Watch video and listen to podcast introducing the Knock Summer Youth Festival (23-26 July) and find out how you can join the group going from our diocese


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Helen Toner, one of the organisers, introduces what the festival is all about…


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Knock Summer Youth Festival will be held from 23rd to 26th July 2009 at Our Lady’s Shrine in Knock, Co Mayo. It is open to people between the ages of 18 and 35, and costs <!–[endif]–>70 for the weekend.

If any young adults are interested in participating as part of the Kildare & Leighlin group, please contact Christine at –

K&L Faith Development Services

Cathedral Parish Centre,
College Street, Carlow
Tel: 059-9164084
Fax: 059-9164020

Latest Press Release

May 2009 Press Release


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The aim of the festival is:

  • to bring young people to Knock in groups from their dioceses
  • to provide a festival that will give young people a chance to get away together to celebrate, ignite and explore their faith
  • To help young people to get in touch with their faith and to facilitate a powerful encounter with Christ, the Sacraments and the Church
  • To encourage and empower festival-goers to return home and become active in their parish/diocese, giving them the help and guidance they need to become involved in church.

knockfestival09This is a four day event, beginning on Thursday 23rd July and finishing on Sunday 26th July. Over the four days, there will be a number of inspiring talks, workshops, sharing, music, prayer and reflection. People like Fr Denis McBride CSSR and Fr Peter McVerry SJ will share their own stories to help young people to connect with the church and to see the relevance of Jesus and the need for him in their lives. The festival will use youth culture and relevant, contemporary media to effectively relate to young people. The joyful atmosphere of young people celebrating their faith together is affirming and positive.

The theme of the festival is “You are the light of the world”, and the opening talk will set the scene, challenging young people to open their hearts to the light of Christ.  The theme on Friday will be “From Darkness into Light”, and the talk will be entitled- Jesus, the light of the world. Saturday is based around “Following the Light” and aims to help young people to find practical ways of living the Christian faith in their everyday lives. Sunday’s theme is “Let your Light Shine”, and asks young people to go out and make difference in our church.


The workshops at the festival include:

  • Mind, Body and Meditation with Fr Louis Hughes OP
  • Psalm Drummers
  • Family Workshop with Breige O’Hare
  • Art with Sr Aileen Murphy
  • Clay & Pottery with Margaret McClorey
  • Dancing with Don King
  • Lectio Divina with Sr Moira McDermott
  • Quiet Prayer and share groups with Fr Richard and the monks of Moyross
  • Love and Relationships with Pat Reynolds.