Society of the Divine Word Chicago Province • Techny, Illinois
Office of Education, Recruitment & Formation



You know the time;
it is the hour now for you to awake from sleep.
For our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed;
the night is advanced, the day is at hand.

Romans 13:11-12
(First Sunday of Advent, Year A)

December 2016

Special Interest


Parking Lot accidents
State Farm Insurance

It’s winter driving time. We hope you won’t need to follow the advice of State Farm Insurance, but if you do hit, scrape or otherwise damage a parked car—or if you’re the victim of such accident—don’t panic! Read the steps to (calmly) follow here.

journey to the centre of the earth

By the magic of the internet, you can journey to the Earth’s core. Choose your starting point—land or sea—and start digging (scrolling) down to discover what lies along the way. Visit...

The latest papal graffiti in rome

Street artist “MauPal” (Mauro Pallotta) has created another papal graffiti. This time he’s depicted the pontiff and a Swiss Guard playing Tic-Tac-Toe. View...

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We wish you an inspired Advent journey.
The Staff of the Office of Education, Recruitment & Formation

Featured this month ...

Discover books to read or places to at Datebook Plus

CHA releases a statement, the success of HIV programs in Africa, and a tale of science, surgery and mystery are all covered at Health & Wellness

Learn more about obscenity laws and censorship at Child Protection

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has a new website address you should know (and use) for retrieving a copy of your I-94 and travel history at Immigration Alerts

Find  information about how the U.S. immigration system works and details on Border Patrol Sectors at Immigration Resources

We are grateful to have funds to support the ongoing education activities that our members engage in. See examples of this funding at On The Trail


Moving ahead ...

December 1, 2016: World AIDS Day
As the world observes World AIDS Day, read about the work of Catholic Relief Services and the many services they provide in combating HIV and AIDS. Visit...

December 17, 2016: Pope Francis’s Birthday
He will be 80 this year. We wish him a grace-filled day.

December 27: National Fruitcake Day
This perennial “cake” has it’s own day…fittingly, year after year. Read a not-so-serious take on the fruitcake’s genealogy and it’s big day

January 27, 2017: March for Life
The March for Life Rally will take place in Washington, D.C. at noon on the grounds of the Washington Monument, near the corner of 15th Street and Constitution Avenue. Following the Rally, the March will begin on Constitution Avenue between 15th and 17th Streets at approximately 1:00 pm. Details, maps, schedules and more are available at the March for Life website

April 22: Earth Day
Although it began in 1970 as a secular observation, the faith community has found much to celebrate on a day that reminds us to care for our common home. Catholic Climate Covenant has various program guides, materials and information to help you celebrate the day in your community. Visit their website at

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Office of Education, Recruitment & Formation
Society of the Divine Word   |   Chicago Province  |  1985 Waukegan Road  |  Techny, Illinois 60082  |  Tel: 847.272.2700