The annual novena will take place from 14 to 22 August at Our Lady’s Shrine, Knock on the theme ‘Faith and Family’. Daily ceremonies will be held in the Basilica at 3.00pm and 8.30pm and workshops will take place at 12noon and 6.00pm.

The novena will begin with Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York, who will preach on ‘Faith and Family’.

Archbishop Eamon Martin will preach on the theme “You are a Consecrated Nation, A People Set Apart” on Saturday 15 August. On Sunday 16 August Bishop Kevin Doran will preach on the gift of family.

On Tuesday 18 August Ms Kate Liffey, National Director of the Bishops’ Council for Catechetics will speak about what family life teaches us about faith.

On Friday 21 August Archbishop Michael Neary, Archbishop of Tuam and Father Richard Gibbons, Rector of Knock Shrine will preach about different aspects of Knock Shrine.

Workshops at the novena will focus on ‘Faith at the Kitchen Table’, ‘Passing on the Faith in Family’ and include a workshop on ‘Caring for Marriage in the Family’, which will be delivered by Harry Casey, Executive Administrator of the Bishops’ Conference.

For details of all the speakers and workshops please see below and


Knock Counselling Centre provides a confidential drop-in listening service for pilgrims and visitors to Our Lady’s Shrine of Knock on weekends from April to October.

The Centre is open Saturdays and Sundays, 11am to 5pm, offering people the opportunity to discuss personal issues and difficulties in a caring environment.

For further information call 094 9375032 or visit or just call into the Centre – no appointment needed.  A donation is appreciated towards the provision of this service.