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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Recyclemania starts Feb. 2 with help from the Bona Wolf

Jan 29, 2014 |

By Tate M. Slaven, ’14

Recyclemania is back for another year. The campus will kick off its Feed the Wolf! campaign on Sunday, Feb. 2. 

This year, the Bona Wolf will be lending his support for Recyclemania — just look for the Bonnies wolf logo designating recycling containers and informational posters across campus. 

The goal of this year’s campaign is to recycle 25 percent of the waste generated by the St. Bonaventure campus. The university is among more than 400 colleges and universities participating in the Recyclemania Tournament, and weekly updates of each institution will be posted online via

Spearheading this year’s efforts is the Franciscan Center for Social Concern, the Recyclemania Committee, Tread Lightly and the Student Government Association. 

During the week of Feb. 3, St. Bonaventure community members will be invited to sign leaf-shaped pledge cards showing their commitment to recycling. These pledge cards will then be placed on a tree located in Hickey Dining Hall.

Upcoming Events:

Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014
Recyclemania Presentation at Men’s Basketball Game

The week of March 3, 2014
The Freshman Class and Tread Lightly will hold a paper drive; students will visit administrative and academic buildings across campus collecting recyclables from faculty and staff. 

Wednesday, March 12, 2014
“Green Fire” Film – Walsh Auditorium – 4 p.m.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Dumpster Empty – Bonaventure Quad – a large tarp will be on the Quad with materials from one Dumpster on campus to show the amount of recyclable materials that was placed in the waste stream.

Thursday, April 3, 2014
2nd Annual Trashion Fashion Show – Quick Center
Workshops will be held throughout March to encourage and assist students with their fashions.

Recyclemania updates will be administered to the campus community indicating the amount of recyclable materials collected weekly. Students will also be at all home basketball games encouraging patrons to recycle. Watch the Notice Board for the date of this year’s Green Pride Day.  

Learn more about Recyclemania and recycling at SBU at

For additional details, contact Sr. Suzanne Kush at or at the Franciscan Center for Social Concern.

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.