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This conference is co-hosted by St. Benedict Press and TAN Books.

FREE ADMISSION!

Belmont Abbey College – Student Commons
100 Belmont-Mt. Holly Rd.
Belmont, NC 28012

Friday, May 25th, 2012 @ 12:00pm to 8:00pm

Although we love children, attendance is restricted to adults, teens accompanied by an adult, and nursing babies.

Fr. Timothy Reid, a convert to the Catholic Faith, earned his B.S. in Marketing from Indiana University, but later changed his focus to pursue the study of Philosophy at the Catholic University of America. After attaining his M.A. in Philosophy in 1997, he took a job with the U.S.C.C.B. in the Migration and Refugee Services Department.

Following his Theology studies at the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception, earning an M.A. and M.Div., Fr. Reid was ordained in 2004. His first assignment was as Parochial Vicar of St. Mark Catholic Church and later went to St. Matthew Catholic Church. In 2007, he was made Pastor of St. Ann Catholic Church, where he oversaw the dramatic renovation of the church. The new structure was dedicated on December 5, 2009 by Bishop Jugis.

Fr. Reid specializes in the Sacred Liturgy, the Traditional Latin Mass, sacred art and architecture, marriage counseling and preparation, vocational discernment, parish missions, retreats, and Carmelite spirituality. In fact, Fr. Reid also serves as the Spiritual Director of for the Secular Carmelite group in Charlotte.
Prof. Joseph Pearce is a world-recognized biographer of modern Christian literary figures. He is the internationally acclaimed author of 14 books, which include bestsellers such as G.K. Chesterton: Wisdom and Innocence (Ignatius, 1997), Literary Converts (Ignatius, 2000), Tolkien: Man and Myth (Ignatius, 2001), Solzhenitsyn: A Soul in Exile (Baker Books, 2001), Bilbo’s Journey, and Old Thunder: A Life of Hilaire Belloc (Ignatius, 2002). Pearce’s books have been published and translated into over eight languages.

Mr. Pearce converted to the Catholic faith in 1989 as a result of “becoming friends” with several 20th-century literary figures he researched who had been Christians and, ultimately, converts to Catholicism—particularly G.K. Chesterton. As a younger man, Pearce was “extremely anti-Catholic” and even had opposed Pope John Paul II’s visits to England. His earlier viewpoint gradually shifted as he learned more about the writings and beliefs of the literary converts he would eventually profile.

As Writer in Residence and professor of literature at Ave Maria University in Naples, Florida, since September 2001, Mr. Pearce also serves as Editor of the Saint Austin Review, a trans-Atlantic monthly cultural review. A native of Great Britain, he relocated to the United States in 2001 to serve at Ave Maria University. He is also contributing writer to a number of newspapers and magazines in the United Kingdom, U.S. and Canada.

An accomplished tutor, teacher and speaker, Mr. Pearce has participated and lectured at a wide variety of international and literary events at major colleges and universities in the U.S., Britain, Europe and Canada. He is also a regular guest on national and international television and radio programs, and has served as consultant for film documentaries on J.R.R. Tolkien and Alexander Solzhenitsyn.
Mr. John Clark was homeschooled by his mother, Dr. Mary Kay Clark, for seven years in the 1980’s. He earned a B.A. in Political Science and Economics from Christendom College in 1992. He is now a devoted father of nine children, for whom he takes an active role in their homeschool education. He writes one of the most popular Catholic homeschooling columns in America and has spoken at numerous Catholic conferences around the country on the topic of the father’s role in the homeschooling family.

Who’s Got You? Observations of a Catholic Homeschooling Father, John’s first book, was released in 2011. In it, he draws from both his childhood memories of homeschooling in a house with 6 brothers as well as his experience teaching his own children. Filled with both humorous anecdotes of family life and poignant reflections from the heart of a loving father, this book is an enjoyable and helpful guide for homeschooling fathers, as well as anyone who wants to see a portrait of a happy, faithful Catholic family.

In his professional life, John is recognized as one of the foremost experts on the topic of Catholic morality and financial markets. He has been a pioneer in the field of morally responsible investing and was the CEO of Paladin Financial Group for over 15 years. In that capacity, his articles have appeared in such journals as Homiletic and Pastoral Review, The Wanderer, and Latin Mass Magazine. He resides in Front Royal, Virginia, with his wife Lisa and nine children. An avid baseball enthusiast, he is also the former head coach of Christendom College’s baseball team.
Mrs. Virginia (Ginny) Seuffert, a native New Yorker, has been homeschooling for over 20 years! While in New York, Mrs. Seuffert lectured, debated, and wrote a number of articles for the Pro-Life movement. After moving to Illinois, she became a founding member of the Network of Illinois Catholic Home Educators, helped establish the “Round Table” (a Catholic home school leadership discussion group), and became a founder and officer of the Catholic Home School Network of America.

In addition to appearing on EWTN, she has been a guest on numerous radio shows, lectured at Catholic family conferences all over the United States and Canada, and has authored several articles on such topics as home education, teaching children the virtues, and household management. The Illinois Press Association awarded her first place honors for a column she wrote defending traditional family values in a local newspaper. The Seton Home Study School Newsletter regularly features her columns, and recently Seton Press published her first two books of a series, Ginny’s Gems: Home Management Essentials and Ginny’s Gems: 10 Essentials for Teaching Your Preschooler at Home.

IHM accepts vendors by invitation only; if you would like to be considered to be a vendor at the IHM Carolina Conference, please send an email to our Vendor Coordinator at vendors(AT)ihmconference.org
If you are interested in becoming a vendor for the first time, please review our Vendor Guidelines.

The following is a complete list of vendors for 2012.

Vendor Name and Description Table Number and Hometown
Albertus Magnus Academy

Supplemental education for homeschoold students to develop critical thinking skills through the analysis of contemporary social issues, in the light of Catholic Social Doctrine. Students get practical experience in applying their knowledge and skills through a competition debate club, which debates against traditional school teams at tournaments throughout the Carolinas.
1 Table
Charlotte, NC
Belmont Abbey College

At Belmont Abbey, you will find a campus that is physically beautiful, an atmosphere that is friendly, and classes that will stimulate your mind, cultivate your spirit, and gladden your heart. At the Abbey, your classes will be small. Your professors will know you by name. You will get to know your classmates well and they will get to know you. You become part of the Catholic intellectual tradition that founded the world’s first universities and that continues to animate many of them today. You also partake of the Benedictine tradition of learning and holiness that has been a light to individuals and to nations for 1,500 years.
1 Table
Belmont, NC
Catholic Schoolhouse

Catholic Schoolhouse is designed to help homeschool families enrich their educational experience through a flexible approach to learning inspired by classical elements. With our Tour Guide, the whole family can study the same topics, delving deeper into the material as they grow older. Using the Catholic Schoolhouse materials can help bring structure and cohesiveness to your entire homeschool experience and will bless your family.
1 Table
Rock Hill, SC
Holy Heroes

Lots of free activities in our “Advent Adventure,” “Lenten Adventure,” and “Summer Faith Adventure,” plus other free stuff on our website, plus Holy Heroes, Glory Stories, and Altar Gang audio CDs, companion books, and unique (and catechetical) Catholic gift items.
2 Tables
Cramerton, NC
Lighthouse Catholic Media

In response to Bl. Pope John Paul II’s call for teh New Evangelization, we offer CDs, downloads, and other media of the world’s most sought after Catholic speakers at not-for-profit prices, so Catholics can know their Faith, live their Faith, and share their Faith!
2 Tables
Rock Hill, SC
(local rep)
Mr. John Clark 1 Table
Prof. Joseph Pearce 1 Table
Seton Home Study School

Seton is a full-service Catholic curriculum provider and the largest publisher of Catholic textbooks in the English language. Serving over 15,000 enrolled students, Seton assists families by providing books, lesson plans, grading services, counseling services, and a wealth of online resources. At the conference, we are offering a $30 per child discount on enrollment (grades 1-12).
20 Tables
Front Royal, VA
TAN Books/Saint Benedict Press

Saint Benedict Press and TAN Books publish Catholic Books and Bibles. Subjects include: Our Lord Jesus Christ; The Blessed Virgin Mary; The Lives of the Saints; Catholic Doctrine; The Mass and Sacraments; Apologetics; Theology; Philosophy; Homeschooling; Church History; and many more!
4 Tables
Charlotte, NC
Usborne Books

Designed for children from birth through early high school, Usborne Books provides quality educational materials for your homeschooling family. With a strong emphasis on non-fiction combined with the unique benefits of their Internet-Linked books, Usborne Books makes learning fun.
1 Table

 


Friday, May 25
Time Speaker Talk
12:00pm Registration/Vendor Area Opens
12:30pm Mrs. Virginia Seuffert
The Academic Approach for All Ages

You can provide a top flight academic education from preschool to high school. Reach your learning goals with a method proven by centuries of success, emphasizing a wellordered school day, virtues like obedience and diligence, memorization, and a curriculum based on the fi nest thoughts of Western culture.
1:30pm Prof. Joseph Pearce
A Matter of Life and Death: The Battle for a True Education

Education is quite simply a matter of life and death. The poisoning of education by the architects of secular fundamentalism, and the culture of death it promotes, can only be countered by a restoration of tradition-oriented learning. Joseph Pearce will discuss the deadliness of the poison and will present the ingredients of the life-giving antidote.
2:30pm Fr. Timothy Reid
Instilling Catholic Values, Culture, and Identity

An explanation of how we can use the time-tested devotions and piety of the Church on a daily basis to help deepen our own faith and the faith of our children, this talk will explain how parents and educators can help children and students feel more rooted in the practice of Catholicism through the liturgy and devotional life of the Church.

3:30pm Mr. John Clark
A, B, C, and Why: The Happiness of Homeschooling

A second-generation homeschooling father of nine, John Clark—following the theme of his book Who’s Got You?—focuses on the “why” of homeschooling. He employs both humor and serious insights to illustrate that educating children at home is one of the most fulfilling things parents can ever do.

4:00 – 6:00pm Vendor Sales/Dinner
6:00pm Mrs. Virginia Seuffert How Catholic Home Education is Changing American Culture

Catholic home education has evolved from a tiny group of parents to a powerful social movement. Learn how homeschool graduates are using their authentic Catholic education and solid academic training to change the country and the Church, and how your children can be counted among them.
7:00pm Prof. Joseph Pearce Unlocking the Catholicism of The Lord of the Rings

J. R. R. Tolkien described his masterwork, The Lord of the Rings, as “a fundamentally religious and Catholic work.” Prof. Pearce unlocks the Catholic dimension of this bestselling trilogy. Discover the hidden meaning of the One Ring, the spiritual significance of the elves, the hidden meaning of the members of the Fellowship of the Ring, and much more.
8:00pm Conference Closes