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This evening we had a coincidence of two Seafarers from different ships celebrating birthday together at the Mariners House. Before they left we also had prayers together with others present and sang birthday song with the piano played by the volunteer. The one on my right and the other on my left are the two birthday boys. They were so happy. ... See MoreSee Less

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Last week end on Saturday I gave a presentation for the Quebec provincial CWL members who had gathered for a day of workshop. There were about fifty of them. I gave a PowerPoint presentation on the Mission and vision of AoS. Linda the CWL President of the provincial Executive invited me and Gladys of St.Veronica counsel seretory & AoS National office secretary I introduced me. At the end of the presentation they said that they have learned something new of what they have not heard of. ... See MoreSee Less

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Last Monday when I was on night duty at the Mariners House Montreal one Filipino Seafarer from the Ship Emmanuel's was sharing his hardship on board. The winter cold of Canada also added to his troubles without having a proper jacket. We had jackets to be sold and the freely issued used jacket cabin was empty. Since he had already sent the money on hand to home he didn't have enough money either to buy a new jacket. So on the following morning I said if God willing I will grab one from home and go on board the ship to deliver it before they sail. He was so happy to see me on board. The happiness on his face was a great reward for the trouble I had taken in that morning. ... See MoreSee Less

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Last week I was very busy with CWL and port of Montreal activities. I am so happy that the CWL diocesan executives and the CWL members from St.Kevin paid a visit to our Newly constructed Seafarers center. In seeing for themselves the good ministry we are doing for the seafarers came forward to give a hand in our activities. Last Tuesday we had our Diocesan CWL executive meeting in the Chaplain's office at the çenter. Prior to that the CWL diocesan council meeting was held at St.Patricks and after that St.Keven CWL members paid a visit to the Center. Last Saturday I went to St Kevin 's parish to participate in the funeral mass of Agnes who was the first CWL member from that parish to pass away ... See MoreSee Less

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During my visit to Vancouver I had also an opportunity to meet with the ITF officer Mr.Peter with the AoS B.C coordinator Deacon Dileep and had a wonderful discussions about the Seafarers welfare assistance. This morning I had an opportunity to drop in to the SIU office in Montreal and met the Vice President Mr.Patrice Caron. Though it was a short visit it was very welcoming and friendly. We could also discuss of our activities and make some clarifications. The Canadian Filipino seafarers who were there also invited me for a chat and I came to know of their association. ... See MoreSee Less

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