Caritas mourns woman featured in Project Compassion story

Caritas Australia yesterday learnt of the death of PNG woman Judy Michael, whose life and work were featured in the resource material for this year's Project Compassion.

CathNews linked to the story on Judy Michael as yesterday's feature article.

A statement released this week described her as a great friend and supporter of Caritas Australia. Although she died on 14 March, Caritas has only just learned of her death.

Born in Madang Province of Papua New Guinea, she became an AIDS activist after her husband contracted HIV. Judy, who together with her last born son Joshua, was also HIV positive, devoted the last years of her life to prevention, care and counselling of those infected and affected by HIV.

Judy visited Australia with Sr Tarcisia Hunhoff to help Caritas Australia with its inaugural World AIDS Day activities in 2004. She welcomed Caritas Australia into her village last September as part of the soon to be released video/DVD Tomorrow's Promise.

The Caritas statement said that even though Judy had been recovering, her health took a turn for the worse on 12 March when she contracted malaria. She died in the presence of close friends.

"We mourn the passing of this brave and courageous woman but thank God that we got to know her over this past year", the statement said.

"Judy's work is continued by the many dedicated people in Papua New Guinea and beyond who were inspired by Judy's courage and selflessness in working against stigma and discrimination of those affected by HIV."

Judy is survived by her three remaining children.

Caritas Australia mourns the life of a compassionate woman (Caritas Australia 29/3/06)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Reaching out to HIV and AIDS affected families in PNG (Caritas Australia Project Compassion - Week 5 feature)
Caritas Australia Project Compassion

CEO says Caritas ready for emergency response (CathNews 1/3/06)
Pancakes to be flipped for Project Compassion (CathNews 28/2/06)

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Caritas Aims to Rebuild Houses for Mudslide Victims (Zenit 23/3/06)
Caritas pledge on tsunami donations (Catholic Weekly 26/3/06)

31 Mar 2006