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

It is because of faith
that we exchange the present for the future.

St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen, OFM Cap.


January 2017

Special Interest


Famous Painting of St. Francis comes to life
Zoe Romanowsky

St. Francis in the Desert (circa 1480) by Giovanni Bellini permanently resides in the Frick Collection (New York City). Despite the fact that the painting can never leave the museum you can still take a “tour” of Bellini’s masterpiece courtesy of Colin B. Bailey, Associate Director, and Peter Jay Sharp, Chief Curator of the Frick Collection. View...

The Rise and Fall of the Army Surplus Store
Bret and Kate McKay
The Art of Manliness

For decades, the army-navy surplus store was the go-to place for individuals looking to find a good deal on products to outfit themselves for camping or hunting, prepare for the apocalypse on the cheap, or simply pick up a stylish pea coat at a bargain price. But if you’ve visited an army surplus store lately, you probably noticed they just aren’t what they used to be. Bret and Kate McKay for The Art of Manliness website have put together a history of the army surplus store to discover what happened. Read...

Coming up, A bonza bottler day

What is Bonza Bottler Day? Here are a few clues: The terms “bonza” and “bottler” are Australian (but the day originated in the U.S.); August 8, 2015 was the 30th year anniversary of the first official celebration which was held in Greenville, South Carolina; it’s particularly appropriate to celebrate Bonza Bottler Day if there are no other special occasions during the month; and lastly, there’s a Bonza Bottler Day each and every month. Yep. Bonza Bottler Day falls on the day of the month that is the same as the number of the month (i.e., January 1, February 2, March 3, and so on). Mark your calendar and enjoy your day!

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The Staff of the Office of Education,
Recruitment & Formation Extend Our Wishes to You
for a Happy and Grace-filled New Year

Featured this month ...

Find FAQs and an information sheet about the status of DACA at Immigration Resources

Check out the Alerts regarding Administrative Relief and DACA at Immigration Alerts

Find a  good book or an informative seminar to attend during these the winter months at Datebook Plus

Hate the sound of your voice? Read why at Health & Wellness

Learn how Catholic Relief Services is helping children in the Middle East achieve a sense of security at Child Protection

See the various uses ongoing education grants are being applied toward at On The Trail


Moving ahead ...

January 27, 2017: March for Life
The March for Life Rally will take place in Washington, D.C. at noon on the grounds of the Washington Monument, near the corner of 15th Street and Constitution Avenue. Following the Rally, the March will begin on Constitution Avenue between 15th and 17th Streets at approximately 1:00 pm. Details, maps, schedules and more are available at the March for Life website

April 22: Earth Day
Although it began in 1970 as a secular observation, the faith community has found much to celebrate on a day that reminds us to care for our common home. Catholic Climate Covenant has various program guides, materials and information to help you celebrate the day in your community. Visit their website at

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