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

June 2017

If opportunity doesn't knock,
build a door.

Milton Berle
(American comedian, 1908-2002)

Special Interest


What if the internet stopped working for a day?
Rachel Nuwer

What if the internet did stop working—even if just for a day? Yikes, chaos! Or, maybe not. Rachel Nuwer for the BBC investigated the possible scenarios for this “catastrophe.” Read...

A Spa for the Dying
Peter Feuerherd
National Catholic Reporter

Samaritan House is a property that has been repurposed into a home for the dying. Owned by St. Peter’s Parish in Wellsboro, Pennsylvania, the home is staffed by volunteers who provide safe, comfortable care for those who are in their last stage of life. It is not a hospice. It is “home” for as long as needed. Read...

Car cleaning tricks, hacks, tips

Ah, that new car smell, that new car shine. Wish you could get that all back? Here are 17 car cleaning tricks to help you out with those dusty air vents, that dingy vinyl, the dull headlights and those gunky car cups. Read...

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Featured this month ...

Keep up-to-date on immigration terminology and understanding your visa at Immigration Alerts

Summer is upon us. Discover places to go, things to learn, books to read at Datebook Plus

Pain relief and dentistry (not that either are related to each other) are this month’s topics at Health & Wellness

Learn about the growing ramifications of the Administration’s recent immigration enforcement directives at Immigration Resources

Highlighted this month are the changing agendas of both the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts at Child Protection

   Moving ahead ...

June 9: Donald Duck Day
No official celebrations are currently planned but you might want to check out seven little known facts about Donald just in case you’re invited to party. Read…

June 20: World Refugee Day
Parish resources (prayer cards, fact sheets, useful links) are available on the USCCB website. Use them to increase your understanding of the plight of refugees around the world. Visit...

June 21 thru July 4: Fortnight for Freedom
Each year dioceses around the country arrange special events to highlight the importance of defending religious freedom. USCCB is offering a short guide issued to help Christians speak with friends and neighbors about religious freedom and work to clear up the misconceptions about it. Guide: Talk About Religious Liberty

June 28: National Paul Bunyan Day
One of the most famous North American folklore heroes, Paul Bunyan was a giant and a lumberjack of unusual skill and was almost always accompanied by his companion, Babe the Blue Ox. Many of his astonishing feats are retold at

July 1, 2017: Start Annual Accountability Statement Program
This is the official start date for submitting your Annual Accountability Statements for the fiscal year (July 1, 2016 thru June 30, 2017). Kudos to those who have already sent in their AAS for the year! The AAS form can be accessed here; the AAS policy and frequently asked questions here.

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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