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.
As the nation's first Franciscan university, St. Bonaventure affirms the unique dignity of every person and invites everyone into a community of acceptance and understanding. All are welcome here.
University Ministries is the focal point for forging these loving bonds of belonging, and for extending this sense of community beyond our campus borders. We strive to share God's unconditional love, particularly with marginalized populations — the needy, ignored and excluded.
We're located in the McGinley-Carney Center for Franciscan Ministry (pictured), located in the center of campus. Opened in 2017, the center houses offices, an interdenominational prayer tower, a great room for student gatherings, and kitchen facilities.
We are committed to transforming the lives of our students inside and outside of the classroom, inspiring in them a lifelong commitment to service and citizenship.
Our liturgical life, centered around Sunday Eucharist, invites all members of the Bonaventure community to join in various liturgical ministries and many prayer opportunities.
A donation to the Franciscan Friars of $15 is suggested for each Mass intention requested. Please know that your intention may be one of two intentions offered at a particular Mass.
You may choose from a selection of cards and make your donation online. We will send you a confirmation with the date that the Mass will be offered, and if you desire, we will inform people in the University community.
For questions or more information, please email Yvonne Peace
or call her at (716) 375-2600.
Please note: During this unprecedented time of the COVID pandemic, St. Bonaventure University has instituted protocols that are in accordance with New York state health regulations in order to keep our university community safe. One of the protocols in place on campus includes the restriction that no outside visitors are allowed on campus. Unfortunately, this includes visitors to the University Chapel. Therefore, please know that while you may not attend the Liturgy being offered, it will be prayerfully offered by a friar-priest on the date scheduled. Should the university go to remote learning in response to the COVID protocols and campus Masses are suspended, your intention will still be offered in a Mass celebrated by a friar-priest.
Order Mass cards online
Photo by Kristin Marsicovetere, '10, '13
Each December, students may participate in a Franciscan Leadership Pilgrimage to Rome and Assisi through the Franciscan Pilgrimage Program
. Participation is open to students of all faith traditions.
The pilgrimage brings together leaders of various faith traditions form Franciscan colleges and universities across the U.S. to reflect on and learn form the vision and values of saints Francis and Clare of Assisi. It includes time for reflection, study, conversation, leisure, relaxation and visits to sacred Franciscan locations in Assisi and Rome.