Stella Maris is an ancient title for Our Lady used by seafarers and others associated with the sea.
The Apostleship of the Sea has established many Stella Maris seafarers centres and hostels around the world in honour of our patron Our Lady Star of the Sea. Many seafarers have come to know the Apostleship of the Sea as Stella Maris.
The idea of Mary our Mother being a guiding star for People of the Sea has led to special devotion to Our Lady, Star of the Sea in many coastal and fishing communities. Local churches and schools have been dedicated to Our Lady Star of the Sea.
Just as seafarers have traditionally depended on the stars for navigation, so they trust in the protection and guidance of Our Lady Star of the Sea.
Photograph: This Neo-Coptic icon of Our Lady Stella Maris was painted for the Apostleship of the Sea by Dr Stephane René a leading exponent of this sacred artistic tradition in the West.