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. 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.

Please note that our Spring 2021 Semester Mass Intentions are full. We are now accepting requests for Mass Intentions for the Fall 2021 Semester. 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

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 Franciscan Institute publishes Franciscan Women’s Volume

    Sep 30, 2020, 14:55 PM by Beth Eberth
    The Franciscan Institute at St. Bonaventure University has published a new volume titled “Franciscan Women: Female Identities and Religious Culture, Medieval and Beyond.”

    The Franciscan Institute at St. Bonaventure University has published a new volume titled “Franciscan Women: Female Identities and Religious Culture, Medieval and Beyond.”

    Edited by SBU Associate Professor of Theology and Franciscan Studies, Fr. David B. Couturier, O.F.M. Cap., and chair of Marquette University’s History Department, Dr. Lezlie Knox, the volume collects papers originally presented at an innovative conference sponsored by the Franciscan Institute in 2016. That meeting brought cutting-edge academic research into dialogue with the experience of those living in the Franciscan tradition as sisters, friars and affiliated laity.

    Each author presents case studies of “the wide-ranging expressions of female Franciscan identities, the agency of women to shape their vocations, and their contributions to shaping Franciscan and spiritual traditions,” said Knox, co-editor of the volume.

    The book collects experiences of Franciscan women in the Medieval period and beyond that helped them to construct new ways to see God with new forms of freedom and new manners in which to serve God with dignity. These women did this in spaces made for divine intimacy and social engagement in ways that were subversive for the time but augured new opportunities for the future.

    Fr. David said the book has a timeless message.

    “We need voices and models of how adaptation and liberation work when suffering, especially social suffering, becomes intense and indeed excruciating. The women profiled in this book are these witnesses of grace,” he said.

    “Franciscan Women” has been dedicated to the memory of Sr. Ingrid Peterson, OSF, a scholar who founded the Women in the Franciscan Tradition research group. She was the winner of the 2000 Franciscan Institute Medal.

    The book is available online at the Franciscan Institute Publications website at