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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Campus Service Day to conclude Francis Week on Oct. 5

Oct 03, 2013 |

By Emily Steves, ’15

St. Bonaventure University will conclude its celebration of Francis of Assisi with a Campus Service Day on Saturday, Oct. 5. 

“Francis went about his hometown, helping those in need and those often overlooked by others,” said Sr. Suzanne Kush, C.S.S.F., director of the Franciscan Center for Social Concern on campus. “This is an opportunity for the students to give back to the community of which they are a part.”

Students can sign up in the Thomas Merton Center to serve at Genesis House, Mt. Irenaeus, the Olean Chamber of Commerce, St. Mary of the Angels Parish, Canticle Farm and the Immanuel Lutheran Church. Another available opportunity includes building wheelchair ramps with BonaResponds in Delevan, N.Y. Transportation will be provided to each off-campus service site.

Help will also be needed with the setup and cleanup for St. Bonaventure’s second year hosting the March for Babies walk on the Allegheny River Valley Trail. Clubs and individuals are invited to raise money for the event and then join the walk. All proceeds go to research and programs that help babies begin healthy lives through the March of Dimes.

“We hope clubs and students will just want to get involved because it’s a good cause,” said Rob DeFazio, director of the Center for Activities, Recreation and Leadership/Richter Center. “We want to represent and show well for this event. All clubs and organizations need to do at least 20 hours of community service, and this is a good opportunity.”

Service Day kicks off with a 9:30 a.m. gathering in the Walsh Auditorium.  



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.     

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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