Sister Chioma Ahanihu: Lending Your Voice

“God still loves us. even in our own messiness. Even in our own flaws.”

Season 2, Episode 10 of Messy Jesus Business, hosted by Sister Julia Walsh



In Season 2, Episode 10 of Messy Jesus Business, Sister Julia Walsh talks with Sister Chioma Ahanihu about what it means to be a Sister, and the importance of authenticity and embodying your personal identity. They discuss how the Black Lives Matter movement after George Floyd’s death helped Sister Chioma find her voice in the midst of the mess, when she was part of a protest for the first time.

“It’s like there’s a point in time in your life that things will keep happening and you feel that you want to lend your voice to that situation,” Sister Chioma says. “The events of summer last year awakened some realities in me that I need to begin to really think, process, pray about and live out.”

She continues, “I still feel that I need to pitch in my small voice, no matter how little it is.”

Sister Julia and Sister Chioma also discuss how the Black Lives Matter Movement challenges Christians to truly hear the voices and perspectives of others, and to serve as companions.

Throughout all of the messiness, Sister Chioma says prayer serves as her anchor. “Everything is messy, and that’s why we ask for God’s grace every time, to help us get through the events of our life.”


Sister Chioma Ahanihu is a member of the Sisters of the Living Word who lives in Chicago.

She ministers as a social worker at Catholic Charities and is a student at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. She is a clinical social worker, psychotherapist and non-profit organization manager. Sister Chioma has worked with the homeless, veterans and the marginalized in cities throughout the U.S. and in Nigeria, her country of birth.


Our Contemplative Moment in this episode of Messy Jesus Business is taken from the opening prayer from A Prayer Service for Racial Healing in Our Land from the website for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. 

MESSY JESUS BUSINESS is produced and hosted by Sister Julia Walsh and edited by Charish Badzinski.

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