Welcome to Knock, Ireland’s International Eucharistic and Marian Shrine. Here in this special place, we pray with you and for you. Knock has always been a place of welcome, sanctuary and sacredness, for people to join together in prayer and worship.
On the 19 March 2021, Pope Francis officially named Knock as a Eucharistic and Marian Shrine. Giving this honour in a special address, Pope Francis asked that here at Knock Shrine, we accept to always have our arms wide open as a sign of welcome to every pilgrim who may arrive from any part of the world, asking nothing in return but only recognising him as a brother or a sister who desires to share the same experience of fraternal prayer.
It is with great honour that we continue to welcome pilgrims and visitors here every year and share with them a great sense of peace and comfort.
Pilgrimage is a sacred and ancient tradition in Ireland. By leaving ordinary life behind, pilgrims gain time and space for reflection. They join others in a quest to experience the presence of God. They grow in awareness that, on life’s journey, there are no strangers only fellow pilgrims. When you cross the threshold, we welcome you to join us in this journey. We trust that you will leave this sacred place refreshed in faith and renewed in spirit.
Fr. Richard Gibbons, PP
Rector, Knock Shrine
On behalf of the entire team at Knock, I would like to welcome you to Ireland’s International Eucharistic and Marian Shrine. Each year we welcome over a million pilgrims and visitors from all across the world who come to reflect and pray in our uniquely peaceful and beautiful surroundings.
Everyone has their own reason for making the journey to Knock, however long or short. For some, it evokes childhood memories of family visits and a closeness to loved ones. No matter what the reason, we trust that you will leave Knock feeling refreshed and renewed.
All the Staff and Volunteers at Knock Shrine strive to ensure that you feel very welcome and to offer you a friendly and memorable experience.
Please explore our website to check out key places to visit and upcoming events at Knock Shrine.