St. Anthony Shrine has a large number of outreach programs, ministries and services available. Unless otherwise noted, all of them are open to everyone. In addition, each has a need for sponsors and volunteers.


Fr. Brian Cullinane, OFM, will discuss your particular case with you, explain the Church’s canon law as it applies to your situation, as well as recommend next steps. Please call 617-542-6440 and ask for Fr. Brian Cullinane, OFM.

The Arch Street Band

The worshipping community of St. Anthony Shrine is blessed to have The Arch Street Band,  a full band of professional musicians, at its seven music Masses.

Bread on the Common

All are invited to be part of a ministry to homeless persons on the streets and nearby the Shrine.

Boston Healthcare For The Homeless

Counseling Service

The mission of the counseling office is to provide therapeutic counseling to individuals, couples, and families who are experiencing relationship or other mental health issues.

Emmaus Ministry for Grieving Parents

The Emmaus Ministry for Grieving Parents focuses on the spiritual journey of parents whose children of any age have died by any cause.  All are welcome.

 Franciscan Adult School

The Franciscan Adult School is designed to provide an opportunity to enhance the growth and formation of the whole person.

The Franciscan Food Center

The mission of the Food Center is to feed people who are hungry by providing high-quality, nutritious food in a client-choice setting and create a community in an environment of dignity, compassion and respect.

Franciscan Spiritual Companionship

Spiritual Companionship provides a safe, confidential space in which a person can explore God’s invitation to a deeper relationship.

Good Word for Today

A telephone ministry which offers a daily spiritual message. A hundreds seconds of Christian Hope—with a Franciscan twist!

Grief Ministry

A six consecutive week support group to those grieving the death of someone they have loved who has died.

Kids Program

The Kids Program is available to children who are enrolled in Kindergarten through the 5th grade during the current academic year and whose families are registered in the Franciscan Food Center.

Latino Ministry

Ofrecemos la Misa en Español los Miércoles y Domingos, así como un grupo de Biblia.

Lazarus Ministry

We provide burials for those people we never really think about, such as the homeless, the poor, those who die alone or whose family cannot afford funeral services.

LGBTQ Spirituality

A group for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered and questioning Catholics to develop their spirituality.

Mychal Judge Center for Recovery

We offer group and individual outpatient substance abuse counseling services, educational services, family counseling, counseling and support services for adult children and children of persons with substance abuse/dependence problems, pastoral counseling and Fifth Step work, recovery retreats and relapse prevention services.

New Beginnings

New Beginnings is a support group for people who have been sexually abused. We are men and women of all ages and backgrounds who have formed a supportive community to pursue healing and recovery.

Prison Ministry

Catholic Worship Services at the Suffolk County House of Corrections.

Secular Franciscans

Secular Franciscans are a community of Catholic men and women in the world who seek to pattern their lives after Christ in the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi.

Seniors at Arch Street

The “Seniors at Arch Street” gather on Wednesdays for a 10 a.m. Mass, followed by coffee, various presentations, good conversation, and a hearty lunch.

Spiritual Direction Certification Program

This is a practicum and instruction experience to respond to the calling to become a spiritual director.

St. Anthony’s Bread for the Poor

Through monetary contributions from people like you, St. Anthony Shrine is able to feed the homeless, the working poor families and the elderly.

Tony’s Travelers

Tony’s Travelers offers all shrine guests an opportunity to enjoy spiritual and fun themed trips to unique locations throughout New England and beyond.


St. Anthony Shrine welcomes Veterans from the New England Center for Homeless Veterans for a monthly Veterans appreciation lunch.


St. Anthony Shrine & Ministry Center has many opportunities for worship available.  All are welcome!

Young Adults: 20′s/30′s Boston

The 20’s/30’s Boston community at St. Anthony Shrine strives to provide education, social gathering and the sharing of faith for anyone in his or her twenties (20’s) or thirties (30’s).