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


September 2018


It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain
a thought without accepting it.

Aristotle (Greek philosopher, 384BC-322BC)

Special Interest


verbal fumbles
Msgr. Charles Pope
Community in Mission

Msgr. Pope offers his list of annoying expressions and verbal fumbles. He requests that you accept the list in the humorous view in which it was intended. Yet, there is a vein of truth in each listed phrase. Read...

Tower of Pisa's leaning solved
Reuben Westmaas

Here's the inside story of why, when, how the Tower of Pisa leans. Mystery solved. But! Will it topple soon? Get the facts and prediction. Plus, there's a nice explanatory video at the end. Read and watch...

AI (artifical intelligence) does the laundry
Helene Schumacher

Before we begin worrying about artificial intelligence taking over our lives, it's worth considering just how much effort it takes for that friendly robot to fold a t-shirt. Actually, it's not so much about the robot but about the design and engineering that goes into a t-shirt folding robot...or an assembly line robot for that matter. Read...


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Featured this month ...

Read about Canadian immigrants to the U.S. plus asylum-seekers and immigration court decisions at Immigration Resources

Discover the effect noise and sound can have on your ability to recover in the hospital at  Health & Wellness

Numerous SVDs have applied for ongoing education grants and you'll find the where and when of them at On the Trail

Review the information for obtaining your USCIS case status at Immigration Alerts

Several resources on guiding today's youth to a life of faith are featured at Child Protection

While December may be a "quiet" month for seminars, there's a variety of books that you can read anytime at Datebook Plus

Find out what the current Annual Accountability Statement compliance rate is for the Chicago Province at OEFC Minutes


   Moving ahead ...

September 8 – November 9, 2018
Tour: Saint Pio Relics
Saint Padre Pio's relics are currently on tour in America commemorating the 50th anniversary of Padre Pio entering eternal life. A few of the upcoming sites include Toronto, Ontario; Parsippany, New Jersey; St. Cloud, Minnesota; and Rapid City, South Dakota. For a complete venue list, visit...

September 15 – October 15, 2018
Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month begins on September 15, the anniversary of independence for five Latin American countries—Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico declared its independence on September 16, and Chile on September 18. To help appreciate this month, here's a list of famous firsts by Hispanic Americans.

October 4, 2018
Feast of St. Francis

In celebration of this saint's feast, the Catholic Climate Covenant has produced a free 90-minute catechetical program for parishes, schools and faith communities. Learn more at

October 16, 2018
World Food Day
This is a day of action dedicated to tackling global hunger. The focus of the day is that food is a basic, fundamental human right. Yet, more than 805 million people worldwide live with chronic hunger. Be aware. Take action.

November 1-30, 2018
Native American Heritage Month
November is designated Native American Heritage Month. Is it proper to use the term "Native American" or is "American Indian" acceptable? Find out...

November 4-10, 2018
National Vocation Awareness Week
Short Bulletin Quote (for your use courtesy of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops: Please ask Our Lord for more dedicated, holy priests, deacons and consecrated men and women. May they be inspired by Jesus Christ, supported by our faith community, and respond generously to God’s gift of a vocation. Full text...

January 18, 2019
March for Life 2019

The 46th March for Life in Washington, D.C., began as a small demonstration and rapidly grew to be the largest pro-life event in the world. The peaceful demonstration that has followed on this somber anniversary every year since 1973 is a witness to the truth concerning the greatest human rights violation of our time, legalized abortion on demand.

January 22-27, 2019
World Youth Day

The 34th World Youth Day is taking place in Panama City, Panama. The official WYD website for information and news is (English) or (Spanish)


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