Contact Info

Fr. Francis
Di Spigno, O.F.M.

Executive Director, University Ministries
716-375-2142
fdispigno@sbu.edu


Debby Mooney
Administrative Assistant, University Ministries
716-375-2600
dmooney@sbu.edu

Francis Week is here! Click the link to learn more.


UNIVERSITY MINISTRIES

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.  
 
Bona Buddies, Senior Bona Buddies and 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. Stop at the Thomas Merton Centerthe building with the smokestack in the center of campusto learn more.  

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

Head to the Thomas Merton Center if you are 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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Online auction to support Mt. Irenaeus begins November 9

Nov 08, 2013 |

Mt. Irenaeus, the Franciscan (retreat) community located in West Clarksville, invites friends and supporters to participate in an online auction. 

Visit www.mounti.com and click on the online auction link or visit the auction site directly at http://tinyurl.com/l6y8mll to bid on unique Franciscan and Mountain items. All proceeds will benefit Mt. Irenaeus.

Items up for bid include a Holy Bible blessed by The Mountain friars and inscribed by Fr. Dan Riley, O.F.M., an original watercolor of a Mountain scene by St. Bonaventure artist Anne Conroy-Baiter, an Orlando World Marriott vacation package and other unique items. 

The online auction begins Nov. 9 and closes at 10 p.m. Nov. 19.

Rooted in the Franciscan tradition, the Mt. Irenaeus community is committed to simple, joyful, healing communion with God and all creation through contemplation and the communal experience of God's justice, love and peace in contemporary everyday life.

Life at Mt. Irenaeus is centered on attending to what is primary: presence to God, others, one's self and earth. All who participate in the mission of the Mountain join with Jesus Christ in "making all things new" by creating and nourishing a community that transcends a particular place, opening to all peoples, ages and cultures.

Stop by, we're always open!

University Ministries is located in the Thomas Merton Center in the heart of campus. We're open to students and staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week.