Stella Maris Feast

Stella Maris, Our Lady Star of the Sea

‘Stella Maris’ is the name by which many seafarers also know the Apostleship of the Sea. This is because ‘Stella Maris, Star of the Sea’, is an ancient title for Mary, the Mother of God, traditionally used by seafarers and others associated with the sea. Just as seafarers have traditionally depended on the stars for navigation, so they trust in the protection and guidance of Our Lady. Stella Maris is the patron of the Apostleship of the Sea. AoS commemorates the feast of Our Lady Star of the Sea with special Masses for seafarers in the month of September and October. Scroll down to see how Masses in 2018 were celebrated.



Mass was concelebrated by Fr Andrew Cole and Fr Colum Kelly. AoS Immingham and Grimsby Port Chaplains Steven Willows and Bryony Watson, and ship visitors Tony Collins, Aileen Heald, Deacon Richard Jones, Joanna Perry, Savino Romagnuolo, Anne Marie Smith and Theresa Watson were commissioned at Mass. See the story here.

AoS Stella Maris Mass in Grimsby


Mass was celebrated by Bishop Stephen Robson, AoS Bishop Promoter for Scotland, who was assisted by priests from St Mary's Cathedral. AoS ship visitor Pam Millar was commissioned at Mass. Story here.

AoS ship visitor Pam Millar was commissioned at the Stella Maris Mass in Aberdeen

Arundel & Brighton

Three AoS ship visitors, Patrick Byrne, Michael Cranfield and Allan Veness were commissioned by Monsignor Richard B Madders who celebrated Mass. Read more about the Mass here. 

Three AoS ship visitors were commissioned at the Mass in Arundel Cathedral


St Chad’s Cathedral, Birmingham, was the venue for the inaugural Mass to be held in the Diocese, which was celebrated by His Grace Archbishop Bernard Longley. More here. 

AoS Stella Maris Mass at St Chad's Birmingham
Photo Copyright Józef Łopuszyński


Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth Diocese celebrated the Stella Maris Mass for the Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) in honour of our patron Our Lady Star of the Sea. Read the story here.
Bishop Philip Egan celebrated the Stella Maris Mass at St John's Cathedral Portsmouth

Hexham & Newcastle 

AoS North Tees ship visitor Mary Ward was commissioned during Mass held in St Bede’s Church South Shields, Bishop Seamus Cunningham. See more here.

Bishop Seamus Cunningham celebrated the Stella Maris Mass

Brentwood, London

A Mass was held in the Cathedral of St Mary & St Helen, Brentwood. Bishop Alan Williams was the main celebrant and was assisted by priests from the Diocese. Fr Paul Dynan, parish priest of Our Lady & St Joseph and Our Lady Star of the Sea in Tilbury - which celebrates its centenary this year - gave the homily. Go here for the story.

The Stella Maris Mass was held in Brentwood Cathedral


Mass was celebrated by Archbishop Philip Tartaglia at St Andrew's Cathedral. Photos can be seen here.

Archbishop Philip Tartaglia celebrated Mass at St Andrew's Cathedral


Dundee Ship Visitor Michael Kidd was commissioned at the Mass celebrated by Archbishop Stephen Robson. Go here for photos.

Dundee Stella Maris Mass 2018

Southwark, London

Apostleship of the Sea’s (AoS) ministry of providing friendship and spiritual and material support to seafarers is a great example of the Corporal Works of Mercy, said Archbishop Peter Smith who celebrated Mass. Read the story here.

Southwark Stella Maris Mass 2018


The Stella Maris Mass was held in St Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh. The Principal Celebrant was Bishop Stephen Robson. Photos can be found here. 

Stella Maris Mass 2018 Edinburgh


Hannah Forrest (AoS ship visitor for the Ports of Plymouth) and Evelyn Magennis (AoS Ship visitor in Port of Teignmouth) were commissioned during the Mass celebrated by Fr Brian Kenwrick. Dean of Cornwall Fr Peter Morgan concelebrated Mass and AoS Wales & West Country Senior Regional Port Chaplain Rev Roger Stone BEM was in attendance. More here.

Falmouth Stella Maris Mass 2018


The Stella Maris Mass, in honour of Our Lady Star of the Sea, was celebrated by Bishop Alan Hopes and attended by AoS port chaplains, volunteers, supporters, head office staff, trustees and local parishioners. Go here for the story.
Stella Maris Mass Norwich 2018

Westminster, London

Bishop John Wilson was the main celebrant at Mass which was organised by Catholic seafarers’ charity Apostleship of the Sea (AoS). Monsignor Roger Reader and Fr David Burke concelebrated Mass. Read the story here. 
Stella Maris Mass at Our Lady of Victories Westminster


Ship visitors Hugh Ward, Mary Ward, Billy Barnett, Jun Barnett, Roger Worton and Gerry Quinn were commisioned at Mass celebrated by Bishop Terence Drainey at St. Mary’s Cathedral. Story here.
Middlesbrough Stella Maris Mass 2018


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