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

December 2019


the Word
became flesh
and made his dwelling among us,
and we saw his glory, the glory
of the Father's only Son, full of grace and truth.

John 1:14


Special Interest


The reason Tennis Balls are Yellow—or maybe green
Matt Domino

Tennis balls weren't always yellow and they aren't always used just for tennis. Read...

Cold weather car hacks
Rudie Obias

During the winter months, most of us are familiar with keeping kitty litter in our trunk just in case we need help with traction, but old socks? Cooking spray? Read...

zero is the only number...

Zero is the only number that cannot be represented by Roman numerals and gold is the only metal that doesn't rust. Here's a list of more neat info you can use at your next party. Read...


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Blessings and Merry Christmas
From the Office of Education, Recruitment & Formation

Featured this month ...

Learn more about the anti-abuse hotline coming from the USCCB at Child Protection

Learn why adults could use playgrounds too at Health & Wellness

Find out details and instructions on how to notify USCIS about a change of address at Immigration Alerts

Learn the difference between being an immigrant and being an emigrant at Immigration Resources

Resources for the new Liturgical Year A are still listed at Datebook Plus

Grants are available for a variety of ongoing education and formation events. Get inspired to participate with others at On the Trail

Moving ahead ...

December 3, 2019
Giving Tuesday
Every year, on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday people take the time to give back to their community. Learn more...

December 25, 2019
Merry and blessed Christmas to you. presents a brief history of this sacred day covering both its religious and secular observances. Read...

January 15, 2020
Feast Day of St. Arnold Janssen, SVD
Founder of the Society of the Divine Word, St. Arnold Janssen (1837-1909) became a priest and took upon himself the service of the Church in proclaiming the Gospel. He was canonized on October 5, 2003.

January 18-25, 2020
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is an opportunity for Christians worldwide to join together in prayer for visible Christian unity. For more background information on this event, visit the Graymoor Ecumenical and Interreligious Institute
Graymoor Ecumenical and Interreligious Institute and USCCB's Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs

January 24, 2020
March for Life
This event is listed on the Datebook Plus page but it is worth mentioning here too. Details on the March for Life events, Conference, Rally and March, can be found at

January 28, 2020
Feast Day of St. Joseph Freinademetz, SVD

St. Joseph Freinademetz was a Society of the Divine Word missionary who spent 29 years (1879-1908) serving the people of China. He was canonized (along with St. Arnold Janssen, SVD) on October 5, 2003 by Pope John Paul II.

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.


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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