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

September 2016

Try to learn something
about everything and everything
 about something.
  Thomas Huxley (English scientist, 1825-1895)




Special Interest


Meet The Giants of the Insect World
Anika Burgess
Atlas Obscura

There’s the five inch long Lord Howe Island stick insect, a ten inch Atlas Moth, and a two inch Asian Giant Hornet for your review plus more in this article by Anika Burgess for Atlas Obscura’s Bug Week. Read...

How to Stop a Terrorist Attack
Philip Kosloski

What if you could prevent a terrorist attack from ever happening? That is the goal of In a world where there are no battle lines and terrorists could set off a bomb at a local grocery store, it would be beneficial if everyone were to recognize potential threats. Philip Kosloski for Aleteia explains more about developing awareness based on The Tactical Analysis Training Program created by Patrick Van Horne, a former Marine with extensive field experience in Iraq. Read...

The Unheard Story of the Sistine Chapel
Elizabeth Lev
TEDGlobal (Geneva)

The Sistine Chapel is one of the most iconic buildings on earth—but there's a lot you probably don't know about it. In this tour-de-force talk, art historian Elizabeth Lev guides you across the famous building's ceiling and Michelangelo's vital depiction of traditional stories, showing how the painter reached beyond the religious iconography of the time to chart new artistic waters. Watch...


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Featured this month ...

Consider the concerns involved in bridging the gap between logic and emotion with sex abuse lawsuits at Child Protection

HIV and AIDS is back in the news. Read more at Health & Wellness

Learn the results of the Annual Accountability Statement FY 2015-16 program and details on the next OEFC Meeting at OEFC Minutes

If you are an SVD visa holder in the Province you'll want to check out the 2016-17 series of Visa Holder Seminars at Immigration Alerts

Learn more about the new fee structure for U.S. citizenship applicants; CBP body cameras; and the anniversary of the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act at Immigration Resources

Check out the many workshop and seminar listings from September through February including the inaugural National Catholic Prison Ministry Conference (November) and RECongress 2017 (February) at Datebook Plus


Moving ahead ...

September 4: Canonization of Mother Teresa
The canonization will be held in Rome during the Sunday Mass celebrated as part of the Jubilee for workers and volunteers of mercy. Visit the Mother Teresa of Calcutta Center’s
official site to learn more about the tribute, program, tickets, and other useful information.

September 15 – October 15: National Hispanic Heritage Month
Join the Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, and more in paying tribute to the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriches our nation and society. Find links to numerous events, stories, facts, information

September 18, 2016: Catechetical Sunday 2016
The theme of this year’s Catechetical Sunday is “Prayer: The Faith Prayed.” Resources (for download and for purchase) to help parishes observe the day are available on the USCCB website

October 4, 2016: Feast of St. Francis
St. Francis of Assisi is the patron saint of those who promote ecology. In the spirit of the day, Catholic Climate Covenant has a free, 90-minute program available to help parishes answer Pope Francis’s call for construction dialogue about our place in God’s creation and the environmental impacts on poor people and communities. Visit their website for more details

October 13, 2016: Ongoing Education Formation Committee (OEFC) Meeting
For information on this committee or to submit comments or agenda items, please visit the
OEFC Minutes page.

November 1-30: Native American Heritage Month
What started at the turn of the century as an effort to gain a day of recognition for the significant contributions the first Americans made to the establishment and growth of the U.S., has resulted in a whole month being designated for that purpose. The home page indicates 2015 dates but individual links to events, information, etc. have been/are being updated.

November 8: Presidential Election Day
Information on absentee voting for U.S. citizens abroad can be found on the
U.S. Department of State/Bureau of Consular Affairs
website. Deadlines to submit an absentee ballot vary from state to state. So it is important to also check with your own state’s election board (well) before November 8.

November 12, 2016: SVD Visa Holders Seminar
The first seminar in the 2016-17 Visa Holders Seminar series will be held on November 20 at Divine Word Theologate, Chicago. Details and registration for SVD visa holders is available here.

November 13, 2016: Closing of the Holy Doors
This day marks the conclusion of the Jubilee Year of Mercy as the Holy Doors in Rome’s basilicas and world’s diocese are closed.

November 15-21, 2016: National Bible Week
This year’s theme, “The Bible: A Book for the Family,” builds on this year’s Synod of Bishops on the Family and Pope Francis’s visit to Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families. Resources (for download) and more details can be found on the USCCB website

December 17, 2016: Pope Francis’s Birthday
He will be 80 this year. We wish him a grace-filled day.


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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