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


Autumn is springtime in reverse.
Terri Guillemets
(American quotation anthologist, 1973 -  )



October 2021

Special Interest



Philip Kosloski

Preparing for All Hallowed Eve, "cemetery" is a good word to contemplate for the end of this month. Philip Kosloski, for Aleteia, offers us the spiritual meaning of the word (cemetery). Read...


Patron Saints (November)
Philip Kosloski

Gearing up for November's All Saints litanies, here's a slideshow presenting twelve patron saints of bizarre and unusual things you might want to add. As Philip Kosloski points out, it may be difficult to see the saint's connection but there's always a reason for it. Read...


Christmas light shows

Sherry Weddell

Sherry Weddell for Aleteia notes that a gorgeous new outdoor Advent and Christmas tradition has emerged around the world. On December nights, beautiful images of great Christian art and the Nativity are being projected onto cathedrals and other large historic churches to invite the curious inside. (Time to start planning?) Read...


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Featured this month ...

This month begins the listing of resources for the Advent Season and Year C at Datebook Plus

On review this month are Traveler Compliance Checks, the Overseas Training Program, and more at Immigration Alerts

Of particular interest is the Kino Border Initiative and NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice report on abuses at the border at Immigration Resources

Read about the biophysicist who's transforming asparagus into medical implants at Health & Wellness

Ongoing education grants have been issued to SVDs in the past six months and they're listed at On the Trail

Learn about privacy issues when kids use streaming apps and about the young, soon-to-be-saint who documented Eucharistic miracles on the internet at Child Protection

Moving ahead ...

October 8, 2021
the peshtigo (wisconsin) fire
This day marks the deadliest fire in U.S. history. The year was 1871. Among the many stories surrounding this catastrophe, two—The Miraculous Tabernacle and that of Adele Brise—are especially remembered.

October 23-31, 2021
International Week of Prayer and Fasting

The International Week of Prayer and Fasting campaign is a grassroots movement of Catholics and other Christians from around the world participating in a global network of prayer and fasting for an end to the “culture of death,” and for a newfound appreciation for basic human rights, particularly in the United States of America. This year's event will be held online.
More details...

November 3, 2021
Stress awareness day
Stress Awareness Day was established in 1998 by the International Stress Management Association (ISMA) to help provide information on stress, and strategies on how to address it for both companies and individuals. Learn more...

November 8, 2021
International Tongue Twister Day
Tongue twisters are a silly way to pass the time or practice pronunciation or even to practice a foreign language! Celebrate November 8 with all the twisty things you can say with your tongue. Try it...

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 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.


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Office of Education, Recruitment & Formation
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