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Interfaith Prayer Service kicks off Francis Week

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By Emily Losito Associate Editor   The McGinley-Carney Center for Franciscan Ministries has a distinguishing feature – the Interfaith Prayer Tower. University Ministries and The Center for Arab and Islamic Studies hosted an Interfaith Prayer Service to mark the beginning of Francis Week in the great room. Fr. Michael Calabria, OFM, welcomed all religious people…

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Design consultant receives honorary degree

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By Kaylyn Foody Contributing Writer   Fr. Richard Vosko, OFM, design consultant for the McGinley-Carney Center for Franciscan Ministry, is set to receive an honorary degree from the university on Sunday, Sept. 17 to recognize his work. The new university ministries building, opened in May with features such as a fully functional kitchen, a large…

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Bonaventure welcomes a new building to campus

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With the new academic year comes new additions to St. Bonaventure, one of which is located right in the center of campus: The McGinley-Carney Center for Franciscan Ministry. Although the university ministry staff moved into the building in May, the interior of the “MC” is new to many of the students and faculty who were…

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Ministry building set to open

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By Jessica Dillon News Assignment Editor After months of construction and minor delays, the McGinley-Carney Center for Franciscan Ministry is nearing completion, with opening celebrations slated to begin Monday, May 1, according to Jared Smith, associate director of facilities operations. “There are three big things remaining,” said Smith. “The tile roof, the tower and the…

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University offers Lenten Preparation for Easter

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By Amber Levias Staff Writer With Lent already half over, University Ministries will continue to keep the spirit of Lent alive throughout the St. Bonaventure community. “The Lenten journey is really to prepare us to celebrate Easter Triduum,” said Fr. Francis DiSpigno, O.F.M., director of University Ministries. “We really separate these 40 days knowing we’re…

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Francis’s dignified death

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By Brandon Chin Contributing Writer   Last Saturday, the Franciscan faculty, in cooperation with volunteer students, hosted a service that stretched beyond homily or prayer. Mixing the elements of drama and music to form a mix of play, concert and sermon, the “Transitus of Saint Francis” received admiration from a number of attendees. The Transitus…

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University Ministries prepares for Transitus

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By Andrea Fernandes Associate Editor Now that Feast Week has concluded, the life of St. Francis will be celebrated in the University Chapel on Saturday at 7 p.m. Students will perform a narrated play to depict a series of events in Francis’ final hours and his death. “All Franciscans celebrate this day,” said Vanessa Hulse,…

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Bishop visits Bona’s: University holds opening ceremony

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By Julia Mericle News Editor he Most Rev. Richard J. Malone, bishop of the Diocese of Buffalo, students and faculty gathered in the University Chapel in Doyle Hall Sunday evening to participate in the Opening Celebration and Mass of the Holy Spirit. The celebration began with an academic procession and the recognition of the new…

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Campus discusses race

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By: Jason Klaiber Staff Writer In response to current turmoil in Baltimore and a student’s series of racist tweets, University Ministries hosted an open forum, during which students, staff and faculty members discussed race relations Wednesday in the University Chapel. Father Francis Di Spigno, O.F.M., executive director of University Ministries, moderated the forum. Every attendant…

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Brains are blessed at Bonas

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By Lian Bunny News Assignment Editor University Ministries will host a Christmas mass followed by the fourth annual Blessing of the Brains and a late-night breakfast on Sunday, Dec. 7. The Blessing of the Brains is a candlelit ceremony where University Ministry members pray a blessing over the heads of students, faculty and staff. At…

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Keep the freedom ringing

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By Amelia Kibbe Features Assignment Editor   “I have a dream.” These famous words of Martin Luther King Jr. still have a special meaning today. This past Monday, on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the St. Bonaventure community gathered to remember one of America’s most-recognized men and celebrate the peace and sense of unity he…

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Morris, ’05, takes on postion at UMIN

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By Annie Riley Assistant News Editor St. Bonaventure University Ministries named Margaret Morris, ’05, the new program manager of the Warming House and Bona Buddies. The Warming House is known as one of the oldest student-run soup kitchens in the nation and Bona Buddies is a mentoring program where one-on-one relationships are created between local…

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Bonaventure club offers spiritual conversation

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By Kiara Catanzaro Staff Writer   Some St. Bonaventure students have decided to embark on a quest for knowledge outside of the classroom. University Ministry’s Kingdom Quest group meets weekly to discuss passages that will be read during Sunday Catholic Mass.  Students bond with other students on campus as they read Biblical texts and discuss…

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University Ministries to begin series of events to coincide with election year

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By Nate West News Assignment Editor University Ministries is sponsoring Faith, Politics and Culture, a series of programs that discuss religion in politics. The first event will be held on Monday, Oct. 1 at 4 p.m. in the University Chapel. “Good Life Choice: The Formation of Conscience in the Catholic Franciscan Tradition” will feature guest…

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