Caring for Passengers and Crew on Cruise Ships
AOS USA Cruise Ship Priest Program puts priests onboard to
minister to passengers and crew.
Doreen Badeaux is the Secretary General of AOS USA. A
former teacher of children with special educational needs
and volunteer port pastoral worker, Doreen now takes care of
administration for AOS USA. From her office in Port Arthur,
Texas, she runs the Cruise Ship Priest Program which
supplies appropriately trained and accreditated priests to
the cruise industry.
Cruise ship priests are available to say Mass, to listen,
to talk and to offer spiritual guidance when asked. The many
demands on their time and attention mean that, for a working
priest, a cruise is anything but a holiday. This small
selection of messages from Doreen's inbox illustrates what
an important role a cruise ship chaplain can play,
especially in times of tragedy.