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Fr. Francis
Di Spigno, O.F.M.

Executive Director, University Ministries

Debby Mooney
Administrative Assistant, 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.  
Our liturgical life, centered around Sunday Eucharist, invites all members of the Bonaventure community to join in various liturgical ministries and many prayer opportunities.  
Bona Buddies, Senior Bona Buddies and Service Learning trips offer creative ways to live and learn with children, elders and cross-cultural communities.  
The Warming House, the oldest student-run soup kitchen in the nation, serves a meal six days a week. 
SEARCH, SBU for Life and Collegiate Peer Ministry are but a few of the other experiences that round out University Ministries. Stop at the Thomas Merton Centerthe building with the smokestack in the center of campusto learn more.  

Mt. Irenaeus and Students For The Mountain

Our premier retreat center, Mt. Irenaeus, is located 32 miles from campus and offers peaceful re-creation, prayer and family-style hospitality. Mountain Community Leaders take leadership roles with the friars and other Franciscans in the ministry of the Mountain, which invites all to relax, hike, work in the garden and share warm conversation and home-cooked meals. 

Franciscan Center for Social Concern

Head to the Thomas Merton Center if you are interested in peace, social justice and the environment. The Franciscan Center for Social Concern seeks new ideas based on the interests of SBU students. Basic principles known as Catholic Social Teaching support our activities.

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Speakers to address radioactive waste storage and radioactive metal 'recycling'

Jan 30, 2013 |

ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. — Nuclear waste issues will be addressed by two speakers Thursday evening (Jan. 31) in a program presented by the St. Bonaventure University Center for Nonviolence. The talks will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Walsh Science Center on campus.

In a presentation titled “The Nuclear Dilemma: No Good Place to Put the Waste,” Dr. Ray Vaughan, an environmental scientist with the New York State Attorney General’s Office, will address the question of what to do with the nation’s nuclear waste.

 Vaughan will discuss the accumulation of radioactive waste at sites across the country, including nearby West Valley, where the U.S. Department of Energy has for decades been overseeing the cleanup of a defunct radioactive waste reprocessing center.

 Also presenting at the session will be Barbara Dyskant of Olean. Her talk, “Radioactive Forks, Watches, Toys and Zippers?” will address a controversial Department of Energy plan to release and mix radioactive metal into recycling and landfill operations.

 Dyskant said the proposal calls for the release of some 14,000 metric tons of metal from radioactively contaminated weapons sites into the recycling stream; metals that could end up in consumer and industrial products such as silverware, pants zippers, watches and furniture frames.

 Dyskant, who maintains that radiation exposure at all levels presents a risk, and whose daughter is a leukemia survivor, has joined a petition drive to scuttle the plan.

 Thursday’s talk is free and open to the public.

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University Ministries is located in the Thomas Merton Center in the heart of campus. We're open to students and staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week.