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

February 2020




There are two ways of spreading light ... to be the candle, or the mirror that reflects it.
Edith Wharton (American author, 1862-1937)


Special Interest


authentic—and real—catholic community
Marcel Lejeune
Catholic Missionary Disciples

Here's some thoughtful insight into what authentic Catholic community could (should) be. And, we're not talking "fellowship" or "relationships" or "small groups" as so many parishes strive to create. Nor is it about singular events or programs. Read...

pew: catholic homilies are the shortest
Zelda Caldwell

It may not seem like it at times, but Catholic homilies are, indeed, the shortest of all major Christian denominations in the U.S. The Pew Research Center has data to back that fact up. offers a very brief synopsis of the Pew findings.
You can read the complete Pew Research report. Read...

When is funny not funny according to st. benedict
Joan Chittister

Sr. Joan, a Benedictine herself, offers a reflection on St. Benedict's 10th step of humility regarding humor. Hey, it's no laughing matter. Read...


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Featured this month ...

The clerical abuse crisis is the topic of this month's Article and Resource at Child Protection

Read up on healing crystals and keeping your heart in shape at Health & Wellness

Information about transit visas, driver's licenses and re-entry permits is noted at Immigration Alerts

Read about two unique programs provided by refugee service providers, RefugeeOne and Yes We Can World Foundation, at Immigration Resources

There are some fine programs being held this coming June. See the list at Datebook Plus

Grants continue to be issued to SVDs wishing to attend ongoing education or formation events. A list of recipients is available at On the Trail

Moving ahead ...

February 2, 2020
Super Bowl Sunday
Is it the game or the commercials? Get your game face on and find out here.

March 8, 2020
daylight saving time begins
It starts at 2:00 a.m. local time on the second Sunday in March and continues until 2:00 a.m. local time on the first Sunday in November (November 8, 2020). More info on the why, when and who can be found here.

March 20, 2020
Spring Equinox
The Spring Equinox marks the beginning of spring in the Northern Hemisphere and the beginning of fall in the Southern Hemisphere. The equinox happens at the same time around the world with both hemispheres receiving equal exposure to the sun's rays.

April 22, 2020
Earth Day (50th Anniversary)
Earth Day is now recognized as the planet's largest civic event and this year (2020) marks its 50th anniversary. For more information go to

April 24, 2020
arbor day
The Arbor Day Foundation has created an initiative (especially appropriate for Arbor Day) called the Time for Trees. Their goal is to plant 100 million trees all around the world by 2022.

May 7, 2020
national day of prayer (u.s.)

In 1952 Congress declared the National Day of Prayer an official holiday. People on this day pray in churches according to their religion and the president gives a speech. It's a day to be particularly mindful of the many blessings this nation has received.

June 1, 2020
Annual Accountability statement (AAS) Program starts

June 1 marks the official start of the Annual Accountability Statement Program for fiscal year 2019-20. If you're prepared to submit your Statement now, please do so. (No need to wait.) The form, information, and details about AAS are here...

June 21, 2020
father's day

Honor and celebrate your father. Here's a brief history and nine interesting facts about the holiday.


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