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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BonaResponds packs 108,864 meals for starving children in daylong campus event

Mar 24, 2014 |
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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

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.