• Welcome

      Welcome to the website of the Diocese of Paisley. The Diocese was established in 1947 to serve the Roman Catholic Community within Inverclyde, Renfrewshire & East Renfrewshire (excluding Thornliebank). Although a small Diocese in geographical terms, the Diocese serves an eighth of the Catholic population in Scotland. Our Bishop is Rt. Rev. John Keenan, the fifth Bishop of Paisley. His Episcopal Ordination took place in St. Mirin's Cathedral on 19th March 2014.

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      Bishop John will look at the question, "What is Catechesis?", followed by some prayer and food and conversation. All those who attended the launch event will receive invites and we would be very happy if anyone else would like to come along to what will now be a monthly event. Open to young men & women from across the Diocese interested in building up the Church and looking at how they can help.

      Please register your interest by emailing curia@rcdop.org.uk or liking the Facebook Page: Diocese of Paisley Vocations.

    • Rite of Candidacy

      At the Pontifical Scots College in Rome, on Sunday 18th May, Matthew Carlin from the Diocese of Paisley was made a candidate for ordination to the priesthood alongside Jamie McMorrin from the Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh.

      Both students are in their third year of theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University, and are preparing to move into the next cycleof studies.

      The rite was presided over by Archbishop Philip Tartaglia who reminded the congregation that he felt he had a close link with both seminarians. He had been the Bishop of Paisley when Matthew was accepted for seminary, and for a brief while, he had apostolic responsibility for the Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh.

      Being candidates, both seminarians have been recognised as being worthy of ordination to the priesthood.

      Please remember these young men in your prayers.

      Pictured are: Vice-Rector Fr Dan Fitzpatrick, Matthew Carlin (5th year), Ryan Black (1st year), Jonathan Whitworth (4th year), all of the Diocese of Paisley. 

    • Bishop John's Exhortation at the End of His Episcopal Ordination
      At the end of his words of thanks at his Ordination, Bishop John gave some words that express his hope as he begins his ministry as Bishop of Paisley

    • Get to know our new Bishop
      This video was played in St. Mirin's Cathedral before Bishop John's Ordination. It give an insight into his life as a priest, the people who have influenced him and joy of his ministry. Some students from Turnbull Hall also speak about his 14 years as Chaplain to Glasgow University

    • Bishop John's Ordination

      On Wednesday evening, 19th March, the Solemnity of St. Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church, Bishop John Keenan, our new bishop,  was ordained by Archbishop Philip Tartaglia, Archbishop Leo Cushley and Bishop John Mone. 

      The numbers wishing to attend had been anticipated to be very high indeed. With a full Cathedral and with extra provision in the Cathedral halls and at Arena at the Lagoon Centre, a congregation of over 2,000 people participated in the Mass of Ordination.