Archbishop Deloris Seiveright modestly claims that she retired from her corporate job of 27 years to start a “small” ministry. Today, Deloris is a student, mother, grandmother, full-time chaplain and counsellor for the elderly, and founder of the Shouters National Evangelical Spiritual Baptist Faith International Centre of Canada. She is busy completing the last of her courses in the Certificate in Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care program at Booth UC’s School for Continuing Studies. She is passionate about her work, family and studies, and boldly professes that “I am going where the spirit leads me.”
“God is in the midst of everything,” she states, and it certainly seems that God has been present in all that Deloris has endeavored. Arriving in Toronto 53 years ago, from Jamaica, she knew she had a calling to work with people. Starting with Christian counselling and her ministry at Shouters Spiritual Baptist, she decided that Chaplaincy was a path she would like to take. Her full-time work now has her at a senior’s complex, where she supports the elderly, something she would like to continue. Knowing this, she researched Chaplaincy programs across the country and landed on Booth University College. “The program is very refreshing, very wonderful” she states. “The teachers are wonderful, and you do well if you put your heart into it. I like to study, and I said to myself: Go for it and finish it!”
Indeed, she is on the verge of finishing it! The Certificate of Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care program may have been somewhat of a “refresher course” for her, but she still credits the course with teaching her a lot about self-care and how to nurture oneself. As someone who “takes on others’ pain”, she notes that self-care is one of the most important practices, especially during this pandemic.
We are blessed to have Deloris in our community at Booth UC and hope she employs self-care as she continues her many ministries and completes her studies this summer. Congratulations Deloris!