Migration Experts Series | Father Bruno Ciceri

Migration Experts Series | Father Bruno Ciceri

The second video in the series features Fr. Bruno Ciceri, Director of the Apostleship of the Sea for the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant Peoples.  Charged with the apostolic work of the Catholic Church to care for seafarers, fishers and their families, the Apostleship of the Sea offers pastoral care to those in need and welcome and hospitality to those on the move.  Apostleship of the Sea chaplains and pastoral workers visit crews aboard ships in port and offer centers and temporary dockside shelters where seafarers can relax, contact friends and families, and handle basic errands.  The Apostleship of the Sea is part of the Scalabrinini International Migration Network (SIMN), a global network of 270+ entities that provide services to migrants.  The Scalabrinis operate Apostleships in eight countries: Taiwan, Philippines, United Arab Emirates, South Africa, Italy, Brazil, Argentina, and Uruguay.

A Scalabrinian priest ordained in 1984, Fr. Ciceri worked with migrant workers in the Philippines for 11 years then served as Director of the Stella Maris International Service Centre and port chaplain of Kaohsiung, Taiwan.  He is also a co-author of Fishers and Plunderers: Theft, Slavery and Violence at Sea, a new book exploring the hidden world of exploitation within the global fishing industry.

In this interview, Fr. Ciceri discusses the problems facing people of the sea, the apostolic work of the Catholic Church in providing hospitality and pastoral care to seafarers, fishers and their families; and how such service assists people on the move.

For more information on the Apostleship of the Sea, visit http://aos-world.org/.