Stella Maris (Apostleship Of The Sea) Opens New Seafarers’ Welfare Facility In Southampton
Stella Maris (Apostleship of the Sea), the global maritime charity launched a new welfare facility for seafarers in Southampton.
The seafarers and the vessel crew members will be provided with a variety of pastoral and practical support services at the space located in the grounds of St Joseph’s Church.
The vitally important space, located in the grounds of St Joseph’s Church, will provide seafarers and cruise ship crew members with a range of pastoral and practical support services, regardless of their faith.
The Stella Maris Centre is the closest seafarers’ facility to Southampton Port. The seafarers and the crew members can easily access it not only for pastoral support but also like a place to relax and get away from the confinements of their workplace.
The Department of Transport gave grants to build the Centre. It was inaugurated by the UK Maritime Minister Nusrat Ghani MP September 20th.
Maritime Minister Nusrat Ghani said, “Our dedicated maritime workers who spend their lives at sea deserve to be supported when they come ashore.
“This new hub will provide a vital space for all seafarers and cruise vessel crew who dock in Southampton to receive support, as well as acting as a resource and training centre for volunteers in the region.”
Apostleship of the Sea National Director & European Regional Coordinator Martin Foley said, “Stella Maris is delighted to open this welfare facility for seafarers visiting the port of Southampton. I would like to thank all those who have made this possible, the Department for Transport, the Diocese of Portsmouth and, in particular, our volunteers and supporters from St. Joseph’s Parish.
“We look forward to welcoming seafarers to St. Joseph’s and offering them the warmth and hospitality for which Stella Maris is renowned across the world.”
Apostleship of the Sea Southern Ports Regional Port Chaplain Fr John Lavers said, “The life of a seafarer is constantly changing, but the constant presence of Stella Maris in and around our ports is today better served with the establishment of new seafarers’ facility and regional office for Southampton and Southern Ports region supported by the Department for Transport.”