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

Upcoming Events

SLW Advent Book(s) 2017
Aug 17 @ 12:00 am – Oct 2 @ 12:00 am


Place your order now for one or more SLW Advent Books with daily reflections written by the Sisters and their Associates.

Spiritual Book Study Group @ The Living Word Center
Oct 2 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am

Spiritual Book Study Group with Sr. Joanne Grib

 Oct 2, 9, 19, 23 and 30th

9:30-10:30 am at The Living Word Center

RSVP to Sr. Joanne, joannegrib@comcast.net
Purchase the book prior to class

Please join me each week as we journey and discuss the inspiring stories from this exciting book – When Women Pray.

“When feminine hearts are at prayer, the world is more lovely and beautiful place.”

Each week we will read the inspiring stories of powerful Catholic women who are leading the most unique and tremendously powerful prayerful lives.

Won’t you join me in sharing some great stories, good conversation and fellowship with other women.


Bridge the Black/White Divide October 2017
Oct 5 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am


Leaders in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago are invited to a breakfast conversation regarding the Black/White Divide at the Living Word Center, 800 N. Fernandez, Arlington Heights, IL

SLW Afternoon Tea
Oct 18 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm


Join the Sisters of the Living Word and Associates for a Complimentary Afternoon Tea which will include a short presentation at the end of the tea by Luanne Wilhelm, SLW on Human Trafficking at the Living Word Center, Arlington Heights, IL. The four course tea is provided by High Tea with Gerri, Long Grove.

Annual Memorial Mass 2017
Oct 29 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm


Join the Sisters of the Living Word, Associates, and Friends at their annual Memorial Mass at the Living Word Center. Once you register online please email mmei@slw.org with names of loved ones to remember at this Mass.


Latest News

  • September 14, 2017 05/29/15 Memorial Mass

    Please join us in prayer and celebration as we remember our loved ones. A special Memorial Mass at 2 pm on Sunday, October 29, 2017 at the Living Word Center, 800 N. Fernandez Ave., Arlington Heights, IL. During the service, we will light candles in memory …

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  • August 17, 2017 05/29/15 SLW Condemn Racism

    Congregational leadership of the SLW belongs to the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) and we stand in solidarity with condemning racism.   LCWR Condemns Racism in All Forms The Leadership Conference of Women Religious condemns racism in all its harmful forms whether the violent acts of the …

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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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 We Are Called To Respond


“We are called to respond individually, communally, and collaboratively to those areas of society that are in need of a compassionate presence.”

We the Sisters of the Living Word have had a history of courage for more than 40 years. Our mission is to identify and meet the needs of persons who are poor and oppressed.

Today that means walking with the refugee; caring for those escaping human trafficking; educating young teens; and providing a place for spiritual seekers.

We thank you for your continuing support. Are you Called to join with the Sisters of the Living Word in these ways? Click here to make an online donation