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

August 2019

There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting.
Buddha (Philosopher and religious leader, 563BC-483BC)




Special Interest


Annual Accountability Statements.
Have you submitted your 2018-19 AAS? If you haven't, here's the policy and the form. Be accountable. Send your Statement in now. Thanks.

The Great Green Wall
Cerith Gardiner

Expected to rival the Great Wall of China, this wall—The Great Green Wall—will span 5,000 miles running through 11 countries on the African continent. Begun in 2007, the wall is a 10-mile deep line of trees that will hopefully prevent the Sahara Desert from expanding southward. Already ecological and societal improvements are being realized along its completed sections. View...

Behind the Feathers
Anika Burgess
Atlas Obscura

City dwellers often consider pigeons a nuisance. Indeed, they (the pigeons) seem to be everywhere carrying on random, noxious activities. One photographer took the time to observe them and found that pigeons are actually intelligent, quite acrobatic and wonderfully beautiful. Read...

How do hurricanes get their names?
Deanna Conners

...why do we even name hurricanes?! Read...

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Featured this month ...

Find out why diversity in city trees would probably be a good thing for allergies at  Health & Wellness

Here's a listing of grants issued for ongoing education and formation projects. See On the Trail

Learn what to do if your passport expires, needs to be renewed or is lost at Immigration Alerts

Research events going on between July and December at Datebook Plus

Learn how to help teens deal with stress, anxiety, and depression at Child Protection

Learn the long history of the U.S. government's citizenship question on the census form at  Immigration Resources

Moving ahead ...

August 6, 2019
National Night Out
National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes strong police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live and work. For details and/or to register a NNO event go to

August 7, 2019
purple heart day (U.S.)
This day encourages everyone to pay their respects to fallen soldiers, to listen to the stories of soldiers and veterans, and to thank them for their service to the nation. Read... 

August 11, 2019
Presidential Joke Day
We often think of American presidents as butts of jokes, the muses for mockery, and the subjects of satire. But every once in a while, our commanders-in-chief (or their speechwriters) come up with a few witty wisecracks of their own. August 11 is Presidential Joke Day–a holiday to commemorate the fact that presidents sometimes have a sense of humor. Chuckle...

August 15
solemnity of the Assumption of the blessed virgin mary
Dormition Abbey is a grand German Benedictine abbey commemorating the memory of the Virgin Mary and is situated on the traditional site of her death. View...

September 15 – October 15, 2019
Hispanic Heritage Month

The theme of this year's Hispanic Heritage Month is Hispanic Americans: A History of Serving Our Nation. For a list of outstanding Hispanic Americans go to

September 26, 2019
National Pancake Day
This is a day so nice they made it twice. September 26 is the second National Pancake Day. If you can't make it on the 26th, then mark your calendar for March 5, 2020.

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 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.

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—


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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