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

April 2018



Yes, Christ my hope is arisen ...
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Special Interest


This is What happens when Bitcoin Miners take over your Town
Paul Roberts

Just like the Gold Rush of 1848, there's a new type of ”gold rush” going on and how they do it is mind-boggling. These 21st century miners are "panning" for cryptocurrency using thousands of computer servers and vast amounts of energy to find it. Read...

Know yourself
Randall Smith
The Catholic Thing

Popes and philosophers often say "know yourself" but how important is it for regular people living regular lives to know themselves? Randall Smith offers a reflection on this fundamental exhortation. Read...

100 myths explained that may turn your world upside
Daily Infographic

Mind blowing myths are everywhere. Consider that Chinese fortune cookies actually originated in Japan or that there is no evidence that Vikings ever wore horned helmets or that we don't even have five senses. We have about 20! Read...

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The Office of Education, Recruitment and Formation
extends their wishes to you for a blessed Easter.

Featured this month ...

March was a busy month for grants. Check out what they were issued for at On the Trail

There's always a place to go (think Annual Accountability Statements) or a book to read at Datebook Plus

Learn how to hip hinge, be a good listener, or take control of your phone at Health & Wellness

Traveling restrictions and one-year presence requirements are highlighted at Immigration Alerts

Find out more about crackdowns on businesses being carried out by ICE at Immigration Resources

Review suggestions on how to create safe environments for children at Child Protection

   Moving ahead ...

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

April 22, 2018
Earth Day
Earth Day is a yearly global event with more than 1 billion people in 192 countries now taking part in what is the largest civic-focused day of action in the world. Join in and make a difference. Here are 44 simple and easy tips to help you go green, protect the earth, save money and make every day Earth Day:

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.

July 1
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 request to submit your AAS will be sent to you July 1; the submission deadline is July 31, 2018.

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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