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


Even though you are
on the right track--
you will get run over if you just sit there.

Will Rogers
(American actor, 1879-1935)



February 2017

Special Interest


Cold weather car warm ups
Jay Bennett
Popular Mechanics

Cold weather, snow and ice can present dangerous driving conditions. Warming your car up first before tackling those challenges might not be such a great idea in the long run. Read Jay Bennett’s analysis of the mechanics of car warm ups here.

that first “hail mary” pass
Philip Kosloski

Philip Kosloski, reporting for Aleteia, comments that ‘While the phrase no longer has any connection to the Catholic prayer, Roger Staubach did in fact pray that prayer in the last 24 seconds of the 1975 NFC divisional playoffs...and continues to do so.’ Read...

where have all the holy cards gone?
Thomas Craughwell
National Catholic Register

Remember holy cards? They were first sold during the Middle Ages to pilgrims. Later they were slipped into boxes of chocolates. No longer as popular or plentiful as they were during the 20th century, holy cards are now becoming “collectibles.” Read...

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Featured this month ...

The Resource Directory has been updated. At last! Check out the categories and listings at Resource Directory

The border wall between Mexico and the U.S. is trending at Immigration Resources

Check out the latest reminders at Immigration Alerts

Summer is coming and there's plenty of opportunities for ongoing formation and education in June and July at Datebook Plus

Why are our brains wired to ignore climate change? And, how come nuns don’t have mid-life crises? Find out at Health & Wellness

Sharing and listening can be steps to healing the wounds caused by clergy sexual abuse. Read more at Child Protection


Moving ahead ...

March 20: Alien Abduction Day
The origin of Alien Abduction Day cannot be explained nor can the originator be found. Many believe he was abducted by a very high speed vehicle which fled the area immediately. Nonetheless, here are six of the most famous alien abductions which just may have inspired the day. View...

April 1-30: Child Abuse Prevention Month
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has resources available to help parishes become more aware of this national issue—child abuse—and its prevention. Read...

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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Office of Education, Recruitment & Formation
Society of the Divine Word   |   Chicago Province  |  1985 Waukegan Road  |  Techny, Illinois 60082  |  Tel: 847.272.2700