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.  
Our Bona Buddies and Silver Wolves programs, as well as our 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. To learn more, stop at University Ministries, which is temporarily located on the second floor of Murphy Professional Building.  

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

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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St. Bonaventure 'Toilet Talks' spread the good word about recycling

Mar 12, 2014 |

By Emily Carson, ’14

Members of Tread Lightly, St. Bonaventure’s environmental group, have developed a unique way of informing the campus community about the importance of recycling and SBU’s annual Recyclemania event.

Tread Lightly-sponsored newsletters called “Toilet Talk” are posted bi-weekly on campus restroom doors in an effort to reach more readers. These newsletters include information on Tread Lightly, campus events, and recycling tips.

“’Toilet Talks,’ as we like to call them, were created by Alex Bulszewicz and me,” said Katrina Teeter, Tread Lightly’s president. “This is a way to get more awareness about what we can/cannot recycle and how we can decrease our negative impacts on the environment.”

Recyclemania, an eight-week-long project sponsored by St. Bonaventure’s Sustainability Committee, Tread Lightly and Student Government Association, promote the importance of recycling and sustainability on campus in an effort to benefit the environment.

“We strive to help educate the student body, faculty and staff to become more aware of their surroundings and learn how they can positively affect the environment that surrounds us,” Teeter said.  “We [Tread Lightly] work closely with Recyclemania because we share many of the same goals about educating the public, plus we enjoy helping to increase recycling across campus.”

The theme for the event this year is “Feed the Wolf.” Green Bona Wolf logos are located around campus to identify recycling locations. 

Teeter said she hopes to increase the percentage of recyclable materials collected on campus to at least 25 percent through Recyclemania. St. Bonaventure offers the opportunity to recycle effectively by allowing plastic bins, with recycling symbols one through seven, to be placed on campus.

“I am so glad our newsletter has reached many eyes, and it has stirred up some interest on campus,” Teeter said. “Our ‘Did you know...’ section really interests people often enough to do their own digging to learn more about how we affect the environment and how we can help.”

Teeter said Tread Lightly members will continue to post “Toilet Talks” throughout the semester.


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.     

We moved — back!

University Ministries has moved into its new home, the newly constructed McGinley-Carney Center for Franciscan Ministry, which is in the same place as its old home, the former Thomas Merton Center, located just north of Reilly Center in the heart of campus. University Ministries offices were temporarily located in the John J. Murphy Professional Building while its former home was razed and the new McGinley-Carney Center was being built.