Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Robert Byrne CO

Apostleship of the Sea

Press Release - 29 April 2019: Stella Maris (Apostleship of the Sea)
supports Sri Lankan seafarers following bombings

Catholic charity Stella Maris (Apostleship of the Sea) extended a hand of friendship and support to seafarers from Sri Lanka following the Easter Sunday bombings in the country.

On North Tees, in Hexham & Newcastle Diocese, AoS Port Chaplain, Deacon Peter Barrigan and ship visitors Hugh and Mary Ward held a service on board the tanker B Gas Maud on the night of April 24.

On board were two Sri Lankan seafarers, whose communities back home had been affected by the bombings. Although they are Buddhist, one of the men and his wife regularly went to St. Anthony’s Church in Colombo, well-known as a place of worship open to all religions.

The seafarer’s wife was due to go to the church on Easter Sunday but decided, at the last minute, not to do so that day”, said Deacon Peter.

Deacon Peter and Hugh and Mary also supported six Filipino crew members from the same ship who had asked for prayers after two earthquakes struck the region earlier this week.


The full official press release can be accessed here.

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.