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Bishop John Keenan to launch discernment initiative for young Catholics

1+1>2 project will encourage young people to engage with their faith and fully realise God’s calling to their vocation in life

A new initiative that seeks to harness the energy and talent of young Catholics is to be launched on Wednesday by Bishop John Keenan of Paisley (above).

The 1+1>2 discernment initiative will encourage Scotland’s youth to spend one hour a week at Mass and one hour practising some form of community prayer, ministry or service commitment.

The launch event, to be held in St Mirin’s Cathedral Halls, Paisley, will encompass a talk and catechism from the bishop, followed by a Q&A to allow those in attendance to ask any questions about the project.

Fr Frank Hannigan, vocations director for Paisley, said the aim of the initiative is to help young people consider what God is calling them to do with their lives, talents and future, and said the event is designed for young people of all ages—from secondary school pupils to university students.

“Even if you are in second or third year at school you can do things in the life of your parish,” he said. “We believe if young people attend mass each week and they commit to some form of community prayer or ministry they will provide something greater for themselves and the Church and they will gain something spiritually, more than just wasting two hours—not that Mass is a waste of time!”

Fr Hannigan is hoping a large number of people will decided to attend.

“If I got 30 young people that I never seen before I would be delighted,” he said. “And if I got a hundred I would be amazed!”

The 1+1>2 launch event will take place at 7.30pm Wednesday May 28 in St Mirin’s Cathedral Halls. All young people and young adults are welcome to an evening of prayer, sharing and fellowship.


—Anyone wishing to attend or discover more can register your interest by emailing




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