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

January 2018


The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year.
It is that we should have a new soul.

G.K. Chesterton (English author, 1874-1936)


Special Interest


Add some salt to your coffee
Anne Marie Helmenstine, Ph.D.

You may have heard putting salt in coffee makes it taste better, potentially making bad coffee palatable. Is it true? From a biochemical perspective, adding a small amount of salt to coffee does make it less bitter. Read the facts presented by Anne Marie Helmenstine, Ph.D. for ThoughtCo here.

The art of lying by telling the truth
Melissa Hogenboom

As Melissa Hogenboom reports, misleading by "telling the truth" is so pervasive in daily life that a new term has recently been coined to describe it: paltering. That it is so widespread in society now gives us more insight into the grey area between truth and lies, and perhaps even why we lie at all. Read...

Why are Erasers Pink?

You may not have thought to ask that question, but there is a reason why an eraser is pink. Abigail Cain did some research for and came up with her report about that top end of your pencil. Read...

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It's the start of another year. 2018!
Best wishes for a faith-filled year from the Staff of the Secretariat of Education, Recruitment & Formation.

Featured this month ...

Learning opportunities for the month of June have been added at Datebook Plus

In between pastoral responsibilities, numerous SVDs are furthering their ongoing formation as noted at On The Trail

Find out the purpose and value of submitting complaints regarding offensive material at Child Protection

You can still review the minutes of the most recent OEFC Meeting at OEFC MINUTES

Find out more about Temporary Protected Status (TPS) at Immigration Resources

Find out why middle age is prime time for creativity at Health & Wellness

The link for Transit Visa information has been updated at Immigration Alerts

   Moving ahead ...

January 15, 2018:
Martin Luther King Jr. Day

In 1983 President Ronald Reagan signed a bill creating a U.S. federal holiday in honor of King. It was first celebrated in 1986. Based on King’s quote “What are you doing for others?”, the Corporation for National and Community Service provides opportunities for volunteers on this day—and throughout the whole year. Visit...

January 19, 2018:
March for Life
The 45th annual March for Life gathers in Washington, D.C. A Trip Planner containing helpful travel information, maps, event details, sponsors, and more is available for download at

March 20 – April 15, 2018
National Cherry Blossom Festival

This yearly spring celebration commemorates the gift of Japanese cherry trees to the city of Washington (DC) by the Mayor of Tokyo City, Mayor Yukio Ozaki on March 27, 1912. As this year's festival draws nearer, you can learn more about weather predictions for the anticipated blossoming at

April 15, 2018
Good Deeds Day

Good Deeds Day is an annual tradition of good deeds. All over the world, in more than 93 countries, hundreds of thousands choose to volunteer and help others, putting into practice the simple idea that every single person can do something good, be it large or small, to improve the lives of others and positively change the world. Learn more at


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Office of Education, Recruitment & Formation
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