Our Work Supporting Seafarers
Recognising and responding to the needs of seafarers is part of the Apostleship of the Sea’s pastoral care. Many seafarers suffer loneliness, far from home and cut off from their own culture, family and friends. We direct our support to where it is most needed.
The Apostleship of the Sea deploys its chaplains in Canada’s largest ports, where thousands of seafarers visit each year. Halifax, Montreal, Prince Rupert and Vancouver are among the busiest.
Each day that our chaplains and ship visitors climb a gangway they can meet any number of different situations.
News & Stories
1 week ago
Last evening we had offered a special mass for the mother's and wife's of the Seafarers. Representing the mother's Mei Mendoza lit the candle in the beginning of the mass. I could see an emotional and active participation of the Seafarers in the Eucharistic Celebration. ... See MoreSee Less
As the resurrection of Jesus illuminates every heart and soul on earth the season of Easter invites us to illuminate our hearts. The Seafarers from different parts of the world after the celebration of the Eucharist feeling illuminated thank God in singing 'Salamat'. ... See MoreSee Less
Last night also Mariners House was filled with the Seafarers. All enjoyed their time and hospitality offered to them. ... See MoreSee Less
With Easter the whether also became favourable to Seafarers to come out of the ship and now we are getting more Seafarers coming to our Mariners House to enjoy the facilities. ... See MoreSee Less
Yesterday I had visitted ships and spoke to the Seafarers about the importance of the Holy week. I had an opportunity also to have lunch with Captain Felino from Toronto Express. He had been a very good Catholic friend of mine whom I had known for more than fifteen years in the AoS Chaplaincy in Montreal. Three of the Catholic Seafarers from his ship came out with me for Palm Sunday mass on Saturday evening at 4.30p.m because they were to sail Sunday morning. ... See MoreSee Less