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


Information is not knowledge.
Albert Einstein (German physicist, 1879-1955)

September 2021



Special Interest


that paper road map is still relevant
Brett and Kate McKay
Art of Manliness

GPS technology and all it's apps and gadgets is great but nothing beats a good, old-fashioned, paper map for dependable directions, self-reliance, adventure and enjoyment. Read...


catholic implications of space tourism
Linda Bordoni and Fr. Benedict Mayaki, SJ
Vatican News

Bro. Guy Consolmagno, SJ, Director of the Vatican Observatory, offered some Catholic perspectives on the advent of space travel during an interview with Linda Bordoni, Vatican Radio. We're reminded that we are part of space—the universe—too and with that comes awe and responsibility. Read/Listen... 


encryption lava lamps
Atlas Obscura

Internet hackers may have met their nemesis. More than 100 lava lamps stand ready at security company Cloudflare's headquarters creating random code to protect websites such as Uber and FitBit. How? Read...


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Featured this month ...

Gain more insight into the motivation and plight of refugees and migrants at Immigration Resources

Learn how you could add four to 14 years to your life (Hint: the answer is on slide no. 5) at Health & Wellness

Ongoing education grants have been issued to SVDs in the past six months and they're listed at On the Trail

The season of annual meetings and conferences is beginning and dates are being announced at Datebook Plus

Gain advice on keeping your parish's young adult groups and ministers relevant at Child Protection

Passports are highlighted this month at Immigration Alerts

Moving ahead ...

September 9, 2021
day of prayer for peace in our communities
In light of recent incidents of violence and racial tension in communities across the United States, the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has invited all dioceses across the country to unite in a Day of Prayer for Peace in Our Communities. Prayer...

September 10, 2021
World Suicide Prevention Day
Initiated by the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) in 2003, this year's theme is Creating Hope Through Action. One particular activity on September 10 is to light a candle at 8:00 p.m. as an act of remembrance of a lost loved one and for support of survivors. For more information about the association, go to their website at

September 20-26, 2021
National Migration Week
For nearly a half century, the Catholic Church in the United States has celebrated National Migration Week (NMW), which is an opportunity for the Church to reflect on the circumstances confronting migrants, including immigrants, refugees, children, and victims and survivors of human trafficking. NMW for 2021 takes place September 20-26, and will climax with the Vatican’s celebration of the World Day of Migrants and Refugees (WDMR), which always falls on the last Sunday of September. In solidarity with the Vatican, National Migration Week will use the same theme as WDMR – Towards an ever wider we. Visit the USCCB's Justice for Immigrants website for resources being developed.

September 26, 2021
107th World Day of Migrants and Refugees

Towards an ever wider "we" is the theme chosen by the Holy Father for this year's World Day of Migrants and Refugees. The Vatican has gathered resources that can be downloaded for observance of this special day. Read...

October 8, 2021
the peshtigo (wisconsin) fire
This day marks the deadliest fire in U.S. history. The year was 1871. Among the many stories surrounding this catastrophe, two—The Miraculous Tabernacle and that of Adele Brise—are especially remembered.

October 23-31, 2021
International Week of Prayer and Fasting

The International Week of Prayer and Fasting campaign is a grassroots movement of Catholics and other Christians from around the world participating in a global network of prayer and fasting for an end to the “culture of death,” and for a newfound appreciation for basic human rights, particularly in the United States of America. This year's event will be held online.
More details...

November 3, 2021
Stress awareness day
Stress Awareness Day was established in 1998 by the International Stress Management Association (ISMA) to help provide information on stress, and strategies on how to address it for both companies and individuals. Learn more...

November 8, 2021
International Tongue Twister Day
Tongue twisters are a silly way to pass the time or practice pronunciation or even to practice a foreign language! Celebrate November 8 with all the twisty things you can say with your tongue. Try it...


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