University Chaplain Fr. Steven Kuehn, O.F.M., hands out flowers at a campus 9/11 remembrance ceremony.

St. Bonaventure University

Faith formation, worship & ministry

University Ministries invites all into the life of the Catholic Church. We enhance faith through liturgical programs, sacraments, worship experiences and all kinds of other activities promoting spiritual formation.

Through University Ministries students can:
  • attend and help with Mass
  • join prayer and reflection groups
  • sing in the choir or play an instrument with music ministries
  • become a full member of the Roman Catholic Church
  • celebrate with us throughout the Liturgical calendar

Faith-based programs & opportunities

  • Faith in Fiction
    Meets weekly to explore and discuss the intersection of faith and popular culture/media.
  • Ladies in Faith Together (LIFT)
    Meets weekly to discuss matters of life, faith and spirituality.
  • SBU Life & Faith
    Meets weekly to build faith community and converse about life and faith.
  • Men's Faith & Fellowship
    This student-led ministry meets twice a month and focuses on faith sharing, prayer, community and Scripture study.
  • Search Retreat Team
    This student-led faith-sharing team meets weekly to discuss faith topics, support one another in faith, and to help with local confirmation retreats.
  • Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA)
    This is a faith journey in becoming full members of the Catholic Church. Monthly meetings culminate at Easter time with the celebration of baptism, confirmation and Eucharist.
  • Liturgical Ministries
    Be involved with a variety of liturgical ministries: Eucharistic ministry (distributing Holy Communion), lector ministry (reading at Mass), music ministry, hospitality, and altar serving.