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

April 2020



The stone which the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone.

By the LORD has this been done;
it is wonderful in our eyes.

Easter Sunday
Psalm 118:22-24

Special Interest



Latest Updates on COVID-19
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Shouldering a heavy load with bamboo
Isaac Schultz
Atlas Obscura

Vietnamese villagers have been using bamboo poles to help carry heavy loads for centuries. There is a technique to using these slender poles. Read...

Ginormous Geese
Molly Monk
Atlas Obscura

There's a love-hate relationship going on in the town of Rochester, Minnesota between the human residents and the Canada geese population. Not only are there a lot of geese but they are bigger and more aggressive than your everyday Canada goose. Read...

We Need This Virtue Because Screens are Changing Us
Jason Craig
The Catholic Gentleman

Especially timely during these days of social distancing is an article by Jason Craig for The Catholic Gentleman. He asserts that screens, whether they be cell phones, tablets, tvs, computers, have tampered with our brains and the way we pursue information, knowledge, self-worth. Read...

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Easter Blessings
from the Staff of the Office of Education, Recruitment and Formation

Featured this month ...

Social distancing may dampen your plans to attend an ongoing education event but there are great books to read at Datebook Plus

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and we've highlighted the USCCB's FAQs on abuse at Child Protection

Check out the new resource on various DNA testing kits at Health & Wellness

Learn how to access travel advisories before you plan your trip abroad at Immigration Alerts

Never stop learning. Here's a list of recent grants issued for ongoing education and formation events, materials, etc. at On the Trail

There's information on the Public Charge Rule and sanctuary jurisdictions at Immigration Resources

Moving ahead ...

April 13, 2020
Thomas Jefferson's Birthday
Thomas Jefferson, a spokesman for democracy, was an American founding Father, the principal author of the Declaration of Independence (1776) and the third President of the United States (1801-1809).

April 19, 2020
Divine Mercy Sunday
Divine Mercy Sunday is a recent addition to the Church calendar. Here's nine things you need to know about the day.

April 22, 2020
Earth Day (50th Anniversary)
Earth Day is now recognized as the planet's largest civic event and this year (2020) marks its 50th anniversary. For more information go to

April 24, 2020
arbor day
The Arbor Day Foundation has created an initiative (especially appropriate for Arbor Day) called the Time for Trees. Their goal is to plant 100 million trees all around the world by 2022.

May 7, 2020
national day of prayer (u.s.)

In 1952 Congress declared the National Day of Prayer an official holiday. People on this day pray in churches according to their religion and the president gives a speech. It's a day to be particularly mindful of the many blessings this nation has received.

June 1, 2020
Annual Accountability statement (AAS) Program starts

June 1 marks the official start of the Annual Accountability Statement Program for fiscal year 2019-20. If you're prepared to submit your Statement now, please do so. (No need to wait.) The form, information, and details about AAS are

June 14, 2020
Flag Day

Flag Day is a celebration of the American flag that occurs each year on the anniversary of the flag's official adoption. Here are some facts about the day and the flag itself.
Read (overlooking the 2019 designation)...

June 21, 2020
father's day

Honor and celebrate your father. Here's a brief history and nine interesting facts about the holiday.


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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