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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Ministries team offers SBU students, faculty brain blessing to help calm end-of-the-semester stress before finals

Apr 16, 2014 |

Blessing of Brains 2013 at St. Bonaventure University

The University Ministries team at St. Bonaventure University is encouraging students to take a short study break to calm their nerves before finals.

At 9 p.m. on Thursday, May 1, the traditional Blessing of the Brains prayer service will take place on the lawn between the Hickey Dining Hall and Devereux Hall (rain or shine).

Blessing of Brains at St. Bonaventure University prior to finals in 2013Fr. Francis DiSpigno, O.F.M., executive director of University Ministries, started the brain blessings two years when he came to the university.

Fr. Francis believes that when people are anxious they need to remember that God is with them, and the blessing of the brains is a way for students to feel a sense of peace before they begin exams.

“There are no atheists in the foxholes,” joked Fr. Francis. “When you’re under pressure, you need something to feel at ease, and that’s what we’re here for.”

Many friars, sisters and campus ministers will be on hand to bless not only students, but even faculty brains.

“Even instructors need some blessing of the brains,” Fr. Francis said. “They have to grade all those papers.”

People of all faith traditions are encouraged to attend the event.


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.