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Fabric and Faith
Gifts of Prayers. Gifts of Quilts.

OCT. 8 – DEC. 14 , 2012

Digital Art Gallery at the Prairie Center on the Avera campus.

Learn more about Prayers and Squares; a volunteer program that makes prayer quilts for cancer patients. Also, read stories of how the quilts provide comfort to patients as well as wrap them in warmth and prayers while they journey through cancer treatment.

What is a prayer quilt?

Prayer quilts are a colorful expression of support and concern. They are not only functional and comfortable, but also a symbol of each patient’s journey through cancer, and a tangible expression of the prayers of others.

What makes it a prayer quilt?

The quilts are tied, and then prayed over by sisters from the Benedictine and Presentation Orders, sponsors of Avera. The quilters leave the strings long, so patients can tie a knot each time they say a prayer. Ties are long enough for additional knots, to represent prayers from caregivers, family or friends.

Who makes the prayer quilts?

Volunteers meet on a weekly basis at the Avera Cancer Institute to work on the quilt. 750 quilts have been completed to-date.

Community Art Wall in the Prairie Center

The Prairie Center, home of the Avera Cancer Institute and Avera Surgery Center, is a place that provides not only hope for our patients, but also a place that welcomes and engages our community. We listened to what our patients wanted in a building—from architectural design to what style of artwork is in a waiting room. Avera McKennan understands and embraces the healing power of art and is excited to unveil a digital community art wall.