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

January 2020




We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility
for our future.   

George Bernard Shaw (Irish dramatist, 1856-1950)


Special Interest


What we get wrong about time
Claudia Hammond

As Claudia Hammond for states: 'Most of us tend to think of time as linear, absolute and constantly "running out"—but is it really true? And how can we change our perceptions to feel better about its passing?' Read...

The most powerful tool for sharing your faith
Jeffrey Bruno

On our mission to evangelization, this may be the most powerful tool for sharing your faith. Read...

herding cats
Jane Palmer

Jane Palmer,, has some interesting facts on exactly why it's so hard to herd cats. After all, in the animal world, felines aren't exactly team players nor are they very cooperative. Read...


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Blessings and Good Cheer
for this New Year
From the Office of Education, Recruitment & Formation

Featured this month ...

Find out if God likes being God at Child Protection

This month the history of AIDS, oral health, and hearing are highlighted at Health & Wellness

An overview of visas is available at Immigration Alerts

Learn about an app that helps immigrants plan, learn and act if they're at risk of being detained by deportation agents at Immigration Resources

Listings for events in the coming six months can be found at Datebook Plus

Grants are available for a variety of ongoing education and formation events. Get inspired to participate with others at On the Trail

Moving ahead ...

January 15, 2020
Feast Day of St. Arnold Janssen, SVD
Founder of the Society of the Divine Word, St. Arnold Janssen (1837-1909) became a priest and took upon himself the service of the Church in proclaiming the Gospel. He was canonized on October 5, 2003.

January 18-25, 2020
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is an opportunity for Christians worldwide to join together in prayer for visible Christian unity. For more background information on this event, visit the Graymoor Ecumenical and Interreligious Institute
Graymoor Ecumenical and Interreligious Institute and USCCB's Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs

January 24, 2020
March for Life
This event is listed on the Datebook Plus page but it is worth mentioning here too. Details on the March for Life events, Conference, Rally and March, can be found at

January 28, 2020
Feast Day of St. Joseph Freinademetz, SVD

St. Joseph Freinademetz was a Society of the Divine Word missionary who spent 29 years (1879-1908) serving the people of China. He was canonized (along with St. Arnold Janssen, SVD) on October 5, 2003 by Pope John Paul II.

February 2, 2020
Super Bowl Sunday
Is it the game or the commercials? Find out here. (Note: The site may not have unpdated to 2020 but, indeed, the 2020 Super Bowl is February 2. Get your game face on.)

March 20, 2020
Spring Equinox
The Spring Equinox marks the beginning of spring in the Northern Hemisphere and the beginning of fall in the Southern Hemisphere. The equinox happens at the same time around the world with both hemispheres receiving equal exposure to the sun's rays.

April 22, 2020
Earth Day (50th Anniversary)
Earth Day is now recognized as the planet's largest civic event and this year (2020) marks its 50th anniversary. For more information go to

June 21, 2020
father's day

Honor and celebrate your father. Here's a brief history and nine interesting facts about the holiday. Read...


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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