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.

Finding the Sacred in Depression and Anxiety Retreat Day


Praying with Music:

An Evening of Sacred Listening


Then Sings My Soul - A Cancer Survivor Retreat Day

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Wednesday, March 29 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Fee:  $45 includes continental breakfast and lunch.

Is there hope for freedom from depression? Yes! Author Sharon Highberger shares her inspired spiritual pathway of complete healing from over 50 years of clinical depression

Guest Presenter Sharon Highberger, is from Topeka, Kansas and is certified as a Chaplain, Spiritual Director, and Grief Counselor. Author of the book "Dancing with Depression: A Spiritual Pathway for Recovery from Darkness to Light" chronicles her journey out of depression through contemplation and prayer.

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Thursday, March 30 from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Fee: $25 includes light appetizers and beverages

For many, music is an experience that lifts us above the worries and cares of daily life.  Tonight, the half way point of this Lenten season, we step back and connect with God using music as our means of prayer.  We will be listening with the ear of our heart to sounds, silence, feelings, and images as ways for God to speak to us.

Presenters: Sister Colette Baldwin, RSM is an experienced retreat director and spiritual director. Kathy Hanson, CDT, CHFM, is a self-taught guitar player and singer.  Experienced in music leadership, retreat leadership, youth music ministry, and music ministry in her church.

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Tuesday, April 25 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Fee: $45 includes continental breakfast and lunch

At this retreat we are inviting you to make the time for your emotional and spiritual well-being by participating in activities that invite you to learn to respond to cancer with resilence, the art of reframing, and with courage, humor and joy. Let's take time out to allow our souls to sing again!. 

Facilitator:  Kathy Noble
is a breast cancer survivor who has discovered that a cancer diagnosis can actually be a springboard to living life more fully. Kathy is a minister in rural Macedonia, Iowa. She loves being out in nature, reading extensively, finding the humor in life, and using creative activities to learn more about God and prayer.

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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