Contact Info

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

Executive Director, University Ministries
716-375-2142
fdispigno@sbu.edu


Debby Mooney
Administrative Assistant, University Ministries
716-375-2600
dmooney@sbu.edu

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.

News, Publications & Research

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Thomas Merton is the focus of the Franciscan Institute's 2013 Ignatius Brady Lecture

Oct 24, 2013 | ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y., Oct. 24, 2013 — Thomas Merton will be the subject when St. Bonaventure University alumnus Fr. Daniel Horan, O.F.M., returns to campus Thursday, Nov. 7, to deliver the 2013 Ignatius Brady Lecture.

Horan’s talk, “A Franciscan in Blue Jeans: How Thomas Merton Became and Remained a True Franciscan,” will take place at 4:30 p.m. at the University Chapel in Doyle Hall.

Horan will speak of Merton’s time at St. Bonaventure and the role of the Franciscan tradition in Merton’s life, even after he entered the Trappist Order. He will also address the deep-seated Franciscan philosophical and theological foundations of Merton’s life, thought, and writings.

Horan graduated from St. Bonaventure University in 2005 and is pursuing a doctorate in theology at Boston College. He has published both scholarly and popular articles, including the much talked about “Dating God:  Live and Love in the Way of St. Francis (2012).” He serves on the board of directors of the International Thomas Merton Society and writes the blog “Dating God.”

The Ignatius Brady Lecture is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Franciscan Institute at St. Bonaventure University.

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About the University: The nation’s first Franciscan university, St. Bonaventure University cultivates graduates who are confident and creative communicators, collaborative leaders and team members, and innovative problem solvers who are respectful of themselves, others, and the diverse world around them. We are establishing pathways to internships, graduate schools and careers in the context of our renowned liberal arts tradition. Our students are becoming extraordinary.     

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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.