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

November 2017

Saying thank you is more than good manners.
It is good spirituality.

Alfred Painter (Unknown)



Special Interest


Satellites, the internet, and the communion of saints
Bishop Robert Barron

How we understand the way satellites and the internet work together can help explain how prayer and the communion of saints miraculously operate together. Read... 

meet the man who helped build the pope’s brand on twitter
Ines San Martin

Catholic layman Gustavo Entrala is one of the few people in the world who can say they taught a pope how to tweet. Ines San Martin, Crux, interviewed Entrala recently on how it all came about. (FYI: At last count, Pope Francis had over 36 million followers.) Read... 

Mother Mathilda Beasley
Georgia (U.S.) Historical Society

There is scant information about the early years of this lady who would become known as Mother Mathilda Beasley. But, as an adult she gave her entire inheritance (after her husband’s death) to the Catholic Church and she requested that part of the funds be used for a home for African-American orphans. Her life’s work among the poor, lonely and oppressed—especially in the city of Savannah (GA)—has put forward her cause for sainthood. Read...

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To our visitors, Thank You.
Happy Thanksgiving

The Staff of the Secretariat of Education, Recruitment and Formation

Featured this month ...

It's all about journeys and journeying at Immigration Resources

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Be inspired by what others are doing at On The Trail

Find out what could be in the future for SNAP at Child Protection

Trusted Traveler Programs are in the news at Immigration Alerts

Liturgical Year B resources can be found at Datebook Plus

   Moving ahead ...

November 1-30:
Native American Heritage Month
The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the rich ancestry and traditions of Native Americans. Learn more about planned events, resource materials and a virtual tour “Totem Walk” at

November 3-12:
National Peanut Festival
The nation’s largest peanut festival is held each fall in Dothan, Alabama—Peanut Capital of the World—to to honor local peanut farmers and to celebrate the harvest season. This year they’re even paving 3,800 parking spaces to accommodate visitors. For more information and schedule of events go to The National Peanut Festival.

November 5-11:
National Vocation Awareness Week
This week-long celebration of the Catholic Church in the U.S. is dedicated to promoting vocations to ordained ministry and consecrated life. News releases, prayer cards, video clips, and other resources are available through USCCB (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops). Parishes might also consider establishing a Five Star Program, developed by Serra USA, which focuses on developing religious and priestly vocations.

November 10:
Anniversary of the SS Edmund Fitzgerald

The Edmund Fitzgerald was lost with her entire crew of 29 men on Lake Superior November 10, 1975. The bell of the ship is now on display in the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum as a memorial to her lost crew.

November 16:
National Button Day
Yes, there’s a day for this and a Society too. The history of button collecting, information on conventions, and links to all sorts of button-themed events can be found at the National Button Society's website.

December 1:
World AIDS Day
World AIDS Day is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day, held for the first time in 1988. For information visit

January 15:
Martin Luther King Jr. Day

In 1983 President Ronald Reagan signed a bill creating a U.S. federal holiday in honor of King. It was first celebrated in 1986. Based on King’s quote “What are you doing for others?”, the Corporation for National and Community Service provides opportunities for volunteers on this day—and throughout the whole year.

January 19, 2018:
March for Life
The 45th annual March for Life gathers in Washington, D.C. A Trip Planner containing helpful travel information, maps, event details, sponsors, and more is available for download at


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