The missionaries begin excavation for a building that will serve as their residence and as a new trade school for orphaned boys. This building will become the north wing of a larger structure.
An estimated 2,000 people from Shermerville (now Northbrook, Ill.) and surrounding communities join the Divine Word Missionaries for a picnic to celebrate the Society’s 25th jubilee.
The Divine Word Missionaries in the United States complete the north wing, the first stage of their master building plan that will house the missionaries and their students and provide space for the technical school. Thanks to the labor of the Divine Word brothers, the missionaries erected the building so quickly that Chicagoans call it the new "world miracle of Chicago." Designed by Divine Word priest and architect John Beckert, this three-wing, four-story building will eventually become St. Mary’s Seminary, the first Catholic seminary in the United States to educate young men for overseas missionary work. Today, it is a part of Techny Towers Conference and Retreat Center.
Father Janssen gives permission to set up Mission Press, a printing operation that will produce thousands of magazines, pamphlets and books during the next six decades.