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 to celebrate Feast of Saint Bonaventure, welcome renowned author, specialist on Saint Clare

Jul 06, 2012 | Saint Clare bookST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y.  — The Franciscan Institute at St. Bonaventure University will host a series of events celebrating the Feast of St. Bonaventure and the Eighth Centenary of the Foundation of the Poor Clares beginning Friday, July 13. 

Maria Pia Alberzoni, Ph.D., a specialist on Saint Clare and her movement and the 2012 recipient of the Franciscan Institute Medal, will give two special lectures. “Clare and Her Sisters” will begin at 7 p.m. Friday, July 13, in the Robert R. Jones Board of Trustees Room, Doyle Hall; “Clare as Mirror and Model” will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 14, in the Trustees Room. The public is welcome. 

In the evening of July 14, a prayer service will begin at 5 p.m. in the University Chapel, Doyle Hall, followed by the Franciscan Institute Medal Ceremony at 5:30 p.m. in the Trustees Room. The medal is awarded annually to an individual who has made significant contributions to Franciscan scholarship and education. Alberzoni is the 25th recipient of the award. 

Maria PiaA renowned author, Alberzoni has published multiple works tracing the relationship of the Franciscan movement with the papacy, the local church and communes. Among her writings is “Chiara e il papato, La nacita di un’istituzione: l’ordine di S. Damiano nes XIII seculo” (translated in English to “Clare of Assisi and the Poor Sisters in the 13th century”), which was published by Franciscan Institute Publications. 

Alberzoni was also St. Bonaventure’s Joseph A. Doino Visiting Professor in 2007 and was a presenter in the Poor Clare Enrichment Program in 2009 and 2011. 

The weekend celebration will close on Sunday, July 15, with a Eucharist Celebration at 10:30 a.m. in the University Chapel. The celebrant will be Fr. Frank Lane, a Visiting Professor this summer at the Franciscan Institute. Fr. Frank is priest of the Diocese of Columbus, Ohio, and former rector of the Pontifical College Josephinum, a Roman Catholic seminary in Columbus.

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.