St. Matthew’s Oshawa is proud to support a new ministry taking hold in the Oshawa Port.  Mission to the Seafarers is a group that supports Seafarers in need who arrive at the Oshawa Port.

Whether caring for victims of piracy, providing a lifeline to seafarers stranded in foreign ports, or simply providing a space to relax and a listening ear, the Mission is on hand night and day to support the world’s 1.5 million seafarers.

Ship-visiting chaplains visit ships arriving in our ports to provide a friendly welcome and offer help, support and advice.

The Mission Centres in Hamilton and Toronto offer hospitality, the opportunity to connect with family back home through internet and phone facilities and the chance to spend time away from the ship.

Seafarers face harsh working conditions, tensions between crew members and isolation from friends and family. These can take their toll on seafarers, leading to depression, anxiety and loneliness.  Our chaplains are experienced counsellors, on hand to listen and offer sympathy and advice.

Our chaplains are trained to recognize and respond to signs of post-traumatic stress disorder. In the aftermath of pirate attack, shipwreck or industrial disaster they offer a caring response in the midst of post-event interrogation and bureaucracy.

The ports are located in industrial areas far away from shops and amenities. We provide tra­­nsport so that seafarers can make the most of their brief time ashore.

For more information on this emerging ministry please visit, http://www.mtsso.org/ or contact the parish office for some personal assistance.