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.  
Our Bona Buddies and Silver Wolves programs, as well as our 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. To learn more, stop at University Ministries, which is temporarily located on the second floor of Murphy Professional Building.  

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

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.

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Mountain Auction features Glen Iris getaway, Orlando Magic tickets, gift baskets galore

Sep 23, 2013 |

Holy Peace Chapel at Mt. IrenaeusThis year’s Mountain Auction to benefit Mt. Irenaeus will feature travel packages, sports memorabilia and gourmet dinners, among other offerings of local products and services.

Reservations for the annual auction are now being accepted by contacting Michelle Marcellin at 716-375-2096.

The 2013 Mountain Auction will be held Saturday, Nov. 2, in Doyle Hall on the St. Bonaventure University campus and supports the work of Mt. Irenaeus and the Franciscan friars who welcome people from all faith traditions.

The event begins with a 5 p.m. Mass in the University Chapel, Doyle Hall, followed by the auction at 6 p.m.

The auction features an evening with more than 200 gifts, most offered by silent auction and a select few in the exciting, fast-moving verbal auction. Dan Carter will be the auctioneer for the verbal portion of the auction.

Among the travel packages are a stay at the historic Glen Iris Inn (Letchworth State Park) and tickets and accommodations for an Orlando Magic vs. Cleveland Cavaliers game.

Silent auction gifts range from small appliances, holiday décor and passes to regional zoos and parks, to Cutco products, electronics, golf passes and gift baskets.

For those driven to bid by their stomach, edible gifts include a gourmet dinner prepared by local chief Sheila Darrow at the Mountain and a pie-of-the-month offering from Sr. Regina Aman, O.S.F., of St. Mary of the Angels Church in Olean.

Back by popular demand will be a Mt. Irenaeus hike with Br. Joe Kotula, O.F.M.

Reservations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis and will be accepted until the auction is sold out. The cost is $50 per person and includes cocktails, buffet, passed hors d’oeuvres and desserts. Auction proceeds aid the Mountain’s endowment and support the general operating fund. For more information about Mt. Irenaeus, visit

We moved — back!

University Ministries has moved into its new home, the newly constructed McGinley-Carney Center for Franciscan Ministry, which is in the same place as its old home, the former Thomas Merton Center, located just north of Reilly Center in the heart of campus. University Ministries offices were temporarily located in the John J. Murphy Professional Building while its former home was razed and the new McGinley-Carney Center was being built.

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