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

Upcoming Events

SummerFest 2018 @ Living Word Center
Aug 19 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm


Please join the SLW, Associates and Friends for a Founder’s Day SummerFest on Sunday, August 19 from 1:00 until 4:00 at the Living Word Center.  The Banjo Buddies will perform from 1:30 until 3:30,  hotdogs, chips and ice cream bars will be served, and Kathleen Heer, SLW, will be face-painting.

SLW Memorial Mass 2018
Nov 4 @ 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.


SLW Advent Prayer Service
Dec 2 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm


Join the Sisters of the Living Word, Associates and Friends for the annual Advent Prayer at the Living Word Center.


Latest News

  • June 20, 2018 05/29/15 Please Support SLW Birdies for Charity

    Dear Friends, By now you should have received a pledge form for the John Deere Classic Birdies for Charity fundraiser in which we are participating.  This is replacing our Grand Raffle. Please refer to www.birdiesforcharity.com to make your SLW John Deere Classic donation online with a credit card. If …

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  • June 4, 2018 05/29/15 Domestic Violence 101 Workshop

    Some statistics reported by Shelley Welch, the Sr. Manager of Community Resources, for WINGS Program, Inc.: 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have experienced physical violence by an intimate partner 75% of domestic violence calls to law enforcement occur after separation Domestic …

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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)

Immigration: 21st Century

Immigration: 21st Century

Participation in immigration activities among Sisters of the Living Word began in earnest around 2008 when the Congregation committed itself to active involvement in the social justice issues surrounding immigration.

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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


“Well done, my good and faithful servant. Since you were faithful in small matters, I will give you great responsibilities. Come, share your master’s joy.” Matthew 25:23

Obituary for Sister Genevieve Shea, SLW


Wake Service
Monday, June 25 from 4:00-8:00 pm
Lauterburg/Oehler Funeral Home, 2000 E. Northwest Highway, Arlington Heights, IL 60004

Funeral Mass
Tuesday, June 26 at 10:00 am
St. Edna Catholic Church, 2525 N. Arlington Hts. Rd., Arlington Hts., IL 60004