About Our Name.
Star of the Sea (Stella Maris) is a favourite title which mariners have bestowed on the Blessed Virgin Mary whose protection they have always trusted. The title depicts Mary as a beacon to mariners.The name Star of the Sea is aptly applied to Mary, for just as a star emits rays without diminishing its brightness, so the Son is born of the Virgin without changing her integrity.
"This noble star, whose brightness illuminates the universe, whose splendour shines in the heavens, shines also on earth, warming souls, reviving virtues, destroying vices.
She is the brilliant and wonderful Star that rules our vast sea, sparkling with merits, resplendent with virtues.
Have her name on your lips, in your heart. Follow the example of her life, with her support we fear nothing.
Under her guidance we do not grow weary, with her protection we arrive in port, and thus we experience within ourselves the truth of the words: 'Mary, Star of the Sea'."
St. Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153)