Over 100 port chaplains, ship visitors and others associated with Catholic seafarers’ charity, Apostleship of the Sea, will gather this week for a 3-day conference in Derbyshire.
Echoing the call of Pope Francis, the conference will highlight both the “big picture” of seafarers’ welfare and Catholic mission but also the need for “grassroots growth” in personal holiness to underpin ministry.
The conference will be addressed by Fr Henry Wansbrough who will outline the scriptural foundations of Catholic mission and ministry. Francis Davis, Catholic academic and commentator, will discuss the centrality of Catholic Social Teaching to the ministry of AoS. Former AoS trustee Mgr John Armitage will also speak at the conference on Catholic mission and identity. Headlining the big picture perspective on seafarers’ welfare is Catholic lawyer James Gosling, 2012 maritime lawyer of the year, who will address the impact of piracy on seafarers and their families.