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

Outdoor elements on our grounds provide areas for quiet reflection or small group gatherings. The stable area 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. There are two meditation decks, one at the end of the paved walk overlooking the lake nestled in the woods. The other meditation deck is situated in front of the lake near the labyrinth providing a wonderful view of the lake and beautiful sunset. Throughout the walking paths are benches providing places of rest and reflection.


More Opportunities

Days of Reflection for Your Group


You are invited to 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 (provided by our staff or you are welcome to bring your own food and use our kitchen facility) Call the Center at 402.359.4288 for more details.


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Journeying Through the Seasons of the Year

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This spring treat yourself to a 'Day Away' or an 'Overnight Stay' at Knowles Mercy Center where you can spend time nurturing your spirit in prayer and reflection. 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 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 (fruit, cereal bars, etc.) Whether you spend your time inside or enjoying the beautiful woodlands, you will find a sacred place for prayer and quiet reflection.


“Heart to Heart” Christian Women's Group for quiet reflection and sharing. Offering a once a month day from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The group gathers from 10 to 11 a.m. for sharing and inspiration. The rest of your time is set aside for you to personally connect more deeply with God, Space within the building includes our chapel with a panoramic view, seating by our cozy fireplace, and intimate settings throughout the facility for private time. Outdoor settings include a labyrinth, walking paths, two meditation decks overlooking the lake, sanctuary in the woodlands, and benches throughout the grounds to rest and relax. Fee is $15 and includes lunch and bottomless beverages. Go to our interest groups page by clicking on the retreats/events drop down box or call 402.359.4288 for more information.


Many programs and retreat opportunities are available at Knowles Mercy Center this spring. Join guest author Sharon Highberger Sunday, April 12 at 4 p.m. to Monday, April 13 at 4 p.m. for the retreat "Finding the Sacred in Depression and Anxiety". In this overnight retreat Sharon shares her inspired spiritual pathway of complete healing from over 50 years of clinical depression. Is there hope for freedom from depression? YES! Come to be inspired and renewed. Author/Speaker Sharon Highberger is from Topeka, Kansas and is certified as a Chaplain, Spiritual Director, and Grief Counselor. For additional information on this retreat and others being offered this year go to the retreats/events tab at the top of this page.

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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-five 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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