The Reverend Irene Brodie
I was born in Northumberland in the north east of England and my family emigrated to NZ in 1957 when I was 15. I worked for the post office until I had my family and then did voluntary work for the local kindergarten, school and social services.
I was ordained deacon in 1988 and a priest in 1989. I worked in team ministry at St.Luke’s Anglican Parish, Manurewa. I was Chaplain at Selwyn Oaks in 1991 for a year and before becoming full time Anglican chaplain at Auckland hospital in 1992, where I worked in the areas of cancer, leukemia and neurology plus intensive care. Between 1993 – 2008, I was Ecumenical chaplain at Middlemore hospital where I covered gerontology, intensive care, special care baby unit, coronary care, maternity, gerontology and everything in between. In 2009 I became part time chaplain again at Selwyn Oaks. I love working here.
I trained in counselling, spiritual direction, supervision, grief counselling; psychodrama and art therapy. I provided supervision to colleagues and acted as bishops representative in interviewing people who felt called into the ordination process.
I have four adult children, three are teachers (one is a principal) and one who works as a carer in a home for adults with mental disabilities. I have seven grandchildren aged from 9 – 23 years old. I have been very blessed in being led into this life and as I enjoy people and pastoral work, it’s a good fit for me.
"The important thing to you is not how many years in your life, but how much life in your years!"