Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) has produced a booklet about St Peter Claver (1581-1654), patron Saint of seafarers, and a major inspiration to the charity. Peter was a Spanish Jesuit priest who worked for 44 years in Colombia caring for the thousands of slaves who made the horrific sea journey from West Africa.
Every day, after spending time in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament, he would go with a small group of helpers to meet each slave ship as it arrived and tend to the slaves calming them and bringing them medicine, food and clothing and doing everything he could to alleviate their immense sufferings. But most of all, Peter brought them to God, teaching them the truths of the faith and explaining that God loved them more than man abused them.
Peter’s legacy lives on in the work of Apostleship of the Sea’s Port Chaplains, ship visitors and volunteers as they reach out to those in need of friendship and material support in the name of the Catholic Church – and above all offering the gift of the Sacraments and the Gospel.
To continue the remarkable legacy of St Peter Claver, supporters are invited to consider leaving a gift in their Will to Apostleship of the Sea. To get a free hardcopy of the booklet please contact AoS Legacy Officer Alastair Emblem by email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 0207 901 1931