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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'Walk for Warmth' on Sunday to benefit university's Warming House

Nov 22, 2013 |

St. Bonaventure University will host a “Walk for Warmth”  on the Allegheny River Valley Trail on Sunday, Nov. 24, to benefit the Warming House, the oldest student-run soup kitchen in the country.

Registration will begin at 11:30 a.m., followed by the 5K run/walk starting at noon at the SBU tennis courts near the west entrance of the university. Participants are asked to pay $5 at registration, or $10 for registration that includes a t-shirt.

Raffle prizes will be provided by Sports Locker, Tops, Applebees, Linger Longer Café, Mangia’s, Ellicottville Brewing Company, Tasty Twirl and Carmike Cinemas. Live music will be played, and refreshments will be offered on the Hickey Dining Hall lawn following the walk/run.

A donation box for the Warming House will also be provided. Items needed include, paper towels, dish soap, sponges, table sugar, coffee, hand soap, hand towels and pot holders, aluminum foil and plastic wrap, non-dairy creamer, and gift cards with small amounts to grocery stores.

The walk/run is open to the public. Students can register on my.sbu or register the day of the event.  Cash and checks payable to St. Bonaventure University will be accepted. 

The Warming House serves more than 12,000 meals annually to hungry, homeless and disadvantaged.  It is open six days a week and involves more than 400 student and community volunteers. 

The walk/run is sponsored by Dunkin’ Donuts, Olean Medical Group and Cutco. 


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.