Welcome to DISCERN Institute for Research
on the Signs of the Times


  • The Institute for Research on the Signs of the Times is a research institute forming part of the Archdiocese of Malta. DISCERN undertakes research on the signs of the times as they appear in Maltese society and the local Church, utilising the tools offered by the social sciences. DISCERN publishes research reports, holds public lectures, and provides the evidence necessary for the ecclesial community to better serve its mission. DISCERN was founded in 1993.

Parishes and Covid-19

Together with the Secretariat for Parishes, DISCERN is conducting research on the views of various (a) parish priests and (b) active parishioners, concerning the effects of Covid-19 on parishes across the island. These views are being explored using semi-structured interviews and will be analysed using thematic analysis. This will allow for solid recommendations moving forward. Read more »

Youth Engagement Study

Together with Malta Catholic Youth Network and the Justice and Peace Commission, DISCERN will be conducting survey research looking at various aspects of youth community and political engagement. Read more »

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