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

August 2016

We all have ability.
 The difference is how we use it.

Charlotte Whitton (Canadian politician, 1896-1975)




Special Interest


Above: "Spring in Town" by Grant Wood

For God and Country
Chaz Muth
Catholic News Service

Catholic News Service has created a series of stories, photos and videos about the military chaplaincy titled For God and Country. These chaplains pray, work, and train with their fellow soldiers 24/7. They are few in number but their presence is essential to the spiritual and physical well-being of the men and women who serve our country. Read...

Informed voting decisions

BallotReady is an online site dedicated to providing voters with the information they need on every candidate, every election. The site provides free, nonpartisan background information on every candidate and referendum on a voter’s ballot. And, if your city or state is not covered by BallotReady you can submit a request to have it covered. Learn more...

On the Head of a Pin
Kassia St.Clair

Based in a tiny studio in the jewelry quarter in Birmingham Graham Short, a British micro-engraver, inscribed a quote from Abraham Lincoln on the tip of a Civil War bullet, one from Rosa Parks on the rim of a commemorative medal, and one from Steve Jobs on a gold microchip the size of a fingertip. The piece that gave him the most battle scars are the words “Nothing is Impossible”, which he scratched along the business edge of a razorblade. “I can do something,” Short says, “that no one else on a planet of seven billion people can.” Read...

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Featured this month ...

Read why Saint Toribio Romo continues to be honored as the Patron Saint of Mexican migrants and "border crossers" at Immigration Resources

Look for events happening in the coming months at Datebook Plus

Learn about more than 20 social media apps available to everyone--including children and young adults--plus a rating guide for each and strategies for proper online behavior at Child Protection.

Moldy bread, fainting, and "noisy minds" are this month's features at Health & Wellness

Check out the newly refreshed InfoPass web page from USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) at Immigration Alerts

See who's going where (and when) at On the Trail


Moving ahead ...

August 19: National Potato Day
This is the day to celebrate one of America’s favorite foods. International Business Times (IBT) has compiled a list of fun facts and trivia to get the celebration going.

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.

September 15 – October 15: National Hispanic Heritage Month
Join the Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, and more in paying tribute to the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriches our nation and society. Find links to numerous events, stories, facts, information

November 1-30: Native American Heritage Month
What started at the turn of the century as an effort to gain a day of recognition for the significant contributions the first Americans made to the establishment and growth of the U.S., has resulted in a whole month being designated for that purpose. The home page indicates 2015 dates but individual links to events, information, etc. have been/are being updated.

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