blessingoftheships02.08142014Three members of the Twin Ports Ministry to Seafarers led a Blessing of the Fleet ceremony the afternoon of July 20. They are, from left, the Rev. Dave Carlson, pastor of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Duluth; Ron Johnson, trade development director with the Duluth Seaway Port Authority; and Precious Blood Fr. Leon Flaherty, who helps out at the Cathedral of Christ the King, Superior. The interfaith ministry strives to meet the spiritual and physical needs of mariners whose ocean-going vessels dock in the Twin Ports.


The Captain Cool sails in for a blessing July 20 in the bay off Barkers Island, Lake Superior. Two ministers with the Twin Ports Ministry to Seafarers boarded a Coast Guard vessel to offer their blessings to passing boats. This is the second year the Twin Ports Ministry has conducted a Blessing of the Fleet. (Catholic Herald photos by Anitia Draper)