Students and friars offer a blessing before a meal at Mt. Irenaeus, a Franciscan mountain community near campus.

St. Bonaventure University

University Ministries

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.

The McGinley-Carney Center for Franciscan Ministries buildingAs 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.

Franciscan Center for Social Concern

Your hub for service-learning, whether it's feeding the hungry, befriending a child, or visiting with a senior citizen. Be a leader in service to others.


Mt. Irenaeus

The resident friars of this Franciscan community near campus welcome all to relax, hike, garden, sit and talk, or share a home-cooked meal. A special ministry, a special place.

Mt. Irenaeus

Faith formation, worship & ministry

We invite all into the life of the Catholic Church, with liturgical programs, sacraments, worship experiences and opportunities for spiritual growth.

Faith, worship & ministry

Mass Card Requests

Mass intentions to honor the living and remember the deceased may be ordered online.

A donation to the Franciscan Friars of $15 is suggested for each Mass intention requested. We can accept up to two intentions for each Mass.

The spring 2022 Mass calendar is full. We are now accepting Mass intentions for the fall 2022 semester, when Masses resume.

During the academic year, the Franciscan friars offer daily Mass at 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday in the Great Room of the McGinley-Carney Center for Franciscan Ministries. Sunday Masses are offered in the University Chapel at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.

You may choose from a selection of cards and make your donation online. (Card #1 is the Mass card for deceased; Cards # 2 and 3 are Mass cards for the living). 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.

We welcome your Mass requests.

For questions or more information, please email Yvonne Peace or call her at (716) 375-2662.

Order Mass cards online

St. Peter's Square in Rome, Italy
Photo by Kristin Marsicovetere, '10, '13

Franciscan Leadership Pilgrimage

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.
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    SBU’s Mahar, Afful honored with inaugural Martin Luther King Jr. Justice Awards

    Jan 23, 2020

    “There are 110 ways to divide people but only one way to unite us: love.”

    That was Dr. Jim Mahar’s message Wednesday night as he accepted St. Bonaventure’s inaugural faculty/staff MLK Justice Award at the university’s Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration at the University Chapel.

    Warming House manager Paul Nana Afful received the first student MLK Justice Award.

    In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina 15 years ago, Mahar founded BonaResponds, a campus-based organization that continues today to do relief work locally, nationally and internationally.

    “If there is one thing I’ve learned working with BonaResponds,” said Mahar, asking a student to stand up to show off the words on her T-shirt, “it’s that — ‘Tout moun se moun.’ That’s Creole for, ‘All people are people.’”

    If they learn nothing else in their time at St. Bonaventure, Mahar said, “I hope our students learn to love and respect everyone.”

    Nichole Gonzalez, dean of students and chair of the event’s planning committee, said Mahar was “a natural selection” to receive the inaugural faculty/staff award.

    “There is truly no one who commits more of their time and energy in service of others while seeking no attention,” Gonzalez said. “Jim has inspired hundreds of students and alumni to take action in our local community, in communities across the country, and in poor and developing countries, to help restore both physical spaces and individual dignity. He does so not by asking or telling, but by doing it himself, and being a person others want to follow.”

    A native of Ghana, Afful played soccer as an undergraduate at St. Bonaventure and returned after a brief coaching stint to pursue his MBA.

    “Paul’s eagerness to learn along with his passion for caring for others has made him a warm, hard-working and caring presence at the Warming House,” said Alice Miller Nation, director of SBU’s Franciscan Center for Social Concern.

    “Each day, Paul greets the guests and volunteers by name as he models justice and mercy for many who are often ignored and not noticed by much of society. His commitment to the people of the Warming House is nothing short of amazing.”

    The awards are designed to honor one faculty/staff member and one student who are leaders of social justice, committed to action, and inspire action in others. Honorees must also embody the deeply Franciscan definition of justice, honoring the dignity that is due each individual. Dr. King was committed not only to racial equity, but justice for the poor and other marginalized populations.

    This year’s MLK Celebration was titled “What Does Justice Look Like?” and featured powerful performances from several members of the Chattertons Poetry Society — Akim Hudson, Marisol Woods, Dwight Coleman and Anahiz Rivera — and Sydney Best, president of SBU’s Black Student Union.


    About the University: The nation’s first Franciscan university, St. Bonaventure University is a community committed to transforming the lives of our students inside and outside the classroom, inspiring in them a lifelong commitment to service and citizenship. In 2019, St. Bonaventure was named the #1 regional university value in New York and #2 in the North by U.S. News and World Report.