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

October 2019

If you don't have time to do it right, when
will you have time to do it over?

John Wooden
(American coach, 1910-2010)



Special Interest


Finding the best stuff in the night sky
Jessica Leigh Hester
Atlas Obscura

This is a beginner's guide to locating stars, planets, satellites from absolutely anywhere. You don't need a mountaintop nor any fancy gear. You'll discover that the night sky can be a fascinating place to explore no matter where you are. Read...

A prayer for Your computer problems
Bishop Emeritus Richard J. Sklba
Archdiocese of Milwaukee

Some consider technology a splendid gift from God. When that technology—specifically your computer—develops a problem, then why not turn to God, who's also the ultimate spiritual techie. Here's Bishop Sklba's inspired "Bless again this day the mysterious computer..." Pray...

the trick that makes you overspend
David Robson

Buyer beware as the saying goes. Read...


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Featured this month ...

Find information about exercise machines, our internal body clocks, and critical thinking skills at Health & Wellness

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

This month the Trusted Traveler Programs are highlighted at Immigration Alerts

The annual selection of liturgical resources for the year (Liturgical Year A) can be found in the Book Section of Datebook Plus

Seminaries are making sure potential predators don't become priests. Learn more at Child Protection

Check out how three Italian grandmothers welcomed migrants as a counter to other less encouraging views on migration at Immigration Resources

Moving ahead ...

October 1, 2019
International Day of Older Persons

Rather than forget or overlook the older people in our lives, take the day to celebrate and honor their life experiences, hard-earned expertise, interesting histories. There are more reasons and ways to celebrate the mature adults in your life.

October 13, 2019
National M&M Day

Created in 1941, this iconic candy has been a favorite around the world for over 75 years. The success of M&Ms is told

October 16, 2019
World Food Day
The United Nations created World Food Day back in 1945. Their motivation was to bring attention to the fact that food is a basic right for everyone—not a privilege for some. For ideas on how to observe the day and make a difference, visit
National Today.

October 20, 2019
World Mission Day
The Holy Father reminds us during the month of October—but especially on World Mission Day, October 20—that the Church is on a mission in the world. We are baptized and we are sent. Read the Pope's full message here.

November 1-30, 2019
Native American Heritage Month
In honor of Native American Heritage Month, check out the list of American Indian Place Names. About half of U.S. state names are derived from Native American tribal languages. Read...

November 2-10, 2019
International Week of Prayer and Fasting
The International Week of Prayer and Fasting is a grassroots movement of Catholics and Christians from around the world participating in a global network of prayer and fasting. Learn more at

November 8, 2019
Dunce Day
Dunce Day marks the death (November 8, 1308) of medieval scholar Duns Scotus of Duns, Scotland. Learn a bit more about this celebrated scholar and the headgear he inspired. Read...

November 10, 2019
Marine Corps Birthday
The first Marines enlisted in 1775 at Tun Tavern in Philadelphia, which is considered the birthplace of the Marine Corp. Every emblem, color choice and motto used in the Marine Corps has a rich history and powerful meaning behind it. Watch...(scroll down to "Symbols of Our Corps" to watch the short video).

November 14, 2019
World Diabetes Day
World Diabetes Day was created in 1991 by the International Diabetes Foundation to bring awareness to this chronic disease. Learn more about the Day—and the disease—

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...


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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