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


January 2021

What the new year brings to you will depend a great deal on what you bring to the new year

Vern McLellan (American author)




Special Interest


virtual photo exhibit shares stories of catholic diversity
Open Wide Our Hearts
Diocese of Green Bay (Wisconsin)

This traveling exhibit was conceived by the Diocese of Green Bay, WI, which drew its inspiration for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishop's 2018 pastoral letter on racism, Open Wide Our Hearts. The exhibit is now available online, providing access by a wider audience to its message of diversity and inclusion. View...


A logic puzzle only 36 percent of people can solve
Katie Dupere
Popular Mechanics

Here's a challenge for you. Solve this seemingly simple logic puzzle and you'll be admitted into an elite group of people. Note and/or spoiler alert: The answer is provided. Read...


The 50 most underappreciated cars of all times
Benjamin Hunting

'Benjamin Hunter reached out to nearly a dozen automotive writers, media personalities and experts to get their opinions on which classic vehicles are criminally overlooked.' Is your fav among them? Read...


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Blessing for a
Healthy, Happy New Year

The Office of Education, Recruitment
and Formation Staff

Featured this month ...

The Education Office has grants available for attendance at online workshops, purchases of relevant ministry materials, and renewals of professional association memberships. Others have applied. So check their grants out at On the Trail

Gain a look at the bureaucracy of opening a refuge for sex-trafficked children at Child Protection

The Canadian immigration links have been reviewed and updated at Immigration Alerts

Online events are now "the thing" and we have them listed. See what's happening in the next five months at Datebook Plus

Learn about acupuncture and its primacy in the Bronx at Health & Wellness

Read about a few objections to the Naturalization Civics Test and USCIS Policy Manual Changes aImmigration Resources

Moving ahead ...

January 1, 2021
(The Solemnity of Mary)
New Year's Day
Year 2021 is a non-leap year, with 365 days. The most recent leap year is right now—2020! The next is 2024. The reason for the leap year is to reconcile the earth's orbit around the sun. By adding days to the year the season stay in step with the months for each year.

January 15, 2021
feast of st. arnold janssen
Founder of the Society of the Divine Word (SVD) in 1875 in Steyl, Holland. Born in 1837; ordained in 1861; died in 1909 and canonized in 2003. St. Arnold Janssen, pray for us.

January 29, 2021
Feast of St. Joseph Freinademetz
Extraordinary SVD missionary, serving in China for 29 years and sustained by Eucharistic adoration and devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. He died on January 28, 1908 but January 29 is the day SVDs have chosen to celebrate his life. (The universal church celebrates January 28 as the Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas.) St. Joseph Freinadementz, pray for us.

February 15, 2020
President's Day
Several states still have individual holidays honoring the birthdays of Washington, Abraham Lincoln and other figures, but President's Day is now popularly viewed as a day to celebrate all U.S. presidents—past and present.  Read...

February 17, 2021
Ash Wednesday
Ash Wednesday is celebrated on the Wednesday seven weeks prior to Easter. This Christian observance marks the first day of Lent and the start of approximately six weeks of fasting, penance, and alms giving.

March 2, 2021
Dr. Seuss's birthday
The author of Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas was born on this day in 1904. A little known fact about Theodore Seuss Geisel was that he also invented the word "nerd" (circa 1950).

March 15, 2021
ides of march
The "Ides" are specifically the fifteenth day of the months of March, May, July, and October. Julius Caesar was not warned "beware the Ides of March" back in 44 B.C. It's a misnomer along with two other myths regarding his assassination. Read...

April 1, 2021
April fools' day
Don't believe everything you read on the internet. But, just the same, here—as listed on the internet—are ten of the best April Fools' Day pranks (as compiled by Todd Leopold, CNN). Read...

April 4, 2021
Easter Sunday

Christ is risen. He is risen indeed. Alleluia! Alleluia!

May 12, 2021
National Limerick Day
Celebrate the day by creating your own limerick. Edward Lear would be proud. Who's Edward Lear? Read...

May 23, 2021

The seventh Sunday after Easter:
On the evening of that first day of the week,
when the doors were locked, where the disciples were,
for fear of the Jews,
Jesus came and stood in their midst
and said to them, “Peace be with you.”
(John 20:19)


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