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

What’s on…    

Sunday Supper
Sunday 25 February: 6.15pm (after Mass). Cost is only £3 (free if you bring along a side or dessert). This Sunday’s theme is: Virginia night.

Second semester CathSoc Talks
The talks are held most Wednesdays at 7.45pm in Canmore after Mass. They are followed by a short Q&A, Night Prayer in the chapel, then a visit to the Russell Hotel for drinks. All students are welcome. This Semester’s series of talks will focus largely on The Lives of the Saints. We are delighted to have as our fourth speaker Ms Odile Rimbert. Odile is a Language Teaching Fellow of the School of Modern Languages in the University of St Andrews and a member of the Institut Notre-Dame de Vie.

28 Feb: ‘St Teresa of Avila’, Ms Odile Rimbert.
7 Mar: ‘St Dominic and the Charism of His Order’, Sr Imelda Ann OP & Sr Anna Christi OP, Dominican Sisters of St Cecilia.
14 Mar: ‘St Benedict of Norcia’, Bishop Hugh Gilbert.  


4 Apr: ‘The Legacy of St John Paul II’, Fr M.J. Galbraith
11 Apr: ‘The Spiritual Vision of St Ignatius’, Fr Gero McLoughlin S.J.
18 Apr: ‘The Importance of the Mass’, Archbishop Leo Cushley.
25 Apr: GK Chesterton’, Fr Aidan Nichols O.P.

If you are a returning student but have never been to Canmore, do be courageous and come along. Get involved! Likewise, if you are a Junior Semester Abroad student, you would be most welcome. We are here for your benefit to help you grow in the knowledge and love of God and of your neighbour.