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

September 2019

If you believe what you like in the gospels, and reject what you don't like, it is not the gospel you believe, but yourself.

Saint Augustine
(Bishop and Doctor of the Church, 354-430)






Special Interest


how to crack an egg perfectly
Kristen Aiken
HuffPost Life

Just when you think you've mastered pretty much all of life's challenges, along comes the best way to crack an egg without getting shells in it. The technique works. Read...

A life lesson from a boulder
Sarah Todd

Here's the story of an 8.5 million(!) pound boulder in the middle of the road in the state of Colorado that has a philosophical lesson for all of us. Read...

The snakes that ate florida
Ian Frazier
Smithsonian Magazine

As Ian Frazier reports: There are bounty hunters and biologists wading deep into the Everglades to wrestle with the invasion of giant pythons threatening Florida's wetlands. Read...


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Featured this month ...

Discover more about post-traumatic stress disorder at Health & Wellness

Participation in ongoing education and formation events is going strong. See On the Trail

You're reminded about OTP/CTP guidelines at Immigration Alerts

Learn more about asylum, visiting ICE jails, and changing border trends at Datebook Plus

Read about religious investors pushing telecom companies to outwit online molesters at Child Protection

Learn more about asylum, visiting ICE jails, and changing border trends at  Immigration Resources

Moving ahead ...

September 15 – October 15, 2019
Hispanic Heritage Month

The theme of this year's Hispanic Heritage Month is Hispanic Americans: A History of Serving Our Nation. For a list of outstanding Hispanic Americans go to

September 26, 2019
National Pancake Day
This is a day so nice they celebrate it twice. September 26 is the upcoming National Pancake Day. If you can't make it on the 26th, then mark your calendar for the second one on March 5, 2020.

October 1, 2019
International Day of Older Persons

Rather than forget or overlook the older people in our lives, take the day to celebrate and honor their life experiences, hard-earned expertise, interesting histories. There are more reasons and ways to celebrate the mature adults in your life.

October 13, 2019
National M&M Day

Created in 1941, this iconic candy has been a favorite around the world for over 75 years. The success of M&Ms is told

October 16, 2019
World Food Day
The United Nations created World Food Day back in 1945. Their motivation was to bring attention to the fact that food is a basic right for everyone—not a privilege for some. For ideas on how to observe the day and make a difference, visit
National Today.

October 20, 2019
World Mission Day
The Holy Father reminds us during the month of October—but especially on World Mission Day, October 20—that the Church is on a mission in the world. We are baptized and we are sent. Read the Pope's full message here.

November 1-30, 2019
Native American Heritage Month
In honor of Native American Heritage Month, check out the list of American Indian Place Names. About half of U.S. state names are derived from Native American tribal languages. Read...

November 2-10, 2019
International Week of Prayer and Fasting
The International Week of Prayer and Fasting is a grassroots movement of Catholics and Christians from around the world participating in a global network of prayer and fasting. Learn more at

November 10, 2019
Marine Corps Birthday
The first Marines enlisted in 1775 at Tun Tavern in Philadelphia, which is considered the birthplace of the Marine Corp. Every emblem, color choice and motto used in the Marine Corps has a rich history and powerful meaning behind it. Watch...(scroll down to "Symbols of Our Corps" to watch the short video).

November 14, 2019
World Diabetes Day
World Diabetes Day was created in 1991 by the International Diabetes Foundation to bring awareness to this chronic disease. Learn more about the Day—and the disease—

December 3, 2019
Giving Tuesday
Every year, on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday people take the time to give back to their community. Learn more...


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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