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 to join in national conversation about inspiring future women religious

Mar 06, 2014 |

St. Bonaventure University will highlight the good work of women religious and their future challenges as part of the inaugural National Catholic Sisters Week, which takes place March 8-14.

Nationally, the initiative is sponsored by a grant from the Hilton Foundation, which aims “to create a movement that ignites national awareness around the lives and profound contributions of sisters, inspiring girls and women to be open to a potential call to religious life.” 

Several events are planned at SBU to engage the campus community in conversations about religious life.

A DVD titled “Women and Spirit: Catholic Sisters in America” will be shown at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 11, in the Thomas Merton Center. Several local Sisters will be present to answer questions. Students, faculty and staff are welcome.

St. Bonaventure students are also invited to dinner with the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany at 5 p.m. Thursday, March 13, at St. Elizabeth’s Motherhouse. Students who would like to attend should RSVP to Sr. Suzanne Kush in the Thomas Merton Center by Monday, March 10. Sr. Suzanne can be reached at 375-2358 or {Students, view a copy of the flier here}

SBU faculty and staff are invited to the March 13 Thursday Forum, which will be a conversation about Sisters in the United States. The program begins at 11:45 a.m. in the University Club. Presenters include:

» Sr. Margaret Carney, O.S.F., has served as president of St. Bonaventure since 2004 and she is a member of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities. Her specialty areas are in the history and spiritual traditions of the Third Order Regular, early and modern Franciscan women, and the life and Rule of Clare of Assisi. From 1980 to 1982, Sr. Margaret worked as part of an international commission on a new Rule of Life for the 400 institutes of the Franciscan Third Order Regular.

» Sr. Elise Mora, O.S.F., is a faculty member in the Department of Modern Languages. A member of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Providence of God (Pittsburgh), Sr. Elise served in leadership for 13 years as a member of the governing Council, both at the General and Provincial levels. Prior to joining the university community in 2006, she taught at St. Vincent Seminary in Latrobe, Pa., for nine years.

» Sr. Paula Scraba, O.S.F., Ph.D., is an associate professor of physical education in the School of Education, a minister in residence, and chaplain for the St. Bonaventure women’s softball, soccer and lacrosse teams. She is a member of the Franciscan Sisters of Washington, D.C., a new Franciscan community founded in 2005 by Sr. Ilia Delio, O.S.F., director of Catholic Studies at Georgetown and one of the world’s top theologians in the area of religion and science.

» Sr. Suzanne Kush, C.S.S.F., director of the university’s Franciscan Center for Social Concern and a member of the Congregation of the Sisters of Saint Felix of Cantalice. After almost a decade of teaching in Buffalo Catholic schools at both the elementary and secondary level, Sr. Suzanne became a director of religious education and served at several parishes. She served as vocation and formation director for her community. In addition, she was on the faculty of Villa Maria College of Buffalo and Felician College, Lodi, N.Y.

The St. Bonaventure events are sponsored by University Ministries.



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.