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


June 2016

When the solution is simple, God is answering.

Albert Einstein
(German physicist, 1879-1955)



Special Interest


The 24-Hour Convenience Store
Eillie Anzilotti

As Anzilotti reports “there was a time, not too long ago, when city residents had to go from store to store to buy their eggs, ice, and cheap beer. Their midnight cravings were greeted with locked doors and dimmed lights. The convenience store, such as it is today, did not exist.” Here’s a brief history of the 24-hour convenience store and how it came to be. Read...

Some Things You May Not Know About Vivaldi
Msgr. Charles Pope
Community in Mission

Yes, Antonio Vivaldi wrote church music and secular pieces, too. Yes, he lived from 1678 to 1741. And, yes, he was Italian. But, did you know he was also ordained a Catholic priest? Read...

Facebook’s Truth in Trending
Garrett Johnson

If it’s on the internet, it’s true. And if Facebook says it’s trending, it must be trending. Garrett Johnson takes a look at the recent expose (by Gizmodo) of testimonies by ex-Facebook workers who definitely say otherwise. Read...

And here's a thought-piece on reality versus social media reality. Read...

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Featured this month ...

Look for events happening all the way through November at Datebook Plus

The U.S. Department of Justice has a downloadable guidebook (no-charge) on the topic of background screening and what you need to know. Child Protection

The Kino Border Initiative offers a comprehensive look at immigration issues and what outcomes might be expected from the Supreme Court. Immigration Resources

Watch a short video on how sugar affects the brain; plus a consumer's guide on buying prescription medicine online. Health & Wellness

New information--since last month--on Canada's Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) requirements is available at Immigration Alerts

See who's going where at On the Trail


Moving ahead ...

June 10: National Yo-Yo Day
 Celebrate National Yo-Yo Day and learn the history of this take-off on the wheel

June 20: World Refugee Day
 World Refugee Day is an annual
commemoration established by the United Nations to recognize refuges and displaced persons for their courage and resilience in the face of conflict and strike. Learn more here.

June 21 - July 4: Fortnight of Freedom
Each year dioceses around the country arrange special events to highlight the importance of defending religious freedom. USCCB has fact sheets, graphics, downloads, prayer resources and reflections to help you observe this special time. Visit
USCCB Fortnight of Freedom.

July 1-31: Annual Accountability Statement Program
Now is a good time to review the frequently asked questions regarding this Program. You’ll find the list
here as well a link to the AAS form if you'd like to submit your Statement early.

July 26-31: World Youth Day
The theme of the XXXI World Youth Day Krakow 2016 is: ‘Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy’ (Mt 5:7). The choice of Krakow and World Youth Day’s motto lead us to the Spark of Mercy. Krakow is widely known as the center of worship of God’s mercy. Information, schedules, travel info, and more is available on the official site for

September 4: Canonization of Mother Teresa
The canonization will be held in Rome during the Sunday Mass celebrated as part of the Jubilee for workers and volunteers of mercy. Visit the Mother Teresa of Calcutta Center’s
official site to learn more about the tribute, program, tickets, and other useful information.

November 8: Presidential Election Day
Information on absentee voting for U.S. citizens abroad can be found on the
U.S. Department of State/Bureau of Consular Affairs
website. Deadlines to submit an absentee ballot vary from state to state. So it is important to also check with your own state’s election board (well) before November 8.


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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