SISTER CHIOMA AHANIHU, S.L.W.
What first drew you
to religious life?
As an 11- or 12-year-old girl I had a
desire to travel the world helping the
poor, the sick, and the elderly. That
dream made no sense to me then
because I did not even know what it
meant. I think it was clear to me that I
did not want to get married and have
children to tie me to one place.
Being part of a church
community also exposed me to the
religious sisters in my parish. Then
I became friends with one of them,
and I would ask her a lot of questions
about religious life.
What moments with your
community do you really
I enjoy when we sit to catch up with
each other at the end of the day. I
find it exciting to hear stories of the
people we encountered during the
day as we bring them to our evening
Do you have a favorite
way to pray?
I like and look forward to my morning
meditations. I like my quiet times
where I can just “be” and “gaze”
without many words. Prior to the
quiet time, I read some portion of
the Bible, preferably the reading
of the day, and then enter into
What is your current
I work for Catholic Charities of the
Archdiocese of Chicago where I
provide psychotherapy services to
individuals and couples. I’m also
studying at Catholic Theological
Union. I love listening to people’s
stories and helping them piece things
together to live a more fulfilled life.
Tell us a fun fact
I love to laugh and laugh loud—you
know, from the belly!
As a young girl Sister Chioma Ahanihu, S.L. W. wanted to see
the world while helping the poor. Since she was raised in a
devout Nigerian Catholic family, by the time she was a young
woman she had connected that dream to sisterhood. Fast
forward through plenty of discernment and a few life changes,
and now Ahanihu has brought her passion for service to her
work as a therapist and her membership in the Sisters of the
Living Word in Chicago.
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