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


October 2020



We want it to stay, but autumn always leaves. Beautifully.
Terri Guillemets (America quotation anthologist, 1973-present)


Special Interest


Annual Accountability Statements

Yes! The Chicago Province--you, the members--hit 100% compliance...despite Covid-19 restrictions and all of life's interruptions and disruptions (and reminders). Thank you to everyone.


The Staff of the Secretariat of Education, Recruitment and Formation

Ghosts and the Catholic Church
Thomas L. McDonald
National Catholic Register

Down through time there were some Church Fathers who believed in ghosts and there were others who didn't. It's all a matter of perspective, actually, and a bit of how you interpret the Bible. Thomas L. McDonald for the National Catholic Register delves into the opinions—and teachings. Read...

St. Anthony Finds lost item(s)
Philip Kosloski

Here's the prayer to St. Anthony that asks him to find a lost item. And, here's the backstory to why St. Anthony is the patron saint of items lost. Read/Pray...

The black Taxidermist who made history at Chicago's field museum
Sabrina Imbler
Atlas Obscura

Carl Cotton made history at Chicago's Field Museum because he was the first Africa-American taxidermist to work there and because he was a skilled and innovative taxidermist. Much of his work is still on display at the Field Museum. Read...


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Featured this month ...

If you're a visa holder and want to check out your case status, find out how at Immigration Alerts

Advent is coming and the yearly list of Advent resources (updated for Year B) is included at Datebook Plus

Check out the expanded Information & Resources Section at Child Protection

Recipients of grants over the last six months are listed at On the Trail

Dog bites, walking and pedometers are highlighted at Health & Wellness

Sit in on a training session for relief volunteers at the U.S./Mexico border aImmigration Resources

Moving ahead ...

October 12-20, 2020
28th International Week of Prayer and Fasting
The 28th International Week of Prayer and Fasting Coalition, Legion of Mary, the Marians of the Immaculate Conception, Rosary Coast to Coast, Diocesan Rosary Congress, Catholic Action for Faith and Family, Priests for Life, and many others...are uniting this year to pray and to fast for these five goals: For peace and the conversion of all peoples and nations; to build a culture of life; to implore God for holiness for His Church; to defend the sanctity of marriage and family life; and for all priest, vocations, and holiness of the members of the Church. Make your pledge now. Info...

October 16, 2020
World Food Day
This day was instituted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to promote worldwide awareness and action for those who suffer from hunger and for the need to ensure healthy diets for all. 2020 marks the 75th anniversary. Here are a few FAO stories from around the world. Read...

November 1-30, 2020
Black History Month
Black History Month is a good time to investigate black Catholic history. Here are six saints for this special month. Read...

November 3, 2020
Election Day (United States)
It's an important day. Vote. For details on registering, voting by mail, finding a polling place, and more visit

And, to inspire Catholics in America to live out the truths of our faith in public life, check out

November 11, 2020
Veterans Day
The day was originally known as Armistice Day. It is a federal holiday but through the years its focus became slightly blurred. Read the full history at Veterans Administration

November 29, 2020
First Sunday of Advent
While Lent 2020 was a most unusual season, let us pray that this year's Advent season finds us able to draw closer to each other under more joyful circumstances. It's Cycle B and liturgical resources will be appear in the October edition of this website. God's peace to all.

December 8, 2020
Festival of Lights
(On the feast of the Immaculate Conception)
At dusk in Lyon, France, Catholics light up their windows with candles in what has become known as the Festival of Lights. Read...

December 17, 2020
Wright Brothers Day
Orville and Wilbur Wright's first successful flight in a heavier-than-air, mechanically propelled airplane is celebrated especially at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina each year. Visit

February 15, 2020
President's Day
Several states still have individual holidays honoring the birthdays of Washington, Abraham Lincoln and other figures, but President's Day is now popularly viewed as a day to celebrate all U.S. presidents—past and present.  Read...

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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