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Part of our sessions in Chennai India we had an opportunity to visit the Port of Chennai and had a meeting with the ' Indian seafarers welfare organization ' which runs a newly set up seafarers welfare center within the port. We had a meeting with the representatives of the welfare comity. They had honoured me with 'ponnadai' and a shield. ... See MoreSee Less

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Day before yesterday at the port of Montreal the Christian Reform church organized an indoor games contest for the seafarers who came into the Mariners House it was a funday for all the participants. They aĺso participated in the nine o'clock prayer in the chapel. ... See MoreSee Less

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This morning I had visitted the ships. But I was on nerves when I entered the terminal number 43 where they load the scraped metals because once when I entered two of my winter tyres were nailed together. So I had to drive extremely careful. The Filipino Seafarers were very much interested in coming out of the ship.
At 46th terminal on board the Federal ship were the Indian crew and two of the Chief cook and the Boson were Tamils from South India. They were happy to speak to me in their mother tongue.
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Yesterday was one of the cold winter days in which I have visited the ships. But it turned out to be a wonderful discussions. When I went on board OOCL BELGIUM around noon I was already tried and freezing. But the Chief cook invited me to have my lunch and that gave me extra strength. While I was having my lunch the Chief asked me about the Ivita calling cards and the sim. Then there came the fresh young British cadet being his first time sailing wanted to know about the services we provide and spent some time in talking to me. It looked like a big relief for him. Then there came the most interesting person Jonothan a Filipino Seafarer who had known me from 2003. He wanted to drive him outside of the terminal and later said that he is going to Wal-Mart to buy chocolate for his kids before signing off. Considering the condition of the whether I had consented to take him there though it was little far. On the way Jonathan first asked me why the Catholic Priest remain single. I said it an option we choose willingly to provide better services to church and the people we serve. We are called to offer sacrifice for the people but with out offering ourselves as a sacrifice we cannot offer a worthy sacrifice. So our option to be single gives an opportunity to offer more time and energy for our work. For example I said if I am a married person I need to give time to my wife children and family. I even would not have had time to bring you to Wal-Mart. He was so happy and said I am also a Catholic I had participated in your Eucharistic sacrifice you had offered on board our ship now that becomes more meaningful to me. He also added now I have a clear answer to those who ask me why the Catholic Priest are not alowed to be married. ... See MoreSee Less

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Though the last few days were very cold whether in Montreal good number of seafarers got out of the ship to have the experience of the the harsh winter season. At mariners house Montreal we were all quite busy in serving the seafarers and providing transportation. ... See MoreSee Less

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