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) 375-2662.

 

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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    DEI Commission to host webinar April 29 on creating a culture of belonging at Bona’s

    Apr 23, 2021, 16:00 PM by Thomas Missel
    Christopher “CJ” Gross will discuss the power of creating a culture of belonging at St. Bonaventure when the President’s Commission on Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) hosts a webinar at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 29.

    "CJ" GrossWhat comes after diversity and inclusion? Belonging.

    Christopher “CJ” Gross will discuss the power of creating a culture of belonging at St. Bonaventure when the President’s Commission on Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) hosts a webinar at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 29.

    To register for the hour-long Zoom webinar, click here.

    Gross is a TEDx speaker, change management leader and founder and CEO of Ascension Worldwide. He's also on track to graduate from St. Bonaventure in May with his master's in Strategic Leadership.

    “We know when people — students, faculty, and staff — feel isolated or excluded on campus, academic and work performance decrease and well-being suffers,” said Dr. Kimberly DeSimone, co-chair of the DEI Commission.

    According to the 2019 Harvard Business Review, U.S. organizations spend nearly 8 billion dollars each year on diversity and inclusion trainings, yet 40% of people in organizations still report feeling isolated. When belonging is a part of campus culture, it becomes infectious and cultivates new levels of engagement and success, DeSimone said.

    This engaging research-based workshop aims to uncover the power of belonging. Using a mixture of professional diversity and inclusion experience, personal journey, research, and a whole lot of edutainment, Gross will share with participants the meaning of belonging and how to cultivate it at St. Bonaventure.

    Ascension Worldwide is a minority-owned, full-service consulting firm specializing in diversity, inclusion, equity, and belonging solutions.  

    Click here for more information on Ascension Worldwide and here for more information on Christopher Gross.

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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.