• National Shrine Bounces Back in 2022

    MIDLAND, ON (21 October 2022) – Today, Martyrs’ Shrine unveils its visitation numbers following a two year shut-down from the COVID-19 pandemic. Nearly 75,000 people visited the holy and historic site in 2022 and has been applauded as a success both for Martyrs’ Shrine as a ministry of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) as well as local area tourism. These numbers fared better than expected following such a closure and the financial and social challenges facing families today. Attendance this year fell almost 25% from 2019, exasperated by inflationary pressures, fuel costs, border travel restrictions, and continued issues with people’s willingness to gather in crowds. Several annual pilgrimage events were cancelled due to pandemic-related complications, but most went ahead as scheduled. These events can attract thousands of visitors per day and their economic impact ripples into our local community and supports many businesses hardest hit by the pandemic. “Overall, the attendance this year is an indication of people’s resilience in wake of what is happening in the world today and a sign of hope for things to come. We consider this to be a great healing year for the world having seen people of many faiths and backgrounds join together in prayer and sharing their experiences and their pains, much like the Martyrs’ themselves once did here on this site several centuries ago,” said Father Michael Knox, Director of the Martyrs’ Shrine. Anticipating a pent-up demand from the faithful and day-trippers alike, Martyrs’ Shrine was able to resume all services this year which included a rich and diverse schedule of events including hosting the 2022 Annual Jesuit Conference with dignitaries arriving from across the continent. Martyrs’ Shrine welcomed back an array of ethnocultural events including the popular Tamil, Vietnamese and Polish pilgrimages, as well as new events like the Ukrainian and Hispanic pilgrimages. These events serve a unique purpose providing spiritual enrichment as well as reinforcing a unique sense of community as many attendees are new immigrants to Canada or are coming in from other countries to visit family and friends. Hosting the world is something Martyrs’ Shrine is good at and it is with thanks to our community, benefactors, priests, volunteers and staff that this is possible. In partnership with regional school boards and Sainte-Marie among the Hurons, Martyrs’ Shrine has resumed working with educators on engaging students and enhancing religious and historical education. As well this year, Martyrs’ Shrine began offering permanent complimentary admission to the Indigenous community (First Nations, Métis and Inuit) as a part of its active reconciliation efforts. Several hundred community members took advantage of the program between May and October. With momentum on their side, the team at Martyrs’ Shrine is now eagerly preparing for the 2023 season beginning Saturday, May 6th. Admission is free to all on opening day. For details, please visit www.martyrs-shrine.com. – 1 – Martyrs’ Shrine, Canada’s early church, is a national holy and historic space honouring the lives of the Canadian Martyrs. The Shrine celebrates a nearly 400-year-old story of love and discovery that inspired and influenced the formation of Canada as we know it today. The Shrine is a ministry of the Jesuits of Canada. This ‘house of prayer, home of peace’ honours the Jesuit missionaries and their companions who lived, worked, and died here in the lands of the Wendat (Huron) back in the seventeenth century. Martyrs’ Shrine is located just outside of Midland, Ontario, in the Heart of Georgian Bay. Typically, more than 100,000 visitors from around the world visit the Shrine for prayer, healing and fellowship each year. Media Contact : Tyler King, Manager, Marketing and Communications tking@martyrs-shrine.com 705-526-3788 x237   


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  • Praying With St. Ignatius

    Praying With St. Ignatius Workshop Praying With St. Ignatius Offered: August 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31 at 8:00pm. Please join Fr. John Kennedy, SJ for a one-hour workshop following the 7:30pm Holy Mass in the Filion Centre (basement of the Shrine Church). Fr. John will cover themes of prayer, contemplation, discernment, leadership and caring for others. This workshop is an interactive course on Introduction to Ignatian spirituality. Fr. John will build on from what you already know about prayer and help to guide your own personal relationship with God. Through this workshop you will cover the following topics: The world view of St Ignatius of Loyola Knowing the methods of prayer The working of the mind and thoughts in relation to prayer Understanding the distractions during prayer Hate or strong dislike related to prayer How prayer helps in making choices in daily life How to find God and live with spiritual freedom How to be effective in living a daily life with the presence of God How to enjoy the consolation of God and face sufferings in life Knowing the positive side-effects of prayer Space is limited. Please RSVP by contacting our office at info@martyrs-shrine.com or call 705-526-3788


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  • National Shrine Reopens Doors in 2022

    MIDLAND, ON (1 April 2022) – After nearly two years of closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Martyrs’ Shrine will be reopening to the public on May 7, 2022. The…


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  • Shrine Season Impacted by COVID-19

    Tay, On (16 April 2020) – Due to the limitations on public gatherings currently legislated in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Martyrs’ Shrine will not proceed with opening on…


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  • Commodore’s Dinner Donation

    We are pleased to announce the proceeds raised from the Second Annual Commodore’s Dinner. Parkbridge Marinas presented two generous donations of $7372.54 to the Martyrs’ Shrine and the Georgian…


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  • Friendship Gardens at Martyrs’ Shrine

    TAY (10 June 2018) – In a new community partnership beautifying the national shrine, the towns of Midland and Penetanguishene, townships of Tay and Tiny, and Waypoint…


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  • Over $30,000 raised for Renovations at Martyrs’ Shrine

    MIDLAND (27 September 2017) – Over 200 community members attended the 4th annual Tiawenk Fundraising Dinner and Auction on Saturday. Together, those in attendance raised $30,820.46 from ticket sales,…


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  • Media Advisory: Canadian Canoe Pilgrimage

    Canoe Pilgrimage to launch in Midland on July 21   43 Queen’s Park Cres. E. Toronto, ON M5S 2C3 tel….


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  • Opening Day 2017

    Over 200 people gather for Opening Day Mass Martyrs’ Shrine opened Saturday, May 06 2017 with an Opening Day Mass at 12:00 noon. Approximately…


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  • An Outpouring of Generosity at Martyrs’ Shrine’s Fundraising Dinner and Auction

    MIDLAND (18 October 2016) – One hundred and fifty generous community members attended the 3rd annual Tiawenk fundraising dinner and auction on Saturday September 24th 2016. Together, with the…


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