Co-Ministry With St. Bonaventure University
While the Mountain is a unique and separate entity from St. Bonaventure University, we work closely with one another to minister to the entire community. We do this through our presence on campus primarily working alongside the talented University Ministries team.
We are also involved in a number of other ways including with the Office of the President, faculty, staff, and development and alumni services. The Mountain and the University continue to work with each other to creatively consider new and exciting ways to bring the Franciscan spirituality that is center to our way of life and ministry to the university community and the entire world.
Mountain Community Leaders
Mountain Community Leaders serve as ministers primarily to the Mt. Irenaeus and the St. Bonaventure communities through the Gospel values of faith, peace, hope and love.
Take Time With Us!
Bona community: If you’re interested in taking time with us at the Mountain, check out the SBU Notice Board or our Facebook group for details.
Student Visits to the Mountain
SBU healthcare students at The Mountain~ Some for their first time, Most back again- many seniors. All of us listening: “where is my life taking me?” - An evening to pause and listen to our lives and one another.- Healing happens here for all of us are healers. Coming from school to this Place for good food and fellowship- peace and reflection- Our evening in the Chapel with prayer, meditation and conversation brought smiles on all of our faces! ~ You always can come home to Mt Irenaeus! #stfrancisofassisi #stbonaventureuniversity #holynameprovince #peace #healthyliving #healthcarelife #gobonas #gobonnies #sbualumni
September 6, 2017 ~ They rolled in; 34 or more- In cars and vans to share an evening at The Mountain. Just before we roll out our food wagon, some of our healthcare professional students from SBU pause with a smile for this photo. Relaxing and away from their demanding schedule, We enjoy each other's company – .Ones who are new to the mountain and other who have been with us before. Once again in the chapel, wisdom that we can offer each other- ways of seeing how to live our day -with pressures and responsibilities- hopes of success- we found Peace in the possible and in the presence of one another. Life can be lived well with hope and with one another as friends. New relationships are being formed - Healing happens here, and goes out- ....and an overnight here is always already being dreamed of for second semester. "Peace and all Good" for everyone! #theBonnies #stbonaventureuniversity #BONAS #gobonnies #gobonas #holynameprovince #stfrancisofassisi
....Tonight, The St Bonaventure University Men's Rugby Team- Up for an evening away. A lot of hard outdoor work, and barbecuing a great meal – we sat down to a wonderful fellowship and laughter, and stories. Heart's opened to each other, heads clearing.... " The universe is not made up of Atoms, but made of stories" Albert Einstein -And so we are renewed; We renew ourselves and our teams and communities, The Earth has a new birth- One story that is told and listened to with care and understanding- One story, one person and one team at a time! Go Bonas! Peace and all Good! #theBonnies! #SBU #sburugby #gobonnies #stfrancisofassisi #stbonaventureuniversity Bonas #holynameprovince
Our Shared Ministry Goals
In light of our mission statement, our goals for ministry to St. Bonaventure University are:
- To create a “Holy Place” for “prayer and peaceful Re-Creation.”
- To offer a “safe place” for healing and hope in the Franciscan tradition for students and all others in the University community.
- To foster the education of the whole person through “experiential learning;” reflection on our actions and life’s events which leads to wisdom.
- To serve personal, spiritual and relational growth needs.
- Serve others by forming a community that encourages reflection and the integration of values chosen in light of one’s academic, social, physical, and spiritual knowledge and needs in today’s world.
- And by becoming “other oriented” and offering the spiritual formation needed for “service to others,” in conjunction with the other ministries present and active at St. Bonaventure.