Fr Paulo Prigol and his team offer pastoral care to seafarers between contracts
Last month we reported on the Party in the Park, a great celebration of seafarers in Manila, capital of the Philippines. The park in question was Luneta Park where many seafarers gather when they come to the capital in order to secure their next contract. Filipino seafarers may spend weeks, or even months, visiting the various manning agents in Manila, many of which are situated close to Luneta Park.
Many seafarers come from rural parts of the Philippines. Even during their time ashore, they are separated from their families as they have to come to the city to secure their next job at sea. When they arrive in Manila, they need accommodation that is safe and affordable.
ICMA member Apostleship of the Sea (AOS) runs two residential seafarers’ centres close to Luneta Park. They offer a choice of dormitory accommodation and family rooms. Communications facilities, dining rooms, cable television and other useful services are also available.
Fr Paulo Prigol is the director of the Manila centres. Fr Paulo and his team remind us that the pastoral care due to seafarers is not limited to time at sea. Seafarers also deserve our help and support at other times in their lives, when they are between voyages and even after their retirement from the seafaring life.
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The staff at the ICMA Secretariat office love to hear about the work of our members in ports around the world. If you would like your port chaplaincy, seafarers’ centre or ship visiting team to be the featured ministry, send us your details and some photographs. For further information, contact the ICMA administrator.