Tributes have been paid to Bishop John Mone, former Bishop of Paisley, who died Friday 14 October aged 87.


Bishop John Keenan, current Bishop of Paisley has issued the following statement:


"We announce the sad news that Bishop John Mone died peacefully this morning just before 6.00am in the Holy Rosary Residence, Greenock.  He was taken unwell an hour or so before and passed away tranquilly.


Bishop John was a holy man of God who was a gentle and faithful pastor of his people and who was dearly loved by the faithful, clergy and religious of Paisley diocese.  May he rest in peace.


Our condolences go to his family who will thank God for his good life along with the people of the diocese. Our heartfelt gratitude to Mother Stephen, the sisters and staff of the Holy Rosary Residence who cared for him lovingly to the end.  Bishop John was given special spiritual care by Mons. Gerry Gallagher and we remember him too in our prayers." 




Peter Kearney


Catholic Media Office

5 St. Vincent Place


G1 2DH

0141 221 1168

07968 122291



Notes to Editors


  1. A picture of Bishop Mone is available to download here

      2.  The date of Bishop Mone’s funeral will be advised in due course.

      3.  Biography:


Born in Glasgow, 22nd June 1929, John Aloysius Mone was educated at Holyrood Secondary School, Sulpician seminaries in France of Issy-les-Moulineaux and Paris, Institut Catholique, Paris.


He was ordained priest in Glasgow, 12th June, 1952.


He served as:


Assistant Priest, St. Ninian’s, 1952 – 74

Assistant Priest, Our Lady and St. George, 1975-79

Parish Priest, St. Joseph’s, Tollcross, 1979-84

Scottish National Chaplain, Girl Guides, 1971

Chairman, Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund, 1974-75

Episcopal Vicar, Marriage, 1981-83

Chairman, Glasgow Catholic Marriage Advisory Council, 1981-83

Chairman, Scottish Catholic Marriage Advisory Council, 1982-84

Director, Ministry to Priests programme, 1982-84

Nominated titular bishop of Abercorn (and auxiliary bishop), 24 April 1984

Ordained by Thomas Joseph Winning, Archbishop of Glasgow in Holy Cross Church, Glasgow 14 May 1984

President, Justice and Peace (Scotland), 1987

Translated to Paisley, 8 March 1988

President and Treasurer, Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund, 1988

President, Scottish Catholic Marriage Care, 1993

President, Pastoral and Social Commission, 1996

Retired, 7th October 2004, residing on The Esplanade Greenock and latterly at the Little Sisters of the Poor, Greenock. 

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