National Director: Ms Roslyn Rajasingam
GPO Box 368
Canberra ACT 2601
M: 0481 910 245
Bishop Bosco Puthur
In liaison with
Bishops Commission for Social Justice, Mission and Service
Stella Maris is the Catholic Church’s Missionary work to the Seafarers whether they be on merchant, passenger, war or fishing vessels. While the Church has always been interested in Seafarers since Christ first gathered his fishermen-disciples around him, the modern movement began in the 1890s with several isolated and independent beginnings. The purpose of Stella Maris is to care for the Spiritual, Social, and Material welfare of all Seafarers without distinction of colour, race or creed.
Sea Sunday is the day set by many Christian Churches to remember, celebrate, pray for seafarers and their families and give thanks for their lives and work. It is officially held on the second Sunday in July. Seafarers work tirelessly in the high seas throughout the year bringing us more than ninety percent of the goods we need.
In the Catholic Church, Sea Sunday is supported by Stella Maris around the world.
In Australia, Stella Maris, prays for seafarers at Mass and provides resources for the parishes to use such as Prayers of the Faithful, Appeal Talk, Notes for the Bulletin, Poster and Images for digital and social media for Sea Sunday.
Parishioners have the opportunity to support this Catholic ministry through the Sea Sunday appeal. Its Stella Maris centres support seafarers’ welfare, and provide pastoral care and hospitality. Donations may be forwarded to Stella Maris (AoS) website at: stellamarisaustralia.org