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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Bishop of Buffalo to speak Wednesday at St. Bonaventure convocation

Oct 07, 2013 | Most Reverend Richard J. Malone, the 14th Bishop of the Diocese of Buffalo, will visit St. Bonaventure University on Wednesday, Oct. 9, to discuss Catholic identity, mission and their integration into campus curriculum. 

The academic convocation will be held in the Rigas Family Theater of The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts beginning at 4 p.m. with a 30-minute panel presentation hosted by Br. F. Edward Coughlin, O.F.M., vice president for the Franciscan Mission. 

The panel will include St. Bonaventure community members Nichole Gonzalez, Thomas Green, Darlene McDonough, Kathleen Premo, and John Stevens, who will speak about the various ways the university attempts to educate students in the Catholic-Franciscan intellectual tradition and the heritage of the university. Bishop Malone will then offer his remarks. 

Afterwards, there will be an ecumenical prayer service followed by a reception in the Quick Center for the Arts Atrium.

Since the university’s establishment, St. Bonaventure has cherished its close relationship with the Bishop of Buffalo. In 1855, Bishop John Timon and Nicholas and Mary Devereux went to Rome to convince friars to travel to Allegany and form the university, according to Br. Ed.   

“The model of that early partnership — the local church, benefactors and the friars — continues to be an important part of our Bonaventure story,” he said.

“Our heritage and the Franciscan intellectual tradition are integral parts of who we are whether we are talking about our core curriculum with its Franciscan components and objectives or our emphasis on service — all are rooted in the vision and wisdom of the tradition.”


 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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