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Friday July 17th, 2015
12:00pm to 6:00pm

Saturday July 18th, 2015
9:30am to 3:30pm


St. Peter Catholic Church
Family Life Center
6161 Chambersburg Rd.
Huber Heights, OH 45424

Mr. Patrick Madrid

Mr. Patrick Madrid hosts the popular “Patrick Madrid Show” Monday through Friday (6:00 am – 9:00 am Pacific), produced by Immaculate Heart Radio. In 2012 he launched the daily “Right Here, Right Now” radio show, which he hosted till early 2015, heard on approximately 270 AM and FM stations across the U.S...

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Mrs. Melissa Savage

Mrs. Melissa Savage resides in North Carolina with her husband, Jerome, and their six children. 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...

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Mrs. Maureen Wittmann

Mrs. Maureen Wittmann and her husband Rob are parents to seven children who have always been homeschooled. Maureen is co-founder of Homeschool Connections, which provides several services for Catholic homeschoolers: Online courses for middle and high school students, free webinars for parents...

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Mr. Shak Hill

Mr. Shak Hill spent 9 years as a pilot in the Air Force, upon graduating from the United States Air Force Academy, and flew combat missions during Desert Storm. During his time at the Academy, Shak and Robin met, fell in love, and were married right after his graduation. It was the beginning of a storybook romance....

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Mrs. Alice Kompar

Mrs. Alice Kompar is a homeschooling mother of 6 and the former coordinator of the Dayton Catholic Homeschool Conference. She graduated from the University of Dayton with a degree in Communication Management and worked in Long Term Care prior to staying home to raise her children.

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Mr. Philip Gray

Mr. Philip Gray and his wife homeschool their six children. With three left at home, they are hoping for a grandchild. Philip is a canon lawyer. His educational background includes studies in Philosophy, an undergraduate degree in Mental Health/Human Services and Theology, and licentiate and master’s degrees in Canon Law. Philip founded Professional Canonical Services, a private canon law firm....

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Christendom College

Recognized as one of America’s premier Catholic Liberal Arts colleges, Christendom offers its students a fully Catholic education, integrating Faith and Reason, while immersing them in a vibrant and joyful Catholic culture steeped in the ageless traditions of the Church.

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Homeschool Connections

Homeschool Connections is a Catholic online curriculum provider, bringing the best Catholic instructors to you from around the world. Answering Blessed John Paul II’s call to the New Evangelization, Homeschool Connections uses the latest technology to give you live, interactive classes; independent-learning classes; free webinars for Catholic parents; and the Catholic History Video Project.

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Homeschool Legal Defense Association

Since 1983 HSLDA have been pioneers in the homeschooling movement, and they are still fighting for homeschoolers today. They are the only organization that lobbies on behalf of homeschoolers in Washington D.C. and are a bastion of support, not just providing legal, but also practical, everyday support for 85,000 homeschooling families across the country.

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Lighthouse Catholic Media

Our mission is to help Catholics understand, live, and share their faith. We do so by providing CDs, books and video-based study programs for individuals and parishes to grow in their faith. We have a web-based subscription program, FORMED, for parishes including movies, audio talks, downloadable books and video based study programs available to everyone right in their own homes on their own internet devices. Spanish and children's content included. Stop by the table and see!

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Northeast Catholic College

Northeast Catholic College is a residential Catholic liberal arts college in New Hampshire. The College seeks through the rigorous study and discussion of primary texts through its “Great Books” liberal arts program—and through its vibrantly Catholic student life, to call students to the lifelong pursuit of intellectual and moral virtue.

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Patrick Madrid

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Queen of Heaven Academy

Queen of Heaven Academy (QHA) offers an economical online curriculum that is faithful to the intellectual, moral, and spiritual traditions of the Catholic Church. Founded in 1995, Queen of Heaven Academy carries on the proven classical curriculum, 4 - 12th grade that has prepared students for acceptance in colleges across the nation and internationally. Homeschoolers, groups, co-ops, and schools all benefit from Queen of Heaven Academy's Catholic curriculum that is conveniently scheduled across three different time zones. Queen of Heaven offers assistance for special needs students and makes the internet a safe place for students with our exclusive St. John's SafetyNet program. Queen of Heaven Academy's high school program is accredited through the National Association of Private Catholic and Independent Schools (NAPCIS). Please visit to learn more or email

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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, Seton offers a $30 per child discount on a full enrollment (grades PreK-12).

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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 one-day only sale is your only chance to pick up these great deals.

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Teaching Textbooks

Math curriculum specifically designed for Homeschoolers. Math 3 through Pre-Calculus. Teaching Textbooks is approved by Seton Home Study School as a replacement math curriculum for Saxon Math.

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The Catholic Shop

We’re a one-stop store for all things Catholic (religious art, statuary, jewelry, CD’s, DVD’s, books). But we particularly specialize in the best and largest collection of books faithful to the magisterium in the Midwest.

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United Art and Education

Since 1960, United Art and Education has served educators with quality products, competitive prices and friendly customer service. United Art and Education has Ohio retail locations in Centervill/Dayton, Columbus, Cincinnati, and Cleveland. Shop for educational resources and art products, and download free art projects online at!

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Usborne Books and More

Usborne Books and More offers fantastic educational children's books as well as an ideal home business opportunity. Utilized by many home school curriculums, our award-awarding books range from infancy - high school. Topics include phonetic readers, science, history, art, literature, math and creative writing. These are great books to supplement and enrich any subject your child is studying.

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Friday, July 17

12:00pm – Registration/Vendor Area Opens

12:30pm – 1:15pm

Marriage: The Bedrock of Homeschooling and Society

Philip Gray

Marriage is the only sacrament to exist as a sacrament before sin, and would have continued as a sacrament if no sin entered the world. Pope St. John Paul II calls marriage, “The Primal Sacrament”. Understanding the proper role of marriage is critical for the homeschool family.

1:30pm – 1:50pm

How Busy Moms Prioritize: A Survival Guide

Melissa Savage

Taking on new projects and volunteering can be great, but we always need to keep in mind that our time and energy are precious. As homeschooling parents, our families have a prior claim. Are you wearing too many hats? How can we get everything done that is important to us?

2:00pm – 2:45pm

10 Things I Wish I Had Known

Alice Kompar

This will be a slightly comical but reassuring talk about: the life of students after homeschooling; normal things homeschooling parents fear; and why it’s going to be ok. Be assured that formation in the home is a successful preparation for the world.

3:00pm – Coffee Social

3:30pm – 4:15pm

Homeschooling Expectations vs. Reality

Melissa Savage

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?


4:30pm – 4:50pm

What the World Thinks of Marriage vs. What Marriage Actually Is

Philip Gray

You know how the world defines marriage, and even what mainstream Christians expect from marriage. What does God intend by the Sacrament? What are you missing?

5:00pm – 5:45pm

Reclaiming American Fatherhood

Shak Hill

Faced with the inability to have more children due to Robin’s cancer, Shak and Robin decided to become foster parents. In all, they have foster-parented 46 children, and adopted four. In a world running away from fatherhood, Shak explains the joys of fatherhood and his deep appreciation for the difference a Godly father can make—both in the family and in American society.


6:00pm – Day Ends

Saturday, July 18

9:30am – Registration

10:00am – 10:45am

The Joy of Reading Aloud: A Family Adventure

Maureen Wittmann

This talk will give you the tools you need to find more joy in homeschooling, create close bonds with your children, and produce an academic atmosphere that will prepare your children for success—all of this in addition to raising your family’s hearts to God. Join us in this adventure as we learn the hows and whys of reading aloud.

11:00am – 11:45am

Search and Rescue: How You Can Help People Come Home to the Church

Patrick Madrid

This talk explains ten crucial “dos and don’ts” for Catholics who want to share, explain, and defend their Catholic beliefs. With a generous helping of humorous anecdotes, biblical examples, and practical illustrations, this talk equips lay Catholics with the tools they need to help their family, friends, and co-workers come into (or back into) the Catholic Church.

12:00pm – Vendor Sales/Lunch Break

1:30pm – 1:50pm

3 ½ Lessons I Have Learned Raising 46 Foster Children

Shak Hill

After two children of their own, Shak and Robin faced a significant pro-life decision that ended leaving Robin unable to have more children naturally. Wanting a large family, Shak and Robin became foster parents. Now, 46 children later, in this entertaining and fast-paced presentation, Shak shares what he learned, and why it matters to you.


2:00pm – 2:20pm

You Need a Battle Buddy

Melissa Savage

Navigating the world of homeschooling can be tough if you don’t have a partner to help you through it. We can easily get discouraged if we feel alone. How can you find your battle buddy? How is the relationship supposed to work? How can you find buddies for your children?

2:30pm – 3:15pm

Answers to Lies Society Tells You

Patrick Madrid

A fast-paced, information-packed look at several common fallacies we frequently encounter in our culture, including: “If it feels good, do it,” “There’s no such thing as objective truth,” “The earth is overcrowded,” “Suffering is bad,” “Abortion is wrong, except in cases of rape and incest,” “Belief in Christ is just a blind leap of faith,” “Question authority!” and more.

3:30pm – Conference Ends