As of July 2018, Mission quilts are made cot size and donated to the homeless shelter in Minneapolis operated by Catholic Charities in conjunction with the Dorothy Day Center. They also make baby quilts, which go to St. John Neumann Catholic Church Egan, MN, for the “Blankets for Babes” Ministry, which supplies seven agencies.
During the school year (September-May), the Mission group meets in the St. Anne’s School lunch room the 2nd and 4th Monday at 1 p.m. During the summer months, the Mission group does the work in their homes due to the lack of air conditioning in the school and summer maintenance projects. They have dedicated ladies who help tie quilts, sew them together and cut material into squares. But they can always use more help with these tasks. They appreciate donated fabric and quilt tops sewn and donated. Any questions call Mabel Schweiss at 507-665-3272.
St. Anne’s records on Mission Quilting go back to 1979. Originally meeting at Marie Backman’s home, the ladies made over 50 quilts which were donated to the Blue Cloud Indian Reservation in Stephan, South Dakota. In 1984, some quilts were sent to the Appalachian area in Kentucky, and to the Indian Mission at Fort Totten in North Dakota. When Marie Backman moved to the nursing home in 1987, the quilting continued in St. Anne’s School lunch room. In 1988, the quilts began going to Sister Lenore at St. Agnes Parish in St. Paul. In recent history, some quilts were donated as silent auction items for St. Anne’s Golf Tournament, Applefest, the Deanery Mission Event, LSH After Prom Party, Santa Anonymous, Le Sueur County Christmas and other special events and causes as well as the Appalachian Mission in Kentucky and Li’l Farm Children’s Home in Cambridge.