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 events highlight month of March

Mar 07, 2012 | By Bryan Jackson 

ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. — Recyclemania is back this year at St. Bonaventure University, highlighted by a recycling competition between the Shay-Loughlen and Devereux residence halls. 

“Can Clash” runs through March 30, and the residence hall that collects the most recycling (measured by weight) will win prizes. Tread Lightly, St. Bonaventure’s campus environmental club, will keep running totals on its Facebook page throughout the competition. 

In addition, representatives from Casella Waste Management Services, which provides services to St. Bonaventure and numerous neighboring communities, will give a lecture on the global impact of recycling. The presentation will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, in Walsh Auditorium and is open to the public. The panelists from Casella will include Andrea Yonge, business development manager; Carrie Carpenter, territory manager; and Bob Cappadona, vice president of recycling. 

This year’s Recyclemania will also include a door-to-door pledge drive March 10, and a KanJam tournament March 16 from 4 to 6 p.m. on the Hickey Dining Hall lawn. To enter the tournament, participants need to bring a bag of recyclables. 

Be sure to check out the Tread Lightly Facebook page and Twitter feed throughout Recyclemania to get recycling statistics and clever tips to help your own recycling effort and reduce your carbon footprint. 

This is the third annual Recyclemania event and is a collaborative effort between Tread Lightly, Aramark food service and the university.

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.