Stella Maris Feast

Stella Maris, Our Lady Star of the Sea

‘Stella Maris’ is the name by which many seafarers also know the Apostleship of the Sea. This is because ‘Stella Maris, Star of the Sea’, is an ancient title for Mary, the Mother of God, traditionally used by seafarers and others associated with the sea. Just as seafarers have traditionally depended on the stars for navigation, so they trust in the protection and guidance of Our Lady. Stella Maris is the patron of the Apostleship of the Sea. AoS commemorates the feast of Our Lady Star of the Sea with special Masses for seafarers in the month of September. (Details of dates, times and venues of this year's Masses can be found here). Scroll down to see how last year's Masses were celebrated.


Westminster, London

Mass was held in Westminster Cathedral, celebrated by Bishop Nicholas Hudson. Afterwards at a reception, Archbishop of Westminster Cardinal Vincent Nichols addressed guests. He said that caring for seafarers is a “profoundly Christian thing to do”. “An astonishing percentage of the things sold in our shops in the UK arrives by sea, underlining our dependence on those who work on these ships. To care for them is a profoundly Christian thing to do. It is also very important for the wellbeing of the country,” said the Cardinal. Go here to read the full story and to see photos.

Cardinal Nichols attends a Stella Maris reception at Westminster Cathedral
Photos: (c) Sophie Stanes / Life Through A Lens Photography.


Almost 100 supporters, ship visitors and parish contacts gathered in the Granite City to carry on the success of last year's inaugural Mass. Mass was led by Bishop Stephen Robson, our Bishop Promoter for Scotland. See more here. 

Mass was celebrated by Bishop Stephen Robson


Mass was celebrated by Fr Brian Kenwrick in St Mary Immaculate Church. Our port chaplains John Pinhay and Ann Donnelly as well as ship visitors Simon Bromage and Pat Pinhay were commissioned. Details here.

AoS held a Stella Maris Mass in Falmouth


It was a truly special occasion when we celebrated our inaugural Mass in St Andrew's Cathedral, Dundee.  on Wednesday, 21 September in honour of seafarers worldwide. Our North East of Scotland port chaplain Doug Duncan and ship visitors Jacqueline McGuire and Thomas Davidson were commissioned at the Mass. Go here for more.

AoS held its inaugural Stella Maris Mass in Dundee

Southwark, London

Mass was celebrated by Archbishop Peter Smith who said in his homily, “This Charity is indeed a wonderful work of mercy and we thank God today for all of you who support this work as volunteers, or who help to provide the financial support without which this work of mercy could not continue.” For more details go here.

Archbishop Peter Smith meets AoS supporters and volunteers at a reception after Mass
Photo: (c) Sophie Stanes / Life Through A Lens Photography.      


AoS returned to our 'spiritual home' to celebrate our Stella Maris Mass in St Andrew's Cathedral, Glasgow. Mass was celebrated by Archbishop Philip Tartaglia and AoS Clyde port chaplain Deacon Joe O'Donnell and ship visitors Arnold Cezar and Mary Wheeler were commissioned. Full story and more photos here.

Archbishop Tartaglia celebrated AoS Stella Maris Mass in Glasgow
Photo copyright: Paul McSherry


The work of the Apostleship of the Sea work brings “great blessings, great comfort and great joy to the many who receive the ministry”, said Bishop of Middlesbrough Bishop Terence Drainey who celebrated the first-ever Stella Maris Mass to be held in the diocese. Details here.

Inaugural Mass in Middlesbrough to celebrate the feast of Stella Maris


Bishop Philip Egan commissioned our two port chaplains, Deacon Roger Stone and Peter Morgan, and 18 ship visitors. from the South Coast of England at the Mass, where he said, “Yours is a truly evangelistic ministry, showing the love of Jesus to all, offering the Gospel of salvation, presenting the Catholic faith in practice." Click here to fnd out more. 

AoS port chaplains and ship visitors in the South Coast were commissioned at the Mass.

East Anglia

The first of nine Masses were held in St John the Baptist Cathedral, Norwich, celebrated by Bishop of East Anglia, the Right Reverend Alan Hopes, who paid tribute to our ministry in the diocese. Sr Marian Davey our East Anglia port chaplain and two ship visitors - David Offord and Julian Wong - were commissioned and received crosses from the Bishop. Click here for more information.

Bishop Alan Hopes with AoS East Anglia port chaplain Sr Marian Davey and ship visitors David Offord and Julian Wong