On 18 – 20 August 2017, representatives from the Anglican Church’s Mission to Seafarers (Australia and NZ) (MTS) and the Catholic Church’s Apostleship of the Sea (Australia and NZ) (AOS) held an inaugural combined meeting in Wellington, New Zealand.
Motivated by Matthew’s Gospel and following Christ’s example to “welcome the stranger”, these two organisations from different Christian denominations and different countries are considering how to forge new ways to better-serve the changing needs of seafarers in this region, collaboratively.
With many critical issues facing seafarers and their communities it is imperative that Mission to Seafarers and the Apostleship of the Sea do all they can to raise awareness; advocate and provide support to this often unseen group of international workers who provide 95% of the world’s trade through shipping.
By strengthening ecumenical relationships and trans-Tasman links, national representatives from the Mission to Seafarers and the Apostleship of the Sea desire to strive together in the interests of seafarers to provide an even stronger Christ-centred Mission in this region.
The August gathering also affirmed other important entities such as maritime agencies, unions, and port authorities who work closely with the MTS and AOS on both sides of the Tasman.
While continuing their long and proud traditions in this ministry, national representatives from Mission to Seafarers (Australia and NZ) and the Apostleship of the Sea (Australia and NZ) plan to further- develop these conversations.
AOS and MTS Leadership in Wellington, NZ: Rev Lance Lukin, Sr Mary Leahy rsj, Rev Canon Garry Dodd, Fr Jeff Drane sm. (Absent from photo Fr Roger Manalo cs)
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