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 Center—
the building with the smokestack in the center of campus—
to 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.
BonaResponds packs 108,864 meals for starving children in daylong campus event
Mar 24, 2014 |
| More photos on our Flickr site: www.sbu.edu/bonaflickr |
Sr. Margaret Carney, O.S.F., (left) President of St. Bonaventure University, participates in a food-packing event on campus.
BonaResponds, St. Bonaventure University's disaster-response organization, packed 108,864 meals to send to hungry children in Haiti and the Philippines in a daylong work session Saturday, March 22, at the Reilly Center Arena on campus.
Volunteers from campus, surrounding communities and even some prospective St. Bonaventure students who were invited to experience a collegiate service-learning activity participated in the event.
Working in three shifts, hundreds of volunteers created individual meal packets containing rice, soy protein, dehydrated vegetables, vitamins and minerals. When mixed with boiling water, each packet becomes a meal specially designed to feed the malnourished.
The food will be distributed by Feed My Starving Children, a Christian nonprofit organization that distributes packed meals through missionaries and global nonprofits across the world.
BonaResponds held fundraisers to raise the 22 cents-per-meal cost associated with the project.
Learn more about BonaResponds, become a volunteer, or support their work with a donation by visiting the organization's website at www.bonaresponds.org