About St. Bonaventure | Print |

Our Mission

As disciples at St. Bonaventure, we are committed to know Christ better and make Him better known. To k-n-o-w, we are committed to…

Keep connected to our parish community
Nurture the development of faith and knowledge of Christ
Offer to share the Holy Spirit’s gifts of time, talent and treasure
Worship through prayer, Mass and the Sacraments

In carrying out this mission, we will demonstrate the love that we have for God, by the community we create with each other and our response to the needs of our neighbor.

St. Bonaventure Catholic Community

Founded in 1957, St. Bonaventure Catholic Community is the spiritual home of about 2,600 registered families in Contra Costa County in Northern California, drawing mostly from Clayton and Concord.

Strengthened by worship and formed in their faith, our parishioners take seriously their call to bring the light of Christ to the world. Parishioner engagement is not confined to the liturgy. We have a large faith formation program, nearly X ministries, many aimed at meeting the needs of the surrounding community.

A spirit of welcome is a key feature of all that the parish does in faith formation, liturgy, sacraments, and ministry.

The diversity of St. Bonaventure crosses many boundaries including age, culture, economics and language. Young families with children worship side by side with seniors at liturgies that range from quiet and contemplative to joyful and enthusiastic. Gifts are shared as they are given with a variety of invitations to participate and engage in the parish life as able. Liturgies and faith formation programs are offered in English and Spanish to best communicate with our brothers and sisters. 

Over 100 different ministries are active at the parish. These include liturgical ministries, sacramental preparation, faith formation, youth ministries, adult education and spiritual enrichment, and social ministries.

We are an engaging, collaborative, welcoming and diverse parish. We invite all to join us in the spirit of Pope Francis’ words: “the thing the Church needs most today is to heal wounds and to warm the hearts of the faithful.”

Who was Saint Bonaventure?

Born in 1221 in central Italy, St. Bonaventure was given the name "John." As a very young child, St. Francis of Assisi prayed over him to be healed of a serious childhood disease. It was said that St. Francis could intuit peoples’ character; be prophesized about St. Bonaventure’s future greatness. It was St. Francis who coined the expression, O Buona Ventura, which means what "good fortune" he will have. The name stayed with him.

St. Bonaventure entered the Franciscan Order, and after finishing his studies he became close friends with St. Thomas Aquinas while in Paris. For his astute knowledge and vibrant faith, St. Bonaventure is known as a "Doctor of the Church." In addition to theological and philosophical works, St. Bonaventure has left us numerous spiritual treatieses, some of which have been translated into English including the Journey of the Soul to God, Tree of Life, and The Life of Saint Francis.

Although St. Bonaventure was a man of the highest intellectual attainments, he would emphasize that a fool’s love and knowledge of God may be greater than that of a humanly wise man. To reach God, he said, "little attention must be given to reason and great attention to grace, little to books and everything to the gift of God, which is the Holy Spirit." Above all he emphasized charity: "For in truth, a poor and unlearned old woman can love God better than a Doctor of Theology."

St. Bonaventure served as Minister General of the Friars Minor (the Franciscan Order). Bonaventure was nominated as archbishop of York in 1265 by Pope Clement IV, but asked humbly not to be elevated. In 1273, Pope Gregory X obliged him to assume a greater place of honor, that of Bishop-Cardinal of Albano, one of the seven suburb dioceses around Rome. Bonaventure enjoyed special veneration even during his lifetime because of renowned teaching and writing, his preaching of the Word of God, his stainless character, his spiritual power to reconcile opposites, and for the miracles attributed to him.

St. Bonaventure’s Feast Day is celebrated on July 15.

About the St. Bonaventure Logo
The church logo represents the Christ risen.  Within the logo is the Holy Eucharist (head) and the Holy Spirit (body represented by the flame).  Together they form Christ Risen.

Liturgy page Youth Faith Formation Adult Faith Formation Page Latino Ministries page Community-Calendar Administration Page