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 sets ‘Enough is Enough’ events to promote peace and safety on college campuses

Mar 28, 2014 |

St. Bonaventure University’s Student Affairs division, Franciscan Center for Social Concern, Women's Studies program, and several student organizations will host a number of upcoming events to participate in the nationwide “Enough is Enough” campaign.

St. Bonaventure and campuses across the country will speak out, engage in dialogue, and take action to stem the tide of societal violence.

Activities begin Monday, March 31, and include:

  • March 31, installation of a T-shirt wall stretching from Plassmann Hall to the Reilly Center, sponsored by VOICES, a campus organization dedicated to issues affecting women, particularly the awareness and prevention of sexual violence. Students are invited to stop by a table in the Reilly Center to paint a T-shirt with a nonviolence message that will be hung outside.
  • Tuesday, April 1, “Day of Silence for Victims of Harassment and Violence,” sponsored by Spectrum, SBU’s gay-straight alliance, which supports and promotes awareness and acceptance of all LGBTA students. During the Day of Silence, participants will choose not to speak all day, symbolizing and honoring those who have either been mortally silenced, or those who have been victims of interpersonal harassment or violence and have kept their experiences to themselves. A Moment of Silence will also be observed at noon in Hickey Dining Hall.
  • Saturday, April 5, service at Genesis House. Students will be manning registration and water stations during a 5k to support the Olean non-profit that provides temporary shelter and meals to families and individuals.
  • Monday, April 7, 7 p.m., Holocaust Remembrance Service, University Chapel.
  • Tuesday, April 8, “Take Back the Night” program at 6 p.m. in The Loft of the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. Sponsored by VOICES, the program is geared toward raising awareness about sexual assault and will include student slam poets Makeda Loney, a senior journalism/mass communication major, and Denelle Davis, a sophomore psychology major. There will also be a presentation by a local woman who is a sexual assault survivor.
  • Thursday, April 10, presentation “Violence Against Women in the Family in Ukraine,” 4:30 p.m. in the William F. Walsh Science Center Auditorium. Speaker Olena Savchuk is the 2013-2014 Fulbright Visiting Scholar in the Department of Psychology at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. She is an associate professor of social work at the National University of Kiev-Mohyla Academy in Kiev, Ukraine.

In addition, a number of campus organizations, including the Student Government Association, all campus clubs, and the Student-Athlete Advisory Council, will participate in and support SafeZone training presentations slated for 2014–15. Yvonne Makl, coordinator of the Damietta Center, will be conducting the workshops, which give participants the skills they need to provide support and create environments that are safe, welcoming and inclusive.

Background on “Enough is Enough” movement
In 2008, Dr. Zenobia Lawrence Hikes, Virginia Tech University vice president of student affairs, called on fellow student affairs administrators to work to counteract and prevent societal violence, which, in turn, will help prevent campus violence. In recognition of the tragic shootings at Virginia Tech (April 16, 2007) and Columbine High School (April 20, 1999), “Enough is Enough” week is observed throughout the United States in April.



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.