St. Bonaventure University was founded through the initiative and dedicated efforts of Nicholas Devereux, a large landholder, and financier from Utica, N.Y., with the cooperation and support of John Timon, Bishop of Buffalo, and members of the Franciscan Order. Their dream of more than a century and a half ago has flourished, and St. Bonaventure University has expanded greatly during more than 160 years of its existence.
Saint Bonaventure, our patron, taught that “there is no knowledge without love.” In this spirit, we educate the whole of our students, their hearts as well as their heads, to send them forth as people for others, prepared to transform every corner of the world they call home by the gift of their lives. This is the difference that Catholic education in the Franciscan Tradition can make in a person’s life. The Office for Mission Integration serves just such a transformative experience at St. Bonaventure University.