The Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) is a Catholic charity supporting seafarers worldwide.
A few facts:
– 95% of the weight of British visible trade is carried by sea making merchant shipping vital to the British economy. – some 150,000 merchant ships visit British ports every year bringing us 354 million tonnes of goods and commodities.(department for trade) -“Without shipping, the import/export of affordable food and goods would not be possible – half the world would starve and the other half would freeze!” (The British Chamber of Shipping)
Many seafarers suffer loneliness, as they are far from home and cut off from their own culture, family and friends. Recognising and responding to the needs of seafarers is part of the Apostleship of the Sea’s pastoral care.
The AoS deploys its chaplains in Britain’s largest ports, where thousands of seafarers visit each year. Aberdeen is among the busiest,along with Tilbury, Southampton and Felistowe.
During 2011 the AoS visited 9,904 Ships; assisted 198,080 Seafarers and celebrated 210 Masses on ships – and that was just part of their work.
To find out more you can watch this 3 minute video clip on the work of the Apostleship of the Sea: http://bit.ly/seasundayfilm
Visit the website to find out more about how you might help.