Sisters of Mercy

Sponsors of Retreat and Spiritual Centers Across the U.S.

"In silence and quiet, the devout soul becomes familiar with God." - Catherine McAuley
Knowles Mercy Spirituality Center is a ministry of the West Midwest Community that is comprised of nearly 700 SIsters, more than 500 Mercy Associates, and four 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 variey 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.


Nurture Your Spirit

Discover the Outdoor Sacred Spaces of the Center

Some new outdoor elements have been added to our grounds to provide more areas for quiet reflection or small group gatherings. The existing stable area now has 6 rustic pine benches allowing seating space for individuals or group usage. Set up in an amphitheater like arrangement, this simple rustic area will provide a natural backdrop and a serene setting as our outdoor sanctuary. A new meditation deck has also been built. It is situated in front of the lake amidst a grouping of large trees providing a wonderful view of the lake and beautiful sunset.


More Opportunities

Days of Reflection for Your Group


In this season of gratitude and giving… give your staff/work team the gift of time and space to reflect on personal and professional values. Engage in planning and team building in a peaceful and serene environment. Knowles Mercy Center offers the perfect setting and surroundings to retreat and recreate together, away from the hecticness of your professional environment. To assist you in your staff/work team retreat, the Center offers our conference room, chapel, and dining area wth food service optiions.. Please call the Center at 402.349.4288 for more details.


Latest from the Center

Journeying Through the Seasons of the Year


Prepare for the season of Thanksgiving by attending "A Day of Gratitude" on Tuesday, November 18 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. During this prayer and reflective renewal day, rediscover reasons for personal gratitude to cherish the bountiful gifts God has given us. Fee: $40 includes continental breakfast and lunch. Facilitator: After extensive involvement in teaching, prayer and worship, Nancy Greenberg now guides others in stillness to hear God. Nancy is the coordinator of the monthly Heart to Heart Christian Women's group at Knowles Mercy Center. Register now for this day program by calling 402.359.4288 or go to the Retreats Page dropdown menu for Retreat Registrations.


“Gathered in Grace” is a women's small group faith discussion and prayer meeting twice a month on Wednesdays from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. Conversation will center around articles and excerpts from various works by notable spiritual writers. The writings will serve as the catalyst for conversation; God's Grace will serve as the inspiration and guidance for the sharing of questions, comments, insights and prayer. Facilitated by Carolyn Jaworski and Marisa Gilbert. There is no fee but a free will offering is accepted. Some materials and books will be recommended for purchase by participants. For more information or to register to attend call 402.359.4288.



Mark your calendars for our annual Christmas in the Forest to be held Friday, December 12, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, December 13, 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. Come join us in the woodlands for this blessed annual tradition! A family oriented event this is a meaningful opportunity to live the Christmas story. From the crisp, fresh winter air to the live animals at the manger, and the warm glow of the peace fire...this is truly a time to make memories as you gather with family and friends. Pilgrimages into the forest are every 20 minutes. Reservations are required (call 402.359.4288 to reserve your time). Fee: $5/person, children 5 and under free.




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About Us

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

Get In Touch

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

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