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

July 2017
God, bless America.






Special Interest


how the cookie crumbles
Ernie Smith

It’s Hydrox cookies versus Oreos. Sadly (?) Oreos win. But what caused this shift in America’s taste buds or rather how did Hydrox come in second. Ernie Smith for explores the history of both cookie companies and what sets each brand apart.  Read...

Ascending one of the world’s oldest, tallest trees
Thayer Walker
Atlas Obscura

The giant sequoia has dominated its landscape for millions of years and captivated global imagination since the mid-19th century when rumors of trees the size of fairy-tale beanstalks came roaring out the Sierras. Thayer Walker narrates the history of these trees and their uncertain future in nature as he climbs one of them—220 feet up. Read...

vatican tailors and cobblers have their work cut out for them
Claire Giangravè

As Claire Giangravè reports, ‘Pope Francis’s emphasis on simplicity and frugality is a hit all around the world, but it’s produced just a bit of backlash among fashion-conscious Italians, including an exclusive club of tailors and shoemakers who outfit pontiffs—some of whom are a little nostalgic for the days when being pope also meant dressing to the nines.’ Read...

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Featured this month ...

Listen to a ringtone or a few 1940 radio broadcasts—all regarding immigration—at Immigration Resources

There’s information on juice drinks, CRISPR technology, and HIV/AIDS treatment decisions at Health & Wellness

Interested in a particular event? Perhaps a fellow SVD is also going--or went last year. Find out at On the Trail

Access the USCCB’s newly-released 2016 Annual Report on the implementation of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People at Child Protection

Check out the latest reminders at Immigration Alerts

We're headed into Fall and Winter with events and resources to keep you busy at Datebook Plus

   Moving ahead ...

July 15, 2017: Annual Accountability Statements
This is the mid-way point in the Annual Accountabilty Statement (AAS) program. If you haven't done so already, please submit your AAS for the 2016-17 Fiscal Year. The deadline is July 31. The AAS form can be accessed here; the AAS policy and frequently asked questions here.

August 3: National Watermelon Day
Here’s your chance to indulge in one of nature’s juiciest products—watermelon! The Watermelon Board has a few watermelon facts for you to enjoy. Read...

August 21: Total Solar Eclipse
This is a rare, once-in-a-lifetime event for viewers in the United States. For maps, facts, and all things eclipse, visit

September 15 – October 15: Hispanic Heritage Month
Share in this special annual tribute by learning and celebrating the generations of Hispanic and Latino Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society. Visit the Hispanic Heritage Month website here.

October 9: Columbus Day
Columbus Day is a U.S. federal holiday celebrating the anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ arrival in the Americas on October 12, 1492. The holiday has been fixed to the second Monday in October since 1970. Before then it was celebrated on the anniversary’s actual date—October 12.


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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