Deborah Christiana de Rosia’s Christian foundation to be of service to people, Church, and country, was well established from her childhood home.
It was there she developed the characteristics of being selfless, always willing to help others first, never able nor wanting to refuse or say ‘no’, seemingly driven with divine energy while being firm at times with a gentle demeanour.
‘Sister Debbie’, as she is fondly called, was born on June 17, 1954.
She attended Catholic school and eventually chose a career in teaching. As a professional teacher, Deborah served in the primary and secondary school systems for 13 years. After a profound life-changing spiritual experience, Deborah felt a greater need to devote all her time and energy to the service of those in need and consequently ordered her life according to her renewed relationship with Jesus Christ.
Deborah began by gathering people together in prayer. Shortly thereafter, with the assistance of family and community, the Eternal Light Community Vocational School opened its doors in 1983 to children with special learning needs.
Deborah’s background in education was the impetus for several other projects and programmes geared towards the development of the total human being through skill-based learning. She is the co-founder of the Catholic Bible Institute which offers programmes in Scripture and Pastoral Care.
Her vision for the Community has been broadened to include social outreach projects to battered women and their children, abandoned boys and girls, persons living in socio-economically depressed communities, and the aged. Appointed by the Archdiocese of Port of Spain, Deborah leads a team of persons to care for pregnant teenagers at the Mary Care Centre.
At present, she serves as the Director of Pontifical Mission Societies in the Archdiocese. Her mission has taken her from Trinidad and Tobago to Africa, Europe, the Americas and throughout the Caribbean.
Her contributions clearly created indelible milestones locally, regionally, and internationally in the history of the Catholic Church and more particularly in the lives of thousands to whom she has evangelised and served.
Deborah de Rosia’s missionary commitments and ventures into the lives of Christians and non-Christians have made impactful positive differences for children, families, adults, believers, and doubters.
Her personality always afforded many the opportunity to gravitate toward her godly disposition as she manifests a vocation in tribute to the ultimate servant—Jesus Christ.