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: AndrewsCatholic Society/

Twitter handle:  @StAndrewsCathso





What’s on… 

Welcome to CathSoc!  If you have still to join, Membership to the Society is open to all students, University staff and parishioners and guarantees entry to our events and discounts from our sponsors. Membership: £5.00.

Forthcoming CathSoc Talks

All students welcome. 7.45pm, Canmore, after the 7pm Mass. Talk followed by brief Q&A, Night Prayer and social time at the Russell Hotel. The next talk is as follows:

19 Feb: (4pm, venue tbc): ‘Catholicisim and Music’, Sir James MacMillan, Composer, Professor of Theology, Imagination and the Arts, School of Divinity, University of St Andrews.

4 March: ‘Psychology and the Spiritual Life: Some Catholic Insights on Mental Health’, Dr Christopher Wojtulewicz, Lecturer in Theology, Maryvale Institue. Free Research Associate, Catholic University of Leuven.

11 March: ‘The Noonday Devil: The Problem of Boredom in the Christian Life’, Dr Rebekah Lamb, Lecturer in Theology, Imagination and the Arts, School of Divinity, University of St Andrews.

1 April: ‘Private Values in Public Life’, Dame Helen Ghosh DCB, Former Director General of the National Trust. Master of Balliol College, Universiry of Oxford.

15 April: ‘Defending Thomas More: Why Hilary Mantel gets him so wrong!’ Professor Richard Rex, Professor of Reformation History, Head of the School of Arts & Humanities, Queen’s College, University of Cambridge.

22 April: ‘Inquisitors, Confessors and Laymen: How Confession and Community preserved Catholicism during the Reformation and will maintain the Faith in Modern Europe’. Dr Jessica M Dalton, School of History, University of St Andrews.

Newman Study Group

Our Newman Study Group meets on Thursdays, 7.30pm, Canmore. All welcome.  Enquiries: contact Dr Rebekah Lamb