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. To find out dates and times of this year's Masses please visit this page. Scroll down to see how Masses in 2017 were celebrated.



Mass was celebrated by Fr Claro Conde. Apostleship of the Sea South Coast port chaplain Reverend Roger Stone preached the homily. More on this story and link to photos can be found here.
AoS Stella Maris Mass 2017 in Portsmouth

Aberdeen, Scotland

The crew of the stricken Malaviya Seven joined in the celebration of the annual Stella Maris Mass in St Mary’s Cathedral, Aberdeen celebrated by Bishop Stephen Robson, our Bishop Promoter for Scotland. See more here. 
Bishop Stephen Robson with the crew of Malaviya Seven at the Stella Maris Mass in Aberdeen


Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) port chaplains and volunteers in the Diocese of Nottingham bring Christ into the world though their ministry with seafarers, celebrated by Bishop Patrick McKinney and the homily was preached by Fr Andrew Cole. Details here.

Bishop Patrick McKinney celebrated AoS Stella Maris Mass in Nottingham


The ministry of Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) port chaplains is often a lifeline to seafarers who are away at sea for long periods of time, said Deacon David Cross, who preached the homily at the Mass. Go here for more.

Middlesbrough Stella Maris Mass 2017


Mass was celebrated by Bishop Stephen Robson, our Scotland Bishop Promoter at St Andrew's Cathedral Dundee. We were honoured to have the crew of the Malaviya Seven join us. Photos can be viewed here.
Dundee Stella Maris Mass 2017


Mass was held in the Cathedral Church of St Mary and St Boniface, Plymouth on September 15 and celebrated by Monsignor Bart Nannery. For more details go here.

Stella Maris Mass in Plymouth Cathedral

Southwark, London

The Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) is a great example of the works of mercy and compassion which is at the heart of the Gospel, offering friendship and support and material help to seafarers in our ports, said Archbishop Peter Smith in his homily at the Stella Maris Mass in St George’s Cathedral. Full story and more photos here.

Stella Maris Mass 2017 in Southwark Diocese


Bishop Alan Williams celebrated the inaugural Stella Maris Mass at Brentwood Cathedral on September 21. Details here.

AoS port chaplains Patricia Ezra and Wojciech Holub were commissioned at Mass


Holyrood Secondary School showed their strong support for AoS by turning out in force for the Mass in St Andrew’s Cathedral, Glasgow, celebrated by Archbishop Philip Tartaglia. More here.

Apostleship of the Sea Stella Maris Mass Glasgow 2017


Mass in honour of Our Lady Star of the Sea was celebrated by Monsignor Ronnie Brown, a former Royal Navy chaplain and AoS trustee. Click here to fnd out more. 

AoS Stella Maris Mass 2017 at Newcastle

East Anglia

AoS East Anglia port chaplain Patricia Ezra was commissioned during Mass held in St John the Baptist Cathedral, Norwich and celebrated by Bishop of East Anglia, the Right Reverend Alan Hopes. Click here for more information.

Stella Mari s Mass 2017 in Norwich


Sir Tom Farmer joined in the inaugural Mass held at St Mary’s Cathedral, celebrated by AoS Scotland Bishop Promoter, Stephen Robson. Find out more.

Apostleship of the Sea Stella Mass 2017