We’re a community of women religious who advocate for the homeless, immigrants, the environment, and victims of human trafficking.

Upcoming Events

2nd Annual SLW Jazz Brunch @ Chevy Chase Golf Club
Apr 23 @ 11:30 am – 3:00 pm
Associate Retreat @ Christ the King Catholic Church
May 20 @ 9:30 am – 2:00 pm

Associates, friends and parishioners are all welcome
The retreat will be lead by Sr. Barbara Mass, Sr. Brigid Tembo and Margaret Verdun, ASLW.
Lunch will be provided.

Jubilee 2017 @ St. Thomas of Villanova
Jul 1 @ 11:30 am – 3:00 pm


Please join us in celebrating the Jubilees of the following Sisters of the Living Word:  Genevieve Shea, 80 Years; Joanne Fedewa and John Boegeman, 70 Years; Elaine Tworek and Julia Stump, 60 Years; and Carrie Miller, 50 Years.  Mass will begin at 11:30 a.m. at St. Thomas of Villanova followed by a reception.


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Peace, Justice & Care of Earth

As Jesus was sent by the Father in the power of the Spirit, so we are sent as Sisters of the Living Word. We reflect and affirm the Word in the World, the Word, who continually frees the oppressed and gives new life.  (SLW Mission Statement)

Syrian Refugees

Syrian Refugees

The Sisters of the Living Word are collaborating with the Viatorians to help settle a Syrian refugee family. More than 250,000 people have died in the Syrian civil war, and more than 6 million have fled as refugees.

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Bridging the Black/White Divide

Bridging the Black/White Divide

The Sisters of the Living Word (SLW) along with the Illinois Commission on Diversity and Human Relations (ICDHR) have partnered to bring leaders in the Northwest Suburbs together for discussions on race, Bridging the Black/White Divide.

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Outreach Projects

Outreach Projects

Rooted in the Word, We are impelled to be God’s language, Transforming the world we lean into life’s unfolding revelation.
We advocate passionately for the voiceless, risking uncharted paths. We listen in contemplative silence, attending to the call of
Simplicity and presence. We weave a network of connections among diverse peoples and in dissonant situations. (SLW Vision Statement)

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In memoriam


Betty Betzwieser, SLW

We are sorry for the loss of our Sister Betty Betzwieser. Please join us in prayer for her eternal rest.

Elizabeth F. Betzwieser was born on May 16, 1932, the second daughter of Josephine (Herbst) and August Betzwieser. Her older sister, Mary, was three years old at the time. Both of her parents emigrated from Yugoslavia and Germany to the Joliet, Illinois area. Betty cites that after working during the day, both of her parents attended night classes in order to learn the English language. On the very last evening of night classes, two very special people met and were drawn to each other in love. They married on January 9, 1926. Time and circumstances, joys and sorrows, life and death experiences repeatedly challenged her parents’ faith response to a loving Father. It was clear to Betty that the Lord always came first in her family life. It was evident when Betty felt called to religious life and entered the Sisters of Christian Charity as a postulant in 1949. In October of the same year, her older sister, Mary, married Michael Marren. This marriage produced three children: Nancy, Beth, and Dave.

Betty began her novitiate on August 21, 1951 as Sister Augustine. After professing her final vows in August, 1957, Betty continued a long and varied ministerial experience that spanned over fifty years. Betty served as classroom teacher and religious education teacher/ coordinator of most grade levels at St. Elizabeth Elementary in Detroit, MI, St. Theresa, Palatine, IL, St. Joseph, Waconia, MN, St. Gregory Elementary, Chicago, St. Isaac Jogues, Niles, IL, Notre Dame, Clarendon Hills, IL, St. Mary Magdalen, Metairie, LA, Holy Trinity in both Westmont and Chicago, IL, St. Fabian, Bridgeview, IL, and St. Barbara, Brookfield, IL.

In her autobiography, Betty expressed that 1969 was a very significant year in her life. She completed her studies at DePaul University in February, 1969. Her father suffered a heart attack in April and came home on May 10. That same night the family was shocked with the news that her only sibling, Mary, suffered a massive cerebral hemorrhage and died the next day, which happened to be Mother’s Day. The blessings of being a closely knit family intensified the pain of separation. After her father’s death in 1974, Betty cared for her mother until her death in 1988. During these years Betty also ministered part-time as private tutor, housekeeper, and hospital receptionist. Betty continued to be involved as much as possible and officially retired in 2003, first at Berwyn House and later at Mayslake Village, Oak Brook, IL.

Betty was one of the ninety Sisters who founded the Sisters of the Living Word in August, 1975. During Betty’s final days, she mentioned that she wanted to celebrate Easter in heaven. Her prayers were answered, and she went home to heaven at 11:00 pm on April 13, 2017…Holy Thursday. She leaves her niece Beth, her nephew Dave, their families, a host of friends, and the Sisters of the Living Word to celebrate her life.