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

December 2021






... they shall name him Emmanuel,
which means "God is with us."
Matthew 1:23


Special Interest


Eight inspiring stories of priests who've given hope and joy
Cerith Gardiner

From saving lives to creating a movement, from bringing dignity in death to bringing joy with a jig, here are eight videos offering peace, hope, joy, and love during this season of Advent. Read...


when phishers of men go after churches
Peter Jesserer Smith
National Catholic Register (NRC)

With more churches and Catholic organizations using digital technology, internet scammers are looking at them and their members as easy prey (no pun intended). Simple best practices can provide enormous protection for you, your staff and your congregations. Read...


twenty inventions that changed the world
Mental Floss

These 20 inventions changed the world for better (super soakers!) or worse (the birth control pill). Here are the stories behind each one. Read...


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Artwork: Peruvian Nativity
Marcia Carole

We wish you a Blessed Christmas,
a Merry Christmas

The Office of Education, Recruitment
and Formation Staff


Featured this month ...

Read about Arturo Vittori's engineering feat that is bringing drinkable water to areas in need of fresh water at Health & Wellness

We've been issuing grants to renew relevant subscriptions and professional memberships at On the Trail

Read two commentaries on the USCCB's just-released 2020 Annual Report on the Implementation of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People at Child Protection

This is the last month (until 2022, of course) that Advent and Liturgical Year C resources will be listed at Datebook Plus

Catch up on what Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has accomplished during October 2021 at Immigration Alerts

The Visa Holders Handbook is highlighted this month  at Immigration Resources

Moving ahead ...

December 21, 2021
National Flashlight Day

National Flashlight Day, on the same day as Winter Solstice, reminds us to turn on some lights during the shortest day of the year. Check out the history of the flashlight

You might also appreciate this YouTube video by Matt Smith: I Bought EVERY Flashlight at Home Depot 

January 6 – February 25, 2022
Mardi Gras Season
Mardi Gras isn't just a day, it's a whole season of revelries. Get your purple, green and gold on and check out a few of these facts about Mardi Gras

January 15, 2022
Feast of St. Arnold Janssen
St. Arnold Janssen was the Founder of the Society of the Divine Word (SVD) in 1875 in Steyl, Holland. Born in 1837; ordained in 1861; died in 1909 and canonized in 2003. St. Arnold Janssen, pray for us.

January 16, 2022
National Nothing Day
Ever been caught “doing nothing” and shamed into feeling lazier than the average person? Rest assured, that might not happen today, January 16, National Nothing Day. National Nothing Day has been “celebrated” since 1973. Since the trappings and pomp of the holiday literally add up to nothing, like its namesake, there’s not a lot to tell. A mind-teaser does occur to us, though — if you’re doing nothing, aren’t you doing something, with nothing as the thing you’re doing?

January 29, 2022
Feast of St. Joseph Freinademetz
St. Joseph Freinademetz was an extraordinary SVD missionary, serving in China for 29 years and sustained by Eucharistic Adoration and devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. He died on January 28, 1908 but January 29 is the day SVDs have chosen to celebrate his life. (The universal Church celebrates January 28 as the Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas.) St. Joseph Freinademetz, pray for us.

February 2, 2022
Ground Hog Day
Truth is, the groundhog isn't looking for its shadow when it comes out of its hole. Here are a few more facts about Punxsutawney Phil. Read...

February 10, 2022
National Umbrella Day
While you're appreciating the usefulness of your umbrella, celebrate the day and check out this list of 50 umbrella design innovations. You might want to upgrade. Umbrellas...

February 26, 2022
ash wednesday
Given the current supply chain delays, you might consider making your own ashes for Ash Wednesday. Here's a DIY guide.

March 10, 2022
National landline telephone day
Remember when you were forced to leave your phone at home—because it was attached to your house? Tele-communications has moved on but for this one day we'll nostalgically celebrate the anniversary of the first telephone call by Alexander Graham Bell to his assistant, Mr. Watson. Read...


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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