Dear Friend, I am Fr. Bruno Ciceri, the International Director of the Stella Maris Network, a Catholic welfare organization known also as Apostleship of the Sea. The Stella Maris organization
“Stella Maris” Apostleship of the Sea is an organism of the Catholic Church.
It was founded in Barcelona in 1927 and is currently part of the Diocesan Delegation of Social Pastoral of the Archdiocese.
Internationally, Stella Maris was launched in the port of Glasgow in 1920 and is present in 322 ports in 56 countries. Organically, it depends on the Dicastery for the Promotion of Human Dignity in the Vatican.
Stella Maris International is also a founding member of the International Christian Maritime Association (ICMA), an international ecumenical association for maritime pastoral care.
Stella Maris’ motto is: “your home away from home”, in clear reference to the fact that it intends to be the point of reference and trust for all sailors, whatever their nationality, culture, gender or religion.
In Barcelona, we are a team of 30 people who, with different activities and dedications, try to make seafarers who come to Barcelona feel welcomed and accompanied.
Stella Maris is integrated into the port community of Barcelona, being a member of the Sustainability working group and holding the permanent secretary of the Barcelona Port Welfare Committee. It is also a member of the Advisory Board for the Promotion of the Barcelona’s Port Community..
In 2016, Stella Maris Barcelona was chosen “Center of the Year” by seafarers around the world and received the corresponding award from the International Seafarers Welfare and Assistance Network.