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Apostleship of the Sea

The Apostleship of the Sea is the apostolic work of the Catholic Church offering hospitality and pastoral care to the People of the Sea. In almost every country bound by sea there exists a community of people who care for seafarers, fishers and their families regardless of their country or culture.

Caring for Seafarers & Fishers

Beloved, you are faithful in all that you do for the brothers, even though they are strangers to you; they have testified to your love before the church. You will do well to help them in a way worthy of God as they continue their journey. (3 Jn 1:5-6)

Stella Maris Seafarers' Centres

Arriving in port seafarers and fishers often find themselves in unfamiliar surroundings, foreign language, foreign currency, and a different culture. What is familiar is the seafarers' centre. A seafarer can come to a port knowing that there is a place where he will be welcomed and cared for.
~ a home away from home


Patron: Our Lady Star of the Sea

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Piracy and seafarers: a human crisis

Recent reports in the media, about the plight of seafarers seized by pirates, has placed the tragic reality of piracy into the spotlight once more.

Already last February in the meeting of the Regional Coordinators of the Apostleship of the Sea organized by this Pontifical Council it was emphasized that piracy had reached its historical peak in 2010 with 445 attacks, 53 vessels seized and 1,181 seafarers captured. (read more)


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