St. Bonaventure University

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St. Bonaventure University has more than its share of campus ghosts. Francis Hall, once called Christ the King Seminary, is said to be haunted by the spirits of deceased monks. Devereux Hall is famous for stories of its Black Mass. Legend has it that in the 1960s, the students gathered to conjure a spirit. They were interrupted by a staff member who put a stop to it, but folks still say the Black Mass brought evil spirits to the building. Also, WWI veteran Willie Cooper’s ghost is said to walk Devereux’s back wing where a war memorial once stood, and a ghostly friar jogs up and down the hallways at night. At De La Roche Hall, the ghost of a student killed in a fire is said to turn on the lights late at night on the third floor. Legend has it that he was trying to finish a paper when the fire broke out, and his ghost is attempting to finish his work.

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3261 W State Rd
St Bonaventure, NY 14778
United States

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42.07483801165976, -78.47743535039626
Cattaraugus County, New York
Nearest Towns:
Saint Bonaventure, NY (0.4 mi.)
Allegany, NY (1.4 mi.)
Olean, NY (2.5 mi.)
Westons Mills, NY (5.2 mi.)
Weston Mills, NY (5.4 mi.)
Portville, NY (7.4 mi.)
Limestone, NY (8.5 mi.)
Eldred, PA (9.4 mi.)
Foster Brook, PA (10.0 mi.)
Bradford, PA (11.9 mi.)


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  1. I live in Olean and I come to events and stuff here a lot and just feel eeriness… It’s a creepy place and it’s very old, so I wouldn’t be surprised if it was true.

  2. At St. Bonaventure University, Devereux “Dev” Hall and Francis Hall are rumored to be haunted. In each dorm building, sinks in the rooms turn on by themselves. Many students have said that a light breeze blows through their rooms when the windows are closed, and some even hear whispers at night.

    The third floor of Dev has the “runner,” a ghost of a friar that appears to run through the halls late at night. In the 1960s, a Black Mass was attempted on the fifth floor of Dev but was stopped by a friar. It is rumored that spirits were called to the building and haunt the fourth floor.

    Staff in Francis Hall have seen the apparition of a young man in a plaid shirt while all students are home for breaks. He’s been seen in the basement and stairwells.

    — Amanda Diedrich

  3. I am trying to write an article about hauntings in Cattaraugus County. I have recently written about St. Bonaventure’s roots, so this would tie in nicely. Can I use information from here? Do you have more? Need immediately, or will table for another time if I hear from you too late for press time today. Thanks. Carol Fisher, Ellicottville

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