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


Christ beside me,
Christ before me,
Christ behind me,
Christ within me,
Christ beneath me,
Christ above me.
 Saint Patrick (Saint, 385-461)

March 2017

Special Interest


Can You turn a terrorist back into a citizen?
Brendan I. Koerner

This is the story of a controversial new program that aims to reform homegrown ISIS recruits back into normal young Americans. It takes place in a courtroom in Minnesota and a judge who sought the expertise of a young deradicalization researcher from Germany. Read...

The foolproof way to never forgetting a name
Renuka Rayasam

Most of us aren’t good at remembering names but we do have an innate spatial memory and facial recall abilities. Put those two attributes together and you’ll be able to confidently greet your new neighbor next time you meet. Here’s how to do it. Read...

The Write Stuff: A History of the Pencil
Jonathan Schifman
Popular Mechanics

There’s nothing like a graphite-filled piece of wood to jot down a few items for your grocery list or, for that matter, to mark them off once they’re in your cart. The pencil. A humble device that has a 500-year history of development and innovation. Read...

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Featured this month ...

Discover Raphael's School of Athens or reflect on what it takes to develop a humane economy. Just two of the resources you'll find at Datebook Plus

The Ongoing Education Formation Committee is holding their Spring meeting on...? Find out the date at OEFC Minutes

Consider the lessons learned from the Ebola outbreak or contemplate the challenge of improving health care for all in an unequal world at Health & Wellness

Learn about the changing face at the U.S. southern border at Immigration Resources

Review the details regarding the upcoming SVD Visa Holders Seminar in April at Immigration Alerts

Find out if laptops and internet surfing do make students smarter at Child Protection

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


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...

March 22: World Water Day
In 1993 the United Nations General Assembly officially designated March 22 as World Water Day. One of its recent goals is to ensure everyone has access to safe water by 2030. The theme this year is “wastewater.” You are invited to explore a variety of stories about the enormous opportunities wastewater has as a resource. Read...

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

May 9: Lost Sock Memorial Day
There are not many mysteries in life that are as perplexing as the mystery of the missing sock. This day pays homage to all those sad single socks and their lost mates…wherever they may be.

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Office of Education, Recruitment & Formation
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