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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Br. William Short to receive Franciscan Institute Medal

Jun 30, 2014 |

Br. William Short, O.F.M., will receive the 25th Franciscan Institute Medal after the Feast of St. Bonaventure celebration July 15 at St. Bonaventure University.

The medal will be awarded at a dinner after the Feast of St. Bonaventure Mass, Br. William Shortscheduled for 4:30 p.m. in the University Chapel. Fr. Dominic Monti, O.F.M., will be the presider and preacher at the Eucharist.

An academic dean and former president (1988-1992) at the Franciscan School of Theology in Berkeley, Calif., Br. William has been a Franciscan friar of the Province of Santa Barbara since 1973.

Br. William will be on campus the week before the Feast of St. Bonaventure to lead a five-day seminar titled “Francis of Assisi: Early Sources — A New Vision.”

The seminar, set for July 7-11, focuses on the work of Br. William and other Franciscan scholars to edit and publish a three-volume series of early documents related to Francis that gave the English-speaking world more than 2,800 pages of texts for study, reflection and discussion.

“As a scholar, linguist, and teacher, Bill has worked closely with every dimension of the project,” said Br. Ed Coughlin, vice president for Franciscan mission at St. Bonaventure.

“He knows the texts on many levels and delights in sharing his knowledge of their significance and value. … His contributions to Franciscan scholarship have been invaluable. Bill is a very deserving recipient of the medal.”

Br. William, who has taught summer courses periodically since 1984 at the Franciscan Institute, has written numerous books, book chapters, articles and translations on Franciscan scholarship and history. 

For more information or to register for the seminar, go to 

The Franciscan Institute Medal was established in 1987 to honor scholars who have made outstanding contributions to Franciscan Studies in the areas of theology, spirituality, philosophy and history. 


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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