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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    Marchioris, Whalen, Zak honored with Gaudete Medals by St. Bonaventure

    Oct 29, 2021

    From left: Timea, Emily, Luke, Patricia and Gary Marchiori, Dave Whalen, and Dr. Joseph Zimmer, SBU president. St. Bonaventure University honored a family and two individuals for their selfless contributions to the Buffalo community at its Gaudete Medals ceremony Thursday, Oct. 28, at The Marin.

    St. Bonaventure’s Gaudete (gow-DAY-tay) Medal honors business and community leaders who exemplify the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi through their joy, hope, positive outlook on life, sincerely compassionate spirit and desire to serve humankind. Recipients of the Gaudete, which means “Rejoice!” in Latin, have inspired, encouraged and enlightened others through their personal and professional lives. 

    Honored were:

    The Marchiori Family, in memory of Ryan Marchiori, ’08

    The Williamsville family is a longtime supporter of St Bonaventure’s School of Business School and athletics programs, Catholic Charities, and several local human needs causes.

    Patricia Marchiori’s career as an instructor, mentor and advocate began locally at the Cantalician Center before she dedicated 28 years to the Special Education department in the Williamsville Central Schools district. Patti was instrumental in the transition of the program to an inclusive education setting. 

    Gary Marchiori is the owner of EnergyMark, a leading regional natural gas, electric and renewables company. A major supporter of SBU’s basketball program, EnergyMark employs 18 professionals and has trained 36 interns over the last 10 years. Luke Marchiori, SBU ’11, MBA ’12, directs EnergyMark’s electric supply and renewables program.

    The Marchiori family dedicated the honor to Ryan Marchiori, SBU ’08, MBA ’09, who passed away Oct. 16, 2019, from complications after an auto accident. Known for his strength, compassion and kindness, Ryan embodied the Franciscan values of community and service to others. He found the love of his life, Timea Miszkuly, and was married in August 2019.

    Ryan was vice president of sales and marketing for EnergyMark, where he worked with this father and brother and led a team of Energy Advisors.  He was active in Leadership Buffalo, Clean Communities of WNY, the Hydrocephalus Foundation, St Gregory Eucharistic minister and a supporter of Amherst Youth Soccer. His dedication to his family and sincere nature was an inspiration to others.

    David Whalen, SBU Class of ’84

    Whalen founded Disability Awareness Training (DAT) in September 2004. The training is designed to both sensitize and educate the audience on all aspects of disabilities including, but not limited to, definitions of disabilities, etiquette and interaction skills, stigma and misperceptions, inclusion and integration, and overcoming barriers through advocacy.

    Whalen spent 17 years at Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara serving individuals with developmental disabilities. He established groundbreaking programs recognized statewide. He served on the Western New York Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day committee from 1993 to 2008 and was instrumental in starting the Diocese of Buffalo’s Disability Action Team.

    Past president of SBU’s Buffalo Alumni Chapter of St. Bonaventure (1997-2017), Whalen is a volunteer for Skating Athletes Bold at Heart (SABAH), and the Committee on Special Education; serves as the vice president of the Central Amherst Little League Challenger division; and is past president of the Board of the Williamsville Special Education Parent Teacher Student Association.

    He is co-founder of Access Buffalo, a progressive initiative to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access restaurants and hotels in the Buffalo area. Niagara University awarded Dave the Vincentian Medal of Honor in September 2019.

    Whalen and his wife, Sandy, live in Williamsville and are proud parents of 22-year-old twins David and Rachel, who were born 11 weeks premature; from that, David has cerebral palsy, seizure disorder, and a learning disability. He has received his Skills and Achievement Commencement Credential from Williamsville South while Rachel graduated summa cum laude from Cornell.

    Robert Zak

    Zak is chair of the Board of Directors of Merchants Mutual Insurance Company and its subsidiaries. Zak joined Merchants in 1985 and served as Merchants’ president and Robert ZakCEO from 1995 until retiring in March 2021. He was the company’s primary representative to industry and agent trade organizations, community and civic organizations, and insurance rating organizations. 

    A graduate of UB, Zak serves as a director or trustee of, among many, the 100 Club of Buffalo and Western New York, Buffalo State College Council, InVest Buffalo Niagara, Prentice Family Foundation and Rand Capital Corporation.

    Zak also served in a governance role for Dean’s Advisory Councils at Canisius College and UB, Canisius High School, Great Lakes Health System, National Multiple Sclerosis Society of WNY, and United Way of Buffalo & Erie County.

    A native of Western New York, Zak and his wife, Margaret, have three adult sons.


    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.