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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Four St. Bonaventure students complete the Sacraments of Initiation into the Catholic Church

May 02, 2012 |

RCIA inductees
ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. — Four St. Bonaventure University students have recently been initiated into the Roman Catholic Church.


Kaleigh Rose Drew, an elementary/special education major from Glenville, N.Y., and Jacob Anthony Witter, a childhood studies major from Wellsville, N.Y., were received into the Roman Catholic Church and received all the Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist. Terence Arthur Petty, a marketing major from Fort Plain, N.Y., and Danielle Elizabeth Antonelli, a psychology major from Rochester, N.Y., who were already baptized Catholic, received the Sacrament of Confirmation to complete their initiation.

Officially known as the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults, or RCIA, it is the process by which adults are introduced into the Roman Catholic religion. In order to complete the process, those participating must receive the three Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist.

“I’m happy about my baptism and confirmation, it’s a new beginning for me to grow and expand my faith. I am fortunate about the amount of support and help throughout this process,” said Witter.

Sr. Elise Mora, O.S.F., who directs the RCIA program, said four or five students are initiated per year.

“The process normally takes more than a year, however, we work around the academic calendar when students are on campus,” she said.

There are three major rites in the RCIA process: The Rite of Acceptance into the Order of Catechumens, The Rite of Election, and the celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation. Each of these rites is followed by a period (or stage) during which they learn more about the Church, about faith and about the commitment they are making. 
Sr. Elise believes students are inspired by the milieu of the university and other students to complete their initiation at St. Bonaventure.

“It is one of the greatest delights of my life, to have the privilege of accompanying the students through this part of their faith journey,” Sr. Elise said.

Any students who are interested in participating in the program next fall can contact Sr. Elise Mora, O.S.F., by phone at (716) 375-2465 or by email at


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.