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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University President Sr. Margaret Carney to be honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

Aug 04, 2014 |
University President Sr. Margaret Carney

St. Bonaventure University President Sr. Margaret Carney, O.S.F., is being recognized for her professional success and community involvement as the 2014 recipient of Buffalo Business First’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

“Sr. Margaret personifies a college president who does it all, from fundraising to campus construction to community involvement,” said Jack Connors, publisher and president of Buffalo Business First. “As the 20th university president and the first woman president, Sr. Margaret exemplifies the successful CEO in today’s world.”

Sr. Margaret has served as university president since 2004. Prior to being inaugurated, she served as the dean and director of the Franciscan Institute of St. Bonaventure. Her early work included years of secondary education, leading administrative positions in the Diocese of Pittsburgh and her religious order. In addition to these full-time commitments, she lectured extensively in the United States, Ireland, England, the Philippines and Europe.

“The university’s Board of Trustees is thrilled to see Sr. Margaret’s leadership and extraordinary accomplishments recognized by Buffalo Business First,” said Raymond C. Dee, chair of St. Bonaventure’s Board of Trustees. "She has selflessly shared her gifts not only with St. Bonaventure University, but also with the entire Western New York region for more than a decade, and we are grateful to the selection committee for recognizing her with this tremendous honor.”

During her term as president, Sr. Margaret has been responsible for major initiatives in academic assessment, new construction and renovations on campus totaling more than $40 million dollars. Her presidency has focused on the centrality of the Franciscan mission and the university’s role as a leading international resource for the Franciscan order, the importance of improving trust and integrity in relationships of all sectors of the campus community, and the transformation to a learner-centered pedagogy and the maturation of a surge of service-learning activities.

Sr. Margaret will be honored at a Sept. 16 luncheon at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens. Also being recognized at the luncheon are 26 Western New York women who are being honored with the Women of Influence Award.

A panel of past Women of Influence winners selected the honorees. 



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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