Full-time, 40 hours per week. Based in ports and harbours in the South of the Humber including Immingham, Grimsby, the Trent, Barrow Haven and New Holland as well as some working from home.

Stella Maris is looking to recruit a Regional Port Chaplain to promote the vision, mission, and values of
Stella Maris in caring for all seafarers and fishers by helping to meet their pastoral and spiritual needs.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • To meet the welfare and pastoral needs of all seafarers and fishers equally according to their needs and wishes. To be an advocate on their behalf, upholding the dignity of each. Through regular and frequent ship visiting, to understand the working and living conditions of the seafarer and fishers and be able to work for justice and for the well-being of all crew members without distinction.
  • To address the communication needs of seafarers, providing transport, news, and access to telephone and internet facilities.
  • To address the welfare needs of seafarers and fishers, including support with money transfers, hospitality, and crisis support, e.g., abandonment, injury and death, detainment, bereavement, advice and access to medical care.
  • To meet the ecclesial, spiritual, and sacramental needs of Catholic seafarers and fishers; to facilitate the religious and spiritual needs of others and to be a pastor to all, sharing one’s faith as appropriate.
  • To participate in Stella Maris conferences, ongoing formation and other professional courses as required.
  • To support seafarer centre functioning.
  • To recruit, train, develop and retain a Stella Maris ship visiting volunteer team.
  • To represent SM on the local Port Welfare Committee(s), to include attending such meetings and submitting reports.
  • To liaise and maintain good working relationships with all port stakeholders, including the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, the International Transport Workers’ Federation, port health, harbour masters, dockers, security, and shipping agents.
  • To work in an ecumenical and multi-faith context by respecting the differing religious and spiritual needs of seafarers drawn from diverse regions throughout the world.
  • To encourage and support the development of an ecumenical service to seafarers through engagement with our ecumenical colleagues, including the Mission to Seafarers, The Fishermen’s Mission, The Sailors’ Society (to name a few).
  • To engage with local maritime colleges.
  • To engage with the local press, in particular the local Catholic diocesan press.
  • To represent and be a proactive advocate for SM at Deanery meetings, in local parishes, in schools, with diocesan Justice and Peace networks, with migrant communities, in the local Catholic community and in the local community.
  • To support the Fundraising and Communications team with the development of local fundraising initiatives.
  • To promote SM internally and externally to ensure a highly motivated workforce and a positive external image.


  • Roman Catholic.
  • Full UK Driving Licence.
  • Able to work independently and without supervision.
  • Be able to use your initiative.
  • Happy to manage and be responsible for a team of volunteers.
  • Good interpersonal/social skills.
  • Able to interact and be comfortable around a diverse range of people.
  • Willing to work ecumenically (with those of other faiths and those of no faith).
  • Be competent in basic IT and using Word, Excel, Teams, and databases.
  • Knowledge of the geographical area.
  • Flexible.
  • Good time management.
  • Resilient.

Key Dates

  • Closing date for applications Monday 15th January 2024
  • Short listing 16 – 17 January 2024
  • Candidates notified of shortlisting results Thursday 18th January 2024
  • 1st Round of Interviews in Immingham Monday 22nd January 2024
  • 2nd Round of Interviews (if required) Wednesday 24th January 2024

For more information and to apply, please download the candidate pack.