“What I appreciate most about the theology department here at St. Bonaventure University is its faculty. While it may be relatively small in numbers, the professors are engaging in the classroom and passionate in their study. I know I can always count on them to be available by e-mail, telephone, or in person for not only intellectual discussions but personal ones as well. They have also been immensely helpful as I have sorted through my plans for after graduation, offering advice and letters of recommendation when I have needed them. Who I am today, both intellectually and personally, has been in large part shaped by the theology faculty here, and for that I am grateful.”
Andrew Belfield, Class of 2015
“During my time as a Theology student at St. Bonaventure University, I was given the opportunity to go on a number of service trips to build homes for refugees, feed the homeless and the poor, and engage in several other service-oriented ministries. The Theology courses themselves have been formative in my life, both academically and spiritually.
I am thankful to the professors in the Theology department for this transformative period of growth in my life, and for showing me the needs and desires of the world so that I may go and serve others. On an academic level, the education has exceeded expectations in expanding my understanding of the major religious traditions, of the development of my own tradition and understanding the world around me. The professors have also been instrumental in encouraging me on my journey as well as serving as beacons of light in my life.”
Troy Hillman, Class of 2015
“What attracted me so much to this department was how well-staffed it is and how personable the professors are. While the department itself may be relatively small, the faculty provides its students with priceless assistance both in and out of the classroom. Professors always have their office doors open and can always be counted on to be available through e-mail and phone.
The wide range of topics that have been offered through the department always made it easy to choose classes that personally interested you.”
Warren Marchioni, Class of 2015
“I love that the Theology department here at SBU is rooted in the Franciscan heritage of our school.
The professors take a genuine interest in all their students. I know I can go to them for any advice, and they work above and beyond to meet any requests I may have.”
Ellen Piper, Class of 2017
“I chose to study theology at St. Bonaventure University because I wanted to deepen my belief in and responsibility for our world today. I believe theology lends to one the language and concepts to think critically about how the world ought to be.
As an undergraduate, I became an active member in several local service organizations available through the University Ministries at SBU. However, I wanted to go to a place totally new and different in order to really experience the world as a global village. This is why I co-founded my own 501c3 organization called Embrace It Africa.
Established in 2007, Embrace It Africa, Inc. (“EIA”) is a 501c3 non-profit organization focused on encouraging community growth in the Rakai district of southern Uganda. EIA works to develop and implement sustainable projects that address issues of poverty, public health and access to education throughout the district.
I see the work that EIA does as an extension of my theological education. Whenever one is involved in social work or nonprofit management, questions of progress and mission need to be routinely analyzed and discussed to ensure the quality of your intervention. I believe that theology has given me the proper vocabulary to understand and develop the ethical intentions that root the mission of EIA initiatives.
By staying true its mission, EIA, like any nonprofit organization, can meaningfully address the problems it’s committed to resolve. It is in this way that I believe theology can complement one’s desires to be active participants in the world today.”
Zach Rodriguez, Class of 2009 — Currently an MBA student at Bona's
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