PASS CHRISTIAN, Miss. (AP) - A Roman Catholic priest has prayed over the boats and crews in Pass Christian, Miss.
Father Mike Austin, who pastors a local parish, strode along the docks Sunday sprinkling holy water on each boat and pausing to bless their crews in the 38th annual blessing of the fleet.
He asked God for a good, prosperous fishing season for the working boats, fun on the water for the owners of pleasure craft, "and safety for all." Austin said he also prayed for protection from hurricanes.
The Sun Herald reports that one point the priest went aboard a Vietnamese fishing boat, where he blessed a Virgin Mary statue.