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Apostleship of Sea port chaplain awarded MBE in UK New Year Honours

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Apostleship of Sea (AoS) port chaplain Reverend Roger Stone chaplain Rev Roger Stone has been awarded the British Empire Medal (MBE) in the British Queen’s New Year honour’s list.

Roger has been a port chaplain for AoS since June 2010 supporting seafarers who arrive on ships in the south coast of England.

Roger had no knowledge of the world of seafaring and shipping prior to becoming a port chaplain for AoS having served in the parish of Billingshurst with Pulborough in West Sussex for four years before coming across a job advertisement for the role. However, he has become a familiar face in the port and shipping community taking on many difficult situations.

I am proud to work for the Apostleship of the Sea, the greatest and most effective maritime charity in the world. I am privileged to serve so many wonderful seafarers from so many countries around the world,” he said.

“I will always regard the Medal as a symbol of the love I have for seafarers who rely on Apostleship of the Sea port chaplains and volunteers for pure pastoral care. Without the Apostleship of the Sea, seafarers would simply not receive the love and care they need.”

AoS National Director Martin Foley said, “The British Empire Medal is a fitting recognition of Roger’s work and ministry with seafarers, and testimony to the vital support and assistance that AoS provides to seafarers and the wider shipping and maritime community.”

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