Knock Shrine in Co. Mayo is an international place of prayer and pilgrimage where over one and a half million people make their way every year. The story of Knock dates back to the 21st of August 1879 when fifteen people from the village witnessed an Apparition of Our Lady, St. Joseph, St. John the Evangelist, an altar, cross and Lamb. There were fifteen official witnesses to the apparition – young and old – who watched and prayed for two hours in the pouring rain. Two Commissions of Enquiry, in 1879 and 1936, accepted their testimony as trustworthy and satisfactory.
The personal pilgrimage of Pope John Paul 11 in 1979 to commemorate the centenary of the Apparition and the visit of Mother Teresa of Calcutta in 1993 inspired an even greater devotion to the Shrine.
Today Knock Shrine is set in one hundred acres of beautiful landscaped gardens with meandering pathways and a diverse range of flowers, shrubs and trees. The complex incorporates five churches including the Apparition Chapel, Parish Church and Basilica, a Religious Books’ Centre, Caravan and Camping Park, Knock Museum and Café le Chéile.
Services at the Shrine include organised pilgrimages, daily Masses and Confessions, Anointing of the Sick, Counselling Service, Prayer Guidance and Youth Ministry. The Knock Novena runs from 14 – 22 August every year.
Ireland’s National Marian Shrine, Knock, Co. Mayo, Ireland.
Tel: +353 (0) 94 9388100
Things to Do at Knock Shrine
1. View site of Apparition
In 1879, 15 people from the village of Knock in Co. Mayo witnessed a miraculous Apparition on the gable wall of the Parish Church. Visit the site of this Apparition and see a reconstruction of the Apparition scene, touch the original stone from the gable wall and see the Golden Rose presented by Pope John Paul 11 in 1979.
2. Visit Knock Museum
Visit the Knock Museum and find out what happened on that memorable evening in August 1879. Learn about the witnesses to the Apparition and see how they lived. Listen to the personal stories of some of the many pilgrims who have come to Knock since 1879 and read of the many reported cures.
3. Avail of walking tour of Knock Shrine grounds
A guided walking tour of Knock Shrine grounds is a must when visiting Knock. This tour takes in all places of historical interest in the Shrine grounds including the Apparition Gable, Knock Parish Church, Basilica and Chapel of Reconciliation, all set in beautifully landscaped grounds.