Apostleship of the Sea ministry needs volunteers

The Stella Maris International Seafarer Center is recruiting additional ship visitors to donate four hours once a week for the Apostleship of the Sea (AOS) ministry. Individuals, spouses, family or friends can team up as ship visitors who meet and greet seafarers from around the world.

This ministry supports the Catholic faith of thousands of international seafarers whose ships call in the Port of Baltimore each year.

It is uncomplicated – ship visitors drive an AOS van to ships and bring seafarers to the AOS Center in Dundalk where they are welcomed to Baltimore as fellow Catholics and given books, magazines, religious reading material, used clothing, and religious icons. Provisions are made for the men’s transportation, communication, personal and professional needs, especially facilitating the practice of their Catholic faith.

“Seafarers are away from home 9-10 months a year and have no home parish support!” said Monsignor John FitzGerald. “Welcome and serve Jesus in the stranger in our midst. Working or retired, we can accommodate your schedule.”

Call Monsignor FitzGerald at 443-690-2447 to inquire about this significant ministry.

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