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About Apostleship of the Sea (AOS)

. . . I was a stranger and you welcomed me" (Mt 25:35)

Apostolic Work

The Apostleship of the Sea is the Church among the People of the Sea.  It is the apostolic work of the Catholic Church caring for seafarers, fishers and their families. We offer pastoral care to those in need; solidarity with the oppressed; welcome and hospitality to those on the move; and spiritual sustenance to the poor, enabling seafarers and fishers to be the light of Christ for each other.

As Jesus washed the feet of His disciples at the last supper to demonstrate, even at the institution of the Eucharist, that the Eucharistic community is committed to hospitality and service, this apostolic work of the Church cares for the people of the sea: for the pastoral, social, and material welfare of all seafarers and fishers regardless of colour, race or creed.

Mission to Seafarers

In fulfilling this mission to seafarers, you face a most challenging and difficult task. You are dealing with people who live in a dispersed milieu. They face painful problems, such as separation from family and friends and the resulting feelings of isolation and loneliness; for extended periods of time they live and work at a great distance from a territorial parish. In a real sense, the seafaring world has become a missionary world.

Remember that you are not alone in this awesome task. The whole Church is one with you in solicitude and prayer. The local Churches have a special role to play in the pastoral care of seafarers and other migrant groups. John Paul II, 27 Oct-82.

Life at sea means long periods of separation from family and community. Globalisation has meant fierce competition, low wages and in some cases harsh working conditions. Apostleship of the Sea, through its chaplains and seafarers centres, works in solidarity with all those whose lives depend on the sea offering them hospitality and pastoral care.




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