Apostleship of the Sea re-launched in Glasgow
03 Jun 2016
Archbishop Mario Conti was the chief celebrant last week at a Mass at St Aloysius’ Jesuit Church in Glasgow celebrating the launch of the League of St Peter, the new Legacy Society of Apostleship of the Sea.This new society honours everyone helping AoS with a gift in their Will. The Apostleship of the Sea was founded in Glasgow in 1922 and following a blessing from Pope Pius XI, it spread rapidly around the world.
AoS Legacy Officer Alastair Emblem explained:“It was from St Aloysius' Church in Glasgow, back in the 1920’s that AOS grew into an international ministry of the Church to seafarers.
“Scotland has had a great tradition of serving seafarers, with a strong Apostleship of the Sea over the years. Changes in shipping in the recent decades meant that a reinvigorated response to the needs of so many seafarers was required. It is therefore fitting to re-launch the ministry of AOS in Scotland.”
AOS in Scotland is changing emphasis away from the provision of hostels for seafarers and will concentrate on ship visiting, drop-in centres and sea-going chaplaincy. In order to achieve this new ministry more effectively, it has joined up with its counterpart in England and Wales to form one entity for Great Britain.
Sunday July 10th will be Sea Sunday, when parishioners across the country will be asked for their prayers and their financial help for this vital service to seafarers calling at Scottish ports.