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



June 2020-2023

About Ongoing Education/Formation
. . . from the Provincial

Dear Confreres,

So much is changing – faster and faster. Our constitutions underline that change as a primary reason for continuing education:

“Changes in the world and in the church, in the sciences and theology, as well as development in the different phases of one’s life, demand of each confrere and community continual study, development in one’s field and lifelong maturing.” (c 502)

Henry Ford, an American industrialist and innovator, famous for his pithy sayings, put a slightly different spin on things. He is frequently quoted as saying: “Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.”

How are we supposed to keep up? Three steps have proven to be really helpful:

1. Resources: The Chicago Province program for Ongoing Education and Formation offers many resources and generous help to all of us to keep learning and maturing. This website is constantly updated with new opportunities. Datebook Plus

2. Commitment: As a province we have made for ourselves a clear and long-standing expectation that every member give at least five days to ongoing education and professional formation. Grant Application: Policy and Form

3. Accountability: We hold ourselves responsible by filling out the “annual accountability statements.” Accountability Statement: Policy and Form

Fr. Jim Braband, the Secretary of Education, Recruitment & Formation and Kathy Borresen, the Education Office Coordinator are always glad to offer assistance. Their business is: Keeping Our Minds Young!

Yours in the Divine Word,

Quang Duc Dinh, SVD
Provincial Superior - Chicago Province


Office of Education, Recruitment & Formation
Society of the Divine Word   |   Chicago Province  |  1985 Waukegan Road  |  Techny, Illinois 60082  |  Tel: 847.272.2700