By Graeme Murphy
Being an excellent listener and good samaritan is something that comes naturally to
Rev. Vicki Fulcher. Her guiding presence reverberates through many people who
walk with her on her spiritual path. Fulcher is a guiding calm.
Fulcher has been a chaplain, or spiritual care worker at Belleville General Hospital
since 2005 and clergy of Bridge Street Church in Belleville since 2008. A prominent
member of Belleville’s spiritual community, Fulcher has a unique background that
affirms her place as a shepherd among sheep.
Having been a congregational member of the United Church of Canada since she was
a young child, Fulcher said she recognized her calling at a very young age. After she
received her masters in theology from Queen’s University, the church allowed an
ordination directly into chaplaincy, which isn’t a common occurrence. Fulcher’s
specialty in palliative care requires a delicate work formula of patience, wisdom,
“There is a connection with the word chaplaincy. Among other placements, it has to
do with hospitals and it’s all about working with people and, more importantly,
accompanying them. I have learned that chaplaincy is really sacred accompaniment
and that makes sense to me.”
Such is the ceaseless mantra that absorbs Rev. Fulcher. Her inviting presence and
demeanour alone deliver an essence of hope through times of bleak adversity. These
are but a fraction of the abilities given to a very spiritually driven woman. Fulcher is
a pragmatic listener and a devoted healer.