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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Arbor Day celebration to take place on campus April 25

Apr 21, 2014 |


By Tate M. Slaven, ’14

The St. Bonaventure and surrounding communities ares invited to attend the annual Arbor Day tree planting ceremony to be held at 12:30 p.m on Friday, April 25.

University students involved in campus sustainability initiatives, facilities personnel and Land Use subcommittee members will be planting two sugar maple trees north of the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts.

The Arbor Day Foundation has designated SBU as a Tree Campus USA for four consecutive years.  In order to be considered, Bona’s has planted trees annually across campus in celebration of Arbor Day.  In previous years, three pine trees were planted outside the Warming Hut on campus. A sugar pine was planted on the Friedsam Memorial Library lawn, and the yard neighboring Shay-Loughlen Hall is now decorated with new trees to support the Sustainability Initiative.

Associate Director of Facilities for Maintenance Rob Hurlburt is involved in the care of campus trees and the planting of trees on campus year round. He finds it especially gratifying to formally celebrate Arbor Day at St. Bonaventure by planting trees.

“Celebrating Arbor Day is an example of the collaborative efforts of students, facilities, academics, administration and local professionals that serve on our tree advisory committee that I am very proud to be a part of,” Hurlburt said.  

This year the Land Use subcommittee has undertaken a new tree identification program, which will be rolled out during the Arbor Day celebration. Tree identification signs are being produced for select species of trees along the university section of the Allegany River Valley Trail and will be in place before the end of the semester. This will allow trail users to tune into podcasts that will provide information about each tree species. 

Br. Kevin Kriso, O.F.M., explains that this program is for educational, recreational and spiritual purposes. He shares that the Bonaventure grounds should be used as an extension of the classroom, and the community should get outside more to enjoy its beauty and benefits. 

“The majority of our campus is not buildings,” Kriso said, “so why not incorporate what we have into our learning.” 

David Paradowski, Region 9 forester for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, will present St. Bonaventure with Tree Campus USA recognition for 2013 during the celebration, and Br. F. Edward Coughlin, O.F.M., vice president for Franciscan Mission at SBU, will bless the trees. 

“Often we apologize for our campus being in the middle of nowhere, but why?” Kriso said. “This celebration allows us to celebrate our riches and realize that we can learn a lot from walking around and taking in our natural surroundings.” 



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.