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

July 2020


First keep the peace within yourself,
then you can also bring peace to others.

Thomas A. Kempis
(German mystic and religious author, 1380-1471)



Special Interest


COVID-19 Updates
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

hike the camino de santiago from anywhere in the world
Theresa Civantos Barber

The 480-mile walk of the Camino De Santiago—the most famous pilgrimage route in the world—can now be done as a virtual challenge via Conqueror Virtual Challenges. Theresa Civantos Barber,, brought this to our attention as it could be handy during these pandemic travel-restricted times. Read...

Essential Workers keep Natural History Museums running
Jessica Leigh Hester
Altas Obscura

Here's an insight into the essential workers at natural history museums. Staff, from maintenance to housekeeping, curators to social media managers, all have a hand in the ongoing tasks of keeping visitors healthy and museum collections environmentally safe, clean, and resistant to deterioration. Read...

A cloud gazer's guide to every fluffy thing in the sky
Jessica Leigh Hester

Jessica Leigh Hester, Atlas Obscura, met up with Gavin Pretor-Pinney, founder of the Cloud Appreciation Society and discovered some remarkable things about clouds and cloud gazing. Read...


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Featured this month ...

The DACA program is still on! Read more aImmigration Resources

Find out if online symptom-checkers are accurate at Health & Wellness

Learn about the first global broadcast on abuse and faith coming up on August 1 at Child Protection

You'll find the latest updates on USCIS office closures at Immigration Alerts

Before social-distancing was the norm, SVDs were planning to attend numerous events. There's a list of attendees and participants at On the Trail

Several late-year events are being planned. Grants can be obtained for a variety of ongoing education events and formation materials. Check out the possibilities at Datebook Plus

Moving ahead ...

July 26, 2020
Parents' Day
In 1994, Congress unanimously passed “The Parents’ Day Resolution” establishing the fourth Sunday of July as a perennial day of commemoration. On this day each year, Americans recognize outstanding parents, celebrate the teamwork in raising children, and support the role of parental guidance in building a strong, stable society.

July 31, 2020
Annual Accountability Statement Deadline
Reminder: The deadline for submitting your Annual Accountability Statement is the end of July (the 31st). Forms have been sent out to all active members (or downloaded here).

August 1-2, 2020
The Great Pardon of Assisi
(Portiuncula Indulgence)
From the evening of August 1st until sundown on August 2nd each year, you may take part in the Great Pardon of Assisi. You don't have to be in Assisi to obtain the indulgence. Participation at any Franciscan church throughout the world will gain you the Plenary Indulgence of the Forgiveness of Assisi. Details...

August 2, 2020
Friendship Day
Friendship Day celebrations take place on the first Sunday of August every year. The tradition of dedicating a day in honor of friends began in US in 1935. Gradually the festival gained popularity and today Friendship Day is celebrated in large number of countries. On this day people spend time with their friends and express their appreciation for them.

September 13-20, 2020
52nd International Eucharistic Congress
The universal values of family, peace and freedom and the need for new evangelization are at the center of eucharistic congresses. This year's congress will be held in Budapest, Hungary. Read...

October 12-20, 2020
28th International Week of Prayer and Fasting
The 28th International Week of Prayer and Fasting Coalition, Legion of Mary, the Marians of the Immaculate Conception, Rosary Coast to Coast, Diocesan Rosary Congress, Catholic Action for Faith and Family, Priests for Life, and many others...are uniting this year to pray and to fast for these five goals: For peace and the conversion of all peoples and nations; to build a culture of life; to implore God for holiness for His Church; to defend the sanctity of marriage and family life; and for all priest, vocations, and holiness of the members of the Church. Make your pledge now.

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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