St. Bonaventure University

The Padua Program


The Franciscan Institute's training program in Franciscan mission-based leadership.

The Padua Program at St. Bonaventure University helps Franciscan institutions and ministries transmit the values of Saints Francis and Clare to new generations of leaders.

Infusing this mission into the daily operations of Franciscan schools, hospitals, retreat centers, and social service programs requires competent leaders. Individuals completing the Padua Program will increase expertise in preservation and promotion of the Franciscan legacy. 

The Padua Program was designed and directed three years ago by Sr. Margaret Carney, O.S.F., former president of St. Bonaventure University; Fr. David B. Couturier, O.F.M. Cap., executive director of the Franciscan Institute; and Dr. Pauline Albert, a writer, researcher, teacher, and organizational specialist. It has educated two cohorts of participants from the fields of education, health care, social services and retreats.

Padua is a program of the Franciscan Institute at St. Bonaventure. The institute engages in three principal areas of scholarly concern: research, publication and workshops, seminars and academic conferences on the Franciscan intellectual tradition.

The Padua Program hosts events in the University Conference Center in Doyle Hall on the SBU campus.

Cohort IV to begin in fall of 2021

The next Padua Program, Cohort IV, consists of six monthly training sessions on Franciscan mission, offered virtually, to be held in October, November and December of 2021, and January, February and March of 2022.

The entire cohort will meet face to face in June of 2022 for a four-day intensive experience that applies Franciscan studies to the specific dynamics of leadership in Franciscan institutions today.

Program cost and registration information will be announced soon.

For information on scheduling an event, contact Jill Smith, business operations manager for the Franciscan Institute and a Padua Program specialist, at (716) 375-2062 or send her an email.


The Padua Team


We have assembled a great team of specialists in Franciscan life and spirituality, leadership and management across the various ministries and institutions that Franciscans run and sponsor today.