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

March 2018


A little bit of mercy makes the world less cold and more just.

Pope Francis



Special Interest


The Sun is astonishingly big—and astonishingly small
New Advent

This video, courtesy of New Advent and MetaBallStudios, will move you from the Earth to the Sun to even bigger stars and finally to UY Scuti (a really BIG star) in less than two minutes. View...

The Wind Catchers
Matt Allyn
Popular Mechanics

We're talking wind turbines on 11,000 acres of land in Washington State and the small crew that maintains these power mills. Matt Allyn, Popular Mechanics, travelled to Wild Horse Wind Farm to get an inside view of what's involved in keeping these 351-foot tall towers operating. Read...

Why Paper Jams Persist
Joshua Rothman
The New Yorker

Joshua Rothman, The New Yorker, examines a trivial problem that reveals the limits of technology. For printer engineers, solving paper jams is "the ultimate challenge," combining physics, chemistry, and programming. Read...

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Featured this month ...

Learn more about Trump's border wall and why Border Patrol agents can ask if you're a citizen at Immigration Resources

Find out about the work coroners and medical examiners are doing to help conquer the opioid crisis at Health & Wellness

Check out the list of grants given to your confreres in the past six months at On the Trail

Learn about a bill to aid victims of child pornography at Child Protection

The next SVD Visa Holders Seminar is April 5. Details are at Immigration Alerts

There's always a place to go, a book to read at Datebook Plus

   Moving ahead ...

March 20 – April 15, 2018
National Cherry Blossom Festival

This yearly spring celebration commemorates the gift of Japanese cherry trees to the city of Washington (DC) by the Mayor of Tokyo City, Mayor Yukio Ozaki on March 27, 1912. As this year's festival draws nearer, you can learn more about weather predictions for the anticipated blossoming at

April 15, 2018
Good Deeds Day

Good Deeds Day is an annual tradition of good deeds. All over the world, in more than 93 countries, hundreds of thousands choose to volunteer and help others, putting into practice the simple idea that every single person can do something good, be it large or small, to improve the lives of others and positively change the world. Learn more at

April 22, 2018
Earth Day
Earth Day is a yearly global event with more than 1 billion people in 192 countries now taking part in what is the largest civic-focused day of action in the world. Join in and make a difference. Here are 44 simple and easy tips to help you go green, protect the earth, save money and make every day Earth Day:

May 13-19, 2018
National Police Week
Started in 1962, National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others. Learn more about events, the Memorial, and the stories behind the fallen heroes at National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund:

May 23
National Lucky Penny Day
"See a penny, pick it up...All day long you'll have good luck." When you are out and about, look on the ground for pennies, it just might be your lucky day. Others claim that it's your Guardian Angel who's leaving that penny to let you know you're on the right path.

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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