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

May 2018


Without continual growth and progress, such words as
improvement, achievement and success have no meaning.

Benjamin Franklin  (American Statesman, Inventor, Philosopher, 1706-1790)




Special Interest


Do you have a right to repairs?
Karl D. Stephan
Mercator Net

'Did you know that Apple can tell if you break your iPhone screen and take it to get fixed by somebody who isn't in Apple's authorized repair network and uses a non-Apple screen to fix it? Not only can they tell, they can intentionally disable your phone when they find out.' Mercator Net's Karl D. Stephan reports on this situation and other such repair monopolies. Read...

How to Remove bumper stickers and car decals
Patrick Hutchison
Art of Manliness

The Art of Manliness has an easy, visual guide to help you successfully remove old, new, or no-longer trendy bumper stickers and decals from your car, SUV, truck or motorcycle. Read...

Ranking America's Fast-Food Desserts
Daniela Galarza and Ryan Sutton

Daniela Galarza and Ryan Sutton for went out and sampled more than 50 fast-food desserts on your behalf and came up with a list of the best and the worst. See where your favorite McDonalds, Taco Bell, Chick-fil-A, Wendys or other fast-food dessert falls on the list. Along the way, Galarza and Sutton also found out a few interesting food facts about these sweet treats. Read...

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Featured this month ...

Review the minutes of the most recent (April) OEFC Meeting at OEFC Meeting Minutes

Attendance at association meetings and interest in a variety of topics is evident at On the Trail

Listings for ongoing education and formation events are moving into October already at Datebook Plus

Consider the beneficial aspects of "active rest" at Health & Wellness

Check out the updated features of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services' home page via the link at Immigration Alerts

Find out some facts about the immigrant caravan and notary public scams at Immigration Resources

Check out the resource that will help empower young Catholics for life's big decisions at Child Protection

   Moving ahead ...

May 13-19, 2018
National Police Week
Started in 1962, National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others. Learn more about events, the Memorial, and the stories behind the fallen heroes at National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund:

May 23
National Lucky Penny Day
"See a penny, pick it up...All day long you'll have good luck." When you are out and about, look for those pennies. It just might be your lucky day. Still others claim that it's your Guardian Angel who's leaving that penny to let you know you're on the right path.

Annual Accountability Statement Program Begins
If you're going to be out of town, away from the office, on sabbatical or home leave during July, you might consider submitting your Annual Accountability Statement now. It's perfectly acceptable. Details are here (including the AAS form). The "official" request to submit your AAS will be sent mid-June; the submission deadline is July 31, 2018.

June 19

Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. You can read more about this day's history and its spirit at

June 20
World Refugee Day
Initiated by the United Nations' this event honors the courage, strength and determination of women, men and children who are forced to flee their homeland. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) have resources and information about this observance here.

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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