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.

The FCSC

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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    Fairway View Pavilion at SBU Golf Course opens to public April 19

    Apr 15, 2021, 16:33 PM by Thomas Missel
    The new Fairway View Pavilion at the St. Bonaventure Golf Course opens to the public Monday, April 19.


    View from the Pavilion patioThe new Fairway View Pavilion at the St. Bonaventure Golf Course opens to the public Monday, April 19.

    Members of the university community were afforded access to the Fairway View Pavilion this week.

    “I was up there Wednesday afternoon and it’s just a beautiful view from the patio,” said Tom Missel, chief communications officer at SBU. “The food was excellent, too.”

    The patio overlooks the second fairway, with the campus in the distance, and is protected from the 2nd tee by netting on top of and around the patio’s pergola. Inside the Pavilion are a full bar, fireplace and three big-screen TVs.

    Construction began last summer on the new restaurant and bar at the 9-hole Allegany golf course.

    University officials realized that overhauling the crumbling infrastructure of the Clubhouse Restaurant wasn’t worth the investment so they partnered with Aramark, the university’s food service provider, to build the new establishment.

    Current state COVID-19 guidelines for restaurants will be in place: 75% capacity and unmasked as long as you’re seated. Under those guidelines, the Fairway View Pavilion seats 47 inside and 65 on the patio.

    “I think golfers coming off the 9th green will love it, as will the public who just want to stop up and have a drink or bite to eat,” Missel said.

    The menu includes nine different openers, four different salads and 12 different sandwich options. In addition, dinner specials will be offered on Friday and Saturday nights beginning April 23. The bar offers a wide variety of beer, wine, seltzer and spirit options.

    Reservations will only be taken for parties of 10 to 20. For more than 20 people, the Fairway View Pavilion can be booked for special events. Visit stbonavenue.com/new-fairway-view for more information.

    Fairway View will be open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. It will close for the season sometime in November, depending on the weather, and reopen in the spring.

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    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 #2 regional university value in New York and #3 in the North by U.S. News and World Report.