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.

Re-freshers’ Week Events in Canmore

Sun 26 Jan: Sunday Supper, 6.15pm (after Mass). Cost: £3.

Mon 27 Jan: Pub Crawl, meet 8pm in Canmore.

Wed 29 Jan: First semester talk, 7.45pm (after Mass).

Thurs 30 Jan: Wine & cheese evening, 7pm, Canmore.

Fri 31 Jan: Quiz, Night starting 8pm in Canmore.

Sun 2 Feb: Refreshers’ Fayre 12noon to 5pm, Students Association and Sunday Supper 6.15pm.

Forthcoming CathSoc Talks

An exciting series of talks is planned for the coming semester. 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 returning and new (junior semester abroad) students are welcome.

29 Jan: ‘Who’s feet do you wash?: Catholicism & Community’, Professor Stephen Biello, Professor of Neuroscience and Biopsychology, Deputy Head of the School of Psychology, University of Glasgow.

5 Feb: ‘The Life of Blessed Bernhard Lichtenberg’, Dr Peter King, Senior Lecturer (retired), The Institute of Medieval Studies, University of St Andrews.

12 Feb: ‘The Theological Anthropology of St John Paul II’, Dr Mary Stevens, Honorary Research Fellow, School of Divinity, University of St Andrews.

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

The group will recommence on Thursday 6 February, 7.30pm, Canmore. All welcome. Enquiries: contact Dr Rebekah Lamb