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. We can accept up to two intentions for each Mass.

The spring 2022 Mass calendar is full. We are now accepting Mass intentions for the fall 2022 semester, when Masses resume.

During the academic year, the Franciscan friars offer daily Mass at 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday in the Great Room of the McGinley-Carney Center for Franciscan Ministries. Sunday Masses are offered in the University Chapel at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.

You may choose from a selection of cards and make your donation online. (Card #1 is the Mass card for deceased; Cards # 2 and 3 are Mass cards for the living). 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.

We welcome your Mass requests.

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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    SBU’s Franciscan Institute receives grant for Health Professions Franciscan mission training

    Oct 04, 2021

    The Franciscan Institute at St. Bonaventure University has been awarded a $5,000 grant from the Galasso Foundation to provide Franciscan mission-based leadership training to faculty and students in the School of Health Professions at the university.

    The Galasso Foundation, of Clarence, New York, provides grants to organizations that offer opportunities for education, spiritual development or the general welfare for the people of Western New York.

    In applying for the grant, the Franciscan Institute outlined the uniqueness of the university’s new School of Health Professions and how the institute wanted to help in the development of the school’s mission education: “This program provides graduate and undergraduate degrees in physician assistant studies, occupational therapy, nursing, health science and public health. With your help, we would like to provide these new health care professionals with a foundation in Franciscan mission-based leadership.”

    The Franciscan Institute is an educational unit of the university that promotes the Franciscan Intellectual Tradition through research, publications and educational programs. The Padua Program for Franciscan mission-based leadership is one of its educational programs that provides leaders of Franciscan institutions with training in Franciscan mission through an analysis of early Franciscan sources and modern applications in organizational development with the skills of mission integration.

    “This is an exciting convergence of leadership and mission,” said Dr. Doug Pisano, founding dean of the School of Health Professions. “The grant will further the notion that to lead is to be Franciscan through the example of community, integrity and love. I look forward to working with students and faculty to build future Franciscan thinking leaders.”

    Fr. David B. Couturier, O.F.M. Cap., executive director of the Franciscan Institute, thanked the Galasso Foundation for its generosity and highlighted the significance of the collaborative project with the School of Health Professions.

    “We know the importance of a vibrant sense of mission for the success of educational programs,” said Fr. David. “St. Bonaventure University provides a first-class scientific education. Now, thanks to this grant, our students will learn how to be leaders with the distinctive values of compassion, integrity, community and wisdom that the Franciscan tradition is known for around the world.”

    More information about the Franciscan Institute and its programs and conferences can be found at