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
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