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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Dumpster Dump planned for March 31 at Plassmann Plaza

Mar 28, 2014 |
How many recyclables are thrown in campus Dumpsters? Tread Lightly, an environmental group at St. Bonaventure, plans to find out Monday. 

As part of Recyclemania, a Dumpster Dump will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday, March 31.Tarps will be laid out on a portion of Plassmann Plaza, and members of Tread Lightly will sort through garbage from various Dumpsters across campus.

In the United States, each person produces 4.6 pounds of trash per day, much of which could be recycled. Recycling one ton of paper saves 17 mature trees, 7,000 gallons of water, three cubic yards of landfill space, two barrels of oil and 4,000 kilowatt hours of electricity. This is enough energy to power the average American home for five months. 

The purpose of the Dumpster Dump event is to create a visual of the items thrown away on the St. Bonaventure campus that should instead be recycled. Anyone wanting to learn more about this event or get involved can contact Sr. Suzanne Kush, C.S.S.F., at

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.