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- Onboard Christian Living

Onboard Christian Living

Onboard Christian LivingWhere Christians are present onboard ship, faith communities form. Groups of seafarers come together to express their Christian faith. This might mean prayer meetings, Bible study, saying the Rosary, or simply listening and talking to each other. The Apostleship of the Sea is committed to supporting these onboard Christian communities.

Where communities form, leaders emerge. These "onboard faith leaders" are not necessarily chosen for their rank and status or for theological training. Instead, they are people whose deep faith inspires others. They are accepted as leaders by their peers on account of their personal qualities, such as patience, kindness and sincerity. These qualities enable them to nurture the faith of their communities.

The Apostleship of the Sea believes that such onboard faith leaders deserve help and encouragement. We offer them resources such as texts for services and faith articles. Above all, onboard faith leaders can rely on the support of the Apostleship of the Sea international network. Chaplains and ship visitors seek out onboard faith leaders and maintain contact after their ships leave port. The Apostleship of the Sea colleagues in destination ports are made aware of forthcoming visits. They prepare to welcome onboard faith leaders and to offer their services.

Photograph: Christmas 2007: a group of Sea Scouts from Barcelona accompanies AOS in ship visiting. The Scouts bring Christmas cribs made in sea shells according to local custom.

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