Contact Info

Fr. Francis
Di Spigno, O.F.M.

Executive Director, University Ministries
716-375-2142
fdispigno@sbu.edu


Debby Mooney
Administrative Assistant, University Ministries
716-375-2600
dmooney@sbu.edu

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UNIVERSITY MINISTRIES

University Ministries welcomes students of all religious affiliations to participate in a variety of opportunities for spiritual growth, service learning, social action and community building.  
 
Our liturgical life, centered around Sunday Eucharist, invites all members of the Bonaventure community to join in various liturgical ministries and many prayer opportunities.  
 
Bona Buddies, Senior Bona Buddies and Service Learning trips offer creative ways to live and learn with children, elders and cross-cultural communities.  
 
The Warming House, the oldest student-run soup kitchen in the nation, serves a meal six days a week. 
 
SEARCH, SBU for Life and Collegiate Peer Ministry are but a few of the other experiences that round out University Ministries. Stop at the Thomas Merton Centerthe building with the smokestack in the center of campusto learn more.  

Mt. Irenaeus and Students For The Mountain

Our premier retreat center, Mt. Irenaeus, is located 32 miles from campus and offers peaceful re-creation, prayer and family-style hospitality. Mountain Community Leaders take leadership roles with the friars and other Franciscans in the ministry of the Mountain, which invites all to relax, hike, work in the garden and share warm conversation and home-cooked meals. 

Franciscan Center for Social Concern

Head to the Thomas Merton Center if you are interested in peace, social justice and the environment. The Franciscan Center for Social Concern seeks new ideas based on the interests of SBU students. Basic principles known as Catholic Social Teaching support our activities.

Stop by, we're always open!

University Ministries is located in the Thomas Merton Center in the heart of campus. We're open to students and staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Albany Law School professor to speak at St. Bonaventure Sept. 25

Sep 20, 2013 | Paul Finkelman, Distinguished Professor of Law and Public Policy and Senior Fellow in the Government Law Center at the Albany Law School, will visit St. Bonaventure next week as the Lenna Visiting Professor.

Finkelman will speak at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, in the Walsh Center Auditorium on “The Ten Commandments on the Courthouse Lawn: Why People of Faith Should Oppose Religious Monuments on Public Space.” The talk will count as a senior forum plenary but is also open to the public.

A specialist in race and law, American legal history, and constitutional law, Finkelman has had more than 150 scholarly articles and more than 30 books published. Other pieces have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today and The Huffington Post. He is an expert in constitutional history, freedom of religion, the law of slavery, civil liberties and the American Civil War.

Finkelman also served as the chief expert witness in the Alabama Ten Commandments monument case in 2003, and the U.S. Supreme Court cited his scholarship on religious monuments in public spaces. He also appeared on television when C-SPAN recorded Finkelman’s two-hour class on the Dred Scott case, which aired nationally and is now a part of C-Span’s series on American History.

Dr. Karen Robbins, assistant professor of history, nominated Finkelman for the visiting professorship.

“In today’s world, students can readily see the potentially explosive role of religion when connected to politics. A quick look at the Middle East reveals that,” she said. “But, less well known, our own history also illustrates what can happen when politics and religion are connected.”

Robbins said St. Bonaventure students of all majors would benefit from listening to Finkelman’s talk.

“We are very fortunate to have a nationally renowned legal historian visiting us as a Lenna Professor and that one of his areas of expertise is religion and the law,” she said. “The Supreme Court takes his scholarship on this seriously, and has cited him. If that body listens to him, we should too.”

The Lenna Endowed Visiting Professorship, established in 1990, is funded through gifts from the late Betty S. Lenna Fairbank and Reginald A. Lenna of Jamestown. It is designed to bring scholars of stature in their field to St. Bonaventure University and Jamestown Community College for public lectures.

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About the University: The nation’s first Franciscan university, St. Bonaventure University cultivates graduates who are confident and creative communicators, collaborative leaders and team members, and innovative problem solvers who are respectful of themselves, others, and the diverse world around them. We are establishing pathways to internships, graduate schools and careers in the context of our renowned liberal arts tradition. Our students are becoming extraordinary.