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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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.

Intro to Centering Prayer


Exploring Grief and Loss


Being a Healing Presence

Thursday, November 3
8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Fee:  $30 includes lunch.
We will be using the book “Open Mind Open Heart” by Thomas Keating.  Please bring a copy with you or you can purchase a book by adding $16 to the fee and it will be available the day of the retreat.

Centering Prayer is a response to the invitation to “Be still and know…God.” (Psalm 46:10) This introduction will include a brief overview of the contemplative tradition, the method of Centering Prayer, how to let go of thoughts, and the effects of a deepening relationship with God in our daily lives.

Facilitator Don Bredthauer is a retired United Methodist pastor and a Certified Spiritual Director, has practiced Centering Prayer since 1989.  He regularly facilitates retreats and classes on prayer for which he was commissioned in 1995 by Thomas Keating and Contemplative Outreach. 

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Thursday, November 10
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Fee:  $45 includes continental breakfast and lunch.

Join us for a "working" retreat on grief and loss. This day is for anyone wanting more information or has been through a grief loss experience. Our guest speaker will help you understand the difference between grief and loss, identify any underlying events or family of origins response to grief and loss, understand movement through grief and loss to healing, and also identify available resources.

Facilitator Kathryn Schinker has her MS in Counseling and Guidance from UNO. She has worked over 30 years with Catholic Charities, working with abused women and children at The Shelter and started a program for abusive men called Menswork. Experienced in family counseling. Kathy is a member of her parish bereavement committee and a mother of 3 adult children.

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Monday, November 14
8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Fee:  $45 includes continental breakfast and lunch.

In this experiential workshop students will learn about the use of the Comfort Touch(tm) Technique. During this session we will examine the benefits of relaxation and touch for many health care situations with a special focus on end of life care. Continuing Education Units are availabe at no extra charge.

Facilitator Patrick Davis, MA PCC is a former hospice chaplain, holds a Masters in Adult Education, and has achieved certification in life coaching and hands-on healing practices.

Co-Sponsored by Wings of Hope Cancer Support Center

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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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Address: 2304 Campanile Rd,
Waterloo, NE 68069
Phone: 402.359.4288