Knock Shrine and Aparition Chapel

The Chapel of Reconciliation

Welcome to The Chapel of Reconciliation, a sacred place of solace, hope, and spiritual rejuvenation. Designed with meticulous care by renowned Architects de Blacam & Meagher, this exceptional Chapel stands as a testament to the power of faith and the significance of Confession and the Sacrament of Reconciliation in the pilgrim's journey.

Our rich history begins in 1988, when the visionary Monsignor Greally, P.P., and Director of the Knock Shrine, initiated an architectural competition that would give birth to this awe-inspiring structure. Nestled on a low site, the Chapel's design holds profound symbolism, evoking the ritual of Baptism as visitors gracefully descend into its holy embrace. In ancient times, the act of Baptism was celebrated through immersion in a pool, accessed by descending from higher ground. This very act is echoed in the design of our Chapel, paying homage to centuries of spiritual tradition. 

Today, The Chapel of Reconciliation stands as a beacon of serenity, offering visitors a sanctuary for daily Confessions and serving as the nurturing home of the esteemed Knock Counselling Centre. Our dedicated team of compassionate counselors are skilled in guiding individuals towards healing and self-discovery, complementing the spiritual pilgrimage experienced within these sacred walls. 

Step inside and allow your gaze to be captivated by the mesmerizing beauty of the Chapel's mosaic. Created with love and devotion by Sr. Angelica Ballan, an esteemed member of the Order of the Divine Master in Rome, this breathtaking artwork encapsulates the essence of our mission. Golden spirals, like radiant rays, encircle the image of the Crucifixion, symbolizing the eternal hope that springs forth from this powerful scene. The broader design of the mosaic revolves around this central theme of hope, infusing our Chapel with an ethereal aura of optimism and boundless possibilities. 

Take a moment to behold the lantern in the sanctuary, standing as a resplendent beacon of light amidst the gentle darkness. As one approaches the Chapel's center from its entrance, the scene becomes increasingly brighter, mirroring the transformative journey of the soul. This intentional design element harmoniously aligns with the architectural concept of the Chapel, descending below ground level. Through a single celestial shaft of light that gracefully pierces the high roof, the Chapel's naturally dimmed ambiance elevates the Reredos, our focal point of luminosity, radiance, and hope.

At The Chapel of Reconciliation, we extend our warm welcome to all who seek solace, spiritual connection, and a respite from the burdens of everyday life. Whether you are a visitor to the renowned Knock Shrine, a foreign traveller, a pilgrim on a quest for divine guidance our doors are open wide to embrace you.

Come, experience the transcendent harmony that reverberates within our sacred walls, and allow the Chapel of Reconciliation to be your sanctuary of healing, faith, and profound inner peace.