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


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


Experience personal spiritual growth at the Center with an individual 'Day Away' in our peaceful surroundings. Nestled in the quiet woods, you will be reminded to slow down, to know the limitless opportunities of simply be. Here you can leave behind your usual routines, refresh your senses and allow the luxury of silence to renew your body, mind, heart, and spirit. Upon arrival at 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. Private individual retreats can be reserved Mondays through Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. per availability. Call 402.359.4288.

“Sacred Seasons of the Earth” is a quarterly interest group open to anyone interested in reverence for the earth. Catherine Kuper, RSM, is a naturalist educator and will facilitate these gatherings addressing different areas of nature throughout the seasons. Those attending are asked to dress for the outdoors and bring a picnic lunch if you like. Included in the session…reflection and discussion, beverages and light snacks. No cost, free will offering. For more information on upcoming dates go to the Retreats/Event tab to Interest Groups. Other interest groups held at the Center include Prayer Shawl Ministry, Writing Group, a day and evening book discussion, and Heart to Heart Women's Group.


Join us this spring at Knowles Mercy Spirituality Center for one of our events or retreats.. All are invited to "The Way of the Cross" on Wednesday, April 16 at 10 a.m. to walk our outdoor Stations of the Cross with faciitator Jean Sitter, RSM, followed by hot cross buns and coffee in our dining area. If you are a mother, older daughter, or grandmother you would enjoy attending "Motherhood is a Plunge into Mystery!" a retreat day celebrating motherhood on Saturday, May 10 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.. Facilitator Margie McMenamin Walker will lead this day of pondering, processing, reveiwing, and rejoicing in the mystery of motherhood. For more information about these and other upcoming retreats click on the Retreats/Events tab.

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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