• Seattle Seafarers Center

AOS-NACR July 2020 Newsletter

Updated: Jul 23

A Word from the Regional Coordinator

I hope that everyone had a wonderful Canada Day and Independence Day. Despite all of the issues we face, we can still rejoice in the goodness that God has bestowed on our countries.

A thank you to Deacon John Archer of Moblie, Alabama who is working on setting up a Facebook group for the region. We hope that this will give us all a way to communicate more effectively with each other. More details about how to join the group will be forthcoming soon.

Many of you know that I was recently elected as President of NAMMA. I thank all of the AOS chaplains who are NAMMA members for their support. If you are not a member of NAMMA I encourage you to consider joining this organization that supports our work in many ways. I have included several links to the NAMMA website below so that you can find out more about what NAMMA does for seafarers ministries in our region.

Please pass this newsletter on to anyone you feel might be interested in the work we are doing for the benefit of the People of the Sea.



Pope Francis offers encouragement to seafarers in these difficult times.

In a video message sent Wednesday, June 17, to the "Stella Maris" Pope Francis thanks maritime personnel and fishermen for their important contribution during the pandemic.

Click the link below for more information.

AOS survey on the effects of Coronavirus

We are all aware that the coronavirus has seriously affected the whole world, and seafarers and their families have not been immune. In order to assess how AOS ministries might need to adapt to the ever-changing situation, a survey was sent out to seafarers via social media. Thanks to all of you who helped get the survey out.

To see all the results and a commentary by our General Secretary Fr. Bruno Ciceri, please click the link below.

IMO endorses guidance for seafarers' access to medical care onshore.

Briefing: 21 July 6, 2020

A significant step has been made to protect seafarers’ health and safety amid the COVID-19 pandemic, with IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim’s endorsement of a series of recommendations designed to ensure seafarers can access medical care ashore quickly and safely.

Click the link below for more information.

MARE Training

NAMMA has produced a number of training courses for seafarers' ministry, including a new course on "Sustaining seafarers' ministry in a time of Coronavirus.

To access MARE Training click here

To find out more about NAMMA click here

To read the latest MARE report click here

Best management practices: ICMA guidance for maritime ministry during COVID-19

Jason Zuidema, 4 June 2020

The International Christian Maritime Association (ICMA) has produced a best management practice guidance document for maritime ministries during COVID-19.

To find out more, click here.

Please pray:

  • The repose of the soul of Chris Dowd, brother of Bishop Thomas Dowd, and for consolation for his family

  • For all affected by the coronavirus around the world

  • For all healthcare workers

  • For all seafarers who are not able to go home to their families and friends

  • For all seafarers who cannot find employment, and for their families

  • For all seafarers injured in accidents and fires

  • For all victims of piracy

  • For the safety of all migrants who make dangerous journeys in search of a better life

  • For all victims of human trafficking throughout the world

  • For the families and friends of all seafarers who await their safe return

  • For all the People of the Sea

From our friends at AOS in the United Kingdom

The July edition of Stella Maris Magazine is now available in English and Ukrainian.

Click here to read the magazine.

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