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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Knowles Mercy Center is made possible by the Sisters of Mercy and your generosity

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The fees for our programs, retreats, and hospitality cover only a portion of the costs. Donations from you and other Mercy friends keep our programs affordable for all. Please Donate Now to support our mission with your tax-deductible gift.


We invite you to honor your loved one with a special memorial or tribute gift supporting Knowles Mercy. We will place your loved one’s name on the plaque outside the chapel door with your contribution of $100 or more. Please indicate how you would like the name to appear when making your gift.

Silent Directed Retreats at Knowles Mercy Center


Mindfulness Meditation Weekend Retreat


BioSpiritual Focusing

Day Retreat


Coming up in 2017 we have three weeklong Silent Directed Retreats, a four day Silent Directed Retreat, and a Palm Sunday Weekend Retreat.

These days of retreat will offer the blessings and inspiration of spending meaningful time with our ever-present God. Participants will meet daily with a spiritual director and gather for prayer as a group. These retreats include a private room, spiritual direction, prayer, and all meals. Reserve now as space is limited!

Winter Silent Directed Retreat - January 20-26
Four Day Silent Directed Retreat - March 25-28
Palm Sunday Silent Directed Retreat- April 7-9
June Silent Directed Retreat - June 12-18
July Silent Directed Retreat - July 5-11

For more information about the above retreats and their retreat directors click on the following link:

Silent Directed Retreats


Friday, February 3 at 4:00 p.m. to Sunday, February 5 at 3:00 p.m.
Fee: $210 includes retreat sessions, room and all meals
($50 deposit). Space is limited.

During this retreat we will practice formal meditation interspersed with group dialog and informal instruction.  We explore the possibility of growing more deeply into ourselves in ways that can allow us to live our lives as if it really mattered in the only moment we ever have—this one!  Both newcomers and experienced practitioners of mindfulness are welcome.  No experience or equipment is necessary—only the desire to live more fully, awake to the sheer joy of being alive.
Retreat Facilitator Rachel Miller, Ed.M., is a meditation teacher and retreat leader in Lincoln, Nebraska. She has been both a student of and a teacher of the spiritual life for 30 years. 

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Tuesday, February 7 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Fee: $45 includes continental breakfast and lunch
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BioSpiritual Focusing is a way of opening the whole of ourselves - mind, body, and spirit - to this deeper connection.  Join us to learn more about how gently being with our important feelings can open the door of our embodied experience to a deeper story that is more congruent with what is real - and to a greater sense of wholeness and connectedness with God and others.

Facilitators:  Debbie Sheehan, MA, and Jane King, MA, are spiritual directors/retreat directors and adjunct instructor/lecturer in the Christian Spirituality Program at Creighton University.  Both have personally practiced BioSpiritual Focusing for 15+ years as well as offering workshops.

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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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Address: 2304 Campanile Rd,
Waterloo, NE 68069
Phone: 402.359.4288