St Edmund's College, Cambridge

Unique among the modern Cambridge Colleges, St Edmund’s College Chapel is a Catholic foundation. The Blessed Sacrament is reserved and the liturgy is celebrated according to the Roman Catholic rite. The Dean, Fr Alban McCoy OFM Conv, is a Catholic Priest and available to all members of the College. His office is next to the Chapel or he can be contacted by e-mail (am335@cam.ac.uk & dean@st-edmunds.cam.ac.uk) or by telephone on (3)36123 or, in emergency, on 07887850978.

For full details of Mass times, other liturgical events and guest preachers, please see the Chapel card (pdf)


The Chapel, known for the prayerful simplicity of its architecture and its tranquil atmosphere, is open throughout the year for private prayer. Mass is celebrated for members of the College and guests from other Colleges and the city on Sundays at 10.30am, weekdays from Monday to Friday and Holydays of obligation at 5.30pm, unless otherwise announced. On occasion, there are two daily Masses.

The College chapel, a grade 2 listed building, was designed by Fr.Benedict Williamson, CSSP. It was opened and blessed by Cardinal Francis Bourne, the Archbishop of Westminster, on 16 October 1916 and dedicated by the Right Reverend.Peter Smith, Bishop of East Anglia and an Honorary Fellow of the College, on 25 October 2000. The side-chapels reflect the early history of the College and its benefactors.

A new window depicting the ministry of St Boniface of Crediton (c.675-754), the apostle to Germany, was blessed by Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, Archbishop of Westminster and Visitor of the College, on 21 January 2003. The window, designed and executed by Erica Bauer Bamberg, was donated by Professor Stephen Frowen, a Fellow Commoner of the College, as an expression of Anglo-German friendship.

A warm ecumenical spirit prevails in the chapel, with an annual ecumenical service during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, January 18-25, and an Anglican Eucharist celebrated each term by the Revd. Dr Rodney Holder. Details of these celebrations are listed in the chapel card. Arrangements can be made in consultation with the Dean for other Christian groups to use the Chapel.

The College Chapel is licensed for marriages and many alumni return to College to be married or have their children baptised. The Archbishop of Canterbury's licence is required for Anglicans wishing to be married in the chapel. This is arranged by the Rector of the nearby Parish of the Ascension.

During full term, Vespers, a scriptural meditation, informal discussion and exposition and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament takes place on Wednesdays at 7.30pm. The Organ Scholar directs the Chapel Choir, which is open to members and non-members of the College. Rehearsals are held weekly during full term. Details are posted on the chapel card.

The post of organ scholar was established in 2001. Further information about the chapel and the organ scholarship are available from Dean. There are limited funds available for Roman Catholic priests, secular or religious, enrolled as members of the College.