Did you know?.......

Pope Paul VI at the end of the Second Vatican Council declared Mary the "Mother of the Church".  This new title coincided with the construction of the abbey church of Blue Cloud Abbey, Now the Abbey of the Hills.  The image of Mary on the facade of the abbey church portrays her new title:  "Mother of the Church"

Mary's arms upraised in prayer are interceding for all the members of the church, living stones, represented by the multitude of individual pieces of difference colored stone. 

Rays of light from above symbolize the animating power of the Holy Spirit in Mary and all the members of the Church. 



How can YOU make an impact today?  Please consider giving to the Abbey.  For more information click here.

Check our Fall 2022 Newsletter. 
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Rediscover Peace

…and so much more at The Abbey of the Hills Inn & Retreat Center. A former monastery, The Abbey is a non-profit retreat and event center located among the lakes and prairie hills of northeastern South Dakota. The Abbey offers hosted retreats and interactive experiences that reflect the peace sustained by Benedictine monks for more than 60 years. If you like to write, hike, pray or play – regardless of your faith – there is a unique experience waiting for you at The Abbey. Come visit us– as a guest, volunteer or simply take a tour – and Rediscover Peace at The Abbey.

Day of Recollection

Come to The Abbey on the 2nd Tuesday of every month for a day of peace and recollection. Every month has a new theme that you'll explore as you rejuvenate your soul. The day begins at 10 a.m. and concludes at 3 p.m. with lunch provided.

For more information email abbey@abbeyofthehills.org or call 605.398.9200. 

*This monthly day-retreat is a freewill offering. 

Upcoming ABBEY Events

​​12-Step Retreats at the Abbey
The Abbey is proud to be a sponsor Men, Women and Mixed 12-Step retreats for those who practice this program. 

Click HERE for dates and details for our events for 2022. 

Next Retreat
December 9-11, 2022 MEN'S 12-Retreat






December 13, 2022


Speaker:  Fr. Timothy J. Smith
"The Infancy Narratives:  Advent Meditations with the Writings of Pope Benedict XVI"

January 10, 2023
Speaker:  Deacon Rick Christiansen
"The Rule of St. Benedict and the 12 steps of humility"


Join us for a day of interesting and informative talks, mass, lunch and reconciliation.  Click HERE for more information.



February 10, 2023
Vespers & Valentines Prayer Time & Candlelight Dinner

Time:  6PM

For more information click HERE for registration



For more information on all our upcoming events visit our Events Page or email events@abbeyofthehills.org

or call 605-398-9200

Luncheon Tours

Looking for a great group activity?  Interested in learning more about The Abbey?  Contact us to arrange for a delicious homemade lunch followed by a presentation and tour.  Cost is $10 per person (or minimum of $100.)  Bring your church group, study club, men’s group, coffee group, mystery tour, etc.  Call today to get on our calendar.  Lots of week-day opportunities still available!  Email events@abbeyofthehills.org

or call 605.398.9200


Friends of The Abbey have been very generous - and creative - as they 'adopt' once-simple rooms to make them over with a bed-and-breakfast feel.  Contact Abbey Secretary Cindi Tramonte if you are interested: abbey@abbeyofthehills.org.




Upcoming Private Events at The Abbey

If you are interested in booking a private event at the Abbey, call Renee Marzahn to make your reservation.  We can host your family reunion, personnel meetings, private retreat or private gatherings.  Call 605.398.9200 or email events@abbeyofthehills.org.

December 2022
Dec 1-4 - Ecclesia Domestica
Dec 4 - Assembly of God -Sisseton,    Christmas Party

Dec 17 - Adelman Family Reunion

January 2023
Jan 20-21 - Central Methodist Confirmation Retreat
Jan 22-29 - St. Paul Seminary - Pre Theology & Theology II





Find out about our upcoming events!


The Abbey of the Hills Inn & Retreat Center

PO Box 38

46561 147th Street

Marvin, SD 57251