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Mount Irenaeus, the Franciscan mountain retreat affiliated with St. Bonaventure University and open to all faiths, is celebrating its 20th anniversary.

Students and parents held a weekend retreat recently as part of the annual October observance of the Mountain Family Weekend, according to Father Dan Riley, one of the co-founders of Mount Irenaeus. He said a church is slowly being rebuilt and, "The Mountain is growing because the students care about the church and they care about others."

Medals were presented to 13 people who were early founders and supporters of the Franciscan Mountain Retreat, special Masses and a dinner and a talk by Dr. Susan Abraham, an assistant professor of theology, were part of the celebration.

The land for the mountain retreat, about 20 miles east of campus, was offered for purchase in 1984 by a couple in West Clarksville who learned about the search for property.

Currently, six cabins are in use, including the renovated original house and the House of Peace, a 10-room lodge offering space for fellowship and meals as well as overnight lodging. Over the academic year, more than 300 students, faculty, and staff will travel the 35-minute trek to the mountain on weekday evenings and weekends.

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