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. 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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    Food insecurity is all too real; Bona's food pantry offers help

    Nov 29, 2021
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    By Cassidey Kavathas, '24

    A move to a new apartment caused unexpected expenses for a full-time student at St. Bonaventure University this past fall. Even with a scholarship, part-time job and savings from summer work, it was a struggle to buy groceries each week.

    This student isn’t alone in dealing with food insecurity, which is defined as not having access to enough food. According to data collected by College and University Food Bank Alliance, roughly 30 percent of college students nationwide are food insecure. Pictured_SBU Food Pantry shelves

    To address the issue, Alice Miller Nation, director of St. Bonaventure’s Franciscan Center for Social Concern (FCSC), gathered a task force of students, staff and administrators to create a food pantry on campus. It opened its doors in October 2019 and today offers a variety of fresh, frozen, boxed and canned foods for those facing food insecurity. 

    “Hunger is everyone’s concern,” said Miller Nation. “Our student volunteers are learning that the faces of hunger can change daily. They are also witnessing good will in action as community members partner with us to keep the shelves stocked and the refrigerator and freezers filled.” 

    Because of these partnerships, the pantry now offers proteins such as rotisserie chickens, hams, one-pound rolls of ground beef, ground chicken, chicken tenders and more. Besides these proteins, the pantry is offering artisan bread, desserts, ice cream, butter, jams, pastas and canned food.

    The pantry serves about 10 people daily ranging from students to staff, though the turnout can depend on the day or the weather.

    “The freezer items are always a big hit. People also tend to favor pasta, sauce and snacks,” said Bridget O'Hern, a senior health and society major who volunteers at the pantry. “We are constantly adding new foods so there are always new options for people to choose from.”

    The pantry doesn’t only offer food items. Supplies such as toilet paper and feminine hygiene products are donated to help students, faculty and staff in need.

    Pictured_SBU Food Pantry shelvesThe pantry accepts donations year round.

    “There isn’t a limit to what can be donated because we have freezers and refrigerator space,” said Miller Nation. “All we ask is that it is unopened and not expired.”

    The pantry is located in the McGinley-Carney Center for Franciscan Ministry in room 114. It is open Monday through Thursday, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Friday 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., or by appointment. A group of 30 volunteers and a student leadership team of seven operate the pantry. 

    “I'm really proud to be part of this organization. I feel like I'm contributing to the entire St. Bonaventure community,” said O’Hern. “Just knowing that the food pantry is open and accessible to everyone is amazing.”

    To help raise money and awareness for the Food Pantry and other service programs on campus, the FCSC will host #GivingTuesdayatBonas, a one-day fundraising event, on Nov. 30. 

    Across the United States, the GivingTuesday movement is intended to be a way to encourage people to support their favorite nonprofit causes as part of their holiday giving.

    The community is invited to visit www.sbu.edu/GivingTuesdayatBonas now through Nov. 30 to learn more and to make a contribution.