The Apostleship of the Sea is a Catholic charity supporting seafarers worldwide.
We provide practical and pastoral care to all seafarers, regardless of nationality, belief or race. Our port chaplains and volunteer ship visitors welcome seafarers, offer welfare services and advice, practical help, care and friendship. The Apostleship of the Sea in Canada is part of an international network known to the maritime world as Stella Maris, working in more than 334 ports with 227 port chaplains in 79 countries. You can contact our Canada port chaplains here. To see where our port chaplains are located worldwide, please go to this link.
90% of world trade is transported by ship. However the life of a modern seafarer can be dangerous and lonely. They may spend up to a year at a time away from home, separated from their family and loved ones and often working in harsh conditions.
The Apostleship of the Sea relies wholly on voluntary contributions. We are only able to continue our work through the generous donations of our supporters and volunteers.
Apostleship of the Sea Canada
Bishop Thomas Dowd
Fr Andrew T Thuraisingam
514 726 7683 / 514 849 3234 / 514 747 4226
To contact our Canada chaplains go here.
News & Stories
6 days ago
Happy SEA Sunday. The Seafarers on board the ship OOCL BELGIUM were so happy to welcome on board the ship our AoS Episcopal promoter Bishop Dowd on board to celebrate Sea Sunday mass. I thank the Bishop to have had the humility to accept the invitation and to have climbed up the ship to celebrate with the Seafarers the joy of Sea Sunday. Sea Sunday gave the Bishop an opportunity to have a taste of ships visit and to feel the pulse of Seafarers needs. The Bishop also mentioned that this is my first but will not be the last. ... See MoreSee Less
On last Thursday evening I left from Montreal to Toronto and Friday afternoon went to Mississauga. Deacon Michael Ho took me to visit Hamilton Seafarers center and to have a meeting with the Pastor Dan with whom the AoS coordinate their work. Then we went to Humber Bay park to have a dinner meeting with the Anglican coordinator for Ontario Pastor Judith. Every thing went well according to our plans. My special thanks to our AoS coordinator for Ontario Deacon Michael Ho for organizing my visit and meetings. ... See MoreSee Less
In Montreal during the month of July after the fireworks of Canada Day every Wenesday and Sunday the fireworks continues as a competition between countries. So on fireworks day's we don't provide transport back to ship and the Seafarers are reluctant to come out on those days. On last Wednesday I took Midi Wi Fi hotspot unit on board the ship and the Seafarers very happily enjoyed free Wi Fi for one and a half hour. Seven of them used little more than 7GB. But the happiness they had in their face is more worth than the money spent. They were so thankful to my time spent with them. ... See MoreSee Less