Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Robert Byrne CO

Stella Maris (Apostleship of the Sea)

About us:

Stella Maris celebrates its centenary in 2020 and was founded in Glasgow. It works for the spiritual and social welfare of all seafarers. Stella Maris has a network of Chaplains, both lay and ordained, supported by fully trained and equipped volunteer Ship Visitors, working in ports throughout England, Scotland and Wales. We are particularly active in the north east of England, especially in our Diocese, with a presence in all of the commercial ports in the region.

Estimates suggest that 60% of all seafarers worldwide are Catholic or come from Catholic countries.

Stella Maris exists to help seafarers sustain and nourish their faith whilst away from home and family for long periods. It is noteworthy that 95% of all trade travels by sea, so we all rely upon seafarers for much of the food we eat, the clothes we wear and for other consumables. Stella Maris is an agency of the Bishops' Conference in England and Wales, and the Conference of Bishops in Scotland. We all share in the work of Stella Maris through the annual Sea Sunday collection in July (in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic Sea Sunday will be held in December).


Senior Regional Port Chaplain North East England and Humber:

Anne McLaren
Mobile: 07906 661633

Port Chaplains:

Mr Paul Atkinson
Port of Tyne, Sunderland, Berwick upon Tweed and Blyth
Mobile: 07906 212426

Deacon Peter Barrigan
Port of Tees, Hartlepool and Seaham
Mobile: 07713 924504

Head Office details:

Mr. Martin Foley (Chief Executive Officer)
Apostleship of the Sea,
39 Eccleston Square,
London SW1V 1BX.

Direct dial 0207 901 1933 – Mainline 0207 901 1931

Email: info@apostleshipofthesea.org.uk
Website: www.apostleshipofthesea.org.uk
Centenary website: https://centenary.stellamaris.org.uk/

Registered Charity Numbers: England & Wales 1069883, Scotland SC043085.

Registered Company Number: 3320318

NB. Both Paul and Peter are available to give talks on the work of Stella Maris to parish groups, schools or other groups by arrangement.