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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St. Bonaventure organizations sponsoring events for veterans this fall

Oct 15, 2013 |

A number of St. Bonaventure University organizations have joined forces to promote and sponsor a series of events this fall for service veterans, beginning Sunday in Buffalo. 

“It is essential that the needs of, and services for, this population are addressed as they have represented and served our country,” said Dr. Barbara Trolley, chair of the university’s Disability Committee. “While not every veteran or person on active duty will experience a major disability, at the very least the demands of such service as it relates to educational endeavors and family life should be recognized and supported.”

Campus sponsors for the semester-long series of events include the Disability Committee, Teacher and Learning Center, Disability Support Services, Center for Student Wellness, Student Affairs, Safety and Security, Center for Activities, Recreation and Leadership, Franciscan Center for Social Concern, Damietta Center, and SBU’s Army ROTC unit. 

For questions regarding any of the events, contact Trolley at

The events include: 

Sunday, Oct. 20 • 10 a.m.
First Niagara Center, Buffalo
Gold & Blue Star Military Family Tribute Walk

Sponsored by Blue Cross/Blue Shield and the Buffalo Sabres, the walk is designed to raise funds for the Veterans Memorial to honor those who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. To register for the walk, click here. A $30 registration fee is requested. University community members walking are asked to wear Bona apparel.

October 25 • 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Hickey Dining Hall
Veterans Information Table

A plethora of information for service personnel and their families will be available. Army ROTC representatives will be present.

November 11 • 11:50 a.m.
Steps of Reilly Center (reception in RC Hall of Fame after)
Veterans Day Ceremony

A Veterans Day memorial service is planned to recognize and celebrate our veterans. 

November 14 • 6-7:30 p.m.
Walsh Science Center Auditorium
“Veterans and Their Families: Identification of Needs, Support and Services”

Representatives from the Buffalo Veterans Administration, Walter Reed Hospital, Holy Name Province, Operation Military Families, AUSA (Association for the United States Army), Army ROTC, Medina County (Ohio) Veterans Office, St. Bonaventure Student Veterans Association and the American Legion will discuss pertinent issues and identify available services for veterans and their families.

November 22 • Noon
University Club (above Hickey Dining Hall)
Friday Forum: “Spiritual Healing for Military Veterans in Assisi”

Richard Trietley, vice president for Student Affairs, and Vito Czyz, director of Safety and Security, both veterans, will share their experiences and perceptions in this presentation.

Wounded Warrior Packages

First-year students are assembling packages for the Wounded Warrior Project. For more information, contact Sr. Suzanne Kush, C.S.S.F., director of the Franciscan Center for Social Concern, at 


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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