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This conference is co-hosted by
Belmont Abbey College
and TAN Books.


Belmont Abbey College – Wheeler Center (Gym)
100 Belmont-Mt. Holly Rd.
Belmont, NC 28012

Friday May 23rd, 2014 @ 2:00pm to 8:00pm
Saturday May 24th, 2014 @ 9:30am to 3:30pm


longenecker webFr. Dwight Longenecker was brought up in an Evangelical home in Pennsylvania. After graduating from the fundamentalist Bob Jones University with a degree in Speech and English, he went to study theology at Oxford University. He was eventually ordained as an Anglican priest and served as a curate, a school chaplain in Cambridge and a country parson on the Isle of Wight.

Realizing that he and the Anglican Church were on divergent paths, in 1995 Fr. Dwight and his family were received into the Catholic Church. His first book is the best-selling book of English conversion stories called The Path to Rome– Modern Journeys to the Catholic Faith. He has written Listen My Son—a daily Benedictine devotional book which applies the Rule of St Benedict to the task of modern parenting. St Benedict and St Thérèse is a study of the lives and thought of two of the most popular saints. In the field of Catholic apologetics, Fr. Dwight wrote Challenging Catholics, More Christianity, The Quest for the Creed, and Christianity Pure & Simple.

Fr. Dwight has also published How to Be an Ordinary Hero and Praying the Rosary for Inner Healing. He has written a popular book for Lent in the tradition of Screwtape Letters called The Gargoyle Code – and its sequel Slubgrip Instructs. His latest book, The Romance of Religion is published by Thomas Nelson.

Fr. Dwight’s blog, Standing on My Head is published at Patheos.; He also writes for Catholic Online, Integrated Catholic Life, Intercollegiate Review, The Imaginative Conservative, The Catholic Thing, and Aleteia. He is also a regular columnist for The National Catholic Register.

In December 2006 he was ordained as a Catholic priest under the special pastoral provision for married former Anglican clergy. He now serves as parish priest of Our Lady of the Rosary parish in Greenville, and enjoys movies, blogging, books, riding his motorcycle and visiting Benedictine monasteries. He and his wife Alison have four children, named Benedict, Madeleine, Theodore and Elias.
Mr. Dale Ahlquist is the president of the American Chesterton Society, and has given talks on Chesterton that have delighted audiences around the country and around the world. Mr. Ahlquist has spoken at Yale, Columbia, NYU, Penn State, Villanova, the University of Georgia, the University of Tulsa, the University of Iowa, and many other colleges. He has given talks in England, Australia, Switzerland, and Canada.

Mr. Ahlquist is the author of G.K. Chesterton – The Apostle of Common Sense and Common Sense 101: Lessons from G.K. Chesterton. He is also creator and host of the popular “Apostle of Common Sense” television series on EWTN.
Ken DavisonMr. Kenneth Davison was a Distinguished Graduate of the United States Air Force Academy. He was a Rhodes Scholar and earned a Master of Arts from Oxford University and a Master in Theological Studies from Ave Maria University.

During his business career, Ken has been an Air Force Officer, a brand manager at Procter & Gamble, a marketing and business development executive for several public and private companies, Vice President of College Relations for Belmont Abbey College, the creator several radio programs including “Glory Stories” and “The One-Minute Monk.” He continues to do business consulting.

Ken Davison is the co-founder with Patrick Madrid of The Envoy Institute, a nationwide outreach teaching Catholics to better understand, defend and share their faith, for which he currently serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer. He is also the founder and President of Holy Heroes ( which provides fun and catechetical products to help parents “bring the joy of the Faith to their families.”

Ken speaks at Catholic conferences about family life issues, especially about the role of a father and husband in leading and developing his children’s Catholic Faith and nurturing a Christian imagination in today’s toxic culture. His writings have appeared in numerous publications including the Knights of Columbus online magazine, Fathers for Good, This Rock, Homiletic and Pastoral Review, and others.

Living in North Carolina with his wife Kerri, Ken is a proud homeschooling father of eight children.
Missy webMrs. Melissa Savage is a wife to Jerome of almost 19 years and the mother of 6, ranging from the age of 13 to 2.

The Savages began homeschooling after realizing the public school system would not work for their oldest, Thomas. Melissa was reluctant to homeschool because she thought she lacked what it would take to accomplish the task. As it turns out, God has given her what she needed at every stage.

Each one of her children has unique needs and she is a very effective force in their education. She has become very proficient in keeping several balls in the air all at the same time, but she would be the first to tell you that she doesn’t see it that way.

Melissa and Jerome have an inspiring dedication to The Catholic Church and are involved in many ministries.
Mrs. Virginia (Ginny) Seuffert, a native New Yorker and mother of 12, 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. Seton Magazine regularly features her columns, and she has three published books, Ginny’s Gems: Home Management Essentials, Ginny’s Gems: 10 Essentials for Teaching Your Preschooler at Home, and It Doesn’t Have to Be This Way.

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)
If you are interested in becoming a vendor for the first time, please review our Vendor Guidelines.

The following is a list of vendors for 2014 who have confirmed so far.

Vendor Name and Description Table Number and Hometown
American Chesterton Society

At the American Chesterton Society, we are doing everything we can to revive an interest in the most unjustly neglected writer of the 20th century. Our goal is to get Chesterton’s words not merely back into print, but back into the classroom and back into the public arena.
1 Table
Minneapolis, MN
Albertus Magnus Academy

The Albertus Magnus Academy Debate Team is a competition debate team for homeschooled Catholic students who live in the diocese of Charlotte or Upstate South Carolina. Students develop skills in: research, analysis, reasoning, use of evidence, organization, refutation, and public speaking. The team competes in the traditional school leagues.
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 more than a homeschool co-op. Our curriculum can be used as a supplement as well as a complete structure for your homeschool day. Interested in starting a chapter near you? Come visit us and we’ll get you pointed in the right direction. All materials ordered at conference will be sent with no shipping charges!
1 Table
Gastonia, NC
Chesterton Press

Chesterton Press is the publisher and distributor of quality Catholic fiction written or edited by Catholic mom, Regina Doman, author of Angel in the Waters and the Fairy Tale Novels, hailed by a number of parents as an alternative to the trend of paranormal books for teens.
2 Tables
Front Royal, VA
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.
3 Tables
Cramerton, NC
Holy Kids

Our Mission is to help your children grow in faith and friendship with God through fun and entertaining activities that point to heaven. We sell DVDs and coloring books that promote the Catholic faith. We have bilingual media as well!
1 Table
Charlotte, NC
Kolbe Academy

Kolbe Academy Homeschool provides curriculum and books that are CATHOLIC — loyal to the Magisterium, CLASSICAL in approach, IGNATIAN in method, and FLEXIBLE in practice.
1 Table
Napa, CA
Lighthouse Catholic Media

Lighthouse Catholic Media produces and distributes educational and motivational talks on CDs. Its stated mission is to encourage Catholics to use media to help family and friends discover and rediscover truths of the Catholic Faith and come to the fullness of truth.
3 Tables
Roch Hill, SC
Pauline Books & Media

In our children’s line, we publish books parents can trust. You can rest assured that Pauline Books & Media editions present solid Christian values with a Catholic perspective. Our pre-school and primary books make it easy for parents and teachers to introduce younger children to important aspects of the Faith.
2 Tables
Charleston, SC (local store)
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).
17 Tables
Front Royal, VA
Seton Used Books

There is only a handful of conferences where Seton sells the used books that families return to us over the year. This two-day only sale is your only chance to pick up these great deals.
3 Tables
Front Royal, VA
TAN Books – Saint Benedict Press

Saint Benedict Press, founded in 2006, is the parent company for a variety of imprints including TAN Books, Catholic Courses, Benedict Bibles, and Benedict Books. The company’s name pays homage to the guiding influence of the Rule of St. Benedict and the Benedictine monks on Belmont Abbey, North Carolina, just a short distance from the company’s headquarters in Charlotte, NC.
Saint Benedict Press is now a multi-media company. Its mission is to publish and distribute products reflective of the Catholic intellectual tradition and to present these products in an attractive and accessible manner.
4 Tables
Charlotte, NC
Teaching Textbooks

Math curriculum specifically designed for Homeschoolers. Math 3 through Pre-Calculus. Teaching Textbooks is an approved alternative math course for the Seton Home Study School program. Certain conditions apply; contact Seton high school counselor for details!
2 Tables
Oklahoma City, OK
The Catholic Shoppe

Belmont Abbey’s Catholic Gift Shop.
1 Table
Belmont, NC
Usborne Books

Usborne Books and More offers award-winning educational titles for children of all ages. From birth through high-school, art to zoology. These books offer excellence in both fiction and non-fiction.
3 Tables
High Point, NC (local rep)


Schedule graphic

Time Speaker Talk
2:00pm Registration/Vendor Area Opens
2:30pm Fr. Dwight Longenecker
longenecker webThe Risk of Education

This talk will consider the way we educate our children in religion. What are the right sort of questions we need to ask in assessing the value of our instruction?
3:30pm Mrs. Virginia Seuffert
Ginny4web2Homeschool to Escape the Common Core

Parents are up in arms about the Common Core’s poorly written standards, confusing curriculum, grueling test schedule, and invasion of family privacy. While we should all be working towards throwing the Common Core into the dustbin of history, what can we do to help our children now? Homeschooling offers educational excellence at a very affordable price. You can do it.
4:30 – 6:00pm Vendor Sales/Dinner
6:00pm Mrs. Melissa Savage
Missy webHomeschooling Expectations vs. Reality

When you start out homeschooling, you have an image of what it will be like for you and your kids. You jump on this journey and throw your whole self into it, sometimes with blinders on. What happens when your child hits a speed bump or if your family hits potholes along this journey? How do you pull yourself back together, find your way, and form a new plan?
7:00pm Fr. Dwight Longenecker
longenecker webThe Path of the Pilgrim Hero

How can the hero’s quest in classic literature inform the spiritual journey? What can we learn from the different stages of the hero’s quest, and how can we apply this knowledge to our own lives—becoming ordinary heroes?
Time Speaker Talk
9:30am Registration
10:00am Welcoming Address from Dr. Theirfelder, President of Belmont Abbey College
10:00am Mr. Dale Ahlquist
Dale AhlquistWhat is the Basis of Education?

Many parents who are investigating the possibility of homeschooling wonder how well their children will make the adjustment. This talk will offer a concrete look into that process and how you and your children can renew and refresh a real love of learning together.
11:00am Mrs. Virginia Seuffert
Ginny4web2Six Steps to Homeschool Success

The task of teaching our children can seem daunting to parents when they are starting out, or when the crazy circumstances of daily life threaten to turn family life upside down. A simple, common sense formula of what to do and what to avoid will keep every family on track.
12:00 – 1:30pm Lunch/Vendor Sales
1:30pm Mr. Kenneth Davison
Ken DavisonTen Tips to Capture Your Child’s Imagination for Christ

Home education is incomplete without active steps to inspire your child’s imagination with the wonder and joy of the Faith. Imagination is the gateway to your child’s intellect, but it is often neglected in the pursuit of knowledge and facts. Obtain practical insights from St. Thomas Aquinas, G.K. Chesterton, and other Catholic thinkers to feed young imaginations with beauty, truth, and goodness.
2:30pm Mr. Dale Ahlquist
Dale AhlquistG. K. Chesterton: The Apostle of Common Sense

Chesterton was one of the most important Catholic writers of the 20th century: prophetic, profound, and paradoxical. After disappearing from the curriculum for two generations, there is a growing revival of interest in his writings. Delightfully counter-cultural and amazingly timely, Chesterton’s common sense is just the cure for the insane ideas of the modern world.
3:30pm Conference Ends