Groups and associations

Groups and associations

Welcome to the Catholic Chaplaincy! Here’s a brief guide to some of the groups that are active within our community— mostly based in Turnbull Hall. There is something for everyone! Turnbull Hall is ALIVE! We always seek to involve as many people as possible in the life of the Chaplaincy, so please get involved!

There are plenty of ways to be involved with your Faith at Glasgow University. The Glasgow University Catholic Association (GUCA) is one of Glasgow University's top student societies, and we are among the biggest and best Catholic Associations in the UK. Much of our activity centres around our four main groups:

  • The 'CathSoc' meets every Tuesday evening at 6.00pm. Each meeting begins with Benediction in the chapel and features a catechetical talk or discussion, followed by a trip to the pub. Contact Conor conorgildea288@gmail.com and Carter carterelyon@gmail.com
  • Our Society of St Vincent de Paul (SSVP) group, who meet fortnightly on Mondays at 5pm and are committed to expressing our love of God through personal service to our neighbours and providing outreach to people facing hardship issues. We arrange collections of every Sunday at Mass and assist with any hardships whether it be by providing food, financial assistance or friendship. Contact Julian Carson turnbullssvp@gmail.com
  • Our Legion of Mary, meeting every Monday at 6pm. The Legion is a lay apostolic association with the aim to glorify God through the holiness of its members developed by prayer and active co-operation in Mary’s and the Church’s work.This includes visitation of families and the sick; both in their homes and in hospitals and through collaboration in every apostolic and missionary undertaking supported by the parish. Contact Giuseppe OurLadySeatOfWisdomGlasgow@gmail.com
  • Girls' Prayer group meets fortnightly on Wednesdays at 6pm in the TV room. The Girls’ Prayer Group aims to build community among female Catholic students by helping and challenging each other to achieve holiness through prayer and discussion. We meet on Wednesdays at 6pm in the TV Room. Contact Aoife aoifeong@hotmail.com and Miriam miriam.doherty.15@gmail.com

In addition to this, we also have much, much more going on, including high-profile social events throughout the year. Feel free to get involved- in any capacity that you wish- and you'll be made to feel welcome. Embracing a strong and positive community of other young Catholics when you're a student is something that can give you a solid foundation for life.

So get in touch, either through facebook at 'Glasgow University Catholic Association' or on twitter (@GUCatholic), or by popping in and speaking to someone personally. GUCA is based at Turnbull Hall.

Glasgow Faith Forum

Returning this year is the Glasgow Faith forum. Meeting several times a semester on a Thursday evening, each event consists of a Talk on an element of the Catholic faith, followed by an opportunity to socialise, ask questions, and finally pray together before an optional jaunt to the pub. ‘The essential mark of the Faith Movement is to offer within the Church a new insight into the Catholic faith based on a synthesis of contemporary science and divine revelation, which re-vindicates the primacy of Jesus Christ over all creation, throughout history, culture and society, and within every human person.’ Keep updated on Facebook @GlasgowFaith Forum or @Glasgow University Catholic Association. Contact Fr Ross Campbell Ross.Campbell.2@glasgow.ac.uk

The Knights of St Columba

The Knights of St. Columba is a Catholic Confraternity for Men which is dedicated to the service and defence of the Church based on the principles of Charity, Unity and Fraternity. The Knights engage in service of the poor and needy through work and fundraising, also working to promote the unity of the Church and her teachings. This is all done in a spirit of fraternity, to share the joys and sufferings of the Christian life with one another as Brothers. The Chaplaincy has a University Cell for the Knights of St. Columba which meets frequently for social events, charitable works and recollections. Contact Jamie McGowan, Chairman jamie.mcgowan@hotmail.co.uk