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The Shrine Blog

Gain insight into Martyrs' Shrine through interviews, videos and more.

  • Visiting Clergy

    Notice for Priests Visiting priests are welcome to concelebrate with us in the Church of St. Joseph. Priests may also celebrate individually, or with a group, by advance reservation, and […]

  • Sacrament of Reconciliation

    What is the Sacrament of Reconciliation? The Sacrament of Reconciliation, also commonly called the Sacrament of Penance or Confession, is one of the seven sacraments of the Catholic Church (known […]

  • Novena

    What is a Novena? A novena (from Latin: novem, "nine") is an ancient tradition of devotional praying in Christianity, consisting of private or public prayers repeated for nine successive days […]

  • Father Michael Says Farewell

    MIDLAND, ON (15 February 2023) – Martyrs' Shrine announces the scheduled departure of its current director and Jesuit Superior, Father Michael Knox later this year. The 2023 season will mark […]

  • Lenten Missions 2023

    MIDLAND, ON (1 February 2023) – Martyrs' Shrine announces plans of their 2023 Lenten Missions offered to parish communities in the Archdioceses of Toronto, Hamilton and Peterborough. Let the lives […]

  • Seven Last Words of Jesus Christ

    MIDLAND, ON (28 January 2023) – Martyrs' Shrine announces a new three-day retreat open to the general public over Palm Sunday Weekend (March 31-April 2, 2023). Let the lives of […]

  • Beatification of the Canadian Martyrs

    Image of the beatification Mass being held at Sainte-Marie overlooking the Wye Marsh. On June 21, 1925 the Canadian Martyrs were beatified (declared blessed and worthy of public worship) in […]

  • 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 […]

  • Praying With St. Ignatius

    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 […]

  • 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 […]