About Us

Our Mission in Edinburgh


St Albert’s Catholic Chaplaincy exists to serve Catholic students and staff at the University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh Napier University and Queen Margaret University.

St Albert’s is situated at 23 -24 George Square near the University of Edinburgh’s Main Library.  It is home to the Catholic Students Union (CSU).  It is also a spiritual home to hundreds of university staff and students and to many others as well.
More information about the Chaplaincy.

op-800-celebration-2Our Life as a Community

St Albert’s is a Parish of the Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh and, as well as University students and staff, we welcome families and individuals living locally.  The friars, students and parishioners all contribute to a lively and welcoming parish community, with a Sunday Mass attendance of about 450 men, women and children, over 4 Sunday Masses (3 Sunday Masses outside of term time).

Coffee is served in the garden room after the Sunday morning Masses.  This provides a good opportunity to get know people.  In term time the CSU organises events for students after the 6.15pm Mass and throughout the week.

At St Albert’s many people work together to make the Catholic Chaplaincy a place where

  • the praises of God are sung daily, and all are welcome to join us for Divine Office
  • the sacrifice of the Mass is offered for the needs of the Church and the world
  • a place where friends and strangers are welcomed
  • where people return to the Church
  • and above all, where God’s mercy is preached and lived both in and out of season.

For more information please contact the parish priest or see the newsletter.

dermot-garden-1The Dominican Community

This Catholic Chaplaincy was founded by the Dominican Friars (the Order of Preachers)  in 1931; the friars first came Edinburgh in 1230 (see History).
A group of Lay Dominicans – ordinary lay people who are also members of the Order – meets at the Priory on the first Saturday of the month.
Read more about the Dominican Community

The Albertus Institute

The Albertus Institute for Science, Knowledge and Religion is based at the Chaplaincy. It is organised by lay people with the support of the friars. The Institute, through seminars, lectures and other activities, provides an opportunity for Christians, and in particular Catholics, to enter public debate on topical issues. Further information available at albertusinstitute.org.

Edinburgh Catholic Chaplaincy

The Catholic Chaplaincy serves the students and staff of the University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh Napier University and Queen Margaret University.

The Catholic Chaplaincy is also a parish of the Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh (the Parish of St Albert the Great) and all Catholic students and staff are automatically members of this parish.

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