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Our Lady of Knock Shrine, Mayo, Quebec

Our Lady of Knock Shrine – The geographical location and panoramic setting of Mayo, Quebec is very close to the landscape of the original shrine in Knoc , Ireland . The people of this municipality are descendants of the early Irish settlers from County Mayo . Father Braceland, who was appointed pastor in 1949, was inspired to erect a replica of Our Lady of Knock Shrine in Canada . The planning, building and equipping of the Shrine took five years. It was designed by an Ottawa artist, Bruno Duceshi. On July 16, 1955, the new shrine was blessed and formally opened by His Excellency, Most Rev. J.J. Lemieux, D.D., Archbishop of Ottawa.

The story of the apparition and a devotion to Our Lady of Knock was brought to Eastern Canada as early as 1882. This is how the pastor’s housekeeper related the event as it happened: “On the evening of the 21 of August 1879, Our Lady, St. Joseph and St. John the Evangelist appeared at the south gable of the church of Knoc . The vision also included an altar on which there stood a lamb and a Cross. The apparition lasted approximately two hours. Not a word was spoken. No particular message was given to the fifteen people who beheld the vision”. This devotion continues and is still evident today, not only in Ireland , but also at our annual pilgrimage and those who visit during the year.

Our Lady of Knock Shrine is open to the public for personal prayer.

The Annual Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Knock Shrine, which normally
takes place in August is cancelled for 2022 due to the COVID 19 pandemic.

Everyone is encouraged to pray for a resolution to this world wide situation, for those who are ill, for those who have died and for their families.

Hopefully we will be able to come together once again in 2023 in honour of Our Lady.

Thank you.

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