Dockside service for grieving crew after captain dies

Fr Frank O’Dea conducts the dockside service at Brisbane Port (The Catholic Leader)

Brisbane’s Stella Maris seafarers mission has provided prayers and pastoral support for a grieving ship’s crew after their captain died suddenly at sea. Source: The Catholic Leader.

The cargo carrier Sofrana Tourville 2 docked in Brisbane on June 16, and its 18-member Filipino crew requested the services of a priest after the vessel’s captain’s death en route from Noumea.

Members of Centacare’s Stella Maris Seafarers’ Centre were alerted and Port chaplain Fr Frank O’Dea conducted a service, consoling the crew, and offering blessings for the deceased, the crew, and their vessel.

To adhere to strict COVID-19 distancing measures, the service took place on the dock with the crew watching from on board.

“They were very receptive and thankful for what we did for them,” Centacare’s Barry Guest said.

“We couldn’t go on board because the ship hadn’t been quarantined for long enough. “We stood on the wharf and interacted with the crew from there.”

Centacare’s Apostleship of the Sea, based at the Stella Maris centre, is part of an international mission for seafarers. The mission cares for the spiritual, social, and material welfare seafarers from all over the world.

Since March, Mr Guest said they had delivered more than 430 care packages to crews unable to come ashore in Brisbane.


Grieving crew consoled by members of Stella Maris mission (The Catholic Leader

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