150th Anniversary Service for Mission to Seafarers, Belfast

Friday March 19th 2010

A special service to mark the 150th anniversary of the work of the Mission to Seafarers in Northern Ireland took place in St Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast, on March 14.

A century and a half ago the Mission to Seafarers commenced its outreach and pastoral support in Belfast Lough – then a distinctly maritime location. Despite the many changes over the years, the work of the Mission continues today to cater for the needs of the merchant services and world of seafaring, with a busy presence in Belfast Harbour at the ‘Flying Angel Centre’.

The Service included the commissioning by the Bishop of Connor, the Rt Rev Alan Abernethy, of the Rev Colin Hall-Thompson as Port Chaplain to the Mission to Seafarers in Belfast. The preacher was the Rev Canon Huw Mosford, the Mission to Seafarers’ Director of Chaplaincy and a former Trustee of the society.

The Mission to Seafarers is an Anglican society which also works with members of other church traditions. It serves seafarers of all races and creeds through a network of full- and part-time chaplains, staff and voluntary helpers in over 300 ports around the world. Seafarers face danger, loneliness and long periods of separation from loved ones and many continue to depend on the work of the Mission for support.

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