Who We Are

Knowles Mercy Spirituality Center is a peaceful, welcoming space for adult individuals and groups seeking time away to nurture their spirits.

Dedicated in 1987 for the purpose of providing retreats and spirituality enrichment, the Center is located just west of Omaha, Nebraska. Nestled on twenty-five acres of meadow and woodlands on the banks of the Platte River, the grounds include maintained walking paths, benches for contemplative sitting, and a spring-fed pond. In addition, trees, shrubs, and flowers—both wild and domestic—as well as a variety of birds and small animals are at home on the property. The land around the Center is enhanced through the ecological vision of the Mercy Earth Project. You will find the following outdoor elements that provide areas for quiet reflection or small group gatherings...two meditation decks, an outdoor sanctuary, and an 80 foot outdoor Chartres labyrinth. The Center is easily accessible from both Omaha and Lincoln, Nebraska. At the Center, individuals and small groups can find rest and relaxation, sacred space for retreat and nurturing resources for their spirits. We invite you to watch a 13 1/2 minute video about the Center by clicking on About Us Video.

Our Mission

Knowles Mercy Spirituality Center is dedicated to serving the needs of those seeking to deepen their life-giving relationship with God, themselves, one another, and all of creation. Grounded in the values of Jesus Christ and guided by the vision of the Sisters of Mercy in service to the economically poor, Knowles Mercy Spirituality Center provides spiritual services, a spirit of hospitality, and retreat opportunities and programming conducive to the renewal of individuals and groups of many faiths. Click on the link to view our Mission Statement Video.


Spiritual services include a variety of retreat opportunities, personal days of reflection, spiritual direction, sponsored programs, and meeting facilitation.

Our chapel, with ceiling-to-floor windows, reveals a panoramic view of the property and grounds for those at prayer.

  • * The Center’s hospitality includes meeting room usage, single and double overnight accommodations, a full service kitchen and dining area, and food service for groups of 10 or more.
  • * There are reflective resources available for use by our guests.
  • * Center gift certificates are available for purchase, providing a variety of gift options.
  • * Twenty-five acres of land surrounding the Center offer nature trails winding to the Platte River, woodlands, meadow, a spring-fed pond, meditation decks, outdoor sanctuary in the forest, and an 80 foot outdoor Chartres labyrinth.


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 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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