Special remembrance of Baltimore bridge collapse victims to take place on National Maritime Day

Key Bridge In an aerial view, the cargo ship Dali sits in the water after running into and collapsing the Francis Scott Key Bridge on March 26, 2024, in Baltimore. | Credit: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

Bishop Brendan Cahill of Victoria, Texas, is inviting Catholics throughout the United States to join the May 22 “National Day of Prayer and Remembrance for Sailors and People of the Sea,” which this year will include a special prayer in memory of those affected by the catastrophic March 26 Baltimore bridge collapse. 

“Each year, we pray for those who work on the high seas and the ports. In a special way this year, we remember those who have been impacted by the collapse of the Key Bridge, particularly the six construction workers who perished in the bridge collapse, and for their families as they mourn the loss of their loved ones,” Cahill said.

On March 26, the container ship Dali suffered a power failure and collided with one of the bridge pillars, causing the collapse of most of the bridge while a group of eight construction workers were doing maintenance work on the structure. The six fatalities were immigrants to the United States from Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala.

Immediately following the tragedy, the Stella Maris network of port chaplains and volunteers mobilized to provide pastoral care and support to crew members of the Dali and for crew members of other vessels in the Port of Baltimore.

Cahill, who is also the bishop promoter of the Apostleship of the Sea “Stella Maris,” solicited prayers “for the captain and crew of the cargo ship and for the countless people who have been working in the aftermath of the tragedy.” He also remembered the longshoremen and those who depend on the Port of Baltimore to make a living.

Around the world, Cahill noted, “there are countless men and women who labor on the high seas for their livelihood. Let us seek the intercession of Our Lady, Stella Maris, that she protect and guide us,” he emphasized.

As part of this commemoration, a Mass will be celebrated on May 18 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., at 12:10 p.m. local time.

This story was first published by ACI Prensa, CNA’s Spanish-language news partner. It has been translated and adapted by CNA.

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