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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    Plans for SBU's spring semester announced

    Oct 15, 2020, 08:30 AM by Thomas Missel
    Now that we’ve passed the midway point of the fall semester, it’s time to announce plans for the spring semester.

    Now that we’ve passed the midway point of the fall semester, it’s time to announce plans for the spring semester.

    Like everyone, I was hopeful that only the fall semester would be impacted by the pandemic, but it’s clear we will need to stay vigilant through the spring. Once again, that requires an alteration to the academic calendar.

    I want to thank the Faculty Senate, which approves the academic calendar, for their willingness to be flexible in extraordinary times.

    Originally scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 19, the first day of class will now be Monday, Jan. 25. Unlike this fall, the semester will continue to the end (May 7) with in-person classes, with final exams the following week and Commencement Weekend set for May 14-16. (Online graduate students will still begin classes Jan. 18.)

    Because of the need to control travel again to mitigate the spread of the virus, spring break needed to be eliminated. However, five class-free weekdays have been scheduled throughout the semester: Feb. 18, March 10, April 2 (Good Friday), April 13 and April 28.

    International students from CDC-defined Level 2 and 3 countries and students from states on New York’s mandatory quarantine list will once again be required to quarantine on campus or in New York state for two weeks before the semester starts. The designated quarantine window for residential students is Jan. 9 through Jan. 22, with students who need to quarantine returning on Jan. 8.

    Move-in dates for returning students coming from all other states will be Jan. 23-24. As was the case with fall move-in, designated arrival times will be assigned; details will be announced over the holiday break.

    Students will also be required to submit another negative PCR test result no more than 14 days before their arrival to campus.

    I know this isn’t what any of you envisioned your college experience would be like, but I need to reiterate what I said last week at the midpoint of the semester: This Bonaventure experience is so much better than what students at many colleges are going through.

    We’ve been able to teach the vast majority of classes in person. We’ve been able to offer a normal dining experience. We’ve offered a wide variety of creative student programming. Most important, we’ve been able to keep our doors open when so many colleges have had to shut down and send their students home to an online-only environment.

    I know this isn’t easy, but we’ve done this once and I know we can do it again.

    Peace and all good,

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    Dr. Dennis R. DePerro
    University President