Please remember to keep things in perspective: There have always been and always will be challenges that we face as a nation and society.

We need to remember that we are resilient and will get through this challenge. We encourage you to document your own personal lessons you’ve learned, how you’ve handled this situation so that you will be able to draw on those lessons later, if needed.

Peace and all good …

The Staff of the Center for Student Wellness


28 Mental Health Tips To Help Cope During COVID-19 Precautions

- from the Counseling Center staff

  1. Keep up on your homework as best as you can, making sure you are “attending” your classes online as scheduled.
  2. Stay positive, be creative and flexible
  3. Do a 7-minute workout:
  4. Keep dreaming, plan your summer
  5. Organize and clean your room
  6. Try your hand at cooking if you are able
  7. Make homemade Easter or "Happy Spring" cards and send them to elderly family and friends
  8. Listen to music, podcasts, Ted talks
  9. Engage in electronic housekeeping (deleting old emails)
  10. Pray for your family and friends
  11. Learn a hobby
  12. Play an instrument
  13. Walk the trail and get some sunshine
  14. Make a YouTube video; either a “How to…” or something funny
  15. Watch NetFlix movies with your friends remotely together and then discuss
  16. Start a book club
  17. Do virtual check-ins with your family and friends
  18. Apply for summer jobs
  19. Work on your personal grooming:Give yourself a manicure or pedicure
  20. Draw a self-portrait
  21. Keep a diary of this unchartered path
  22. Write your mission statement for your life
  23. Build a house of cards
  24. Start a remote plank challenge with your friends
  25. Control the amount of media you follow
  26. Use reality checking with your thoughts and emotions
  27. Contact a counselor for support
  28. Finally, we would love to hear from you! Please feel free to send your ideas of how you are staying mentally well to us at

10 Online Sources to Help Keep You Physically Active  

- from the Richter Center staff

  1. Down Dog Yoga App - Free until April 1 for everyone | Free until July 1 for students/teachers - must sign up with .edu email address to access this membership
  2. FitnessBlender - Features over 600 full-length at-home workouts. Quick, simple, and to the point. 
  3. POPSUGAR Fitness - Fun, fresh, and upbeat at-home workouts.
  4. Blogilates - Full-length pilates-inspired workouts you can follow along at home.
  5. Sarah's Day - Quick workouts aimed at sweating hard and burning fat. Generally around 15 minutes. 
  6. Morgan Tyler - Yoga flows designed to elevate your mood!
  7. The YMCA - Take your favorite YMCA class from your own living room!
  8. Yoga with Adriene - a great beginners series | Specific video on yoga for stress and anxiety
  9. Beginner's Flexibility Routine
  10. Keeping the Cabin Fever Creepies at Bay

Once you have prepared for your new-found home time, take a deep breath and know you have done everything you can. Remember, you can only control what you can control.

Dear Members of our St. Bonaventure Family,

Peace and all good!

This past Sunday, the Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Buffalo, Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger, announced the suspension of all public Masses, due to an abundance of caution and growing concerns about the spread of the novel coronavirus. This suspension will continue until further notice through the diocese, including here at St. Bonaventure.

Throughout our university’s 161-year history, Franciscan Friars have celebrated this great sacrament of Christ’s self-giving love, holding the needs of all our beloved Bonnies close to our hearts just as we do every morning and evening when we gather as a fraternity for prayer. 

Until the day arrives when we will be able again to gather together around the Table of the Lord, please know that you will remain in our prayers, together with all those suffering the effects of COVID-19 – its victims and their loved ones; healthcare workers and researchers; local and national leaders; the pastors of our Church and the faith-leaders of all God’s children, however they may call upon God from their hearts.

Family, living in relationship with one another as sisters and brothers, is at the heart of the Franciscan Tradition that has guided our great university since its founding. In this same spirit of brotherhood and sisterhood, I invite all Bonnies to treat one another and all the people with whom we share our lives with an abundance of understanding and forbearance, mercy and compassion and, above all, charity as we navigate the difficult days and decisions that lie ahead of us.

Let there be no doubt, the days and decisions that lie ahead of us will be difficult. Just as such trying times call upon the better angels of our nature, we must admit that they also open the door to our inner demons whose prejudice, judgmentalism, cynicism and selfishness threaten to tear at the fabric of our common humanity, wounding the very relationships that bring us healing. 

When tempted against the grace that would give us the strength to rise to this occasion, let us be united with St. Francis and pray,

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.
O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

With the blessing of such peace and love, pardon and faith, hope and light and, above all, true and life-giving joy, I remain,

Your brother,

Br. Russel, ofm

Rev. Russel T. Murray, O.F.M., Ph.D., S.T.L.
Vice President for Mission Integration
St. Bonaventure University

Physical Activity Is Important!

For those still on campus.

Use the Allegheny River Valley Trail, the Bona loop, Bob’s Woods, or walk the interior of campus for exercise, stress relief and a breath of fresh air.

At your home.

Walk/run your neighborhood (keep social distance in mind by not stopping to talk), or walk/run the perimeter of your yard. No Stairmaster? No problem! Walk up and down the stairs of your house (it's recommended to use the railing).

Remember to practice social distancing at all times

Encourage one another to stay active. Get regular sleep, eat healthy and stay hydrated.