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Shrine Office, Knock, Mayo,
Mr Pat Lavelle
Knock Shrine in Knock, County Mayo, captures the compelling story of the Knock Apparition of 1879 and tells of the fifteen people who witnessed the event. A full range of facilities are available to visiting pilgrims.
Knock Shrine in Knock, County Mayo is an international place of prayer and pilgrimage where over one and a half million people make their way every year. The story of Knock dates back to the 21st of August 1879 when fifteen people from the village witnessed an apparition of Our Lady, St Joseph, St John the Evangelist, an altar, cross and lamb. Following this miraculous event, numerous cures were reported, the first being that of Delia Gordon, a young girl from the neighbouring town of Claremorris who was cured of deafness. Since then pilgrims have come to Knock in search of healing, reconciliation and peace.
The personal pilgrimage of Pope John Paul 11 in 1979 to commemorate the centenary of the apparition and the visit of Mother Teresa of Calcutta in 1993 inspired an even greater devotion to the shrine.
Today Knock Shrine is set in one hundred acres of beautiful landscaped gardens with meandering pathways and a diverse range of flowers, shrubs and trees. The complex incorporates five churches including the apparition chapel, parish church and basilica, a religious books centre, caravan and camping park, Knock Museum, Café le Chéile and Knock House Hotel.
Services at the shrine include organised pilgrimages, daily masses and confessions, anointing of the sick, counselling service, prayer guidance and youth ministry. The Knock Novena runs in August every year.