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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'Poverty, Prayer and Faith' the topic of talk by Gerry Straub March 19 at St. Bonaventure

Mar 10, 2014 |


Gerard Thomas Straub, an award-winning author, documentary filmmaker and former television producer, will give a presentation titled “Poverty, Prayer and Faith” in the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 19.

Gerry StraubThe St. Bonaventure University event, sponsored by the Russell J. Jandoli School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University Ministries and the Franciscan Heritage Semester Study Abroad Program, will feature clips of Straub’s work in Haiti, Peru, Kenya and Uganda.

The presentation is open to the public and will also serve as a plenary meeting for Clare 401.

Straub received an honorary doctorate in Humane Letters from St. Bonaventure in 2003.

Straub had a distinguished career as a television producer, including the drama series “General Hospital,” before turning his talents to helping impoverished citizens in Haiti, Peru, Kenya and Uganda. This resulted in impressive work, including the creation of many films and books and  an active ministry speaking at schools and parishes throughout the country.

Straub is the author of the critically acclaimed book “The Sun and Moon Over Assisi,” which offers inspirational reflections on St. Francis of Assisi and St. Clare of Assisi, and his latest book, “Hidden in the Rubble,” examines life in Haiti following that country’s devastating earthquake in 2010.

Straub has lectured and shown his films at the University of Notre Dame, St. Bonaventure, the University of Dayton, Loyola Marymount University, Canisius College, Mount Mercy College, Siena College, Wheaton College, Calvin College, Chestnut Hill College, Alvernia University, Gonzaga University, the Catholic Theological Union and the Umbra Institute in Perugia, Italy.

As a Secular Franciscan, Straub is the founder and former president of The San Damiano Foundation, which produces films that celebrate the spirituality of St. Francis of Assisi and the Franciscan concern for the poor, social justice, peace, non-violence, prayer and the integrity of creation. Straub lives in Burbank, Calif. 


About the University: The nation’s first 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 in the context of our renowned liberal arts tradition. 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.