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 well represented at AFCU symposium

Jun 11, 2014 |

Faculty, staff and administrators from St. Bonaventure joined colleagues from 22 other Franciscan institutions for the AFCU (Association of Franciscan Colleges and Universities) 2014 Symposium at Neumann University June 3-5. 

The theme of this bi-annual symposium was Catholic Education in the Franciscan Tradition: Formation, Integration and Assessment, addressing the interests of administrators, faculty, student life staff, coaches, athletic directors, and students. Neumann highlighted its Institute for Sport, Spirituality and Character Development as part of the program.

St. Bonaventure was well represented with colleagues across disciplines along with Sr. Margaret Carney, O.S.F., president of the university, and Br. Gary Maciag, O.F.M., director of operations for the Franciscan Institute at St. Bonaventure and executive director of the AFCU.

Br. F. Edward Coughlin, vice president for the Franciscan Mission, opened the June 3 sessions with the keynote address “Toward a Philosophy of Formative-Education in the Spirit of St. Bonaventure.” This was followed by a morning session with Br. Ed and Sr. Suzanne Kush, C.S.S.F., director of SBU’s Franciscan Center for Social Concern, presenting with Sr. Kathleen Moffatt, O.S.F., “Strategies for the Education and Formation of the Next Generation in the Wisdom of the Franciscan Tradition.”

In the afternoon, as part of one of the main themes on Sport and Spirituality, Dr. Paula Scraba, O.S.F., from School of Education, gave the luncheon keynote address “Sport as an important tool in the advancement of your institution’s Catholic and Franciscan identity.” Participants had the opportunity to network with athletic directors and coaches from AFCU institutions as well as from Philadelphia-area Catholic colleges. This session concluded with a short video on the impact of Neumann University’s Institute for Sport, Spirituality and Character Development.

Likewise, from St. Bonaventure’s School of Business, Joe Coate presented “Business Education, Catholic Social Teaching, and the Early Franciscans.” Colleagues John Stevens and Kathy Primo presented “Lessons Learned from Linking Franciscan Values & Social Responsibility to a Business Course involving Planning, Organizing, Leading and Controlling.” They were supported by their colleague Dr. Terry Moran.

On June 4, Scraba presented “Heartbeat of the Campus: Ministers in Residence Mentoring Student Leaders through Presence, Dialogue and Witness.” In the afternoon sessions, Julia

nne Wallace of University Ministries presented “Introducing Spirit and Life: A Franciscan Guide for Spiritual Reflection.”

This symposium was also a time to renew old relationships with colleagues, Bob Til, an SBU alumnus and member of the Neumann University business program, introduced Br. Ed with a picture of Br. Ed in the 1970s as a young friar in the residence halls. Christy Malone-Fleagle, former SBU lacrosse coach who is now assistant athletic director at Neumann, introduced Scraba, chaplain for the SBU women’s lacrosse team.

The next AFCU Symposium will be held June 7-9, 2016, at Marian University, Indianapolis, Ind. For more about the AFCU and its symposium, 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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