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

February 2019


Our lives matter not because of who we are.
They matter because of who God is.

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, OFMCap
(American, Roman Catholic prelate, 1944 - )


Special Interest


36 things that soon will disappear from your life
Gael F. Cooper

Change happens. Look at the dinosaurs, for example. Here are 36 items that will (eventually) disappear—although not quite so dramatically as the dinosaurs—from everyday usage as predicted by Gael F. Cooper, Read...

17 surprising facts about snow
Dale Shaw

As Dale Shaw for says: "Here's a blizzard of brrillliant snow-driven facts..." Read...

And speaking of disappearing...why is the world running out of sand

"Sand is not an infinite resource and we are depleting it at an enormous speed" so speaks the DailyInfoGraphic headline by May. Learn why sand is important, what its composition is, where its used and what it does there. There's even a few facts about the sand mafia. Read...


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Featured this month ...

Review the resource on how to form boys into inspiring and capable men at Child Protection

Learn why a Denmark law has become controversial and how smugglers on the U.S./Mexico border are becoming profitable at Immigration Resources

Ever wonder how Einstein's brain worked? Find out at Health & Wellness

Consider applying for an ongoing education grant. Find out what events other grant recipients are attending at On the Trail

You can find a link to USCIS's online tools at Immigration Alerts

Listings for upcoming events—especially in July—can be found at Datebook Plus

Moving ahead ...

February 8, 2019
International Day of Prayer and awareness against Human Trafficking

Catholics all over the world are encouraged to host or attend prayer services to create greater awareness about this phenomenon. The USCCB offers a program—SHEPHERD—that educates lay and religious leaders about human trafficking from a Catholic perspective, equipping them with needed knowledge and skills to combat forced labor and commercial sexual exploitation at the the local level. Learn more about SHEPHERD at

February 17, 2019
Random Acts of Kindness Day

The Random Acts of Kindness Organization believes that kindness starts with one: One compliment, one smile, one kind act, one person. The organization can help you celebrate Random Acts of Kindness Day with various lesson plans, kindness stories, ideas and videos. Check them out at
Random Acts of Kindness

March 17, 2019
St. Patrick's Day
In North America, a note about this traditional religious holiday (it's a memorial on the church calendar): It falls on a Sunday this year. If you're interested in other St. Patrick's Day facts read...

March 20, 2019
March Equinox
What is the March Equinox? It's the "time" when the day and night will be of almost equal duration in most time zones in the world. Here are 10 more facts about the March Equinox.

March 27, 2019
National joe day

Enjoy a cup of “joe” with all of your friends named Joe, Jo, Joette, Joey, Joseph, Josephine, Johanna, Joann, Jodie or any variant of the name Joe every year on March 27th, National Joe Day. Here's a few more ideas to help you observe the

March 14
national potato chip day

National Potato Chip Day is celebrated every year on March 14. Here are 10 fun facts about this crunchy snack that should make the day even more tasty. Potato Chip Facts...

April 1, 2019
National One Cent Day
Pennywise and dollar foolish, a penny for your thoughts, and penny candy all have a place in our memories. Here are some facts about the memorable currency. Read...

April 21, 2019
Easter Sunday
The greatest of all Sundays, Easter ... Alleluia! For a brief overview on the meaning and liturgical norms for this most glorious Sunday, visit the USCCB website.

April 27 - May 18, 2019
CTU Biblical & Study Program
Experience the Holy Lands of the Bible unlike any other. Your guide will be Fr. vanThanh Nguyen, SVD. Details...

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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