Rev Roger Stone BEM, Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) Senior Regional Port Chaplain (Wales and the West Country), was presented the British Empire Medal Award on Monday, May 14, by Nigel Atkinson Esq, Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire at Serle’s House, Winchester.
“I was humbled and honoured to receive the British Empire Medal from the Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire. It was a very special day for me and also for Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) in the UK, around the world and also for the wonderful seafarers we are privileged to serve,” said Roger.
He added, “It is a particular delight to have received so many messages from seafarers who participate in the joy of the occasion. Building relationships with seafarers lies at the core of my ministry.”
Roger attended a Garden Party at Buckingham Palace on June 5 with his wife Susan.
AoS National Director Martin Foley said, “This award is richly deserved. Roger is a first-class chaplain, always willing to go the extra mile to support seafarers, fishermen and their families. I am delighted that his ministry has been recognised in this manner.
“Roger would be the first to acknowledge that his work would not be possible without the support of his AoS colleagues. The award of the BEM also provides me with a welcome opportunity to thank them for their selfless dedication to serving seafarers and fishermen,” he added.
Roger with Martin
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