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


October 2018



There is nothing better in heaven or on earth
than the holy will of God.

St. Joseph Freinademetz, SVD
(Missionary - China, 1852-1908)





Special Interest


using old cell phones to save the rainforest
Annie Hartman

 As Annie Hartman,, explains our rainforests are the world's oldest living ecosystems, and it's our job to take care of them. Luckily, one man has come up with a way to help by using old smartphones. Read...

we've all been threading needles wrong this whole time
Michele Debczak

If you've been frustrated by aiming that piece of thread at a needle and hoping it makes it through, Michele Debczak,, reports on Twitter user John Bick's ingenious threading method. It's quick, simple and it works. Just in case, there's a video that goes with the article. Read...

all life on earth, in one staggering chart
Brian Resnick and Javier Zarracina

Scientists estimated the mass of all life on earth and the results were mind boggling. Brian Resnick and Javier Zarracina,, took the data and created a chart to illustrate the point; and even zoomed in on humans and our mass compared to insects, fish, birds, livestock. Yep. Mind-boggling. Read...


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Featured this month ...

Read the profile on El Salvador and the immigration plight of its citizens at Immigration Resources

Catholic healthcare, airports, and vitamins and minerals are featured at Health & Wellness

You might want to take inspiration from the list of ongoing education grants issued to fellow SVDs at On the Trail

If you're an SVD visa holder, you need to check out the upcoming SVD Visa Holders Seminar dates at Immigration Alerts

Offered is a resource on forming more effective Youth Ministries at Child Protection

Resources for the upcoming Liturgical Year C can be found at Datebook Plus

Find out what the current Annual Accountability Statement compliance rate is for the Chicago Province at OEFC Minutes

Moving ahead ...

September 8 – November 9, 2018
Tour: Saint Pio Relics
Saint Padre Pio's relics are currently on tour in America commemorating the 50th anniversary of Padre Pio entering eternal life. A few of the upcoming sites include Toronto, Ontario; Parsippany, New Jersey; St. Cloud, Minnesota; and Rapid City, South Dakota. For a complete venue list, visit...

September 15 – October 15, 2018
Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month begins on September 15, the anniversary of independence for five Latin American countries—Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico declared its independence on September 16, and Chile on September 18. To help appreciate this month, here's a list of famous firsts by Hispanic Americans.

October 4, 2018
Feast of St. Francis

In celebration of this saint's feast, the Catholic Climate Covenant has produced a free 90-minute catechetical program for parishes, schools and faith communities. Learn more at

October 16, 2018
World Food Day
This is a day of action dedicated to tackling global hunger. The focus of the day is that food is a basic, fundamental human right. Yet, more than 805 million people worldwide live with chronic hunger. Be aware. Take action. Read...

November 1-30, 2018
Native American Heritage Month
November is designated Native American Heritage Month. Is it proper to use the term "Native American" or is "American Indian" acceptable? Find out...

November 4-10, 2018
National Vocation Awareness Week
Short Bulletin Quote (for your use courtesy of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops: Please ask Our Lord for more dedicated, holy priests, deacons and consecrated men and women. May they be inspired by Jesus Christ, supported by our faith community, and respond generously to God’s gift of a vocation. Full text...

January 18, 2019
March for Life 2019

The 46th March for Life in Washington, D.C., began as a small demonstration and rapidly grew to be the largest pro-life event in the world. The peaceful demonstration that has followed on this somber anniversary every year since 1973 is a witness to the truth concerning the greatest human rights violation of our time, legalized abortion on demand.

January 22-27, 2019
World Youth Day

The 34th World Youth Day is taking place in Panama City, Panama. The official WYD website for information and news is (English) or (Spanish)

February 8, 2019
International Day of Prayer and awareness against Human Trafficking

Catholics all over the world are encouraged to host or attend prayer services to create greater awareness about this phenomenon. The USCCB offers a program—SHEPHERD—that educates lay and religious leaders about human trafficking from a Catholic perspective, equipping them with needed knowledge and skills to combat forced labor and commercial sexual exploitation at the the local level. Learn more about SHEPHERD at

February 17, 2019
Random Acts of Kindness Day

The Random Acts of Kindness Organization believes that kindness starts with one: One compliment, one smile, one kind act, one person. The organization can help you celebrate Random Acts of Kindness Day with various lesson plans, kindness stories, ideas and videos. Check them out at
Random Acts of Kindness

March 27, 2019
National joe day

Enjoy a cup of “joe” with all of your friends named Joe, Jo, Joette, Joey, Joseph, Josephine, Johanna, Joann, Jodie or any variant of the name Joe every year on March 27th, National Joe Day. Here's a few more ideas to help you observe the


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