Centacare’s Apostleship of the Sea (AOS) is part of an international mission for seafarers based at our Stella Maris Seafarers’ Centre in Wynnum.
The centre provides telephone and internet facilities for seafarers enabling them to contact families back home. The centre is open six days a week, 15 hours a day. AOS trained volunteers visit over 1,700 ships in the Port of Brisbane each year with injured seafarers being visited in hospital.
The Apostleship of the Sea is the Catholic Church’s Missionary work to the Seafarers whether they be on merchant, passenger, war or fishing vessels.
The purpose of the Apostleship of the Sea is to care for the spiritual, social, and material welfare of all seafarers without distinction of colour, race or creed:
- Spiritual: inspired by our Catholic faith and respecting the beliefs and practices of all seafarers, we nourish their spiritual lives by being Christ for them and finding Christ in them.
- Social: concerned for the social well-being of seafarers, we provide internet and telecommunications facilities, to allow them to keep in contact with their families, and recreational activities promoting their mental and physical health.
- Material: committed to social justice for all and believing in the dignity of the human person, we support seafarers in their right to fair remuneration, appropriate onboard accommodation, safe working conditions and non-discriminatory treatment by advocacy and working with other organisations.
As a missionary work, it serves ALL seafarers:
Remember always to welcome a stranger, for by doing this, some people have entertained angels without knowing it. Hebrews – 13.2