Port chaplains, ship visitors commissioned in Grimsby


Two port chaplains and seven ship visitors from Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) in the Diocese of Nottingham were commissioned by Fr. Andrew Cole during Mass at S. Mary on the Sea, Grimsby, on the 5th of September, 2018. This Mass was the first in a series of 15 to be held across Great Britain in September and October to commemorate the feast of the Stella Maris, Our Lady Star of the Sea.

Those commissioned were the AoS Immingham and Grimsby Port Chaplains Steven Willows and Bryony Watson, and ship visitors Tony Collins, Aileen Heald, Deacon Richard Jones, Joanna Perry, Savino Romagnuolo, Anne Marie Smith and Theresa Watson. Nearly a hundred people, comprising ship visitors, parish contacts, supporters and parishioners of Grimsby, Immingham and Cleethorpes joined in the Mass to pray for the ministry of AoS and for seafarers.

Mass was concelebrated by Fr. Andrew and AoS Immingham Port Chaplain Fr. Colum Kelly. Delivering the homily, Fr. Colum spoke of how AoS had become an integral part of S. Mary’s Church and parish life, and not just a side issue. He said, “You became a part of the AoS story and over the years that story has been enriched by the fact you became a part of it. You joined in our work, became ship visitors, brought in clothes for seafarers, packed shoeboxes at Christmas time for them.” He added, “You prayed for AoS, engaged with our ministry and responded to it. The story isn’t just a series of words but is now a part of you, and it has become richer because of the wonderful work done in this parish.”

Dates and times of all the Masses can be found at this link.

The Apostleship of the Sea, AoS, is a registered charity and an agency of the Catholic Bishops’ Conferences of England and Wales and Scotland. It is wholly reliant on voluntary donations and legacies to continue its work.

90% of world trade is transported by ship, and more than 100,000 ships visit British ports each year. However the life of a modern seafarer can be dangerous and lonely. They may spend up to a year at a time away from home, separated from their family and loved ones, often working in harsh conditions.

AoS chaplains and ship visitors welcome seafarers to our shores - regardless of their colour, race or creed and provide them with pastoral and practical assistance. They recognise them as brothers with an intrinsic human dignity which can be overlooked in the modern globalised maritime industry.

For more information contact John Green, Director of Development on 020 7901 1931 or 07505653801 or email johngreen@apostleshipofthesea.org.uk