- Jun 20, 2021
Stella Maris has joined in a global call for ending piracy and improving security in the waters of West Africa.
Sister Joanna Okereke, national director of Stella Maris for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, called for “all hands on deck,” during a virtual gathering May 20 to celebrate the upcoming National Day of Prayer and Remembrance for Mariners and People of the Sea, set for May 22.
Pope Francis sent an undisclosed amount of money to the families of the missing crew members of a cargo ship that capsized off the coast of Japan in September.
The Apostleship of the Sea is celebrating its 100th anniversary and changing its name to “Stella Maris,” the Latin title of Mary, Star of the Sea, and the name by which most of the Catholic centers for seafarers are known.
As travel restrictions continue in the hope of slowing the spread of the coronavirus, Pope Francis offered his prayers and solidarity to those who work at sea and have either been prevented from going ashore or have not been able to work.
The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has led to new ways of ministry to seafarers.
Crew on cruise ships are having a hard time disembarking and getting home during the COVID-19 pandemic – just one of many problems seafarers are facing as the coronavirus crisis affects all facets of the shipping industry.
During a May 22 online prayer service via Zoom, those who work with mariners and other maritime workers via the Apostleship of the Sea ministry praised them, their work and their sacrifice as they keep essential goods moving during the pandemic, even as they or their families have been affected.