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 University to assemble an eight-foot-tall puzzle at Hickey Dining Hal

Apr 18, 2012 |

Voices Puzzle

Student Life puzzleST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. — An eight-foot-tall puzzle will be constructed Friday, April 20, to celebrate the uniqueness and unity of the St. Bonaventure University community. The Thisness Project, along with the Enough is Enough Campaign, will assemble an eight-foot-tall wooden puzzle at 12:20 p.m. Friday at Hickey Dining Hall. 

There are 53 pieces of the puzzle — which will spell out SBU — and each puzzle piece was decorated by members of a university club, organization or department on April 16 and 17 at the Merton Center using paint, decals, pictures and any other objects that portray the organization’s uniqueness. Friday’s ceremony will consist of building the puzzle, and comments made by members from various departments and organizations at St. Bonaventure. 

Collection Thisness Puzzle Pieces“Each of us on campus, in our own uniqueness, forms a greater whole and each of us is important and worthy or respect. This event is tied to our Franciscan heritage and will help to show that we are all God’s creatures and no one should be treated without respect,” said friar Br. Kevin Kriso, O.F.M. 

The Thisness Project was initially an anti-bullying campaign but ultimately turned into a project in which the university helps people to understand that everyone is a unique creation and discourages people from harming each other. The term “Thisness” was created in the 13th century by Franciscan philosopher John Duns Scouts, and it means uniqueness or distinctiveness of every person and thing. 



About the University: Inspired for more than 150 years by the Catholic Franciscan values of individual dignity, community inclusiveness, and service, 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 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.