Ministry to seafarers gets stamp of approval

The Apostleship of the Sea pre-paid envelope (Supplied)

Australia Post will release a commemorative envelope later this month celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Church’s ministry to seafarers through the Apostleship of the Sea. Source: ACBC Media Blog.

The postage-paid envelope, which will cost $1.35, features a historical image of an Australian port and a photo of Melbourne Archbishop Peter A. Comensoli visiting his local Stella Maris centre in 2018.

Bishop Bosco Puthur, Bishop Promoter for the Apostleship of the Sea Australia, said he was thrilled to learn that Australia Post had agreed to showcase the ministry’s work.

“Our Stella Maris chaplains, workers and volunteers are very excited that their dedication is being recognised in this way, but they ultimately want this to be a moment that highlights the critical role of the seafarers they serve,” he said.

“This anniversary comes at a time when seafarers are facing particularly challenging times. COVID-19 restrictions mean some men and women can’t even set foot on dry land for months on end. Tens of thousands of people are also working without any sense of security due to expired contracts.”

Bishop Puthur said the recent disappearance of the Gulf Livestock 1 ship off Japan, which had two Australians on board, had made the news in in Australia because of the local connection but there have been dozens of shipwrecks in 2020 that went largely unreported.

Apostleship of the Sea national director Roslyn Rajasingam paid tribute to John Wall from Australia Post and Christina Siciliano, a member of the Stella Maris Melbourne committee, for pursuing the Australia Post envelope initiative.


Ministry to seafarers gets stamp of approval (ACBC Media Blog)

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