This Day in Bonaventure History

By Joe Pinter, News Editor, @JPinter93

January 24, 1997

St. Bonaventure University’s roots are deeply intertwined with the Catholic Church. The land the campus sits on was originally given to the Church to start a parish. It was then turned into a Franciscan school, opening its door in 1858.

Former bishops and cardinals have held the title of president of the university before. Bonaventure’s current president, Sr. Margaret Carney, O.S.F., is the head of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, and the Association of Franciscan Colleges and Universities. She received her doctorate at the Franciscan University of Rome. 

Anyway, it is clear how connected the university and the Catholic Church are. This was further cemented on this day when the Bonaventure chorus took a trip to a place many Catholics only dream about going to – the Vatican. 

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