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Joe Ricketts' Cloister on the Platte between Omaha and Lincoln is complete

Posted at 11:52 AM, Jul 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-13 08:40:26-04

A close to 1,000 acre plot of land in Sarpy County off I-80 has transformed into a religious retreat experience until any other.  

TD Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts wants to leave behind a legacy built to last centuries. 

"This is a gift from me to the community," said Ricketts. 

A sprawling religious retreat known as The Cloisters on the Platte is complete.  A chapel, seven lodges and main building are just some of the breathtaking amenities. 

"This had an enormous economic impact just like any construction of this type of facility would," said Ricketts. 

But, this devout Catholic says this is not about building a business and the final price tag is not being disclosed.  

"I think people will enjoy themselves.  They will find that this is a refreshing, spiritual experience," said Ricketts.  

There is no cost to attend the Thursday through Monday retreat, but there is the option of donating.  Upkeep costs will also be paid for through a recommended $10 donation to take the audio guided stations of the cross tour.  It is open to the public Monday through Thursday. 

"The length of this stations tour is the same length that Christ carried the cross," said Ricketts. 

Along the 2,500 foot trail are 14 bronze, life-sized stations that multiple award-winning sculptors spent years constructing. 

"These are going to have an emotional effect on people coming through," said Ricketts.  

A marriage of what man can create and what maker created.  All of it is part of Ricketts' vision to guide people to something bigger. 

"This will be unlike anything you have ever experienced in your life.  No place do you have something like this," said Ricketts.

The first retreat will be held July 19th.  The stations of the cross walking tour opens to the public on July 23rd.  You are asked to park in the lot off of Fishery Road.  A shuttle will take people inside.