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Port Chaplain - Apostleship of Sea, Newcastle, NSW

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Chaplaincy is one of the many outreach ministries provided by Pastoral Ministries in the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle. The aim is to provide physical, emotional and spiritual care and support to individuals in a safe environment.

The diocesan Apostleship of the Sea Chaplain cares for seafarers visiting the Port of Newcastle. Port Chaplains offer practical, pastoral and spiritual support to seafarers from visiting ships, talking with them, praying with them, celebrating mass and helping them connect with their families whilst away from home.

The position reports directly to the Director Pastoral Ministries and will be based at the Mission of Seafarers Centre, Wickham, Newcastle. The Port Chaplain works closely with the Anglican Mission to Seafarers and the many volunteers who assist at the Centre.

The position will be remunerated as per Grade 5 of the Pastoral and Ministry Workers (CCER) rates dependent on qualifications and experience, and will be offered on a part-time 3 days a week basis.


  • A sound knowledge of the Catholic faith
  • Experience and understanding of pastoral outreach
  • Experience or willingness to work ecumenically
  • Capacity to organise, motivate and work with volunteers
  • A degree in theology or relevant qualifications from a tertiary institution.
  • An ability to engage and include others in collaborative processes
  • Substantial organisational and communication skills
  • Basic computer literacy skills


  • Board the vessels and connect with seafarers
  • Pray, celebrate Mass or arrange to have Mass celebrated on the ship and at the Mission to Seafarers (MTS) Centre
  • Ensure the wellbeing of the seafarers who are on board
  • Work closely with the Anglican Mission to Seafarers
  • Engage with those who work/volunteer and minister at the Seafarer’s Centre
  • Identify communication and promotion strategies
  • Assist seafarers with their physical, emotional, spiritual and social needs
  • Enable seafarers to connect with families
  • Encourage volunteers to assist with this mission
  • Visit seafarers in hospital and other places of care
  • Provide welfare checks on the seafarers
  • Attend and assist with weekly Mass at the Centre
  • Communicate and connect with business and church organisations
  • Work in the shop at the MTS Centre
  • Drive the bus to and from the ships
  • Other general duties as requested

To be considered for this role applicants must upload a current resume and cover letter and ensure that they address the essential criteria above.

**Please note that not adequately addressing the selection criteria may mean that your application is not shortlisted.**

The successful applicant must have the right to work within Australia, hold a current Working With Children Check, undergo a National Criminal Check, complete a Health Assessment Declaration, and hold a current Australian drivers licence.

To apply please email your resume and cover letter to Jessica Mattey [email protected] or call 02 4979 1368 for any questions.

Applications close: 11.59pm Friday 1 February 2019


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