To become a member of
'Cairde Mhuire'

Contact John Hynes
President, Knock Shrine Society
Tel: (087) 689 1422


'Cairde Mhuire' - Our Lady's volunteers

The 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.

Become a Volunteer

Join Cairde Mhuire, Knock Shrine Society


Our Society has been in existence since 1935. We volunteer at the Shrine one Sunday per month during the Pilgrimage season from May to October. We are known as Cairde Mhuire (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.


“Christ has no body now on earth but yours. No hands but yours. No feet but yours”. St Teresa of Avila


Our dedicated members

The members of Cairde Mhuire are committed to serving at the Shrine, one day per month during the pilgrimage season.

This opportunity is open to all men and women over 18 who wish to share their time and be of service to the Sick and Infirm and to assist in the Eucharistic and Liturgical services.

For further information, contact: John Hynes, President, Knock Shrine Society at 087 689 1422 or email