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Check out the article, "Petting a wolf", by Sr. Mary Ann Flannery about her experience with Mohican, a red wolf, in the December 29, 2017 edition of the




"Waking Up



             "My room...

my food,,,

what I learned...

all wonderful"

                        - KD



"I am writing to thank you for a special and meaningful visit to your wonderful retreat center in the beautiful

Smokey Mountains, 

You provided us with everything we needed and more"


"Thank you for the wonderful accomodations.

I was able to get more time for prayer, more "down" time and more sleep.  Above all, I feel so at home!"

                              -Sr E., OP


"I loved the mountains, creek, peace, quiet, people, and all that makes Maggie
Valley, Living Waters, a special place to fill up with God."

                                    - SCR


Living Waters

is a ministry of the Diocese of Charlotte

located in beautiful

Maggie Valley, North Carolina

surrounded by the

Great Smoky Mountains National Park


Living Waters was a dream of Fr. William Murphy, a Detroit business man who became a priest at the age of eighty.  After coming to North Carolina, Fr. Murphy built a Catholic Church in Sylva, North Carolina prior to the construction of the beautiful St. Margaret of Scotland Catholic Church on the mountain above the retreat center.  He owned a motel and when a fire destroyed the retreat house that he was building, he converted the motel into what is the present retreat center.  Living Waters was officially dedicated on the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in June of 1982 with Bishop Michael J. Begley presiding at the dedication.  Fr. Murphy's dream was  that  people would come to spend time in prayer in the valley.  He wanted them to drink in the beauty of the mountains that so much enthralled him.