Heads of churches urge support for Sea Sunday
Senior leaders of the Anglican and Catholic churches have called on parishes to support Sea Sunday on 14th July.
The Archbishop of Westminster and the Archbishop of York hailed the work of Liverpool Seafarers Centre as they encouraged communities to back seafarers as part of the global event on Sunday 14th July.
The annual event sees Christian churches of all denominations remembering and praying for seafarers, giving thanks to their lives and work.
The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, paid tribute to all those working on the sea in often dangerous conditions, “There are thousands of ships crossing the world’s oceans, every moment of every day. Brave and highly skilled women and men work long hours, often in dangerous conditions to crew these ships. We are so grateful.”
He also praised those who devote their time to the welfare of workers through the ecumenical charity, Liverpool Seafarers Centre. “Thank you to those who volunteer and work for the Liverpool Seafarers Centre, welcoming and caring for seafarers who sail into and out of the Mersey each day. In the name of God they provide stillness, calmness, tranquillity and peace. A place of welcome – a brief stopover to call home.”
The Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Vincent Nichol - one of the Presidents of CTE - recently visited the charity’s headquarters in Crosby to learn about the support it delivers to 50,000 seafarers passing through the Port of Liverpool each year.
Cardinal Nichols, who grew up in Crosby, said Sea Sunday offered a terrific opportunity to recognise the role of seafarers.
Liverpool Seafarers Centre is a partnership between the Catholic Apostleship of the Sea (Liverpool) and the Anglican Mersey Mission to Seafarers. Its history dates back to the 19th century. The charity provides ‘a lifeline’ to seafarers both active and retired and provides support to 50,000 seafarers passing through the Port of Liverpool each year.