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

Participate in a Small Group Experience

You are inivted to "Gather in Grace" with other women for faith discussions and prayer twice a month on Wednesdays from 10 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. Fee: Free Will Offering. Materials and books will be recommended for purchase by participants. Call 402.359.4288 to register for this exciting new small group at Knowles Mercy Center.

More Opportunities

Days of Reflection for Your Group


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 options. Please call the Center at 402.359.4288 and our staff would be glad to reserve for your group a day or overnight retreat experience.


Latest from the Center

Journeying Through the Seasons of the Year


Join us this fall at Knowles Mercy Spirituality Center for one of our retreats… If you have an interest in photography you may want to register for our Contemplative Photography Retreat "The Play of Shadow and Light" - letting the shadows speak their beauty through the eye of the beholder and the lens of the camera. Join facilitator Rita Otis on Tuesday, September 23 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Class is limited so call now to register for this retreat. Join us October 6 and 7 for a fascinating overnight retreat "What Story Are You Living?" as we uncover and unravel the themes and patterns that make up our life. For more information about these and other upcoming retreats click on the Retreats/Events tab or call 402.359.4288.

SIMPLY SPIRIT Annual Fundraising Event to be held on Sunday, September 21 from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. Come enjoy a beautiful fall evening on the grounds of Knowles Mercy Spirituality Center…you are invited to gather with friends and supporters of KMSC to celebrate with gratitude the blessings of the Center. We will be honoring Judith Barnes with the Sophia Wisdom Award. Enjoy dinner and dessert, live entertainment, and an exhibit of Christian Art. Tickets are $75 per person. To make your reservation for this special event please click on the Retreats/Events tab and go to the drop down box "Retreat Registration" or call 402.359.4288 for more information. We appreciate your support and look forward to seeing you..


Interest Groups at the Center. Adults gather throughout the seasons on a regular basis to enrich their common interest. Someone from the group coordinates each gathering and connects with the participants. The space is provided for the gathering and food service is available, or snacks and refreshments can be brought in by the group. Currently meeting at the Center: "Book It" Evening Book Group, "Christian Literature" Day Book Group, "Heart to Heart" Christian Women's Group, Prayer Shawl Ministry, "Wordsmiths" Writing Group, and "Sacred Seasons of Earth" nature series. Anyone is welcome to attend. For information on any of the interest groups click on the Retreats/Events tab and go to Interest Groups on the drop down box.

Hear from Friends

To hear from friends of Knowles Mercy Center about their experienes at the Center click on the following links:

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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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