The Mercy Ocean

by Reverend Vincent A. Salamoni, M.S.A.

Simply described as a collection of information, which perhaps will be USEFUL TO YOU AND/OR OTHERS!

Father Vincent’s book of meditative reflections offers a spiritual journey into the depths of grace through the maritime imagery of the Mercy Ocean.

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  • 2015/2016 – Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy – the articles start.
  • 2020 – gathered in a collection with the title: THE MERCY OCEAN.
  • August 15, 2021 – The Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary; THE MERCY OCEAN was published.
  • November 2021 – in the beginning of the month, there were pages added with these Saints: Peter, Vincent de Paul, Paul of the Cross, Boniface, John Bosco and Thérèse of Lisieux.
  • November 2021 – after those additions, the page “Saint Vincent de Paul with Noah” was included.
  • Nov. 13, 2021 – the phrase “In the one family of God has THE MERCY OCEAN …” concluded the page “SAINT VINCENT de PAUL with NOAH”. And another sentence was not in the book. In the event, it is in my heart and yours: THE MERCY OCEAN has a lifesaver for you!
  • November 24, 2021 – the page concerning the anchor in Hebrew 6:19, included a quote from one of the Vietnamese Martyrs.
  • Advent 2021 – the author draws the original “Stella” Maris | “Star” of the Sea. It is in the “STELLA MARIS … DEEP WATER” section, in the Back Cover and here:

  • Christmas Season 2021/2022 – the “STELLA MARIS … DEEP WATER” section includes Saint Bonaventure, and the Blessed Virgin Mary is a lifesaver and beacon for our stormy seas.  Also, Saint Thomas Becket presents.


“Fr. Salamoni’s unique reflections on Faith and Life in a nautical context have always spoken to me and others who are involved in maritime work and the ministry to the People of the Sea. May this collection be an inspiration to all mariners, and all who live, recreate or work upon the vast waters.” –– Doreen M Badeaux, Secretary General Apostleship of the Sea of the United States of America

“I have served with Fr Salamoni for many years as a fellow Active Duty Navy Chaplain. I have been the beneficiary of his writings which were always joyful, thought provoking, and a delight to read. I heartily and happily give my endorsement to this latest collection. Enjoy!” – Bishop Joseph L Coffey, Vicar for Veterans Affairs, Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA

On the occasion of the 9/11 Boatlift 20th Anniversary Tribute: “Thank you Chaplain: We appreciate you thinking of us as we prepare to honor the heroes, victims and survivors. Your maritime-related prayers continue to uplift many of our members.” – Jessica LM Hitchen, Executive Director, New York Council Navy League 
“May The Mercy Ocean be a source of consolation for all who ponder on its gems of wisdom.” — Very Rev. Peter S. Kucer, MSA, STD; President-Rector of Holy Apostles College & Seminary.
“To those who meditate, the Spirit’s gift of Knowledge and Understanding is abundant, and the Heart of Jesus is open for us to see if we seek Him in such a path.  Father Vincent’s short work of collected meditations and memorable quotes from various sources is a simple and genuine fruit of his own labor of meditation.  Enveloped in beautiful images, and even more beautiful thoughts, The Mercy Ocean is a piece meant to help those along their own path of meditation. Read slowly, read carefully, and read seeking the face of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary.” — Fra. Angelo, Knights of the Holy Eucharist
“More than a sailor’s retreat, Fr. Vincent Salamoni’s The Mercy Ocean is a sailor’s delight in the way it inspires the contemplative to cast out into the deep of God’s mercy and grace.” — Dr. Sebastian Mahfood, OP, author of The Narrative Spirituality of Dante’s Divine Comedy: a hundred-day guided journal


Fr. Vincent Salamoni, MSA, is a member of the Society of the Missionaries of the Holy Apostles (M.S.A.). Their charism is to promote, form and accompany vocations to the priesthood and other ministries.

He ministered aboard a dugout canoe in the Peruvian Amazon to served onboard a nuclear air carrier, rather a starship, and retired from in the Chaplain Corps of the United States Navy. Afterward, he is a Provincial Emeritus of the MSA, USA. He is being through, with, and in, the Mercy Ocean.