Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Robert Byrne CO

Apostleship of the Sea

Press Release - 21 January 2019: Urgent request for Mass on ship

Hugh and Mary Ward, parishioners of Our Lady of The Rosary, Peterlee are Volunteer Ship Visitors with Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) in Teesport. Here they share a recent urgent request for Mass onboard a visiting vessel in the Port of Tees.

Fr. James Angus of St. Patrick's Hartlepool celebrated Mass on board a ship in Tees Port after one of its crew members received bad news from home.

Stella Maris, Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) volunteer ship visitors, Hugh and Mary Ward went on board the ship, Eco Nemesis, when it docked in port in December. They were received by the Captain who asked for Mass to be held on board the next morning.

Hugh and Mary rang AoS Tees Port Chaplain Deacon Peter Barrigan, who managed to contact Fr. James who had just got home from his day off.

Peter explained the seriousness of the situation and Fr. James agreed to come along and celebrate the Mass for the crew. By 10 o'clock the next morning they were on board the ship and set up for Mass.

The Captain told Peter and his team that it was the first time in 20 years at sea that he had had Mass on board a ship. He also sent AoS a grateful email of thanks.

The Captain wrote, “It is our pleasure onboard to received and having this Holy Mass specially here in our ship, we feel the Kingdom of our Almighty God that day from heaven that you came to us not only to visited us but we meet and greet each other that would be nice and great for both of us."

He said, "You are all really true loving kind persons to all of us Seafarer onboard. On behalf of Officers and Crew of Eco Nemesis, we gave thanks for your presence and kindness, we really appreciated your great effort and your boundless commitment specially for us seafarers.


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.