Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Robert Byrne CO

Apostleship of the Sea

Holy Island Pilgrimage 2019:

Sixteenth Annual Pilgrimage to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne

The drizzle and cold weather failed to dampen the Day of Prayer and Pilgrimage organised by Stella Maris (Apostleship of the Sea) on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne on June 8.

Parishioners, priests, volunteers and supporters from the Dioceses of Hexham & Newcastle and Middlesbrough turned up in the hundreds to pray for seafarers and for the work of Apostleship of the Sea’s annual event, now in its sixteenth year.

They were joined by AoS Bishop Promoter for England and Wales and Bishop of the Forces Bishop Paul Mason, AoS Senior Regional Port Chaplain (North East) Anne McLaren and AoS North East of England port chaplains Paul Atkinson and Deacon Peter Barrigan.

AoS Acting Chair of Trustees Dr. Esteban Pacha, AoS National Director Martin Foley, and AoS Tilbury Port Chaplain Wojciech Holub also attended the event.

Due to the risk of rain, the traditional ‘Celtic Prayers on the Beach’, normally held at the beach opposite St. Cuthbert’s Island, was moved indoors to the St. Vincent De Paul Ozanam Camp.

About 200 people joined in this mix of music, readings and prayer, directed by former Navy chaplain and AoS former trustee Monsignor Ronnie Brown. Over the years this has become extremely popular and sets the tone for a peaceful and reflective day. Special thanks to Stephen Terry for providing the music.

The day ended with Mass of Pentecost in St. Mary’s Anglican Church, concelebrated by Bishop Paul, Mgr. Ronnie Brown, Fr. Shaun Purdy, Fr. Tony Hoggarth and Deacon Peter. Special thanks to the Vicar, The Reverend Canon Dr. Sarah Hills, for allowing us the use of the church and for her hospitality.

In what has also now become something of a tradition, Scottish piper Andy played 'Amazing Grace' and 'Skye Boat Song', guiding the procession before and after Mass.

The day marked a special day of prayer and fellowship, a good build up to Sea Sunday which falls on the weekend of July 13 and 14, when parishes in the dioceses and around Great Britain pray for and remember seafarers for all they do.

Read or download the full Press Release.

The full album of pictures from the day is available to view on Flickr.


Holy Island Pilgrimage 2018:

Fifteenth Annual Pilgrimage to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne

Parishioners, priests and supporters of Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) from the dioceses of Hexham & Newcastle and Middlesbrough congregated in Holy Island, Lindisfarne on June 2 to pray for seafarers and the work of AoS.

Numbering more than 200, the pilgrims gathered opposite St. Cuthbert’s Island, with the now traditional ‘Celtic Prayer on the Beach’, directed by former Navy chaplain and AoS former trustee Monsignor Ronnie Brown.

Now in its 15th year, the Day of Prayer was led by AoS Bishop Promoter Bishop Paul Mason, who was born in North Shields. The day ended with Mass of Corpus Christi in St. Mary’s Anglican Church.

In his homily, Bishop Paul talked about maintaining a sense of awe and wonder at Our Lord’s miracles and to avoid the temptation to explain them away or dumb them down to accommodate the sceptical modern mind. He spoke of the prophetic nature of the miracle which would have recalled for the crowd the manna they received in the desert when God previously fed them in their desperation.

In what has also now become something of a tradition, Scottish piper Andy played 'Amazing Grace' and 'Skye Boat Song', guiding the procession before and after Mass.

AoS Tyne ship visitor Terry Patchett who has retired after more than 13 years of serving seafarers was awarded a certificate of commendation by the Merchant Navy Welfare Board.

The day marked a special day of prayer and fellowship, a good build up to Sea Sunday which falls on the weekend of July 7 and 8, when parishes in the dioceses and around Great Britain pray for and remember seafarers for all they do.

Read or download the full Press Release.

The full album of pictures from the day is available to view on Flickr.


Holy Island Pilgrimage 2016:

Thirteenth Annual Pilgrimage to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne

Apostleship of the Sea chaplains, ship visitors, parish contacts and supporters braved the damp and windy weather to come together on Saturday 11 June 2016 for the 13th annual AoS pilgrimage to Holy Island.

The gathering was led by the Rt. Rev. John Arnold, Bishop of Salford who joined around 200 pilgrims from all parts of the north east, and beyond.


Pilgrims gather at the beach opposite St. Cuthbert’s Island for the Celtic Prayer.

They assembled just opposite St. Cuthbert’s island at about 12.30pm, for the now traditional ‘Celtic Prayer on the Beach’. This has become a very popular feature and sets the tone for the remainder of the day.

Mgr. Ronnie Brown (former AoS trustee and former Navy chaplain) led the prayers, with other readers taking turns, to pray for our Bishops, seafarers, those who suffer, the dead, and for peace.

Bishop John Arnold celebrates Mass at the Anglican Church of St. Mary the Virgin.

At 3.00pm, Mass was held in the church of St. Mary the Virgin. The principal celebrant was Bishop John whilst Mgr. Ronnie Brown concelebrated, assisted by AoS Tees port chaplain Deacon Peter Barrigan, Fr. Nick Jennings from Hartlepool, Fr. David Phillips from Berwick upon Tweed, Fr. Tony Hogarth and Fr. Timothy Forbes-Turner.

In his homily Bishop John reminded all present that each was called to be an apostle for Christ and those involved in AoS’ ministry should always be aware of the value of being apostles of Christ to the seafarers they served.

After communion the congregation were treated to what has also now become something of a tradition with a Scottish piper who played 'Amazing Grace' and 'Skye Boat Song'.

AoS national director Martin Foley then gave a short address, thanking pilgrims for joining the celebration and for their support.

This was followed by a presentation by Mgr. Ronnie of a Papal blessing certificate to Terry and Anne Patchett on the occasion of their 50 years of marriage. Terry is also an AoS ship visitor for Tyne and Blyth.

Bishop John then blessed a beautiful painting of AoS’ icon, Our Lady Star of the Sea, which was painted by AoS Hartlepool supporter Susan Atkinson.

The final hymn Eternal Father, Strong to Save, marked what was a special day of prayer and fellowship, as a build up to Sea Sunday on July 10th, where parishes around Great Britain pray for and remember seafarers for all they do.

Please support your church’s Sea Sunday appeal.


About Apostleship of the Sea:

The Apostleship of the Sea (AoS), is a registered charity and agency of the Catholic Bishops’ Conferences of England & Wales and Scotland. It is wholly reliant on voluntary donations and legacies to continue its work.

90% of world trade is transported by ship, and more than 100,000 ships visit British ports each year. However the life of a modern seafarer can be dangerous and lonely. They may spend up to a year at a time away from home, separated from their family and loved ones, often working in harsh conditions.

AoS chaplains and ship visitors welcome seafarers to our shores - regardless of their colour, race or creed and provide them with pastoral and practical assistance. They recognise them as brothers with an intrinsic human dignity which can be overlooked in the modern globalised maritime industry.

For more information contact AoS on 0207 901 1931 or email: info@apostleshipofthesea.org.uk.

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