Deacon Dileep Athaide, Stella Maris-AoS Chaplain in Port of Vancouver conducted a blessing of a new vehicle recently. The 7-seater hybrid vehicle is used primarily for chaplaincy/pastoral visits to cargo ships docked at various terminals in the Port of Vancouver, and for the transport of seafarers to various locations ashore.

AoS are grateful to the ITF Seafarers Trust for donating the vehicle to AoS. It is registered with the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vancouver.

Dileep says seafarers arriving at Vancouver from around the world will be well-served by this vehicle. He says, “My immense gratitude to ITF Trust Fund, as well as to the ITF and ILWU in Canada, and to AoS Great Britain and Canada, and to the Archdiocese of Vancouver – all of whom played a significant role in the gift of this vehicle.”