He is fondly remembered as a dedicated educationist, intellectual, scholar, and yet a simple, affectionate and caring Jesuit.
Born on 5th July 1943 at Cascia, Mangaluru, Fr. Walter Stephen Andrade was the youngest of seven children of Stephen and Mary Andrade. Fr Walter did his schooling, and graduation at St Aloysius College, Mangaluru. Later he went to Loyola College, Chennai for his Masters in Economics. He joined the Society of Jesus at Mount St Joseph, in 1967. After his ordination on April 30th , 1977 he worked as Vice Principal and Principal for twenty years in Karnataka Jesuit Colleges. He was Socius to the Provincial, Director of Scholastics and superior of Fatima Retreat House, Mangaluru.
Fr. Walter was a great educator, administrator and teacher. He was a voracious reader and knowledgeable person. He had a phenomenal memory and remained close to students, staff and family members. He had a great love for the poor and the underprivileged.
As a Jesuit priest, Fr. Walter was a person for others and remained at the service of the community. He was a hard worker and an efficient person, and yet remained humble and quiet. The Karnataka Jesuit Province will miss him, and his memory will remain with us forever. We have lost a great person in him. We pray the Lord to grant him Eternal Rest.
- Eugene Lobo, SJ