Reverend Helen Milne, Chaplain to Retired Clergy in Manawatu Archdeaconry

Bishop Justin and Bishop Ellie have pleasure in announcing the appointment of Reverend Helen Milne as the new Chaplain to Retired Clergy in the Manawatu Archdeaconry.  Helen takes over this role after the death of Reverend Janice Lyon, the previous Chaplain to the Retired in Manawatu.  We welcome Helen to this new season in her ministry.

Helen can be contacted on hmilne@xtra.co.nz or on telephone 06 367 3233 or 021 261 7045.

Helen writes:

My name is Helen Milne – and I am currently living in the Horowhenua, in Levin in particular.  I retired last year after many years as a hospital chaplain in both Palmerston North and Auckland City hospitals.  This was at the end of a working career which began as a primary school teacher.  With the years in between, I have had the privilege of many working and ministry opportunities, as varied as  packing shelves and writing and producing pre-recorded radio programmes.  The study and work have taken me for long term “adventures” to Australia and England, as well as at home here in New Zealand.

If I was still in England I would probably count among the archives as I was in the historic wave of women being ordained to the diaconate in March 1987.  (This was after the UK parliament had amended the appropriate law.)  Ordination to priesthood followed in 1990 – back home here in Wellington.  It was during my time in the Southwark Diocese (London) that I discovered my passion for chaplaincy.  One day a week I was involved with the hospice team at Trinity Hospice in London.  Since then I have been a chaplain in several situations – including Nga Tawa school in Marton.

The call to chaplaincy, with its mixed accountabilities, is both a privilege and a passion.  It comes in many forms and I feel very blessed to be able to listen for its call during this new adventure, with God , called retirement.