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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St. Bonaventure sport studies major to speak at December Recognition Ceremony

Dec 10, 2013 | ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y., Dec. 10, 2013 — Chelsea McBee, a sport studies major from Glenville, N.Y., will address her classmates at St. Bonaventure University’s December Recognition Ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 14.

The ceremony, recognizing those who will complete their undergraduate and graduate degree requirements this semester, begins at 6 p.m. in the University Chapel in Doyle Hall.
McBee, who will also complete a minor in biology, transferred to St. Bonaventure after graduating from Genesee Community College in 2011. She is a resident assistant on campus and serves as a student ambassador for the Office of Admissions. She is also captain of the women’s club field hockey team, serves the campus Liturgy Group as a sacristan and Eucharistic minister, and volunteers as a parish intern through University Ministries, working with the youth group at St. Mary’s of the Angels Church in Olean.
McBee plans to continue her studies at St. Bonaventure, earn a master’s in mental health counseling, then join the Army and work with veterans with post traumatic stress disorder.
Also at the recognition ceremony, Dr. S. Alan Silliker, associate professor of counselor education, will give the faculty address.
University President Sr. Margaret Carney, O.S.F., S.T.D., will welcome the graduates and their families. Dr. Michael Fischer, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, will serve as master of ceremonies.
Dr. Peggy Y. Burke, associate provost and dean of graduate studies, will present the graduate students. Dr. Pauline Hoffmann, dean of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, will present the undergraduate students.

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.