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Gwinnett Center

6400 Sugarloaf Parkway
Duluth, GA 30097

FREE ADMISSION!

Friday April 12th, 2013 @ 2:00pm to 8:00pm
Saturday April 13th, 2013 @ 9:30am to 3:30pm

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This conference is for everyone, not just homeschooling families. All religious are especially welcome.
We love children, but must restrict attendance to teens and nursing babies only.

This will be our first year in Georgia, but we have a great many conferences in the South (more so than any other part of the U.S.) with conferences in Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Louisiana, Texas (2), and Florida (2). Not only does the Atlanta metropolitan area have a large Catholic homeschooling population, but the area itself is centrally located and easily accessible to much of the South. It is our earnest hope, and we are committed to making it a reality over the next few years, that this Georgia conference becomes one of the largest Catholic homeschooling conferences in the country. We are happy to make this conference free so that everyone feels welcome. We sincerely hope that you are able to join us! God bless.

Fr. Shenan Boquet, before being appointed as President of Human Life International, came from the Houma Thibodaux Roman Catholic Diocese, where he most recently served as Pastor of St. Gregory Barbarigo Parish in Houma, Louisiana.

Since being ordained as a priest in 1993, Fr. Boquet has given hundreds of talks at conferences and in parishes on issues ranging from the dignity of the human person and the nature of marriage, to social justice and moral theology. He has given retreats and educational seminars on the Theology of the Body, Holy Scripture and various theological topics. Fr. Boquet has also appeared numerous times on EWTN and Ave Maria Radio, as well as in other media. He has served and continues to serve on numerous boards, including the Diocesan Priests Council, of which he remains Chairman.

Fr. Boquet grew up in the small town of Bourg, Louisiana, just south of Houma in a devoutly Catholic family, for which he is extremely grateful. His earliest and most influential examples were of his parents and parish priests, all of whom instilled in him at a young age a love for Christ and his Church, and an active faith that was to be lived, and not merely held. He was very active as a youth in service projects with Catholic Charities and with other groups who ministered to the elderly, the sick, the poor and marginalized.

This active faith grew naturally into a vocation to the priesthood, where the contemplative and sacramental aspects of the Faith complemented and informed the active. A natural teacher, Fr. Boquet has been marginalized himself at times for sharing the Church’s teaching on life and family issues, although he emphasizes that it is important to do so with Charity. Throughout his priesthood, he has found himself in leadership positions, and increasingly in the areas of pro-life and pro-family teaching and advocacy.
Prof. Joseph Pearce is a native of England and writer in residence and visiting fellow at Thomas More College in New Hampshire. He is editor of the St. Austin Review (www.staustinreview.com), an international review of Catholic culture, series editor of the Ignatius Critical Editions (www.ignatiuscriticaleditions.com), and executive director of Catholic Courses (www.catholiccourses.com).

The internationally acclaimed author of many books, which include bestsellers such as The Quest for Shakespeare, Tolkien: Man and Myth, The Unmasking of Oscar Wilde, C. S. Lewis and The Catholic Church, Bilbo’s Journey, Literary Converts, Wisdom and Innocence: A Life of G.K. Chesterton, Solzhenitsyn: A Soul in Exile, and Old Thunder: A Life of Hilaire Belloc, Joseph Pearce is a world-recognized biographer of modern Christian literary figures. His books have been published and translated into Spanish, Portuguese, French, Dutch, Italian, Korean and Polish.

Prof. Pearce has hosted two 13-part television series about Shakespeare on EWTN, and has also written and presented documentaries on EWTN on the Catholicism of The Lord of the Rings.

He has participated and lectured at a wide variety of international and literary events at major colleges and universities in the U.S., Canada, Britain, Europe, Africa and South America. 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.

Prof. Pearce relocated to the United States in 2001. He and his wife homeschool their two young children, Leo and Evangeline.
Mrs. Terry Arnold is a homeschool leader from Houston, Texas. She attended the University of Houston and has been married to her husband Calvin for nearly 30 years. Since 1991, she has been homeschooling her five children, two of whom have gone on to receive impressive college scholarships.

From 2003 to 2011, Mrs. Arnold served as the chairwoman of the Association of Roman Catholic Homeschoolers (ARCH) Support Group. Additionally, she acted as the conference coordinator for Houston’s annual Catholic homeschooling conference held at the University of St. Thomas. She has been pro-active in homeschooling – helping to start the Texas Home Education Partnership and running a homeschooling bookstore.

A founding sponsor for the first homeschooled chapter of the American Red Cross Youth Chapter, Mrs. Arnold was awarded the American Red Cross Youth Sponsor of the Year Award (2008-2009). She is a founding member of the Laura Recovery Center for Missing Children. Currently, Mrs. Arnold is the co-host of the radio program Homeschool Lifeline which airs every Saturday on Radio Maria.
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. 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 Georgia Conference, please send an email to our Vendor Coordinator at vendors(AT)ihmconference.org
A copy of our Vendor Guidelines can be viewed here: Vendor Guidelines.
The following is a list of vendors who have confirmed so far for 2013.

Vendor Name and Description Table Number and Hometown
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.
1 Table
Front Royal, VA
Discovery Toys

Top-quality, unique, educational games, books, and toys for children of all ages. Unconditionally guaranteed for life.
2 Tables
Atlanta, GA
(local rep)
EWTN Global Catholic Network

EWTN, the world’s largest religious media network, airs family and religious programming from a Catholic viewpoint. EWTN Español offers 24-hours Spanish language programming from throughout Latin America for the U.S. Hispanic market. Both networks are free of charge and available through multiple digital platforms.
1 Table
Irondale, AL
Holy Heroes

Holy Heroes provides materials to help you bring “the joy of the Faith to your families.” Flagship products include Glory Stories (heard on EWTN Global Catholic Radio and many local stations), Holy Heroes devotional CDs (such as the Holy Rosary, Stations of the Cross, and Best-Loved Catholic Prayers), and The Altar Gang. Free online “adventures” led by kids for kids are also available on our website, with over 10,000 families having participated in their most recent “Lenten Adventure.”
2 Tables
Cramerton, NC
Homeschool Lifeline

Hosted by Terry Arnold and Katie Moran, Homeschool Lifeline is a radio program on Radio Maria for all homeschooling parents (or those considering homeschooling) looking for information, help, support and guidance in their homeschooling endeavor.
1 Table
Human Life International

The mission of HLI is to create effective opposition to the culture of death around the world. With affiliates and associates in over 100 countries, Human Life International is the largest pro-life organization in the world.
1 Table
Front Royal, VA
John Paul Too Books and Gifts 9 Tables
Clearwater, FL
Kolbe Academy Homeschool

Kolbe Academy Homeschool provides curriculum and books that are CATHOLIC – loyal to the Magisterium, CLASSICAL in approach, IGNATIAN in method, and FLEXIBLE in practice.
2 Tables
Napa, CA
Nancy Larson Publishers

Nancy Larson® Science is completely unique as a full year science curriculum for elementary aged children. Nancy’s interwoven approach integrates science, reading, language arts, critical thinking, and study skills assuring parents will get more for their time and money. Our Science K, 1, 2, and 3 programs provide curriculum that is engaging and challenging for homeschool children while being fun and easy for parents to teach. We invite you to explore our science programs, which have proven to build enthusiastic and knowledgeable science learners.
2 Tables
Old Lyme, CT
Our Lady of Victory School

Since 1977, OLVS has been providing Roman Catholic homeschooling curriculum and publishing our very own line of textbooks (LEPANTO PRESS). The curriculum (including daily lesson plans) used in our homeschooling program is well organized, doctrinally sound and very affordable.
3 Tables
Post Falls, ID
Professor Joseph Pearce 1 Table
RC History

RC History is the publisher of the Connecting with History program for Catholic home educators and independent schools. Our history program is based on a chronological, classical, family-focused, literature-based approach.
1 Table
Andover, MN
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).
13 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
Teaching Textbooks

Teaching Textbooks makes math textbooks (3rd grade through Pre-calculus) designed exclusively for homeschoolers. That’s why each of the textbooks in our line contains step-by-step audiovisual solutions to every one of the thousands of assigned problems.
2 Tables
Oklahoma City, OK
Usborne Books & More

Usborne Books & more offers over 1,500 award winning titles for infants through high school. Topics include science, history, fine arts, foreign language, baby & toddler books, activity kits, and more!
2 Tables
Johns Creek, GA
(Local rep)


FRIDAY, April 12
Time Speaker Talk
2:00pm Registration
2:20pm Mrs. Terry Arnold
Welcome to the World of Catholic Homeschooling!
Through the Sacrament of Marriage, God gives parents the necessary graces to teach their children. So, you need not be afraid; there is an extensive network of support at your fingertips as you venture into this exciting and challenging adventure. Learn how families are strengthened in the Faith while achieving academic excellence.
3:00pm Fr. Shenan Boquet
Put Your Nets Out into the Deep
Our life is both a gift from God and a work in progress. How do we know which path to take? Who will teach us? Today the art of living is overshadowed by a false understanding of man and woman and their ultimate destiny. As cultures continue to collapse, it becomes imperative for all Christians to fully participate in the restoration of all things in Christ.
4:00 – 6:00pm Vendor Sales/Dinner
6:00pm Mrs. Virginia Seuffert
Public Education and the Necessity of Homeschooling
Do you know what goes on in public school classrooms? Many parents don’t fully understand the role state schools have seized in molding the minds and habits of American children. Parents, however, and not the schools are ultimately responsible for raising happy and virtuous children. Home education is not just an option, it is key to our nation’s future.
7:00pm Prof. Joseph Pearce
The Catholicism of The Hobbit
Tolkien described The Lord of the Rings as a “fundamentally religious and Catholic work.” Discover how his earlier book, The Hobbit, is equally Catholic. Prof. Pearce, author of Bilbo’s Journey, unravels the hidden Christian meaning of this classic tale of good and evil in Middle Earth.
SATURDAY, April 13
Time Speaker Talk
9:30am Registration
10:00am Fr. Shenan Boquet
Breathing Catholic Air
It is said that we are the product of our home. We are what our home has made us. If we truly want to recover a Catholic Culture, we need to filter the air our children breathe and to surround them in an environment that conditions their thoughts and actions to what is good and true.
11:00am Mrs. Terry Arnold
Tips I’ve Learned over the Years
Looking for the secrets to homeschooling? Although she can’t promise all of the answers, Mrs. Arnold, as a homeschooling mother of 5 children, will share tips and overviews learned in 20 years of homeschooling. Some topics covered will be “short- term or long-term homeschooling?” “why homeschool for high school?” and “mom versus mom-teacher tips.”
12:00 – 1:30pm Lunch/Vendor Sales
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 Mrs. Virginia Seuffert
A Simple Schedule: the Secret to Success
Are baby care, chasing toddlers, schoolwork, housework, and extracurricular activities driving you to distraction? Wondering how those Catholic moms of mega-families persevere for decades? Let a mother of 12 children share how a reliable schedule helped her to maintain her sanity while fulfilling her responsibilities.
3:30pm Conference Ends