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

February 2018


The true Faith is the resplendent star that lights up the dark night of this world.

A Maxim of Saint Joseph Freinademetz, SVD
(Missionary - China, 1852-1908)



Special Interest


How Deep is your Snow?
Bill Syrett

Sometimes you don’t need a measuring stick to come up with an assessment of how deep your snow is…it’s really, really deep. But if you’re looking for a more accurate measuring technique, check out Bill Syrett’s article for EarthSky. There’s also some interesting facts about snowfall plus DIY tips from the pros, the National Weather Service. Read...

The people who read your airline tweets
Alexis C. Madrigal
The Atlantic

Airlines are now employing staff to monitor and respond to passenger complaints on Twitter. Alexis Madrigal, The Atlantic, talked to several airlines about this innovation in customer service and reports some interesting stories. Read...

Louis Braille: The blind catholic musician who invented touch-reading
Jean Elizabeth Seah

Everyone knows the deaf Catholic classical composer, Beethoven. But did you know that the inventor of braille was also a brilliant musician and devout Catholic? Jean Elizabeth Seah for unfolds the life of Louis Braille and his contribution to the sight-impaired. Read...

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Featured this month ...

Learn ways you can counteract the anti-immigrant narrative at Immigration Resources

Find out how to treat frostbite and to recognize hypothermia at Health & Wellness

Find out who might be going to an event you’re considering attending at On the Trail

Learn more details about mandatory reporting of child abuse and neglect at Child Protection

Documentation for nonimmigrant intent when applying for a visa is highlighted this month at Immigration Alerts

Spring and summer event planners are beginning to list details about their seminars, workshops, week-long institutes at Datebook Plus

   Moving ahead ...

February 14, 2018
Ash Wednesday

February 14 is both Ash Wednesday (and, oh dear, Valentine’s Day). The confluence of these two events aside, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has a variety of suggestions and resources to help you “raise up,” “sacrifice,” and “offer” during this Lent and to embrace your baptismal commitment:

March 20 – April 15, 2018
National Cherry Blossom Festival

This yearly spring celebration commemorates the gift of Japanese cherry trees to the city of Washington (DC) by the Mayor of Tokyo City, Mayor Yukio Ozaki on March 27, 1912. As this year's festival draws nearer, you can learn more about weather predictions for the anticipated blossoming at

April 15, 2018
Good Deeds Day

Good Deeds Day is an annual tradition of good deeds. All over the world, in more than 93 countries, hundreds of thousands choose to volunteer and help others, putting into practice the simple idea that every single person can do something good, be it large or small, to improve the lives of others and positively change the world. Learn more at

April 22, 2018
Earth Day
Earth Day is a yearly global event with more than 1 billion people in 192 countries now taking part in what is the largest civic-focused day of action in the world. Join in and make a difference. Here are 44 simple and easy tips to help you go green, protect the earth, save money and make every day Earth Day:

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Office of Education, Recruitment & Formation
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