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 community uses recycled pledge tree to promote Recyclemania

Feb 19, 2014 |

By Kiara Catanzaro, ’15

Recyclemania, an eight-week-long project hosted by St. Bonaventure’s Sustainability Committee, Tread Lightly environmental group and Student Government Association, promotes the importance of recycling and sustainability on campus in an effort to benefit the environment.

Eric Gersbacher, a junior nonviolence major and member of the campus e nvironmental group Tread Lightly, adds recycling pledge cards to a tree in Hickey Dining Hall.

The theme for the event this year is “Feed the Wolf.” Green Bona Wolf logos located around campus brightly identify recycling locations. St. Bonaventure has the opportunity to recycle effectively because the university allows plastic containers numbered one to seven on the recycling symbol to be recycled on campus.

During the first week of Recyclmania, students were invited to sign leaf-shaped pledge cards signifying their commitment to recycling. 

Katrina Teeter, president of Tread Lightly, said there are 300 cards on the pledge tree. The tree, located in the Hickey Dining Hall, is made out of recycled materials.

“I wasn’t sure how many students would participate in Recyclemania and pledge to recycle,” Teeter said. “In the beginning, there were only 200 pledges printed. The result means our campus is ready and willing to increase their recycling habits. I say this because those 200 pledges were signed the first day, and 400 more had to be printed. I am very excited to say there were many students who are excited to promote recycling to their friends and increase their recycling habits themselves.”

Teeter said the goal is to increase the percentage of recyclable materials collected on campus.

“The overall goal this year is to reach 25 percent,” Teeter said. “Our slogan is ‘push for the fourth’ because we are trying to increase campus recycling to one-fourth of all materials. This year, we are publicizing our raw percentages to see if we can reach 25 percent and increase the push for recycling through positive publicity.”

Teeter said students should increase their awareness of recycling to help with this project.

“Students can help continue Recyclemania’s success by educating themselves,” Teeter said. “One way students can get informed is through ‘Toilet Talks’, which is the bathroom newsletter sponsored by Tread Lightly. Every two weeks there is a column that informs the campus of what Recyclemania is, what can and can’t be recycled and educational events Recyclemania will be hosting.”

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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.