Benedictine Sisters Unveil “The Village of Harmony Hill”

Benedictine Sisters of the Mother of God Monastery in Watertown SD Cut the Ribbon on the Village of Harmony Hill

Plunkett Raysich Architects helps develop a legacy for the Mother of God Monastery

Members of the PRA Senior Living Design Studio recently cheered on the Benedictine Sisters of the Mother of God Monastery. August 3rd, 2023 memorialized an important contribution to senior living with the opening of The Village of Harmony Hill, in Watertown, SD. The Village, phase one of a larger initiative, substantiates a mission-driven commitment to the local community with room for sixty-four seniors. Future phases of Harmony Hill will include additional housing, retail, educational, and recreation developments as a legacy of the Sisters’ love and support of their community.

The Benedictine Sisters traveled from the Swiss Alps to the US in 1874, to aid German immigrants in the Dakotas. Their mission as educators, caregivers, and spiritual mentors took them to many corners of the territory. The Sisters eventually settled in Watertown South Dakota in 1967. Recently, they addressed their dwindling numbers, and desire to continue their mission. They sought guidance for creating an enduring legacy. Drawing upon their values, they decided to create a multi-phase project creating a lively intergenerational community that exemplifies their values.

The Village of Harmony Hill consists of forty-eight assisted living units and sixteen memory care units. The modern environment blends comfort, care, and community within new construction. It stands as a testament to community-building, reflecting the Benedictine Sisters’ legacy of care, compassion, and balanced living. The Village of Harmony Hill is designed to offer support for residents’ physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being, perpetuating the Sisters’ enduring impact.

Read the formal press release for the Village of Harmony Hill.