The Catholic Chaplaincy for the University of St Andrews
of the Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh

Welcome to the University Chaplaincy at Canmore.

The Catholic Chaplaincy, which is in the care of the Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh, is open to all students and staff at the University. Canmore, the Chaplaincy building, is directly opposite the church on the Scores.

The Chaplain is Fr Michael John Galbraith, the Parish Priest of St James’. If you want to talk to him, he is very approachable and can be found just across the road in the Presbytery.

For further information:

University Chaplaincy Facebook:

Come in and look around

Sunday 12.00 noon to 9.00 pm
Monday to Friday 9.00 am to 9.00 pm
Saturday 10.00 am to 9.00 pm

There is a main reception room, a kitchen where you can make drinks or snacks, a library, and a chapel in which the Blessed Sacrament is reserved. Many of the rooms have stunning views over the West Sands and the sea. The building has recently undergone a programme of major renovation.

Regular events in Canmore:

Wednesday evening:  There is usually a Mass in Canmore on Wednesday evening at 7.00pm.

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is usually available before this Mass.

The Catholic Society (CathSoc)

The Catholic Society, or CathSoc, is affiliated to the Student Association. It is run by students and organises many events during term time.  These include a weekly talk on Wedesday evenings and many social events.

For further information:

CathSoc website:

Facebook page:

Twitter handle:  @StAndrewsCathso

Thank you!   

A big thank you to Siobhan Patrick (ex-president of CathSoc) and her committee team who have organised all the CathSoc events this past academic year.  The AGM took place on Friday 5 April and a new committee has been elected:

President:                   Emilija Barteskaite
Vice President:           Stuart Campbell
Secretary:                   Michaela Wong
Treasurer:                   Nathan Boynes
Social Media:              Ethan Tumilty
Assisting Officer:        Sean Hegarty
Social Officer:             Clark Cossin
Postgraduate:             James Castro
(Publishing Officer and Networking Officer pending)

CathSoc is one of the most active societies on campus with several events every week and numerous other events throughout the year.  Please do support that new committee and our future events as best you can. ‘Ad majorem Dei gloriam!’

What’s on… 

Easter Potluck Lunch

Sunday 21 April: following 11am Easter Sunday Mass. Please bring a dish of your choice (main/dessert, meat/vegetarian). We hope to have a variety of dishes for everyone to enjoy!

CathSoc Ball – Raffle Donations

The annual CathSoc Ball will be held on Friday 3 May, with all proceeds from the evening’s raffle going to Mary’s Meals. Any raffle donations, big or small, would be greatly appreciated. Please speak to Fr Galbraith or email Sorcha Wood with donation details. Thank you!

Graduation Mass & Garden Party

Are you graduating this year?  We will have our annual Graduation Mass & Garden Party in St James’ on Wednesday 26 June, 7pm onwards.  Do put the date in your diary and invite your family and friends.

Second Semester CathSoc Talks

Our final talk at Canmore for this semester is:

24 April: ‘ What is “the joy of Easter”?, The Dominican Sisters of St Cecilia, Elgin   

Dante Study Group    

The Dante Study Group will have its final meeting this Thursday at 7.30pm in Canmore.  It will be led by Dr Rebekah Lamb of St Mary’s College.