WelCom April 2023
Wendy Hill has been appointed as a Catholic Hospital Chaplain to work part-time at Wellington Hospital. Wendy took up her appointment in January joining the Wellington Catholic Social Services chaplaincy team.
Last month, Wendy was joined by hundreds of parishioners, friends and supporters at her commissioning Mass presided by Cardinal John Dew, at St Patrick’s Church, Wainuiomata. Cardinal John spoke of the Gospel reading for the day about the woman at the well and her recognition of the presence of Jesus there. ‘As Wendy goes about her ministry as a hospital chaplain she has the chance to be like Jesus. Like Jesus she will offer through her presence to patients and their families “water that springs up to eternal life”. This Word, Life and Light becomes flesh in Jesus. This Light is both to be seen and to be displayed by all who hear, live and see. Wendy and her fellow chaplains will bring light and life to people in hospital. We all have the opportunity to bring light and life to others.’
Wendy is the founder and manager of Greenstone Doors and has a strong background in social work and counselling. Greenstone Doors is a Charitable Trust based in Lower Hutt, which functions as a pregnancy focused centre where women and whānau can receive professional information and care. Education, counselling, resources and support for women and their families during and after pregnancy are provided through an independent network of counselling and support professionals.
While working part-time as a chaplain Wendy will continue to offer counselling and support for other counselling staff at Greenstone Doors.
Announcing Wendy’s appointment earlier this year, CSS Kaiarahi/Director Kamau Holland said, ‘We are delighted at this appointment and know Wendy will be a great addition to our chaplaincy team.’