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MANNA - Many Angels Needed Now and Always

MANNA (Many Angels Needed Now and Always ) is a ministry of and with the homeless community in downtown Boston. Through MANNA, we seek not only to welcome men and women across differences of class, wealth, culture, race and mental ability, but also to empower all people to claim their place as essential members of our community. We all have gifts to give and to receive. We need each other. And this is why we gather each week to serve, to pray, and to create together. The Monday Lunch Program, The Black Seed Writers' Group, The Micro library, the Pilgrimages, mediation groups and now our Book Group all seek to serve this same aim. Come join us.  



The MANNA Leadership Team


The Leadership Team is where everything gets done: together we dream, imagine, plan and implement projects every Monday morning here from 10 -11:30 am. All are welcome to come share questions, suggestions, or just to check in about life on the street, in the shelters, or in new housing.

The Monday Lunch Program

Following the Leadership Team is The Monday Lunch, a thirty year old program which serves more than 150 hot meals a week. Lunch is served from 11:30 am to 12:45 pm, and is open to all. Visiting volunteers from our long standing partner parishes; Christ Church Needham, St. Michael’s Milton, and Trinity Church, Concord, as well as men and women from the Manna Leadership Team work together to cook, serve and clean up the meal.


The Black Seed Writer’s Group and The Pilgrim

The Blackseed Writer’s Group meets every Tuesday at 9:30 am. The Pilgrim is a journal produced by members of Boston's homeless community, published by the Cathedral Church of St Paul, and dedicated to the proposition that homelessness is a state of acute pilgrimage. It features poetry, memoir, prayer, reportage, jubilation and despair. To quote one of our regular writers: “This paper is real. It don’t get realer than this.”

In December 2012, The Pilgrim was featured on NPR's "Here and Now," with editor James Parker and a few of the contributers present to speak about the paper. You can listen to that program here.

Sign up for an annual print subscription for $25 by designating your gift to The Pilgrim, Monday Lunch Program on our giving page. Visit The Pilgrim webpage! Contact Micah Greene at for more information.


Christian Meditation Group 

Prayer is the heart of the church, returning to God in trust and love and renewing ourselves in a silent cycle of giving and receiving is how we breathe. Since 2009, a group of between 12 and 20 men and women meet each week to share in silent contemplative prayer. Following the tradition of John Main, OSB, this is the first homeless Christian Meditation group in the US.

Dom Laurence Freeman, OSB | June 2012 

Meditatio Podcast | December 2012 - Featuring Meditation with the Homeless


 For more information on the World Community of Christian Meditation, click here.  


The Pilgrimage


"A Path that Doesn't End" by Yvonne Abraham | The Boston Globe | November 2011



MANNA Micro Library


The Manna Micro Library aims to serve all people by offering books free of charge without requiring id or proof or permanent residence. Open Monday and Tuesday from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm, it is run by Kristen Parker, former Occupy Boston Librarian and member of the Radical Reference Librarians and four Associate Librarians from the MANNA community.  



The Leadership Development Initiative (LDI)

The Leadership Development Initiative (LDI) is a rigorous, hands-on, training program that aims to develop spiritual leaders for God’s dream of a just and reconciled creation. More information at

“Homeless helping Homeless”: The Space Blanket Project – Members of MANNA have recently received training through the LDI to carry out a project to distribute Mylar space blankets to people sleeping on the streets. The blankets are inexpensive, light-weight, very portable, re-usable, and provide highly effective protection against wind, rain, sun and cold. The MANNA LDI project welcomes partnerships with individuals or donors who would like to donate space blankets for distribution (no monetary donations, thank you). Please contact The Rev. Canon Steven Bonsey at


For more information about MANNA, please email or call 617.482.5800.