Cardinal Vaughan student explores the work of AoS chaplains

Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) hosted work experience student, Ciaran Bourke, from Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School, London, at its head office in Eccleston Square for two weeks in July. Ciaran helped in various jobs including working on spreadsheets detailing the ships and seafarers, and a stock-take of items sold on the AoS online shop.

The eye-opening part of the experience was visiting Ipswich Port (he’s pictured here with Port Chaplain Patricia Ezra). He learnt about the work of port chaplains, their day-to-day life and how they support seafarers. Ciaran adds: ‘Despite the fact we only saw three ships and spoke to only a few seafarers, I still learnt a lot, that on some days you could visit seven or eight ships, on other days, none, depending on ships in ports.’