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AoS grows port chaplain ministry

27th February 2017

Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) has launched a revised version of its global port chaplains’ directory which helps seafarers get access to pastoral and faith resources wherever they are in the world. 
              The Port Chaplain Directory 2017 lists phone numbers and e-mail addresses of the seafarers’ charity’s chaplains in 261 ports across 55 countries, compared to 207 ports and 49 countries in 2016. 
              AoS Development Director John Green said, “We have chaplains in most of the world’s ports. Providing up to date and accurate details of all our chaplains is a valuable resource both for Catholic seafarers and those working in the maritime industry. 
              “It enables our chaplains to provide holistic care for seafarers in port after port worldwide and gives seafarers a tool to get quick and easy access to assistance and advice, including getting to Mass, prayer cards, rosaries and pastoral care.” 
              The directory is available both online and in hard copy and port authorities or shipping companies wanting copies for their crews should get in contact with the charity.
AoS Port chaplain directory 2017
              Separately, AoS’ latest Annual Review shows that in Great Britain last year, AoS visited 10,035 ships and estimates that it assisted over 200,000 seafarers and fishermen, up from 9,821 ships and 196,000 seafarers in 2015. 
              Seafarers from 3,320 ships were provided with faith resources and 49 Masses were celebrated on board. 
              AoS National Director Martin Foley said, “Seafarers' welfare laws have improved in the last few years, but as our ministry has shown, there is still a real need to provide seafarers with spiritual, pastoral and practical support at their place of work, that is on board their ships in ports.” 
              AoS’ Port Chaplain Directory 2017 can be downloaded here.  
              To download a copy of the our latest Annual Review go here.