Doreen Badeaux 
Apostleship of the Sea of the U.S.A. 


Tuesday May 3, 2011 at 3:00 PM CDT
Friday May 6, 2011 at 12:00 PM CDT

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The Inn on Lake Superior 
350 Canal Park Drive
Duluth, MN 55802

PH: 1888-668-4352

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AOS USA Annual Conference 

TODear Friends,

The deadline for hotel registrations is TODAY. The hotel rates are $91/ night until the end of the day today, April 17. Please make your hotel reservations right away.

Conference plans are going very well. We look forward to a special session with John DeSantis, who was on the "front lines" dealing with the BP Oil Spill.  His input on the day to day events during the initial spill, and his update on how the fishermen and people of the Gulf Coast are currently faring, will be an eye opening experience for all.

We will also have a special session regarding the Great Lakes and the unique needs of mariners and companies in this region.  As part of this panel, we will discuss how the ministry can be enriched in this region. Former National Director, and now Great Lakes Port Chaplain, Rev. Fr. John A. Jamnicky will be a panelist, along with Fr Bob Sipe, a Cruise Ship Priest who, once retired, decided to become an AOS Port Chaplain, and now works with AOS Duluth.  Also on the panel, will be Tom Anderson, a Lutheran Port Chaplain in Duluth. 

A Draft Agenda is as follows:

Tuesday, May 3: 

3:00 - 6:00              Registration

5:00 p.m.               Welcome: Fr. Sinclair - Introduction to Conference

5:30 p.m.                Presentation 1: Deepwater Horizon & Gulf Fishermen - John DeSantis (National Fisherman & Houma Courier) (invited)

6:30 p.m.                Video Documentary: Fish For Tomorrow: Sustainable Fisheries

7:30 p.m.                 Reflections on Presentation & Documentary

8:00 p.m.                 Evening Prayer

Wednesday, May 4:

8:00-12:00              Registration Continues for Conference

 8:30-9:00               Morning Prayer

9:00 a.m.                 Panel: The Lakes: A Unique Aspect of Our Domestic Merchant Marine:

                                 Gregg Ruhl - Director of Sales, Marketing & Traffic, Great Lakes Fleet (invited)  Jason Serck - Port Director, Port of Superior Jim Sharrow - Facilities Manager, Duluth Seaway Port Authority (invited)

10:15                       Break

10:45                       Panel: Maritime Ministry on the Great Lakes

Fr. Bob Sipe Rev. Tom Anderson Canadian Maritime Minister (invited) Fr. John Jamnicki

11:45                       Break for Preparation for Mass

12:00  Noon           Mass - Fr. Sinclair Oubre, J.C.L.

1:00 p.m.                                Lunch

 2:30                        Panel: Catholic Maritime Ministry Responds to Deepwater Horizon

3:30 p.m.                Not-For-Profit Fundraising - Rev. Loring Carpenter, Executive Director, Seafarers Friend (Chelsea, MA)

5:00 p.m.                                Evening Prayer


Thursday, May 5:

7:00-12:00              Registration for Conference

 8:30-9:00               Morning Prayer

9:00 a.m.                Sr. Myrna Tordillo - AOS National Director

9:30 a.m.                 Deacon Patrick LaPoint - Treasurer’ Report

10:00 a.m.              AOS USA Secretary General Report/ Cruise Ship Priest Program Report

10:30 a.m.              Break

11:00 a.m.              Business Meeting:

-          Election of Vice President

-          Develop Action Plan for MLC 2006

-          Certification Process

-          Mosaic at National Shrine

-          Continuation of the Cruise Ship Priest Program

12:30 p.m.              Mass: Bishop Peter F. Christensen Bishop of Superior

1:30                         Lunch On Your Own & Evening Free

Friday, May 6:

8:30-9:00 a.m.        Morning Prayer

9:00-9:45 a.m.        Rev. Allan Figueroa Deck ­Executive Director, Secretariat for Cultural Diversity in the Church

9:45 -10:30 a.m      .Deacon Albert Dacanay - AOS Regional Coordinator

-          Regional Report

-          World Congress - Rome?


 10:30 - 11:15 a.m.   Around the Ports & On the Cruise Ships

 11:15 p.m.             Conference Adjourns

 11:30 p.m.             Closing Mass: Bishop Paul Sirba Bishop of Duluth




All participants must make their own hotel reservations.

Please be sure to book your hotel rooms for this conference by April 16 to ensure group rate.   

Phone: 218-726-1111     Fax: 218-727-3976
Rooms are reserved under the name:   "Apostleship of the Sea"

Rates are $91.00/night Plus 13.375 % Tax


There will be a minimum of paper documents distributed at the conference. Members are encouraged to bring a laptop computer and/or bring your own copies of documents, which will be e-mailed to all members prior to the conference.