As it celebrates 100 years of global ministry to seafarers, the Apostleship of the Sea is also marking the occasion with the official adoption of the familiar name Stella Maris and launch of a new logo. Source: ACBC Media Blog.
Stella Maris, which translates as Star of the Sea, is the name already used for centres around the world from which pastoral care and practical support is delivered – including many Australian ports.
“Our ministry has global reach and impact. Having a unified logo will help us publicise and celebrate the wonderful work being accomplished,” said Fr Bruno Ciceri, the Vatican-based international director of the Stella Maris network.
The statement announcing the new name and identity explained that the new logo characterises Stella Maris’ mission.
The anchor symbolises hope, the life buoy symbolises faith, the heart symbolises charity, the rays of light symbolise the light of Christ and “the waves of the sea mark the environment for our mission – a source of livelihood for seafarers, but also a reminder of danger and death”.
“Accepting and believing in faith, hope and charity leads seafarers and their families to the safe harbour of heaven,” the statement says.
To mark the beginning of the centenary year, Archbishop Philip Tartaglia of Glasgow will celebrate a live-streamed Mass this Sunday (1am AEDT Monday, October 5). Glasgow had been due to host the Stella Maris World Congress in October before it was postponed due to COVID-19.
The new name of Stella Maris and the accompanying logo changes will gradually be rolled out across all centres in Australia.
Ministry to seafarers gets new name, new logo in centenary year (ACBC Media Blog)