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 Supper

Please note there is no Sunday Supper this weekend (17 February) due to the retreat to Pluscarden.                                                                                       

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. The fourth in our series of talks is:

20 Feb: ‘Canon Law: what is it, and why?’, Fr Matthew Carlin, Assistant Priest, St Mirin’s Cathedral, Paisley.

27 Feb: ‘Mercy and Justice: how do we act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with out God?’, Sr Mary Pierre Wilson RSM, Director of Properties, Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh.

13 March: ‘ What does Catholicism give to the Arts?’, Dr Rebekah Lamb, Lecturer in Theology, Imagination & the Arts, University of St Andrews.

3 April: ‘Faith & Fantasy: God in Tolkien’s Lord of The Rings’, Dr Giuseppe Pezzini, Lecturer in Latin, University of St Andrews.

10 April: ‘Politics: a place for Catholics?’, Mr Anthony Horan, Catholic Parliamentary Officer for the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland.

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

Dante Study Group

Our year-long Dante Study Group meets on Thursdays, 7.30pm in Canmore. Attendees should read cantos 15-18 before the class. The group is very kindly led by Dr Rebekah Lamb of St Mary’s College.

Sunday Sung Compline

Some of our students are trying out a new initiative of Sunday Sung Compline in Gregorian Chant, by candlelight, at 8:30pm in St Margaret’s chapel in Canmore. If there is sufficient interest, it will take place each Sunday this term. It may take us a while to get into the swing of things! However, the melodies are simple and easy to grasp. It is a lovely way to end the day. Short practice 8.20pm.