About Us

Stella Maris is the largest ship-visiting network in the world, and the official maritime charity of the Catholic Church.

Seafarers often have to work away from their families and local communities for nine to 12 months at a time. Across the world, we aim to provide a ‘friend in every port’ and stand alongside seafarers and fishers to ensure their rights are upheld. For 100 years we’ve been extending the hand of friendship and welcoming seafarers and fishers to our shores.

Our network of chaplains and volunteers makes more than 70,000 ship visits each year and supports hundreds of thousands of seafarers and fishermen in times of need.

220 Chaplains

supporting seafarers globally

750 Volunteers

in ports around the world

Visiting Seafarers

in 54 countries