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

Upcoming Events

Waiting on the Lord @ Living Word Center
Nov 20 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Prayer Experience led by Barbara Mass, SLW on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at 10-11:30 or 7-8:30 at the Living Word Center, 800 N. Fernandez, Arlington Heights, Illinois. Please email Sr. Barbara to RSVP.


Advent Prayer Service @ Living Word Center
Dec 8 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm


You are invited to join the Sisters of the Living Word and their Associates for an Advent Prayer Service on Sunday, December 8 at 2:00 p.m. at the Living Word Center.

8th Day at the Races @ New Orleans Fair Grounds
Feb 29 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm


Please join the Sisters of the Living Word and their Associates for a Day at the Races at the New Orleans Fair Grounds in the Black Gold Room on Saturday, February 29 at noon.

5th Annual Jazz Brunch @ Chevy Chase Country Club
Apr 26 @ 11:30 am – 2:30 pm


Please join us on Sunday, April 26, 2020 at Chevy Chase Country Club for the 5th Annual Jazz Brunch. Proceeds from this event will support the efforts of the Sisters of the Living Word toward justice in the areas of immigration, racism and care of Earth. The event will include a Silent Auction, Gift Card Raffles and more.

SLW Mission and Core Values Video 2019


A Collaborative Experience With Bitter Jester Studios 
Continuation of OutWord interview



Latest News

  • November 18, 2019 05/29/15 An Emmy for the SLW Video

    On Saturday, November 16 Chioma Ahanihu, SLW and Margie Mei, Director of Mission Advancement, attended the 61st Annual Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards. The SLW video "We are the Sisters of the Living Word" had received two Emmy nominations for photography and lighting. On Saturday night, the video and …

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  • November 11, 2019 05/29/15 Implicit Bias Workshop

    The Illinois Commission on Diversity & Human Relations (ICDHR) is hosting a workshop on Implicit Bias on December 11, 2019 from 8 a.m. until noon at the Marriott Hotel in Hoffman Estates facilitated by Dr. Destiny Peery. The cost is $50.  To register please email …

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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


Rosaria Schlechter, SLW
Rest in Peace
February 15, 1930 – November 13, 2019
Wake at Resurrection Life Center, 7370 W Talcott Ave, Chicago, IL 60631 on Monday, November 18 at 1:00 PM
Funeral Mass on Tuesday, November 19 with visitation at 9 AM and Mass at 10 AM at St. Thomas of Villanova, 1201 E Anderson Dr, Palatine, IL 60074