Plenary Address: Maritime Ministry--The Pastoral Care of Seafarers

April 9, 2014
DePaul University

Daniel Cardinal DiNardo
Archbishop of Galveston-Houston
Vice President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
Member of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants & Itinerant People

Cardinal DiNardo's presentation addresses a unique ministry funded by the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston: the Apostleship of the Sea (AOS), or Port Chaplaincy, which is responsible for the sacramental & pastoral care of the Catholic seafarers from around the world who enter the ports in this Texas archdiocese. There are centers in Galveston, Barbour’s Cut & the Port of Houston. The AOS is one of several interfaith ministries located at the centers, working alongside Baptist, Lutheran, Methodist, Episcopal, Presbyterians & other non-denominational chaplains & the Board of Seafarers to manage & operate the facilities. The Port Ministry, one of the largest of its kind, currently has 15 chaplains made up of priests, religious, deacons & seminarians, some staff & volunteers. Chaplains work hand-in-hand with staff run by the centers' board of directors, which is formed by the maritime industry, port officials & the ministry.

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