Timeline of events and speakers during the 140th anniversary Novena

Timeline of events and speakers during the 140th anniversary Novena


The Novena takes place at 3pm and 8pm each day.

Anointing of the Sick at 2.30pm daily.


Wednesday, August 14

John Bruton

Theme: Faith, Future and Europe

12pm Seminar

John Bruton is a former Irish Fine Gael politician who served as Taoiseach from 1994 to 1997. He was also the EU Ambassador to the US and held various other Leadership and Ministerial roles throughout his career.


Thursday, August 15

Archbishop Rino Fisichella, Rome, Italy

Theme: Mary in the life of the Church

12pm Seminar

3pm and 8pm Novena

Archbishop Rino Fisichella is the President of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelisation. He has served as President of the Pontifical Academy for Life and as President of the International Council for Catechesis since 2013.


Friday, August 16

Olive Foley

Theme: Family and Faith

12pm Seminar

Olive Foley is the mother of two young boys and wife of the late Anthony Foley, the Munster Rugby coach who died suddenly in his sleep at the age of 42 in 2016. Olive is an ambassador for the Children’s Grief Centre in Limerick.


Saturday, August 17

Dr John Feehan

Theme: God in Creation – Learning to read the other Book of Revelation

12pm Seminar

Dr John Feehan is an Irish geologist, botanist, author and broadcaster.  He was a senior lecturer in UCD, where he taught for 20 years. His book on creation spirituality, The Singing Heart of the World won a Nautilus Book Award in 2013.

Alan McGuckian, Bishop of Raphoe

Theme: What Knock means to me

3pm Novena

Bishop Alan McGuckian is a native of Cloughmills, Co. Antrim and has been Bishop of Raphoe since 2017. As a Jesuit priest, he worked in communications for many years. In recent years, Bishop McGuckian ran the Living Church Office in the Diocese of Down and Connor.


Sunday, August 18 

Family Day at Knock Shrine

A day to celebrate all things family throughout the grounds at Knock Shrine. Activities include drumming, kite design, face painting, games and much more! The day begins at 12 noon.

Msgr John Armitage

Theme: Mary and the reality of family life

8pm Novena

Msgr John Armitage is the Rector of the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham, known as ‘The Nazareth of England’. Walsingham has been a place of pilgrimage for almost a thousand years.


Monday, August 19

Carole Coleman

Theme: Motherhood, media and me

3pm and 8pm Novena

Carole Coleman is an experienced multimedia journalist and is currently a presenter and reporter on This Week on RTÉ Radio One.

12pm:  Seminar : New shoots

Knock Youth Ministry

The Youth Ministry Team at Knock Shrine run a vibrant faith centre for school retreats and summer youth programmes. Their aim is to give young people a positive experience of Knock and a powerful encounter with God.


Tuesday, August 20

Rev. Trevor Sargent

Theme: Faith in Action

12pm Seminar

Rev. Trevor Sargent is a Church of Ireland minister and a former Irish Green Party politician who served as Minister of State for Food and Horticulture from 2007 to 2010 and Leader of the Green Party from 2001 to 2007. Trevor was ordained in 2018.


Wednesday, August 21 – 140th Anniversary of the Apparition

Special day of Celebration with Michael Neary, Archbishop of Tuam

Theme: The message of the Knock Apparition then and now

3pm and 8pm

On the 140th Anniversary of the Apparition at Knock, Archbishop Neary will be the main Celebrant at the ceremonies.

12pm Seminar: 19th Century Mayo – Place, people and the Knock Apparition.

Nollaig Ó Muraile and Tom Neary

Irish scholar Nollaig Ó Muraíle published an acclaimed edition of Dubhaltach Mac Fhirbhisigh’s Leabhar na nGenealach in 2004 and was admitted to the Royal Irish Academy in 2009. Tom Neary served as Head Steward of The Knock Shrine Society for many years and is the author of many books and publications on the Knock Apparition.

-The unveiling of the Knock Village Model will take place at the seminar at 12pm

-Knock Museum will unveil a unique and historic model of Knock Village as it was in 1879.

-The Unveiling of the New Processional Statue of Our Lady of Knock which has been carved by Stuflesser Ortesei in Italy will take place at 3pm Mass.

-‘Witnesses’ Walk – Meeting heaven at harvest time’ – celebration and commemoration of the Apparition witnesses takes place at 7pm. Follow in the footsteps of each of the Apparition witnesses as they made their way to the gable of the parish church in August, 1879.


Thursday, August 22

Fr Peter McVerry

Theme: Following the dream of Jesus

12pm Seminar

Fr Peter McVerry is the founder of Peter McVerry Trust, one of the country’s largest organisations responding to the issue of homelessness. In 2017 the charity worked with over 4,900 vulnerable youths.