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 Parish ‘meats’ a need for the Warming House soup kitchen

May 24, 2013 |

St. Bonaventure Parish donationST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. — St. Bonaventure Parish donated more than $1,600 to St. Bonaventure University’s Warming House through the 2013 “Meat the Need” campaign. 

Fr. James Vacco, O.F.M., pastor of the Allegany parish, said the campaign was created in 2009 to support the purchase of meat products for Olean’s Warming House.


“In 2009, when I served as administrator at St. John’s Parish in Olean, I became aware that the Warming House was in need of meat products,” said Fr. James. “Since it was the Lenten season, we decided to meet this need through a special fundraising effort. I am pleased that the St. Bonaventure Parish community has embraced this effort for the past two years.”

Fr. Francis Di Spigno, O.F.M., executive director of university ministries, said this annual campaign is an important source of support for the Warming House. 

“We rely so greatly on the generosity of our community to sustain the Warming House, and we are very grateful to St. Bonaventure Parish for supporting this specific need,” he said.

The Warming House, located at 164 N. Union St., is the nation’s longest-standing student-operated soup kitchen. For information about volunteering or donations, contact Maggie Morris, program director, at (716) 375-7813. 




About the University: As a leading Catholic Franciscan University, 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 are establishing pathways to internships, graduate schools and careers. Our students are becoming extraordinary.

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.