Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) ship visitor Pam Millar was commissioned at a Mass held in St Mary’s Cathedral, Aberdeen on September 11.
Mass was celebrated by Bishop Stephen Robson, AoS Bishop Promoter for Scotland, who was assisted by priests from the Cathedral.
AoS Aberdeen Port Chaplain Deacon Doug Duncan and AoS Senior Regional Port Chaplain for Scotland Deacon Joe O’Donnell also assisted in the celebration.
The Mass, held to commemorate the feast of Stella Maris, Our Lady Star of the Sea, was attended by AoS West Coast Scotland Port Chaplain Deacon Tom Wynn, AoS Scotland Development Officer Euan McArthur, ship visitors, volunteers, supporters, head office staff and local parishioners.
In his homily, Bishop Robson spoke of how often the sea features in the Gospels and how boats and ships are often used as a metaphor for the Church – a place where we find Jesus, a place of safety.
He spoke about the life of St Peter Claver, patron saint for seafarers, drawing a parallel between his work and the ministry of AoS’ port chaplains and ship visitors, who care for seafarers and bring Christ to them.
Bishop Robson said through prayer, AoS chaplains and ship visitors are able to bring seafarers comfort in their religion, as well as provide them with practical support.
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