Iconic St. Joseph’s Oratory is Open…and Will Never Close

At St. Bonaventure University,  the picturesque round St. Joseph’s Oratory has been transformed into a Eucharistic Adoration chapel open to students any time day or night–24/7.

Blessed and Opened
Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Mass at the University Chapel
followed by a Solemn Eucharistic Procession
transferring the Holy Eucharist to St. Joseph’s Oratory 

IMG_5230From that moment on…students are able to relax in the peace of the presence of Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament at any time, away from the distractions of the world, right in the middle of the campus.

How did this historic transformation come about?

This treasured Oratory (history here) is the epicenter of a major new initiative at SBU, The Lateran Center for Catholic Identity. The new center will provide programs aimed at reinforcing the university’s Catholic identity and includes encouraging the unique call of the Spirit in students. Its very first task was to transform the beautiful six-sided St. Joseph’s Oratory into a Eucharistic adoration chapel complete with glass tabernacle, new lighting and security technology.

Fr Ross Chamberland O.F.M., the Lateran Center’s dynamic, young, executive director, explained the rationale behind creating the new adoration chapel:

“Everything associated with the new LCCI, from the establishment of a residence for men discerning priesthood, to retreat development, to various forms of student outreach is rooted in prayer and adoration of the Lord Jesus,” he said, adding, “the Lord is the center of everything we do and who we are, so we start there. If you are familiar with the power of Eucharistic adoration, you know the transformation that awaits not only the individual students who enter through the heavy oak doors but the entire campus community as well.”

Great things do, indeed, come in small packages.


You are invited to become a part of the community engaged in the transformation of this treasured space so that others may be transformed. Browse through the links below to find out more about St. Joseph Oratory’s Eucharistic Adoration Chapel and how you can become involved with the Lateran Center for Catholic Identity.

Bookmark this site to keep up with latest photos and events associated with the Oratory which will be posted regularly.

 Link to MEDIA KIT – photos and text

Many alumni visited the Oratory during Alumni Weekend, 2016!