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


January 2019

Be at war with your vices, at peace
with your neighbors,
and let
every New Year find you
a better man.

Benjamin Franklin
(American statesman, 1706-1790)


Special Interest


When Did Humans First Learn to Count?
Peter Schumer
The Conversation

Author Peter Schumer recounts (no pun intended) when and how our ancestors figured out that "more" must mean more than "single"; that spoken language could explain some of the names of numbers; that different numerical systems have come and gone; that we're talking thousands of years of development. Read...

How To Be Invisible Online
Barbara Davidson

This infographic gives you 20 online security hacks to protect your personal information. From browsing the internet to safety on social media platforms, you don't need to be a technical genius to lessen your online risk. Read...

An Annual Contest of Brains, Brawn, and Library Logistics
Matthew Taub
Atlas Obscura

It's the New York Public Library versus Washington State's King County Library System in Game 6 of the Book Sorters Olympics. If you thought only reading and referencing were done in libraries, think again. There's a whole world of finely-tuned logistics and heavy duty labor going on behind those well-stocked book shelves. Read...


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The Staff of the Office of Education, Recruitment & Formation extend their best wishes and prayers to you
for a Blessed New Year.

Featured this month ...

Catholic Health Association offers a commentary on the recent Pennsylvania grant jury report on sexual abuse by clergy at Child Protection

Asylum and detention are the highlighted topics at Immigration Resources

Learn why your ears might be itching at Health & Wellness

Over the past six months, grants have been issued for a variety of education-worthy events and they're listed at On the Trail

Review the reminders about Canadian Residency obligations at Immigration Alerts

Check out upcoming seminars and workshops for the coming months at Datebook Plus

You can Google "sabbaticals" or you can check out sabbaticals at Resource Directory

Moving ahead ...

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)

February 8, 2019
International Day of Prayer and awareness against Human Trafficking

Catholics all over the world are encouraged to host or attend prayer services to create greater awareness about this phenomenon. The USCCB offers a program—SHEPHERD—that educates lay and religious leaders about human trafficking from a Catholic perspective, equipping them with needed knowledge and skills to combat forced labor and commercial sexual exploitation at the the local level. Learn more about SHEPHERD at

February 17, 2019
Random Acts of Kindness Day

The Random Acts of Kindness Organization believes that kindness starts with one: One compliment, one smile, one kind act, one person. The organization can help you celebrate Random Acts of Kindness Day with various lesson plans, kindness stories, ideas and videos. Check them out at
Random Acts of Kindness

March 27, 2019
National joe day

Enjoy a cup of “joe” with all of your friends named Joe, Jo, Joette, Joey, Joseph, Josephine, Johanna, Joann, Jodie or any variant of the name Joe every year on March 27th, National Joe Day. Here's a few more ideas to help you observe the

March 14
national potato chip day

National Potato Chip Day is celebrated every year on March 14. Here are 10 fun facts about this crunchy snack that should make the day even more tasty. Potato Chip Facts...

April 1, 2019
National One Cent Day
Pennywise and dollar foolish, a penny for your thoughts, and penny candy all have a place in our memories. Here are some facts about the memorable currency. Read...

April 27 - May 18, 2019
CTU Biblical & Study Program
Experience the Holy Lands of the Bible unlike any other. Your guide will be Fr. vanThanh Nguyen, SVD. Details...

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