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The Faith Renewal Programme at Knock Shrine offers a variety of day retreats, seminars and music events throughout the year.

Faith Renewal Events Spring/Summer 2023

Lenten Reflections – Weekly Talks with Guest Speakers

Taking place in St. John’s Welcome Centre, Knock Shrine.
Tuesday’s: 7th, 14th and 21st March
8.15pm -9.15pm

Also taking place online on the Watch page.


March 7th – Kieran Cronin
‘Laudato Si: St Francis and Prayer for Ecological Conversion.’
Fr Kieran Cronin is a Franciscan friar, currently ministering in the Abbey, Multyfarnham, Co. Westmeath.


March 14th – Jane Mellett

‘Almsgiving: Responding to the Cry of the Earth and the Poor through Care for Creation.’
Jane Mellett is the Laudato Si’ officer with Trocaire and also works with the Laudato Si Movement. Her role involves exploring with church communities how we can respond to the cry of the earth.


March 21st – John Connell
‘Living more simply in a complex world’

John Connell is an award winning and bestselling author, weekly columnist for the Irish Independent and BBC Radio 4’s A point of view. He is also a playwright and farmer and spends his time between writing projects on his farm in county Longford.

On Thursday 16th March, Knock Shrine will host a special concert celebrating Irish music, heritage and culture at Knock Basilica.

The concert will take place at 8.30pm and will include choral pieces, liturgical music, with traditional hymns to St. Patrick, and contemporary sacred pieces by Irish liturgical composers as well as from the Irish secular tradition of poem, song and dance. Performers include Schola Cantorum Basilicae, Knock Youth Choir, traditional local Irish musicians, set dancers and Sean Nós dancers.

Admission is free. All are welcome.

‘The Spiral and the Cross – symbols of hope through challenging times.’

Day Retreat with Deirdre Ní Chinnéide

Taking place in the Prayer Centre, Knock Shrine
Time: 10am – 4pm
Cost: €30

This retreat will weave together an experience to inspire, nourish and prepare us for the Easter message of Hope.
Using scripture, music, prayer and reflective time, Deirdre guides us on a journey of light through darkness, home to the presence and guidance of God in our everyday lives.

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A Listening Heart is a Ministry to Priest’s programme presented by Knock Shrine. We understand the demands, pressures and challenges of current pastoral life. We offer space, time and a listening ear to the busy priest. You are welcome for a week, a day or a few hours to find time away to rest, reflect and recover your energy.

As part of the Vincentian Ministry to Priests at Knock, we are available for reconciliation, spiritual direction or a simple chat. If you would like any further information, contact us at


Upcoming Retreats

The Knock Shrine / Listening Heart Ministry to Priests Programme

Summer Retreat for Clergy

Taking place at St. Mary’s Knock
A quiet space in the heart of Knock

Sunday Evening July 2nd – to Lunchtime Thursday July 6th  2023

Conducted by Fr. Eric Lozada SDB, International Leader of the Jesus Caritas Fraternity

Booking at

Phone (094)  9388156

Retreats and workshops

The Faith Renewal team at Knock Shrine offers a variety of events based on music, family, parish enrichment and spiritual retreats. Retreats and workshops take place throughout the year and encompass a wide range of topics from art workshops, Scripture, Ignatian spirituality and Sacred music.

These events are aimed at adults and include a series of one-day retreats and workshops to encourage prayer, deepening of faith and spiritual rejuvenation. Take timeout for yourself and join us for some days of quiet prayer, reflection and exploration. Parish groups are welcome and booking is recommended.

For bookings and further information, email or telephone 094 93 75 355