Mission Statement

The mission of the Apostleship of the Sea (AOS) remains as clear as a sailing ship’s mast silhouetted against the rising sun: to reach out to seafarers, fishers, their families and all who work or travel on the high seas. Seafarers are often away from their home parishes, and some seafarers have no parish setting to help them maintain lasting ties with their faith and families. A network of AOS port offices and Catholic chaplains establishes a parish that accommodates a seafarer’s unique lifestyle and needs.

Around the world, the AOS assists seafarer’s to meet their basic needs: a safe work environment, a just contract, a safe haven while in port, spiritual renewal, communication with loved ones back home, a few hours of recreation and a genuine welcome.