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

June 2019




You are never too old
to set another goal or to dream a new dream.
C.S. Lewis (British author, 1898-1963)

Special Interest


how michelin stars work

Michelin stars are awarded by the same company that makes tires. The idea came about in the early 1900s as a way of increasing road-tripping and, consequently, increasing the sale of tires. Reviewers are anonymous but their reviews are far from secret. What does it take to garner three stars? Read...

The electric spark that changed the guitar forever
Joobin Bekhrad

Joobin Bekhrad, writing for, explains, "Guitar players a century ago sometimes struggled to get their instrument heard. That all changed when a small group of inventors added something into the mix—electricity." And, it wasn't as simple at putting a telephone into the sound-hole of an acoustic guitar. Read...

Where did the peace symbol come from?
Sophia Swinford

That circle with the inverted "Y" and vertical line inside its circumference is neither an ancient pagan symbol nor trendy abstract design. Its origin is much newer and its meaning a bit more profound. Read...

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Featured this month ...

Find out more about the currently trending "wellness waters" at Health & Wellness

Here's a listing of grants issued for ongoing education and formation projects. See On the Trail

Learn more about visa fraud as regards to immigration documents and benefits at Immigration Alerts

Research events going on between June and November at Datebook Plus

Read an analysis the Pope's new law to combat sexual abuse and a letter from Bishop Robert Baron at Child Protection

Watch a video on the legacy of Ellis Island at Immigration Resources


Moving ahead ...

June 1, 2019
Annual Accountability StatementS
The Annual Accountability Statement (AAS) program for fiscal year 2018-19 is about to begin. If you are going on home leave before the end of July, submit your AAS before you leave. If you've already completed five days of ongoing education activities, you can submit your AAS now. If you plan on submitting a grant application for a July or August event, submit your AAS now so that it's on file. There's no need to wait until the last minute. Details and the form can be found on the Accountability Policy page.

June 15, 2019
World Juggling Day
On June 15, thousands of people around the world will unite with one common passion—juggling! Visit the International Jugglers Association's website for video instructions on learning simple to more complex juggling tricks plus information on this year's Juggling Festival in Ft. Wayne, Indiana on June 24-30. Visit...

August 6, 2019
National Night Out
National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes strong police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live and work. For details and/or to register a NNO event go to

August 7, 2019
purple heart day (U.S.)
This day encourages everyone to pay their respects to fallen soldiers, to listen to the stories of soldiers and veterans, and to thank them for their service to the nation.

August 11, 2019
Presidential Joke Day
We often think of American presidents as butts of jokes, the muses for mockery, and the subjects of satire. But every once in a while, our commanders-in-chief (or their speechwriters) come up with a few witty wisecracks of their own. August 11 is Presidential Joke Day–a holiday to commemorate the fact that presidents sometimes have a sense of humor.

August 15
solemnity of the Assumption of the blessed virgin mary
Dormition Abbey is a grand German Benedictine abbey commemorating the memory of the Virgin Mary and is situated on the traditional site of her death. View...

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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