Sisters of Mercy

Catholic Women Religious who Sponsor Knowles Mercy Spirituality Center


"In silence and quiet, the devout soul becomes familiar with God" - Catherine McAuley

Knowles Mercy Spirituality Center is a ministry of the Sisters of Mercy West Midwest Community that is comprised of over 600 Sisters, more than 600 Mercy Associates, and seven Companions in Mercy who live the charism of Founder Catherine McAuley. In the spirit of their founder they live lives of contemplation and service through ministries in a variety of areas including: health care, education, pastoral care, parish ministry, and housing. The West Midwest Community central administrative center is located in Omaha, Nebraska. Click on Mercy to learn more.


Retreats, Programs and Events at Knowles Mercy Spirituality Center

Click here to view the 2016-17 calendar of upcoming retreats, programs and events. Get a glimpse of our listing of day programs, overnight retreats, and interest groups that gather monthly at the Center.

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A Day Away

Individual Day or Overnight at Knowles Mercy Spirituality Center

This special day is just for you...use it as you wish. Upon arrival to our Center you will be warmly greeted as we show you to a comfortable private room. Bring your lunch and/or choose light snacks from our sustenance basket. Relax, reflect, renew.


Whether you spend your time inside or enjoying the beautiful woodlands, you will find a sacred place for silence, prayer and reflection. Meditation decks, and outdoor sanctuary, labyrinth, and benches throughout the grounds provide places of reflection. You will be reminded to slow down, to know the limitless opportunities of simply be.

Aging and the Good Life


Tai Chi Healing Retreat


Nurturing Mind, Body,

and Spirit

Thursday, May 18 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Fee: $45 includes continental breakfast and lunch

Join Guest Presenter Sister Marie Micheletto, RSM to look at some of the ways that we can enjoy and share the gift of the "good life". With courage and gratitude let us explore the skills used and the "gifts" received froom traveling through the difficult days, daze. "Aging is a privilege not given to all." Aren't we blessed!

Facilitator: Sister Marie Micheletto, RSM, M.A., L.P.C., LMHP, is a Sister of Mercy of the Americas, a psychotherapist, and an educational humorist. She does premarital, marital, and individual counseling, provides mentoring and in-services to hospice staff, and is a national and international speaker, as well as facilitator of retreats.

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Wednesday, May 24 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Fee: $45 includes continental breakfast and lunch

Connect to the wisdom of your body! The forces of movement and stillness, creation and destruction, yin and yang, are all aspects of the Divine Force that surrounds us and is within us. During this retreat we will learn simple sets of breath and movement that you can use on your own to connect, relax, strengthen and balance; bringing calmness and healing to the mind and body.

Facilitator:  Rita Otis
is a spiritual director, interplay leader and Tai Chi teacher who has led numerous retreats and workshops on observation and meditation. Rita's work and healing is based on the belief that we all have a body wisdom that wants to be made known.

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Saturday, June 10 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Fee: $45 includes continental breakfast and lunch

Nurture your mind, body, and spirit through mindfulness. This will be an opportunity to learn more about mindfulness and how to use it to promote your own health and well-being, as well as best practices for work with clients.

Facilitators: Patrick Davis, MA, PCC,, is a former hospice chaplain, holds a Masters in Adult Education and has achieved certifications in life coaching and hands-on healing practices. Don Long, LMSW, is our guest presenter from Mindful Therapy Solutions in Knoxville, TN. Carolyn Ettinger, MA, LMHP, is a counselor and Healing Touch Practiticioner who specializes in working with cancer patients and caregivers.

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Hear from Friends

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About Us

KMSC is a Catholic retreat center located near the bank of the Platte River just west of Omaha, Nebraska. A ministry of the Sisters of Mercy West Midwest Community, we welcome people of diverse Christian faiths and cultural backgrounds to share the comforts of our indoor space and the peaceful, prayerful environment of twenty-five acres of natural woodland beauty surrounding the Center.

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Directions and Map
Address: 2304 Campanile Rd,
Waterloo, NE 68069
Phone: 402.359.4288