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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Public invited to SBU lecture about the global effects of recycling; presenters include representatives from Casella Waste

Mar 12, 2012 | ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. — Three representatives from Casella Waste Management Services, will give a Wednesday, March 14, lecture at St. Bonaventure University on the global effects of recycling. The program begins at 7 p.m. in Walsh Auditorium and is open to the public. 

The panelists from Casella will include Andrea Yonge, business development manager; Carrie Carpenter, territory manager; and Bob Cappadona, vice president of recycling. 

Casella provides services to the university and a number of neighboring municipalities. The St. Bonaventure community utilizes Casella’s Zero Sort Recycling service, which means all recyclable materials (paper, plastic, aluminum, etc.) can be placed in the same container. The materials are then sorted at the firm’s facilities. 

The program is being held in conjunction with the university’s annual Recyclemania event on campus. Presently, 12 percent of the university’s total waste stream is recycled material. The goal is that by 2013 it will be increased to 20 percent. 

The talk will be livetweeted by the SBU Twitter account, @StBonaventure. Follow the live tweets with the #BonasRecycles hashtag.

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.