The Catholic Students’ Union aims to enable members to meet, work and celebrate in the spirit of the Catholic tradition. We hope to provide opportunities for deepening the understanding of the Catholic faith and to facilitate social events for our members and others.
The CSU is based at the heart of the Edinburgh University campus at the St. Albert’s Catholic Chaplaincy, 23 George Square. A home away from home, the Chaplaincy’s open common room with plenty of tea, coffee and free WiFi often becomes a busy meeting place for students. With numerous weekly events during term time, such as daily lunchtime Mass, Midweek Meal or Bible Readings, the CSU has always something going on!
The Chaplaincy is part of the Parish of St Albert the Great; a Dominican Priory. The friars bring their tradition of religious life to their care for students and staff at the University and are available for a chat or to give advice throughout the week, as well as to celebrate the Sacraments. St. Albert’s is also home to the lay Dominicans as well as the Rovers’ Scout Clan.
Like any good student society and in keeping with the Catholic spirit, we enjoy food and drink: lunches, barbecues and evening meals. We also organise three black tie events throughout the year (St. Andrew’s Night, Burns Night and May Ball) which include three-course meals, ceilidhs and evening entertainment.
In the Chapel, the Sunday Student Mass brings us together in prayer and worship. We also have an active choir group, which meets during the week and before Mass on Sunday; we heartily welcome new members! Throughout the week, we have a Praise & Worship group which meets to sing, pray and reflect on the Gospel, as well as our CSU Rosary group which meets on Fridays (and Wednesday lunchtimes at King’s Buildings). Each term we go on at least one retreat to learn more about our faith, spend time in front of the Eucharist, and get to know each other through group discussions and games.
For further information about our EUSA Society Consitution, you can read it in full here.
Find out more!
The first video, “We Are Catholic”, describes young people’s experiences of their Catholic faith at World Youth Day in Madrid 2011 and the second is a video exploring life of a Dominican.
Please browse through our website and take a look at our What’s On page to find out about our upcoming events and please feel welcome to come and join us at anytime!