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


November 2018



It's good to be blessed. It's better to be a blessing.
Author Unknown

Special Interest


learn a language for free. forever

If you'd like to start learning a foreign language, check out Duolingo. This is an online language-learning platform designed to give everyone—worldwide—a chance to learn a language for free (no hidden fees, no premium content). You can access Duolingo via the web and/or by downloading the app for iOS, Android or Windows phones and tablets. Read...

There's a reason for those weird jogs in straight roads
Avery Thompson
Popular Mechnics

Here's the quick, cool reason you'll come across those random jogs in perfectly straight roads out there in the country. Find out...

recycling plastic into priest cassocks
Paul De Maeyer

Paul De Maeyer's article for Aleteia mentions the Church of England joining the war against plastic in that a few of their priests' cassocks are now available made from high-quality polyester produced from reclaimed PET bottles. The article further explains other efforts being taken by churches to be environmentally responsible. Read...


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May you enjoy a grace-filled Thanksgiving.
The Staff of the
Office of Education, Recruitment & Formation


Featured this month ...

Find out the final Annual Accountability Statement compliance rate for the Chicago Province at OEFC Minutes

Learn more about migrant children taken into U.S. custody at Immigration Resources

Find out why paper cuts hurt so much at Health & Wellness

You might want to take inspiration from the list of ongoing education grants issued to fellow SVDs at On the Trail

Several links for the Government of Canada as relates to immigration have been updated at Immigration Alerts

Learn about creating and maintaining small faith communities on campus and beyond at Child Protection

Check out the list of upcoming events, workshops, association meetings, and books(!) at Datebook Plus

Moving ahead ...

November 1-30, 2018
Native American Heritage Month
November is designated Native American Heritage Month. Is it proper to use the term "Native American" or is "American Indian" acceptable? Find out...

November 4-10, 2018
National Vocation Awareness Week
Short Bulletin Quote (for your use courtesy of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops: Please ask Our Lord for more dedicated, holy priests, deacons and consecrated men and women. May they be inspired by Jesus Christ, supported by our faith community, and respond generously to God’s gift of a vocation. Full text...

December 6-7, 2018
Thomas Merton Fifty Years Later, and Beyond
CTU is sponsoring a two-day conference commemorating the 50th anniversary of Thomas Merton’s death. It is open to all and will begin on Friday night when Richard Rohr, OFM speaks at 7 pm. Details...

January 18, 2019
March for Life 2019

The 46th March for Life in Washington, D.C., began as a small demonstration and rapidly grew to be the largest pro-life event in the world. The peaceful demonstration that has followed on this somber anniversary every year since 1973 is a witness to the truth concerning the greatest human rights violation of our time, legalized abortion on demand.

January 22-27, 2019
World Youth Day

The 34th World Youth Day is taking place in Panama City, Panama. The official WYD website for information and news is (English) or (Spanish)

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 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 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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