Very Reverend Charles Tyrrell QSO, M.Th. (Oxon.), BA, SRN. Dean Emeritus of Nelson Cathedral, Board Member
"I began training at the Broadgreen School of Nursing in Liverpool in 1970 and became a State Registered Nurse three years later. After graduation I worked in the operating theatres and later moved to District Nursing in Liverpool where the first ever district nursing service began in the 19th century. I obtained the national certificate in district nursing.
By 1974 I had been accepted to train for the Anglican ministry and went to London to do this. However, I continued to use my nursing experience as an in-house first aider at the college, including caring for the injured players at a rugby game! During College vacations I returned to Broadgreen Hospital and afterwards the Royal Liverpool Hospital where I worked as a Staff Nurse on night duty.
I was especially delighted when Elaine had the vision for Parish Nursing (now Faith Community Nursing) and saw in that the undergirding truth of holistic care which is one of the by-words of our movement. Naturally I was delighted and honoured to be invited as the first Patron of NZFCNA.
Nursing gave me a wonderful foundation for my pastoral ministry and I will always be grateful for that. St James tells us that ‘Faith without works is dead’ and that truth has been a byword of mine throughout my ministry. My faith in God has never wavered and side by side with this I have always loved to care for people in my life as a nurse and later as an Anglican clergyman. After working in three parishes in England followed by two cathedrals in New Zealand and then a diocesan job in Nelson, I have been able to put this truth into practice."