St Mary’s University launches Edinburgh Campus

St Mary's University, Twickenham, has formally launched its new Edinburgh campus in a boost for Catholic education in Scotland.

Guest, students and staff attended Mass and a reception at the Gillis Centre last night (Wednesday) where courses begin today.

The event began with the celebration of a Votive Mass of the Holy Spirit, a tradition at the beginning of the academic year in Catholic universities all over the world, and included music from St Mary's Cathedral choir.

In his homily, Archbishop Cushley said, "We ask the Lord to bless this new venture abundantly.

"If it is the Lord’s will, we will have begun something that will, in the fulness of time, bring greater strength to Catholic education in our land, and to the greater glory of God."

After Mass, students got the chance to see the newly refurbished classrooms and chat with course leaders and St Mary's staff.

Guests included Bishop Joseph Toal (Motherwell Diocese) and Bishop Richard Moth (Arundel & Brighton Diocese), St Mary’s Chair of Governors, as well as headteachers from local schools.

Bishop Moth said, "This is an important moment in the life of St Mary's and, we pray, in the life of Catholic Education in Scotland.

“It's a wonderful step forward to work with the Archdiocese in assisting the growth of theological study."

St Mary’s Vice-Chancellor Anthony McClaran said, "From the beginning there was an absolute understanding and a commitment between St Mary's and the Archdiocese that we would see this venture come to light.

"That's why it's wonderful to see it happening this evening as we launch St Mary's University here in Edinburgh."

To find out more visit stmarys.ac.uk/Edinburgh

 

Apply now to study at the Gillis Centre in Edinburgh

St Mary's University will start teaching its master’s courses in Theology and Catholic Education this Autumn at the Gillis Centre in Edinburgh, and applications are now open

Students will study a taught postgraduate programme in Catholic Education, School Leadership or Theology.

St Mary’s, established in 1850, has a long history of academic excellence, and students  will be able to access the same expertise throughout their studies.

Vice-Chancellor of St Mary’s University, Anthony McClaran, said, “After the unavoidable delay caused by Covid-19, we are pleased that we will be teaching our Theology and Education postgraduate courses in Edinburgh from September and we encourage people to apply now

"Our courses are open to students of all faiths and none, and our flexible programmes at the Gillis Centre will create new opportunities for mature students, teachers and others across central Scotland.”

Find out more

WATCH: Open evening for Gillis Centre Courses

Course leaders from St Mary's University, Twickenham, showcased the courses available at an online open evening held earlier this week.

Watch below or on YouTube. Visit stmarys.ac.uk/edinburgh for course details.

Gillis Centre to welcome St Mary's students soon!

St Mary's University will start teaching its master’s courses in Theology and Catholic Education this Autumn at the Gillis Centre in Edinburgh, following a delay caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Students will study a taught postgraduate programme in Catholic Education, School Leadership or Theology.

St Mary’s, established in 1850, has a long history of academic excellence, and students  will be able to access the same expertise throughout their studies.

The University and the Archdiocese have agreed arrangements for St Mary’s to occupy part of the Gillis Centre, which houses the offices for the Archdiocese.

'Delighted'

Archbishop Leo Cushley said: “St Mary’s is the UK’s leading Catholic university, so we’re delighted it has agreed to offer courses here.

"It’s an ideal location and is consistent with our Archdiocesan aim for the advancement of Catholic education. It will help support the Roman Catholic community and give people the opportunity to study a fascinating range of subjects.”

"Our courses are open to students of all faiths and none, and our flexible programmes at the Gillis Centre will create new opportunities for mature students, teachers and others across central Scotland."

Speaking of the announcement, Chair of St Mary’s University Board of Governors, Bishop Richard Moth, said, “St Mary’s is very pleased to be working with the Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh.

"Opening a postgraduate campus in Edinburgh is consistent with the mission of the University to promote higher education and to grow our postgraduate offering.”

Flexible

Vice-Chancellor of St Mary’s University, Anthony McClaran, added, “After the unavoidable delay caused by Covid-19, we are pleased that we will be teaching our Theology and Education postgraduate courses in Edinburgh from September.

"Our courses are open to students of all faiths and none, and our flexible programmes at the Gillis Centre will create new opportunities for mature students, teachers and others across central Scotland.”

Find out more

WATCH: Take a video tour of St Mary's Cathedral

Deacons Bobby Taylor and Martin Eckersley present this video tour of the Mother Church of our Archdiocese - St Mary's Cathedral in Edinburgh.

This video was organised by our Catechetics Commission. Parishes are welcome to download an editable Church Tour Booklet template here (please consult your parish priest).

Please keep Bobby and Martin in your prayers ahead of their planned ordination to the priesthood later this year. Please note: recording took place when places of worship were open to the public.

Archdiocese welcomes a special visitor from America

Meet Alex Notte - a young man from the US on a quest to visit as many diocese as possible!

The 25-year-old, from Knoxville in Tennessee, arrived in the Archdiocese with his family and friends this week to visit St Mary's Cathedral, where he received a special blessing from Fr Jamie McMorrin after lunchtime Mass (below left).

Mum Kristine said: "A few years ago he declared his life ambition was to visit as many archdiocese in the world as he can.

"Our son has a passion for the Catholic faith that is a significant part of his life.

"Alex has many disabilities and is not constrained by social norms to live his Catholic faith. Yes, it's childlike, but he has a fervent passion.

"He has spent hours listing and studying the Catholic parishes, ordinations and masses via YouTube and the internet. He sets out each Easter season to pray for the Archdioceses."

The big golf fan also managed to visit the Old Course at St Andrews (right) with Kristine, dad Richard, gran Gabriella and family friends Sankar and Mala Lakshman.

Kristine added: "Through golf he is able to have another community other than his church community.

"Alex is very social and loves to meet leaders in his faith. He once showed compassion at the altar to a priest whose grief was obvious as he described his family. As the rest of us sat quietly, Alex respectfully walked over to extend an arm over his shoulder.  That's just one example of our son’s faith and compassion.

"I do believe Jesus is looking after him. Our mission is to share Alex's love."