Pastoral Notes 13th July, 2014

The Apostleship of the Sea
The Apostleship of the Sea is a Catholic charity supporting seafarers worldwide. It began in 1922 when a few women from Glasgow, members of the St Vincent de Paul (SVP) became concerned that no-one was looking after the ‘men on the ships’. They were forgotten ones. Today, 92 years later, the Apostleship of the Sea works in 250 ports in 90 countries throughout the world. It provides practical and pastoral care to all seafarers, regardless of nationality, belief or race. Still, 60% of all seafarers are Catholic. One chaplain with a flat near Ipswich dock, is a religious Sister, Sr Marian Davey, asked to take on the task around the age of 60! “She brings Our Lord to the seafarers. Work hours don’t mean a thing to her, if there is a need”. Death of seafarers is a daily hazard through accident or even suicide, and separation from families a matter of many months at a time. “Over 90% of our food and most things that we take for granted in our everyday lives comes to us by sea. Yet the people who bring them are hidden and so become the forgotten ones” (Sister Marian). She mentions wonderful volunteers too, who week in, week out, visit ships to assist the chaplain. Our collection supports this great mission (Africa Magazine)