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 new book on St. Bonaventure

    Nov 18, 2020, 15:23 PM by Thomas Missel
    The Franciscan Institute at St. Bonaventure University has published a new volume of articles on the theology, philosophy and spirituality of St. Bonaventure of Bagnoregio.

    The Franciscan Institute at St. Bonaventure University has published a new volume of articles on the theology, philosophy and spirituality of St. Bonaventure of Bagnoregio, edited by Timothy J. Johnson, Katherine Wrisley-Shelby, and Marie Kolbe Zamora.

    Titled “St. Bonaventure: Friar, Minister, Teacher and Bishop,” the 720-page text brings together the work of more than 40 scholars from around the world who participated in an academic conference at St. Bonaventure University in 2017.

    The book honors the 800th anniversary of the birth of St. Bonaventure and the 80th anniversary of the Franciscan Institute at St. Bonaventure University.

    In her introduction to the book, Sr. Marie Kolbe Zamora, professor of theology at St. Lawrence Seminary and co-editor of the volume states, “The theme of the conference, ‘Frater, Magister, Minister, Episcopus. The Works and Worlds of Bonaventure,’ (FMME) opened the way for scholars to consider the ongoing relevance of Bonaventure’s own intellectual, religious and ecclesial iter (journey) for our pilgrimage today.

    “In continuity with the growing body of Bonaventurean scholarship that emerged throughout the course of the 20th century, FMME provided both an update regarding ongoing scholarship and stimulus for future Bonaventurean study.”

    Fr. David B. Couturier, O.F.M. Cap., executive director of the Franciscan Institute, made note of the significance of this work.

    “This volume represents an homage by contemporary scholars to the intellectual genius, the spiritual virtues, and the fraternal love that characterized the life and ministry of Bonaventure of Bagnoregio,” Couturier said.

    “For the past several decades, there has been a unique and sustained commitment by Franciscan communities in North America to pursue and support an in-depth study of the sources of the Franciscan movement and to present those findings to the church and world in critical editions, commentaries, books and journals. The partnership between academic scholars and communities of practice in the Franciscan tradition bears fruit in this important new work.”

    The book is dedicated to the memory of Br. Edward Coughlin, O.F.M., former president of Siena College and longtime director and professor in the Franciscan Institute, who passed away in 2019. He is honored as “Friar, Teacher, President and Friend.”

    The Franciscan Institute continues to be a research, education, and publication center of St. Bonaventure University. It focuses on promoting the study of Franciscan sources, history and theology, with a focus on a critical study of the origin and early development of the Franciscan movement. 

    For further information on the Franciscan Institute, please visit our website

    This title can be purchased online at


    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 2020, St. Bonaventure was named the #3 regional university value in New York and #3 in the North by U.S. News and World Report.