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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TO RECEIVE NEWS FROM THE CENTER...keep informed about current or upcoming retreats, events, or news at Knowles Mercy Spirituality Center. Click on Join Our Email List to receive our monthly electronic newsletter.

Help Support Our Mission

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.

Advent Encounter


Christmas in the Forest


2017: Prayerfully and Creatively


Saturday, December 3
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Fee:  $45 includes continental breakfast and lunch.

In the shortening days, as the dark of winter approaches, slip away for a slice of stillness.
Come for a portion of PEACE. Enter into a day of quiet  to explore with your God  and fellow pilgrims 
how you are to ENCOUNTER the LIGHT of the WORLD this season. Song, scripture, sacred art and story will help renew you, mind, body and spirit
that you might rest in wholeness to encounter the goodness of God.

Facilitator Margie McMenamin-Walker is a mother, grandmother, teacher, childbirth educator and spiritual director who has been facilitating prayer groups, retreats and accompanying fellow pilgrims around the country for over 30 years.

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Friday, December 9 - 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Satruday, December 10 - 3:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Fee: $5 per person, children 5 and under free
Reservations 402.359.4288
Pilgrimages into the forest every 20 minutes

Join us with your family and friends either Friday evening or Saturday mid-afternoon and evening for this long-standing family tradition at Knowles Mercy Spirituality Center.

Experience the sacredness of Christmas as you journey the forest with one of our trail guides. Follow the lighted path through the forest to sing at the Christmas tree, visit with the shepherd, participate in the manger scene with live animals, gaze at the north star, hear from the innkeeper, and pray at the peace fire. Enjoy festive music, cookies, and hot chocolate. This is approximately a one hour experience.

Call NOW to reserve your time!
Phone 402.359.4288. Space is limited!


Monday, January 9 at 10:00 a.m. to Tuesday, January 10 at 3:00 p.m.
Fee: $145 includes private room, meals, supplies
Space is limited so register now!

A new year...what will you do with the gift of this new adventure? This overnight guided opportunity for contemplation and creativity will provide space for opening oneself to God's love and grace. You will be invited to be both playful and intentional while partnering your own creativity with God's Creative Spirit. The use of very simple art materials will help us explore and celebrate our lives. Through journaling, reflection and discussion, we will seek to recognize and respond to the Spirit's presence within us as God accompanies us into 2017.

Guest Presenter Glenda Dietrich Moore is an artist, spiritual director, and pastor. Her ministry in the arts, called 'Creation Energy', celebrates faith, expression, and the vibrancy of life.

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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 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