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.



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Knowles Mercy is made possible by the Sisters of Mercy and your generosity. 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.

Fall Wonders of Nature Retreat


Stories of God's Love


Introduction to Centering Prayer

Thursday, October 6
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  
Fee:  $45 includes continental breakfast and lunch.

Experience some of the fascinating and mysterious events of autumn as Earth prepare to settle down for the winter ahead.  We’ll explore some of these wonders and have some time for reflection on this season and what it says to us personally.  Be sure to dress for the outdoors. 

Facilitator and Guide Catherine Kuper, RSM, is a Sister of Mercy and lifelong student of nature. Her experience as an educator, counselor, spiritual director and bird watcher enables her to help others engage the natural world and listen for the Creator who gifts us with Earth.  

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Wednesday, October 19
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Fee:  $45 includes continental breakfast and lunch.

We invite you to retreat for a day of song and scripture, prayer time and play time, walking and wondering, music and movement.  Our time together will offer opportunities to grow in awareness and appreciation of the simple and the splendid, alongside the trials and truths of our own tales.

Facilitators Rita Otis and Margie McMenamin-Walker. Rita is a spiritual director, Interplay leader and Tai Chi teacher who has led numerous retreats and workshops on observation and meditation.  Margie 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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Thursday, November 3 from 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)  It is a way to give our consent to the presence and transforming grace of the Divine Indwelling in silence beyond thoughts, words and emotions.  Grounded in the contemplative heritage of the Christian tradition, our intention in Centering Prayer is to consent with open mind and heart to the Divine Mystery that sustains all creation.  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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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