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

Second semester CathSoc Talks

The talks are held every Wednesday 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 welcome. Sunday 22 April: 6.15pm (after Mass).  Cost is only £3 (free if you bring along a side or dessert).  This Sunday’s theme is: Texas night.

25 Apr: ‘GK Chesterton’, Fr Aidan Nichols O.P.

Graduation Mass & Garden Party

Are you graduating this year? We will have our annual Graduation Mass and Garden Party in St James’ on Wednesday 27 June, 7pm onwards.  Do put the date in your diary and invite your family and friends.


Talent Show

Friday 27 April, 8pm in Canmore.  All welcome!

Leavers’ Dinner

Sunday 29 April in Canmore, 6.15pm (after Mass).  Please do join us for dinner to celebrate and say a fond farewell and best of luck to this year’s CathSoc leavers.