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

If we ever forget we are One Nation Under God, then
we will be a nation gone under.

Ronald Reagan (American president, 1911-2004)

July 2018

Special Interest


Pop in at a shrine near you
Larry Peterson

There are more than a hundred Catholic shrines spread all over the USA. Compliments of Larry Peterson,, here's a list of popular shrines located throughout the U.S., broken down into regions.  Road trip!

Part 1: Upper Midwest

Part 2: Eastern USA

Part 3: Western USA and Texas

Part 4: New England

Infographic: U.S. Imports & Exports
Daily Infographic

With trade, tariffs and taxes in the news you might be wondering what, exactly, does the U.S. import and export. This infographic identifies some of those commodities and rates them too according to their value and weight. Read...

Chaplain: A Ministry of presence
Jessica Arp

Not so much to pray or evangelize but to listen and be present when police officers need someone to listen to them. Read how the City of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin has started a chaplain program under the direction of the Wisconsin Department of Justice. The article provides a behind-the-scenes perspective on the chaplain's role and the police department's evolving attitude. Read...

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Featured this month ...

Review the activities of SVDs pursuing educational and formation opportunities with ongoing education funds at  On the Trail

There's books, seminars, webinars, online courses ... all at Datebook Plus

Learn about using an EpiPen, researching the sense of smell, and preparing a spiritual will at Health & Wellness

Learn to read and understand your visa at Immigration Alerts

Read about the Hugs Not Walls event which took place on the U.S.-Mexico border at  Immigration Resources

Review the recently released USCCB's 2017 Annual Report on the Implementation of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People at  Child Protection

   Moving ahead ...

July 1-31, 2018
Accountability Program
Time to be accountable for the ongoing education and formation you've been doing this past fiscal year. Accountability Statements are now being accepted. So please don't delay. The submission deadline is July 31. Help make this year another 100% compliance year—for yourself and for the Province. Simple instructions and the AAS form are here

September 8 – November 9, 2018
Tour: Saint Pio Relics
Saint Padre Pio's relics are currently on tour in America commemorating the 50th anniversary of Padre Pio entering eternal life. A few of the upcoming sites include Toronto, Ontario; Parsippany, New Jersey; St. Cloud, Minnesota; and Rapid City, South Dakota. For a complete venue list,

October 16, 2018
World Food Day
This is a day of action dedicated to tackling global hunger. The focus of the day is that food is a basic, fundamental human right. Yet, more than 805 million people worldwide live with chronic hunger. Be aware. Take action.

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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