SUPPORTING indigenous families struggling with the death of loved ones in custody has been a major focus of Brisbane archdiocese’s Murri Ministry.
Ministry co-ordinator Ravina Waldren’s work in this difficult field has been recognised with the 2013 Peace Women Award.
The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) presents the awards annually to honour women as peace builders and to recognise the work they do.
Ms Waldren received the award during a presentation ceremony on April 19 in South Brisbane.
“Assisting people with marriages, baptisms and funerals, the Murri Ministry provides for the Aboriginal community to be a voice within the Catholic Church,” she said.
In a recent interview with The Catholic Leader, Ms Waldren spoke of the challenge of helping indigenous families plan for family members who have died in custody.
“Helping families plan for such funerals was just one part of the work of Murri Ministry to begin with,” she said.
“However, it’s an area which has grown because no one else is doing it.”
The minisrty also extends hospitiality to grieving families at its premises in Justice Place, Woolloongabba.
“We also provide families with a funeral booklet, funeral pantry and locate an undertaker to get prices if necessary,” she said.
The WILPF Peace Women Awards have run since 2010.
Last year’s recipients included Mercy Sister Wendy Flannery and Good Samaritan Sister Pauline Coll, both of Brisbane, who received awards for work with human rights and environmental awareness.