Tuesday 18 March 2014
Ordination of new Bishop of Paisley
The Episcopal Ordination of Fr John Keenan as the new Bishop of Paisley will take place at St. Mirin s Cathedral in Paisley on Wednesday 19 March 2014 at 7pm.
Speaking ahead of his Episcopal Ordination Bishop Elect Keenan said;
I know Paisley is a wonderful diocese with good priests and people full of faith. I am looking forward to being with my brother priests, many of whom I already know really well, and getting to know the people and the parishes of the diocese. I hope just to settle in and listen a lot.
The new Bishop will be consecrated by Archbishop Philip Tartaglia of Glasgow and the co-consecrators will be Archbishop Leo Cushley of St. Andrews & Edinburgh and Bishop John Mone, former Bishop of Paisley.
The Papal Nuncio, HE Archbishop Antonio Mennini, will attend, representing Pope Francis.
In a first for a Scottish Diocese, the Diocese of Paisley has produced a 16 minute biographical video production comprising interviews with the new Bishop. The film is designed to introduce Bishop Elect Keenan to the Diocese of Paisley and will be shown in the Cathedral and relayed to both the Cathedral Halls and the Lagoon Leisure Centre in Paisley, which will act as overspill venues. The film will be shown at 6.00pm.
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Notes to Editors:
1. You are invited to send a reporter/photographer to the ordination on Wednesday 19 March 2014 at 7pm. The Cathedral will be open from 5.30pm an introductory video on Bishop Elect Keenan will be shown at 6.00pm. There will be a procession of Civic and Ecumenical guests at 6.40pm and the Mass of Ordination will begin at 7.00pm. St. Mirin s Cathedral has a capacity of 1,000, while overspill accommodation will be provided in the Cathedral Halls (550) and The Lagoon Leisure Centre (1,000) live audio & video relays of the ceremony will be provided to both.
2. The Diocese of Paisley has been vacant since September 2012, when Bishop Philip Tartaglia became Archbishop of Glasgow. Fr David Boyd has been the Administrator of the Diocese in the interim.
3. Biography - Bishop Elect John Keenan: DOB 19/12/64 Born and Baptised: St Joseph's, Cowcaddens , then St Gregory's, Wyndford. School: St Gregory's Primary, Shrigley Salesian College, Cheshire. University of Glasgow (1984-88); Ll.B Gregorian University Rome (1988-95); S.T.B., Ph.L
Parishes: Christ the King, Kingspark (1995-2000) and Chaplain at Holyrood (1997-2000) Lecturer in Philosophy, Scotus College (1995-2005) University of Glasgow Chaplain (2000-2014) and Parish Priest, St Patrick's, Anderston (2013-14) Vocations Director, Archdiocese of Glasgow (2013-14)
4. Bishop Elect John Keenan will become Scotland s youngest Bishop following his Episcopal Ordination on 19 March.
5. The Diocese of Paisley 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 of Scotland.
6. The appointment of Bishop Elect John Keenan, is the third Scottish Episcopal appointment made by Pope Francis since his election on 13 March 2013. He appointed Archbishop Leo Cushley as Archbishop of St. Andrews & Edinburgh on 24 July 2013 and Bishop Stephen Robson as Bishop of Dunkeld on 11 December 2013.