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Of The Sea
Apostleship of the Sea is the Catholic Church’s
Missionary work to the Seafarers whether they be on
merchant, passenger, war or fishing vessels. While the
Church has always been interested in Seafarers since
Christ first gathered his fishermen-disciples around
him, the modern movement began in the 1890s with several
isolated and independent beginnings.
The purpose of the
Apostleship of the Sea is to care for the Spiritual,
Social, and Material welfare of all Seafarers without
distinction of colour, race or creed:
SPIRITUAL – Inspired by our Catholic faith and
respecting the beliefs and practices of all seafarers,
we nourish their spiritual lives by being Christ for
them and finding Christ in them.
SOCIAL – Concerned for the social well-being of
seafarers, we provide internet and telecommunications
facilities, to allow them to keep in contact with their
families, and recreational activities promoting their
mental and physical health.
MATERIAL – Committed to social justice for all and
believing in the dignity of the human person, we support
seafarers in their right to fair remuneration,
appropriate onboard accommodation, safe working
conditions and non-discriminatory treatment by advocacy
and working with other organisations.
As a missionary work, it
serves ALL seafarers:
remember always to welcome a
Stranger, for by doing this, some people have
entertained angels without knowing it. (Hebrews 13.2)
centrepiece of the Apostolatus Maris logo is the Sacred
Heart of Jesus. Rays radiate from the heart – symbols of
the apostles who take his love to seafarers.
Apostolatus Maris are written in the life buoy, which
connotes the saving work of the Apostolate while in the
background is an anchor, symbol of hope and salvation
for a ship in troubled waters.