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


In this season of gratitude and giving… 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.. Please call the Center at 402.349.4288 for more details.


Latest from the Center

Journeying Through the Seasons of the Year


Programs at Knowles Mercy Center reflect the seasons. For Thanksgiving choose to attend “The Heart of Giving Thanks” on Tuesday, November 12 with Margie McMenamin Walker or “Opening to Gratitude, Abiding with the Giver” a weekend retreat November 22-24 with Debbie Sheehan and Jane King. Prepare for Christmas by attending “The Journey” a weekend Advent Retreat on December 6-8 with Marisa Gilbert and Carolyn Jaworski. Start out the Spring with a Men’s Lenten Retreat March 7-8 with Fr. Dave Korth or “Lord Speak to My Desert Heart” on Thursday, March 27 with Colette Baldwin RSM.


“Sacred Seasons of the Earth” is a new 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.



Mark your calendars for our annual Christmas in the Forest to be held Friday, December 13, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, December 14, 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. Come join us in the woodlands for this blessed annual tradition! A family oriented event this is a meaningful opportunity to live the Christmas story. From the crisp, fresh winter air to the live animals at the manger, and the warm glow of the peace fire...this is truly a time to make memories as you gather with family and friends. Pilgrimages into the forest are every 20 minutes. Reservations are required (call 402.359.4288 to reserve your time). Fee: $5/person, children 5 and under free.




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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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