Blessing of the fleet

Father Tom Killeen of St. Joseph's Catholic Church sprays holy water from the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Sycamore on Mike Webber and his bowpicker, the Amulet, during the Blessing of the Fleet on Saturday, May 5, 2018. (Photo by Emily Mesner/The Cordova Times)

Friends, family and fishermen gathered at the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Sycamore during the Blessing of the Fleet on May 5, hosted by Cordova District Fishermen United.

Father Tom Killeen of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Pastor Charley Pitchford of Cordova Community Baptist Church, Pastor Larry Goodale of the Little Chapel Church and Buddhist Priest Kelley Weaverling blessed the fleet of eight boats that passed by the vessel during the rainy Saturday morning.

Father Tom sprayed holy water as the boats passed by while prayers for safe seas and a bountiful harvest were voiced over Channel 14.