Contact Info

Fr. Francis
Di Spigno, O.F.M.

Executive Director, University Ministries
716-375-2142
fdispigno@sbu.edu


Debby Mooney
Administrative Assistant, University Ministries
716-375-2600
dmooney@sbu.edu

UNIVERSITY MINISTRIES

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.  
 
Bona Buddies, Senior Bona Buddies and 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. Stop at the Thomas Merton Centerthe building with the smokestack in the center of campusto learn more.  

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

Head to the Thomas Merton Center if you are 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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St. Bonaventure University organizes 'Assisi and the Jews' exhibition in New York

Nov 26, 2013 |

ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y., Nov. 26, 2013 — The exhibition “Memoria: Assisi and the Jews,” constructed by St. Bonaventure University’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts, will travel to New York City where it will take up residence from Dec. 5 through Jan. 10, 2014, at New York University’s Kimmel Center for University Life.

The exhibition of historical photos and texts, first presented at the Quick Center in 2007, tells the story of a handful of Catholic clergy, private citizens and even a German officer who orchestrated the dramatic rescue of several hundred Jewish refugees in Assisi, Italy, following the city’s German occupation during WWII.

St. Bonaventure will host an opening reception in The Kimmell Center’s Stovall Gallery on Dec. 5. Sr. Margaret Carney, O.S.F., S.T.D., university president, will speak about St. Bonaventure’s association with the people of Assisi and with Don Aldo Brunacci, who helped hide the refugees.

The exhibition tells the story of the Assisi underground from the perspective of Brunacci, a diocesan priest and canon of the Cathedral of San Ruffino in Assisi, and one of the original architects of the plan to hide the Jews.

After Germany took over central and northern Italy in 1943, Italian Jews from the region descended on Assisi, the city of Saint Francis, for help. Giuseppe Placido Nicolini, bishop of Assisi, directed that assistance be given the Jewish people in whatever way possible.

Brunacci, the bishop’s secretary at the time, helped oversee the hiding of the refugees in the convents, monasteries and friaries of Assisi, with the cooperation of a loose network of clergy and their supporters.

So well organized were their efforts, that the secret operations went undetected by the German occupation forces. Approximately 300 of Assisi’s Jews survived due to these efforts. Brunacci was arrested a month before Italy was liberated by the Allies in May of 1944.

Decades later, in 1977, he was awarded the medal of “Righteous Among the Nations” by the state of Israel.

Ludwig Brunner, executive director of the Quick Center, said he is grateful to Jonathan Ross, director of operations of The Kimmel Center, for welcoming the exhibition.

“This makes it possible for St. Bonaventure University to showcase in New York City the history of its association with the diocese and the people of Assisi,” said Brunner. “The Kimmel Center and its connected building, The Global Center for Spirituality, are visited on a daily basis by countless numbers of students and faculty of New York University, as well as outside visitors. This important subject will receive wide exposure to a new audience.”

The Kimmel Center for University Life is located at 60 Washington Square South in New York City.

For more information, visit the Quick Center at www.sbu.edu/quickcenter.

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