Faith Renewal Spring /Summer Events

The next series of faith renewal events at Knock will begin in February and will offer a variety of events based on art, music, family, parish enrichment and spiritual retreats.

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.



‘Stabat Mater Dolorosa: a day of reflection on the mother of Jesus at the foot of the Cross’

Saturday 17th February 

The mater dolorosa was portrayed by Fra Angelico in many of his pained narratives of the crucifixion. Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater Dolorosa describes the Blessed Mother’s unwavering strength as she stands at the foot of the Cross.

Fr Michael Dunleavey, OP will deliver a lecture entitled ‘A Day of Reflection on the Mother of Jesus at the foot of the Cross’. The presentation will offer a unique interpretation of one of the most poignant moments in the life of the Blessed Virgin Mary using the art of Fra Angelico and music from Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater Dolorosa.

Facilitator: Fr Michael Dunleavey, OP
Location: Prayer Guidance Centre
Time: 11am-3pm
Cost: €30 includes lunch



‘Quiet Days for Busy People’ Day Retreats


Sat 24th Feb  

‘Do You Really Love Me?’

The need to love and to be loved is an essential part of being human. The experience of love can bring joy, peace and a sense of wellbeing – think of the love between a mother and her child. From our earliest years we have been told that God loves each one of us, do I believe this? Is it something I know in my head or something I know in the depths of my heart?



Sat 24th March

‘Looking towards the Light!’

Each one of us, at some time or another, experience dark times in our lives. As we journey through Holy week towards Easter we see the hurt and shame transformed by the light of God’s love.



Saturday 28th April

‘New Life’

As we look around us we can see how winter has given way to spring, how what looked like death is now bursting with new life. The whole of creation reveals God to us, we just need to slow down and become aware of his presence with us.




These retreats are open to all and newcomers are always welcome.

Facilitators: Knock Shrine Prayer Guides
Location: Prayer Guidance Centre, Knock Shrine
Time: 11am -3pm
Cost: €30 Includes lunch at Knock House Hotel


Choir Workshop

Wednesday 28th February 

The Irish Church Music Association will facilitate this evening workshop. ‘A Joy for the World’ is the official hymn for the World Meeting of Families 2018, composed by young Irish composer Ephrem Feeley. The workshop will provide choirs with music and resources to help them prepare for the World Meeting of Families in August. Choirs are advised to book in advance.

Facilitators: Irish Church Music Association
Location: Blessed Sacrament Chapel
Time: 7.30pm
Cost: €10 per participant






Getting the Most Out of Holy Week

Saturday 10th March

This workshop will explore the whole of Holy Week from Palm Sunday to Holy Saturday Morning as a time of personal reflection, but also as the busiest week in parish life. There will be helpful hints for Altar Societies, Ministers of the Word and Eucharist and for all who wish to enter into the week more deeply. Resources will be provided. All are welcome.

Colette Furlong has a Master Degree in Theology with a specialisation in Liturgy, and is Catechist to the Sligo Parishes Cluster.

Facilitator: Colette Furlong
Location: Knock House Hotel
Time: 11am-3pm
Cost €30 includes lunch






‘Art as a Doorway to the Divine’

Saturday 14th April

Workshop with artist Róisín de Búitléar and poet John F. Deane







Join Róisín de Buitléar as she shares the ideas, design process and development behind her commissioned work ‘Pilgrimage’ for Knock Basilica. The two glazed corridors at the entrance to the Basilica were completed over a two year period, and was a project of collaboration with the Shrine and awared-winning Architects, A&D Wejcherts, Dublin.

Poetry Workshop with John F. Deane

How a poem happens. How a poem works. What is inspiration? How to read a poem. How is it constructed, put together? Language. Imagination. What is the deep value of poetry, especially in a spiritual context? These questions will be addressed.

Using two of his own poems, John F. Deane will illustrate how a poem may be created, read and understood. The workshop will hope to offer new insights into poetry as a whole, inspiration, method, technique and outlook. Participants will be easily encouraged to follow the process into a new awareness of reading and writing poetry, with a special emphasis, in this case, on a poetry of faith.

Time: 11am-4pm
Location: Knock House Hotel
Cost: €30 includes lunch

(Early booking advised)




Family Day 
Sunday the 19th of August

Youth Ministry Knock Shrine








Mark your diary for a special day here in Knock Shrine to celebrate all things family. Come and enjoy a day full of music, dance, art and crafts, games, fun workshops, and much more for all ages. 

This event will be just one part of the National Novena to Our Lady of Knock which takes place from the 14th-22 August and prior to the World Meeting of Families taking place in Dublin from the 21st-25th August 2018.

Further details to follow! See or contact the Youth Ministry / HUB on (094) 93 75321  or email:

Booking Information
To find out more or book your place at one of the Faith Renewal Events phone (094) 93 75355 or email


Other Upcoming Events

Scripture Summer School

13th – 17th June

Listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches! As hearers of the Word, we explore the Word of God, with open hearts, open minds and open lives.

For more information, contact the Prayer Guidance Centre:

T: (094) 93 88100 /E:



Jesuit Week / Week of Ignatian Spirituality

Monday 23rd July – Wednesday 1st August

‘Your Life, Your Story, Your Pathway to God’

An Ignatian Spirituality Week that includes an 8-Day Preached Retreat led by Fr. Dermot Mansfield SJ, Guided Prayer Sessions (3 times daily) directly linked to the Retreat; Led by Knock Prayer Guides, talks on Key Ignatian Themes (twice daily), Spiritual Guidance available (on request) and daily Basilica Mass (3pm) and Homily.

God takes an interest in each one of us, in every life – a personal interest in the ordinary daily realities and in our deepest longings. Each of us has a story to tell and in that story God is present, calling us to listen and learn. Prayer is about listening as well as speaking. It doesn’t do away with the struggles of life, but it helps us to see that the One who created us wants to guide us and to give us courage and a sense of peace. This is what the Jesuit way of prayer is all about.

This week will be facilitated by Terry Howard SJ (Belfast), Eddie Cosgrove (Galway) & Dermot Mansfield SJ (Dublin)

For more information, contact the Prayer Guidance Centre:

T: (094) 93 88100 /E: