The celebration of Sea Sunday, a day which is set aside to pray for the seafarers and their families is an annual event celebrated in the second Sunday of July; this year the prayers were held on 14th July 2019.
Catholic Archdiocese of Mombasa (CAM) has a long standing tradition of joining the Anglican Church of Kenya (ACK) to celebrate this day. This year, 2019, through IRD Commission and in collaboration with KCCB Commission for Refugees, Immigrant and Seafarers, Most Rev. Martin Kivuva and Lorship Alphonse Baya, CAM and ACK bishops respectively, came together for an ecumenical prayer to mark this day. The prayers were held at Mission to Seamen which is an ACK mission supporting seafarers at Mombasa port.
Together for the prayers were different stakeholders of seafarers’ welfare such as Kenya Maritime Authority, Association of Seafarers Kenya, Kenya Navy, Kenya Ports Authority, International Transport Federation, Association for Women in Maritime and Bandari Maritime Academy among many other stakeholders.
For this year, part of the message to the seafarers by Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development by the Prefect, Cardinal Peter Turkson say that “In the faces of seafarers from different nations, I invite you to recognize the face of Christ in your midst. In the confusion of languages, I recommend you to speak the language of Christian love that welcomes everyone and excludes no one”.
And echoing the homily of Most Rev. Martin on this day that seafarers come not only from different nations, but also religions, and there those who do not ascribe to any religion; we are called as Christians to serve all seafarers without any form of discrimination. Therefore, it is our call to show love to seafarers who face a lot of challenges in their work, and if not for our call as religious people, then it should be for the love of humanity in particular recognizing their dignity as well as that of their work.
Mr. Samuel Minyaho-IRD Commission executive secretary