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.

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Palm Sunday, Holy Week services set at St. Bonaventure

Apr 10, 2014 |

Mass for Palm Sunday, April 13, will be held at 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. in the William C. Foster ‘62 Memorial Courtyard of Doyle Hall. The rain site for the event will be the University Chapel.

 

Students can earn volunteer hours by assisting with preparation for Palm Sunday Mass. University Ministries will give service hours to students willing to help at 9 a.m. or 8:30 p.m.

Students can contact Julianne Wallace, director of faith formation, worship and ministry, at jwallace@sbu.edu to sign up. 

Holy Week runs from Monday, April 14, to Easter Sunday, April 20.

Because the university is closed April 17-21, Mt. Irenaeus, Holy Peace Friary’s mountain sanctuary in Allegany County, will host services at the following times: Thursday, April 17, at 8 p.m.; Friday, April 18, at 3 p.m.; Saturday, April 19, at 9 p.m.; and Sunday, April 20, at 11 a.m.

After they return to campus, students will be able to celebrate Easter Mass on campus during services April 27.

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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.     

 

Stop by, we're always open!

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.