Mission to Seafarers Offers Mix of Services

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Christmas boxes, long-distance phone cards and ship christenings -- all have been part of the ministry of the Mission to Seafarers in the past year, according to a report presented to the fall meeting of Canadian Anglican bishops by Archbishop Terence Finlay of the diocese of Toronto, liaison bishop for the Mission in Canada.

Archbishop Finlay said four of the 11 missions in Canada were able to send reports in time for his presentation: St. John's, Nfld.; Halifax; Sarnia, Ont. and Hamilton, Ont. Canada's missions are part of the London-based Mission to Seafarers serving 108 ports worldwide, an Anglican ministry that was founded in 1857.

In St. John's, Rev. Christopher Snow reported that Christmas boxes were distributed to crews spending the holiday season in the port and ships were visited on a regular basis. However, a plan to visit ports on the east coast of Newfoundland has not worked out and Mr. Snow said he intends to concentrate on the shore base in St. John's.

In Halifax, Rev. Brian Evans reported that the mission hosted about 25,000 visitors in the past year. The mission's income is up due to the wholesale marketing of long-distance phone cards to shipping agents. …


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