Mission Fund Grants
This fund, established in the 90’s, is fed mainly by the annual Mardi Gras Event which will be held February 12th of this year. It is also supported by other benefits and donations from families and friends. It was established to make it possible for the Sisters of the Living Word to engage in ministries directly addressing the SLW Mission. Grants from this fund help SLW take the Word that “frees the oppressed and brings new life” to people in dire circumstances.
See more about the works of SLW Underfunded Ministries:
A message from our 2011 Mission Fund Recipients
Jeannine Randolph - Chicago Northwest Suburbs
Thank you so much for helping in my efforts for the sick and dying. At present I am working atRainbow Hospice as a massage therapist for patients who are on the last part of their journey home. Also, I am engaged in my education for certification towards chaplaincy work in hospice.
Carrie Miller - Arlington Heights,
Faith Community Homes,
Supporting the process of finding homes and mentoring families to independent life. As we go to print, Carrie is unable to send her personal words of thanks because of illness, but she is most grateful for the opportunity to continue to free the oppressed in this work.
Kristine Vorenkamp - Arlington Heights,
Misión San Juan Diego
Director of Religious Education
The Mission Grant allows the parish to provide ongoing education for catechists and religious education for all ages: a very important need in the growing Hispanic community. The people and I rejoice in the seeds of faith being planted and are deeply grateful for this
grant without whichMisión San Juan Diego could not do this work.
Joanne Grib - Arlington Heights, Volunteer,
Journeys from PADS to Hope
I am deeply grateful to everyone who because of their donations to my Community enabled me to devote my time to working with the homeless poor in the Northwest Suburbs. I do this work in their name.
Joanne Ginter - Chicago, Volunteer,
St. Gregory High School
A sincere Thank You for funds received from the Mission Grant to help support my volunteer ministry at St. Gregory High School.
Veronica Hoffmann - St. Paul, MN,
Volunteer , WomenVenture
I prepare the curriculum books and handouts for the various classes. Thanks for your continued support of the Mission Fund Grant!
Jean Krieter - Evanston, IL, Volunteer,
I am most grateful to you for enabling me to minister at Teen-Baby Nursery because of our Mission Grant. The infants and toddlers we care for will have a healthier and happier life because of you. This is an awesome thought to know that you are providing help which will last a lifetime! Thank you so much.
Grace Rief - Chicago,
Volunteer, Rush Barton Senior Living Center
I am the only Catholic religious living with 140 tenants of different races, cultures and religions. With a priest in the area, I arrange monthly Masses and celebration of Sacraments. I provide prayer services, Sunday Communion Services and opportunities to grow in faith. I consider my ministry a wonderful opportunity to carry out Jesus’ desire: That all may be one. I am so grateful for the Mission Grant to be able to continue to work in this area.
Very shortly after the Sisters of the Living Word were founded in 1975, the seed of an idea began to grow. Although the number of Sisters in the community was under one hundred, there was a desire to support and strengthen a wide diversity of ministries that shared the core values of the Living Word Mission Statement. In an act of faith that moved beyond limited financial capabilities, the Sisters of the Living Word invested in other innovative ministry efforts.
In 1978, the first year of the Ministry Grants, three grants were distributed amounting to $2,700. In each of the original grants, a Sister of the Living Word was to be involved in the actual ministry. By 2005, $15,000 was distributed, no longer requiring that an SLW be involved. The amount available for these grants is based on 1% of the Sisters' salaries and 1% of Development net income.