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

November 2019

The fruits of your labors may be
reaped two generations from now.

Trust, even when you don't
see the results.

Henri Nouwen
(Dutch clergyman, 1932-1996)


Special Interest


Pardoning the Thanksgiving Turkey
Elliot Carter
Atlas Obscura

On Thanksgiving Day one lucky turkey will receive a pardon from the dinner table by the President. Is the bird off to Florida then? Read...

The ups and Downs of an elevator
Jesse Dunietz
Popular Mechanics

In the life of an elevator, you either go up or you go down. Easy. The science behind deciding exactly which way to go is a bit more complicated than that. Read...

your coffee cup lid has a history
Anika Burgess
Atlas Obscura

That simple piece of plastic protecting you from spills of hot coffee has had more re-iterations than today's coffeemaker and been pondered and improved upon by designers and architects alike. Read...

Annual Accountability Statement Program
FY 2018-19

Education Office
Chicago Province

We are pleased to confirm that this year's AAS Program closed at 100% compliance. That's 100%. That's everyone. Thank you to all SVDs for your submitted reports and for your invested time and effort in pursuing your ongoing education and formation goals. The Province and all its members are all the better for it (i.e. they're all pretty smart). Thank you.


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The Office of Education, Recruitment & Formation wishes you a joyful Thanksgiving.

Featured this month ...

Learn the objective truth of 10 myths about clergy sexual abuse at Child Protection

Learn some tricks on dealing with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) at Health & Wellness

DACA information has been updated and SEVIS items reviewed for accuracy at Immigration Alerts

Discover Flavors of Hope and how Portugal is enticing its emigres to return home at Immigration Resources

Webinars are convenient venues for ongoing education. You'll find a list of them at Datebook Plus

Grants are available for a variety of ongoing education and formation events. Get inspired to participate with others at On the Trail

Moving ahead ...

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 8, 2019
Dunce Day
Dunce Day marks the death (November 8, 1308) of medieval scholar Duns Scotus of Duns, Scotland. Learn a bit more about this celebrated scholar and the headgear he inspired. Read...

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...

December 25, 2019
Merry and blessed Christmas to you. presents a brief history of this sacred day covering both its religious and secular observances. Read...

January 18-25, 2020
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is an opportunity for Christians worldwide to join together in prayer for visible Christian unity. For more background information on this event, visit the Graymoor Ecumenical and Interreligious Institute
Graymoor Ecumenical and Interreligious Institute and
USCCB's Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs


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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