Cath News report: The World Union of Catholic Women's Organisation's Vice President General and Australian board member, Brenda Finlayson, has been awarded the Papal Honour of Dame of the Order of St. Gregory the Great.
The award recognises her service to the Church, WUCWO, the Catholic Women's League Australia, the Catholic Women's League of Victoria and Wagga Wagga, and the Australian community.
Brenda will be invested by Bishop Peter Connors at St. Patrick's Cathedral, Ballarat, this month.
Founded in 1910, WUCWO now represents 100 Catholic women's organisations worldwide with a membership of more than 5 million women.
WUCWO's aim is to promote the presence, participation and co-responsibility of Catholic women in society and the church, in order to enable them to fulfil their mission of evangelisation and to work for human development. WUCWO was the first international Catholic organisation to receive UN recognition as an NGO.
In 2006, WUCWO was erected by the Holy See as a Public International Association of the Faithful.
Brenda has served on the Board of WUCWO since 2001. Accompanying her husband, Peter, a retired agricultural scientist sometimes when he travelled to developing countries as well as postings to Spain, Brazil and later Hungary, after the fall of communism, led her to a deeper understanding of the importance of aid, "not just money but technical advice, education, and giving people the opportunity to better themselves".
As WUCWO Vice President General, Brenda has been responsible for leading WUCWO's lobbyists in several key international agencies.
Brenda says that although "the workload has been extremely demanding, I have been the recipient of many blessings, including the friendship of women from many other countries, the opportunity to meet with wonderful people in the countries visited in the course of my duties, and the interaction with senior Church personnel visited within the dicasteries of the Holy See." http://www.cathnews.com/article.aspx?aeid=24174