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



August 2020


The single biggest problem in communication
is the illusion that it has taken place.
George Bernard Shaw (Irish dramatist, 1856-1950)


Special Interest


COVID-19 Updates
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

It's Time to Rethink Recycling
Jack Cooper

As Jack Cooper,, points out 'one reason we don't rate recycling very high is because we think we have it solved—a green bin for yard waste, a blue one for recyclables, a gray one for trash, red for glass.' In reality the system is broke and it needs fixing. Read...

newspaper Article saves thousands of black gospel records from obscurity
Santi Elijah Holley
Atlas Obscura

It began in 2005 when an op-ed by Robert Darden was published in The New York Times warning that innumerable black gospel records were at risk of being lost (by damage or neglect) forever. Thus began the arduous but successful Black Gospel Music Restoration Project. Read...

Burned out on Zoom?
Dolors Massot and Matthew Green

Video calls really are more exhausting than face-to-face meetings. Find out why that is and discover a few solutions to counter Zoom burnout. Read...

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Featured this month ...

Information this month includes the border wall and available communication toolkits aImmigration Resources

Insects, single-use plastics, and miracles are featured at Health & Wellness

This month there's information on two important documents recently released concerning clerical sex abuse. Details at Child Protection

Learn how to understand your visa at Immigration Alerts

Before social-distancing was the norm, SVDs were planning to attend numerous events. There's a list of attendees and participants at On the Trail

Several late-year events are being planned; grants can be obtained for a variety of ongoing education events webinars and virtual seminars. Check out the possibilities at Datebook Plus

Moving ahead ...

August 1, 2020
Annual Accountability Statements

Please submit your AAS for this past fiscal year (June 2019-July 2020) if you haven't done so already. Is it important? Yes. The Province is asking you to be accountable for your time, your ongoing education, your continuing formation.

August 1-2, 2020
The Great Pardon of Assisi
(Portiuncula Indulgence)
From the evening of August 1st until sundown on August 2nd each year, you may take part in the Great Pardon of Assisi. You don't have to be in Assisi to obtain the indulgence. Participation at any Franciscan church throughout the world will gain you the Plenary Indulgence of the Forgiveness of Assisi. Details...

August 2, 2020
Friendship Day
Friendship Day celebrations take place on the first Sunday of August every year. The tradition of dedicating a day in honor of friends began in US in 1935. Gradually the festival gained popularity and today Friendship Day is celebrated in large number of countries. On this day people spend time with their friends and express their appreciation for them.

August 6 and 9, 2020
75th anniversary of the bombing of hiroshima and nagasaki
The Bishops of the United States have made a call for prayers of peace to mark the 75th anniversary of the detonation of two atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. Inspiration...

September 13-20, 2020
52nd International Eucharistic Congress
The universal values of family, peace and freedom and the need for new evangelization are at the center of eucharistic congresses. This year's congress will be held in Budapest, Hungary. Read...

October 12-20, 2020
28th International Week of Prayer and Fasting
The 28th International Week of Prayer and Fasting Coalition, Legion of Mary, the Marians of the Immaculate Conception, Rosary Coast to Coast, Diocesan Rosary Congress, Catholic Action for Faith and Family, Priests for Life, and many others...are uniting this year to pray and to fast for these five goals: For peace and the conversion of all peoples and nations; to build a culture of life; to implore God for holiness for His Church; to defend the sanctity of marriage and family life; and for all priest, vocations, and holiness of the members of the Church. Make your pledge now.

October 16, 2020
World Food Day
This day was instituted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to promote worldwide awareness and action for those who suffer from hunger and for the need to ensure healthy diets for all. 2020 marks the 75th anniversary. Here are a few FAO stories from around the world. Read...

November 1-30, 2020
Black History Month
Black History Month is a good time to investigate black Catholic history. Here are six saints for this special month.


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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