Category Archives: Ministry

Continuity in care of seafarers

A tragedy onboard shows the importance of communication among chaplains

BBC Northsea
BBC Northsea
Paddy Percival, seen here with Hennie la Grange
Paddy Percival, seen here with Hennie la Grange

At the end of March this year, the vessel BBC Northsea put into the port of Durban in South Africa. There the captain requested trauma counselling for the crew. The ship was sailing from Cape Town to Singapore when a tragic accident occurred. Seafarer Denys Karpekin, who had recently joined the ship, was killed by a freak wave while working on deck. Three young seafarers, including one who had been working alongside the deceased seafarer, were especially traumatised.

Port chaplain Paddy Percival, of International Sailors’ Society, was one of those who provided pastoral care to the crew. After arrangements were made for the repatriation of the body, the ship set sail again for Singapore. Paddy contacted the representatives of the various ICMA member societies in Singapore asking them to visit the ship and to pass on greetings and prayers from South Africa. Continue reading Continuity in care of seafarers

SCI Ministry on the River

s-church-instituteICMA member the Seamen’s Church Institute of New York & New Jersey (SCI) provides pastoral care on the Ohio and Lower Mississippi River systems.

Established in 1998, the Ministry on the River programme operates 365 days a year. A network of clergy and lay volunteers offers boat visits, counselling, fellowship and the distribution of gifts for Christmas and Easter.

Mississippi River, source: Wikicommons
Mississippi River, source: Wikicommons

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Blessed celebrations of Jesus Christ’s resurrection

Reverend Miroslav Marinov
Reverend Miroslav Marinov
Zion Church's window "Resurrection".  Source Wikimedia Commons
Zion Church's window "Resurrection". Source Wikimedia Commons

Reverend Miroslav Marinov, the International Director of ICMA member LIFE International Seafarers Centers of Varna, Bulgaria, contributed this easter message to our website.

We at the Secretariat take this opportunity to wish all the members of ICMA and our partners and friends in the maritime welfare sector a blessed easter.  We pray that the resurrection and life of Jesus Christ will continue to inspire us all to live and to love unstoppably.

Easter – The stone is rolled back

“It was dark as they woke up that Sunday morning…

The two got up and put on their garments, grabbed their spices and headed out on the dirt road that leads out of the city. As they headed out on the road and as the sun began to rise, the path was lined with many dark shadows… but no shadow or darkness could compare with the darkness that hovered over their souls.

As they walked up the path towards the tomb…”

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