Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Queer (LGBTQ+)
Spirituality Ministry

The St. Anthony Shrine LGBTQ+ Spirituality Ministry is a community of faith where lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer Catholics can explore, express and celebrate their whole wonderfully created selves and their Catholic faith and grow in hope with one another. Friends and allies are always welcome.

The Monthly Meeting of the LGBTQ+ Spirituality Ministry: This ministry meets the second Sunday of every month following the 11:30 AM Mass (about 12:30 PM). Each month varies in different topics and/or guest speakers where members journey in their Catholic faith as beloved children of God. The group does not meet in July and August.

The Family and Friends of LGBTQ+ Persons Ministry: This ministry meets the third Sunday of every month at 2 PM by Zoom and in person at St Cecilia Parish (18 Belvidere Street, Boston).

The group is a safe and welcoming place for parents, grandparents, family and friends of LGBTQ+ persons to gather to better understand and experience the Church as a welcoming and affirming place of worship where they and their loved one are celebrated as essential members of the Body of Christ. The group is facilitated by clergy and lay ministers. For the Zoom link email: [email protected]

Through the years of LGBTQ+ history, the community has come together in pride under different flags which have rich histories themselves. CLICK HERE to be connected to an article on TIME Business News explaining the history, colors, and shapes of a few of the community’s flags. If interested they can be purchased here.


Beginning December 1st we will host a variety of events.

St. Anthony Shrine is partnering with the National AIDS Memorial to display one panel of the AIDS Memorial Quilt (the Quilt) to the public as part of World AIDS Day Observance on December 1st. The Quilt panels will be on display at St. Anthony Shrine at 100 Arch Street Boston, MA . The display will be free to the public and features one panel of the Quilt, several made by friends and loved ones from the region who died of AIDS. Check out this link for more information on the AIDS Memorial Quilt: AIDS Memorial Quilt Information If you know someone who’s name is memorialized on The Quilt, please email us, [email protected], and we will try to bring their panel here to the Shrine in December 2023.

World AIDS Day 2023 Mass and Reception.

Please join at St. Anthony Shrine us as we remember and honor those lives lost to AIDS as we celebrate a Mass of remembrance. Immediately following the Mass the celebration of remembrance continues at a reception in the lower auditorium of the Shrine. This event is free and open to the public. Date and time to be determined.

For more information or to speak with someone please contact us at [email protected] or call Fr. Jay Woods, OFM (Director) at 617-542-6440 ext. 164.

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