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

Stupidity is also a gift, but one mustn't misuse it.
John Paul II (Pope, Saint, 1920-2005)

June 2018

Special Interest


The Choir of the Pope is on Tour

Now you have a chance to enjoy an unforgettable (nay, an historical) evening of timeless music as the Sistine Chapel Choir—the choir of the pope—will be going on tour for the first time in the U.S. this July. For details on the choir's eight-city schedule, ticket prices and to reserve your seats, visit...

200 wallets dropped to find most (and least) honest
Mark Rober
New Advent

When Mark Rober lost his wallet, it got him thinking: What kind of person doesn't return a found wallet? So he got 200 wallets and dropped them in 10 cities to collect data to rank the honesty of the cities and to build a profile of an honest person. His report appears on YouTube as linked by New Advent. View...

Can Fastballs Get any Faster?
Robbie Gonzalez

Baseball season is upon us and it's time to review the stats and ponder possibilities. Can fastballs get any faster? Robbie Gonzalez for Wired researched that question and has an answer. Read...

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Featured this month ...

See what others will be doing this Summer and into the Fall at On the Trail

Browse a listing of books to read or events to attend during the coming months at Datebook Plus

Check out some updated information about applying first aid at Health & Wellness

There's a reminder about Affidavit of Support Letters at  Immigration Alerts

Increases in northern border crossings, the role of private prisons in detaining immigrants, and financial advice for DREAMers are topics discussed at Immigration Resources

Learn the details of a newly-created U.S. government website that links nationwide sex offender registries at Child Protection

   Moving ahead ...

Annual Accountability Statement Program Begins
If you're going to be out of town, away from the office, on sabbatical or home leave during July, you might consider submitting your Annual Accountability Statement now. It's perfectly acceptable. Details are here (including the AAS form). The "official" request to submit your AAS will be sent mid-June; the submission deadline is July 31, 2018.

June 19

Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. You can read more about this day's history and its spirit at

June 20
World Refugee Day
Initiated by the United Nations' this event honors the courage, strength and determination of women, men and children who are forced to flee their homeland. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) have resources and information about this observance here.

June 22-29, 2018
Religious Freedom Week
Join Catholics across the country to pray and act for the freedom to serve faithfully and with integrity. Promoted by the Office of Religious Liberty, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. For a free bulletin insert and details visit...

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
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