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



To educate a man in mind and not in morals is
to educate a menace to society.
Theodore Roosevelt (American president, 1858-1919)

August 2021

Special Interest


Riddles for fun
Brett and Kate McKay
Art of Manliness

For fun here are 40 riddles. I can hear the "aarghs" and the "I-knew-thats" now. But, just sit back and enjoy. (The answers are included.) Guess...


Catholic Song contest invites all christian composers to compete
Dr. Douglas Farrow
The Catholic World Report

The contest rules are simple: Write an original song with religiously inspired lyrics, record the song in MP3 format, submit the song, and wait for it to be judged. For more explicit details such as entry fee, rights, deadlines, visit the contest's website at Catholic Song Contest.


Genius car hacks
Melanie Weir
It's the Vibe

Here are descriptions of some ingenious car hacks—from minor annoyances to major live-saving pinch-fixes. (Just be careful where you click on the site as it's laden with ads. Look for the big, red box that reads "Next" and you're good to go.) Read...


• • •  Return to top


Featured this month ...

Find a talent, survive a plane crash, and recognize a drowning victim at Health & Wellness

If you are a visa holder or Legal Permanent Resident, check out some of the reminders posted at Immigration Alerts

Learn more about the Cultural Orientation Resource Exchange (CORE) at Immigration Resources

Read through the list of ongoing education efforts we've supported during the last six months at Datebook Plus

Learn about what happens after an abuse survivor speaks out at Child Protection

Moving ahead ...

August 1, 2021
Annual Accountability Statements
The Annual Accountability Statement (AAS) Program submission deadline was July 31. If you haven't sent yours in yet please do so now...better late than never, as the saying goes. So true! Go here for AAS Details, FAQs, form.

August 1, 2021
Dogust (the Universal Shelter Pet Birthday)
This is the day to celebrate all shelter dogs, whether still in the care of a shelter or with their new "furever' family."

August 15, 2021
feast of the assumption of the blessed virgin mary
The word "assumption" comes from the Middle English "assumpcioun" which means "a taking up into heaven", and from Latin "assumptio" which means "a taking" (Wikipedia). For Roman Catholics it is a Holy Obligation of Obligation.

September 9, 2021
day of prayer for peace in our communities
In light of recent incidents of violence and racial tension in communities across the United States, the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has invited all dioceses across the country to unite in a Day of Prayer for Peace in Our Communities. Prayer...

September 10, 2021
World Suicide Prevention Day
Initiated by the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) in 2003, this year's theme is Creating Hope Through Action. One particular activity on September 10 is to light a candle at 8:00 p.m. as an act of remembrance of a lost loved one and for support of survivors. For more information about the association, go to their website at

September 20-26, 2021
National Migration Week
For nearly a half century, the Catholic Church in the United States has celebrated National Migration Week (NMW), which is an opportunity for the Church to reflect on the circumstances confronting migrants, including immigrants, refugees, children, and victims and survivors of human trafficking. NMW for 2021 takes place September 20-26, and will climax with the Vatican’s celebration of the World Day of Migrants and Refugees (WDMR), which always falls on the last Sunday of September. In solidarity with the Vatican, National Migration Week will use the same theme as WDMR – Towards an ever wider we. Visit the USCCB's Justice for Immigrants website for resources being developed.

October 8, 2021
the peshtigo (wisconsin) fire
This day marks the deadliest fire in U.S. history. The year was 1871. Among the many stories surrounding this catastrophe, two—The Miraculous Tabernacle and that of Adele Brise—are especially remembered. Read...


• • •  Return to top


Office of Education, Recruitment & Formation
Society of the Divine Word   |   Chicago Province  |  1985 Waukegan Road  |  Techny, Illinois 60082  |  Tel: 847.272.2700