University of St Andrews Catholic Chaplaincy

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The University of St Andrews Catholic Chaplaincy, known as Canmore,[1] houses the Chaplaincy to Catholics at the University of St Andrews. The current chaplain is the Reverend Father Michael John Galbraith,[2][3] who is also the Parish Priest.[4]


The chaplaincy is based at Canmore, 24 The Scores[1] and opposite the Catholic church of St James.

The chaplaincy has small chapel dedicated to St Margaret of Scotland, who was married to Malcolm III of Scotland (nicknamed Canmore), where the Blessed Sacrament is reserved. During term-time, Wednesday daily Mass of the parish of St James is celebrated in the chapel.

Weekly talks and other events of the Catholic (Canmore) Society are held at the chaplaincy.[5][6]


Canmore was constructed in 1895 and from 1947 it served as a religious house for the White Fathers and subsequently the Brothers of Christian Instruction. In 1964 it was purchased and placed in a trust to serve as a chaplaincy for university Catholics. In the early 1990s, a small community of the Religious of the Assumption helped run the chaplaincy.[1]

Until September 2010, the chaplaincy provided subsidised accommodation for two undergraduate students. The day-to-day management was overseen by the Chaplaincy Warden who was either a postgraduate student or a university academic. The Chaplaincy celebrated its 50th Anniversary in November 2014, with an anniversary mass dedicated to the chaplaincy's patron Saint, St Margaret of Scotland. It was led by Archbishop Leo Cushley, Fr Scott Deeley, Fr Michael John Galbraith (the chaplain as of January 2018), and Fr Andrew Kingham (the former chaplain, and chaplain to Catholics at the University of Stirling as of January 2018).

List of Chaplains[edit]

  • Rev. Mgr. Brian Canon Halloran (1987 - 2010)[7]
  • Rev. Fr. Andrew Kingham (2010 - 2014)
  • Rev. Fr. Michael John Galbraith (2014-)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "St Andrews Catholic Centre". Retrieved 2012-01-04. 
  2. ^ "University of St Andrews Chaplaincy Team". Retrieved 2012-01-04. 
  3. ^ "University Chaplains in Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh". Retrieved 2010-01-05. 
  4. ^ "Parish of St James, St Andrews". Retrieved 2012-01-05. 
  5. ^ "St Andrews Catholic Society". Retrieved 2014-08-11. 
  6. ^ "Sinner Guide to St Andrews - Catholic". Retrieved 2012-01-05. 
  7. ^ "Cardinal name four Monsignors". Scottish Catholic Observer. 10 December 2010. Retrieved 2012-01-05. 

Further reading[edit]

  • King, Peter (1984). The Catholic Church in St Andrews, 1884-1984. 

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