Cairde Mhuire are Recruiting Volunteers

Knock Shrine Society are Recruiting Volunteers
Join Cairde Mhuire, Knock Shrine Society


“Christ has no body now on earth but yours. No hands but yours. No feet but yours”.

-St Teresa of Avila


Knock Shrine Society was established in 1935 to serve the needs of sick and infirm pilgrims who visit Knock Shrine. The members of the Society have played a central role at Knock Shrine for over 80 years.

Cairde Mhuire members volunteer at the Shrine one Sunday per month during the Pilgrimage season from May to October. Cairde Mhuire means ‘Friends of Mary’, and we come from all over Ireland. The work which is dedicated to Our Blessed Lady of Knock, focuses on serving pilgrims.

In the Basilica, we assist as Ministers of Holy Communion, with Anointing of the Sick, Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament as well as in the Rosary Processions. We ensure that the needs of people with sickness and disabilities are catered for. This is hugely rewarding work, offering  plenty of variety as well as the opportunity to meet new people.

In the Confessional Chapel we welcome pilgrims and guide them to available Priests.  Other duties include assisting with Mass Enrolments, serving refreshments in St John’s Welcome Centre and operating a souvenir shop for convenience of pilgrims. Members are trained in a variety of skills, including First Aid.


How to join

If you would like to join us, contact: John Hynes, President, Knock Shrine Society at 087 689 1422 or email

You may also call to St John’s Welcome Centre any Sunday between 12.00-2pm during the Pilgrimage Season for further information.