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This conference is co-hosted by the Apostolate of Roman Catholic Homeschoolers (ARCH)
and the University of St. Thomas

The 2012 Houston Conference is now concluded.
We had a fantastic time in Houston and a very successful conference.
We are already making plans to return in 2013!

FREE ADMISSION!

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

University of St. Thomas – Jerabeck Athletic Center
3800 Montrose Boulevard
Houston, TX 77006

Friday April 20th, 2012 @ 2:00pm to 8:00pm

Saturday April 21th, 2012 @ 9:00am to 4:00pm

Fr. Paul Felix was born and raised in Houston. In 1977, he graduated from Robert E. Lee high school, and later attended the University of St. Thomas earning a B.A. with a concentration in philosophy. In 1983, he entered St. Mary’s Seminary and went on to earn a Master of Divinity from the UST School of Theology. Three of his summers were spent studying abroad in Mexico, and he served in Clinical Pastoral Education at three hospitals in Texas.

On May 19th, 1990, he was ordained a priest of the diocese of Galveston-Houston, and served as parochial vicar at various parishes in Houston for seven years. In 1997, Father became the pastor of Christ Our Light Church in Navasota, and during this time he also ministered to the inmates of two Texas state prisons. From 2009 to the present, Father has served on the Archdiocesan Pastoral Council.

Fluent in Spanish, most of Father’s assignments have included significant Hispanic ministry. Since 2003, Father has served as pastor of the Shrine of the True Cross in Dickinson, TX.
Msgr. James Golasinski is the pastor at Annunciation Catholic Church in Houston (which is the oldest existing church building in the city). Monsignor has a great interest in the liturgy, and his parish regularly offers Mass in Latin (both Ordinary Form and Extraordinary Form) as well as English.
Dr. Dominic A. Aquila is currently Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of St. Thomas. He has twenty-eight years of experience in public and private higher education. Among the institutions he has served are The Rochester Institute of Technology, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Empire State College of the State University of New York, Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ave Maria College and the University of Saint Francis (Fort Wayne, Indiana). A central focus of Dr. Aquila’s academic career has been curriculum design and implementation, including core curriculum reform at Franciscan University of Steubenville, the creation of Ave Maria College’s core curriculum, and core curriculum reform at the University of St. Francis. Dr. Aquila is also a Trustee and Chair of the Council of Scholars of the American Academy of Liberal Education, a member of the Board of Directors of Wyoming Catholic College, and an active participant and lecturer in the national Fides et Ratio seminars. In June 2007 he received the Spes Nostrae Award for service to Catholic Education from the National Association for Private and Independent Catholic Schools.

Dr. Aquila took his Bachelors Degree in Music from The Juilliard School, the MBA from New York University, and his Doctorate in History from the University of Rochester and the University of South Africa.

Before his career in higher education, Dr. Aquila performed as a timpanist and percussionist with the New York City Opera, the American Ballet Theatre, the American Symphony Orchestra, the New York and Rochester Philharmonic Orchestras and a number of Broadway shows. He also studied composition with Elliott Carter, David Diamond, and Samuel Adler, and served as Associate General Manager of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and General Manager of Garth Fagan’s Dance Theatre.

Dr. Aquila and his wife, Diane, are parents of eleven children.
Dr. Andrew Hayes received his B.A. summa cum laude from Christendom College (the valedictorian of his class), with a major in Classics and Early Christian Studies and a minor in Philosophy. He studied Catholic Theology at Ave Maria University, and went on to receive his M.A. and Ph.D., with distinction, from The Catholic University of America in Christian Near Eastern Languages (concentration in Syriac Patristics). He was also Melon-Helis Graduate Fellow of the Center for the Study of Early Christianity at The Catholic University of America. Areas of expertise include early Syriac patristics and the sources of moral and ascetical theology.

For three years, he taught at Christendom College, where he also gave public lectures on the relationship between Christianity and Islam. At the present time, he teaches theology at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, where he lives with his wife and children.
As a product of homeschooling, Dr. Hayes is particularly interested in the success of homeschooled students in post-secondary education.
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.
Mrs. Virginia (Ginny) Seuffert, a native New Yorker and mother of twelve, 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 Houston 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 list of vendors who have confirmed so far for 2012.

Vendor Name and Description Table Number and Hometown
Apostolate of Roman Catholic Homeschoolers (ARCH)

The purpose of ARCH is to provide support for Catholic homschooling families through a network of friends and to provide aid to the parents as they fulfill their vocations as the primary educators of their children. One of the ways this is done is through the establishment of smaller, geographic placed groups known as satellites to meet the local daily needs. In addition, ARCH offers area wide activities such as a Back to School Mass, Curriculum Fair, End of the Year Picnic and Mass, and a Graduation Mass.
1 Table (not counting the used book sale)
Houston, TX
ARCH Used Book Sale 8 Tables
Houston, TX
Classically Catholic Memory

Classically Catholic Memory is a memory work program for families who are interested both in the classical model of education and in growing in their Catholic faith. Intended for children ages 5 to 12, it is a four-year program, with each “year” consisting of 18 weeks of memory work in eight subjects. It includes activities and teaching techniques for all subjects.
2 Tables
Austin, TX
Discovery Toys

Educational toys, games, books, and music CDs. Toy and games have lifetime guarantees!
2 Tables
Cypress, TX
(Local rep)
EWTN Global Catholic Network

EWTN is available in over 200 million television households in more than 140 countries and territories. With our direct broadcast satellite television and radio services, AM & FM radio networks, worldwide short-wave radio station, website, electronic and print news services, and publishing arm, EWTN is the largest religious media network in the world. EWTN offers live call-in talk shows, news programs, original series and documentaries, teaching series with noted theologians, children’s shows, live coverage of the Pope and important Church events, a live daily Mass, devotions, concerts, music, and more.
1 Table
Irondale, AL
Hillside Education

Catholic language arts resources, reprints of historical fiction, mothering/teaching resources.Local author Sarah V. Park will be unveiling her new Catholic preschool curriculum, Twenty-Six Letters to Heaven. Stop by the Hillside table to meet Sarah and explore this new Catholic homeschooling resource!
1 Table
Lake Ariel, PA
Homeschool Connections

Homeschool Connections provides online, interactive, live courses with a Catholic perspective.
1 Table
North Richland Hills, TX
Houston Catholic Books

Our bookstore has been ministering to the North Houston area since 2001. We stock many materials to help children (as well as adults) better learn the Faith.
2 Tables
Houston, TX
Illuminated InkUnique and educational Catholic games, toys, and craft kits. 4 Tables
Colfax, WI
JMJTCardsJMJTCards is a family owned online Catholic gift store specializing in original art stationary, announcements, and homeschool diplomas. We also carry a large selection of handmade original rosaries and devotional gifts, booksmarks, and holy cards. 1 Table
Bedford, TX
mater et magistra Magazine

Quarterly magazine with topics of interest to Catholic homeschoolers..
1 Table
Lake Ariel, PA
Our Lady of Victory School and Lepanto Press

Our experience as the oldest provider of Traditional Catholic curriculum and flexibility in tailoring our program to the needs of your child, makes OLVS the right choice for those who wish to provide a truly Roman Catholic education for their children. The curriculum will inspire students to reach for the higher good. Our solid success rate is evidenced by our graduates: some receiving full scholarships to prestigious universities, serving in the military, and pursuing religious and priestly vocations.
3 Tables
Post Falls, ID
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).
10 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
University of St. Thomas

At the University of St. Thomas, you will learn, discover, and develop the beliefs and desires belonging to a leader of faith and character. With many opportunities in and out of the classroom to develop leadership skills, you’ll experience the many rewards of helping others see and reach their potential. Through your journey at UST, you will achieve more in your academic, personal, and spiritual lives than you ever imagined possible.
1 Table
Houston, TX

 


Friday, April 20
Time Speaker Talk
2:00pm Registration/Vendor Area Opens
2:20pm Mrs. Virginia Seuffert
The Simple Solution to Homeschool Success

Ready to take the plunge into homeschooling, but not sure where to start? You can simplify the process by breaking it down into just a few simple steps. Dealing with doubting relatives, setting up school space, finding support, and choosing curriculum are not as daunting as they seem.

3:00pm Fr. Paul Felix
The Role of the Christian Family for the New Evangelization

Pope Benedict XVI has declared Oct. 2012 – Nov. 2013 to be a Year of Faith, which will focus on the New Evangelization. Just what is the “New Evangelization”? Fr. Felix will answer this question and show how the Christian family plays a vital role in the renewal of Western culture.

4:00 – 6:00pm Vendor Sales/Dinner
6:00pm 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.
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.
Saturday, April 21
Time Speaker Talk
9:00am Registration and Holy Rosary
9:30am Dr. Andrew Hayes
A Sacrifice Pleasing to God: Academic Excellence at Home

An authentic Catholic education joins love of learning to the desire for God, academics, and spirituality. Learn about the fundamental importance of pursuing academic excellence, and get some suggestions on how to achieve it in the home.

10:30am Msgr. James Golasinski
Active Participation: Pray the Mass, not Pray at Mass

“Active participation certainly means that, in gesture, word, song and service, all the members of the community take part in an act of worship, which is anything but inert or passive. Yet active participation does not preclude the active passivity of silence, stillness and listening: indeed, it demands it.” – Bl. Pope John Paul II

11:30am 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.

12:30 – 2:00pm Vendor Sales/Lunch
2:00pm 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.

3:00pm Dr. Dominic Aquila The Power of Listening

Learn how to expand the musical education of your student. In addition to taking lessons on particular musical instruments, it is also important to consider in greater depth the power of attentive and disciplined listening. Listening carefully to pieces of music together as a family is as important as reading aloud to our children. Together, we’ll go through a classic musical work by Mozart and demonstrate the art of listening.
4:00pm Conference Closes


We are very happy to announce that there will be a used book sale as part of this year’s conference. The sale will be managed independantly by ARCH and proceeds will be used to cover costs at the conference such as table and chair rentals. If you would like to sell your own used books as part of the sale, you are welcome to participate! Please read the following information. You must contact ARCH in advance and register as part of the used book sale.

How to Participate:

The hours of the sale will be as follows:
Drop off items: Friday, April 20 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Preview sale for sellers only: Friday 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Open to public: Full length of the conference, Friday 2:00 – 8:00 pm and Saturday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Rules for the sale as follows:

1. Labeling
All items must be labeled with a 3×5 inch index card indicating the following (clearly printed):

  • Name
  • Phone number and email address
  • Title of item being sold and subject (math, language arts, etc.)
  • Grade level of item
  • Price (whole dollar amounts only, please!)

Index cards must be securely attached to the item. Any unmarked book is considered a donation to ARCH and will be sold for the benefit of ARCH. If books are sold as a set, the set MUST be securely bundled and marked as a set.

2. Drop Off
Books are to be dropped off at the University of St. Thomas – Jerabeck Center between 10:00 am and 12:00 noon on the first day of the sale, April 20. Books should be marked before you arrive at the sale. In order to participate in the sale, you must pre-register as a vendor at usedbooksaleARCH@gmail.com by Wednesday, April 18. Email your name, contact information (phone number and email address), the number of boxes of books you are selling, and the volunteer slot that you will fill (see next point).

3. Volunteer Requirement
All book sellers are required to work one volunteer slot for the book sale/conference. The following slots are available:

Friday:
2:00 – 4:00 pm
4:00 – 6:00 pm
6:00 – 8:00 pm

Saturday:
9:00 – 11:00 am
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
1:00 – 3:00 pm
and 3:00 – 5:00 pm (clean up)

We need volunteers for both the book sale and the registration table. Please indicate which you would prefer to work. If you do not work your assigned slot, your book sales will be considered a donation to ARCH. You may get a responsible family member or friend to fill in for you at your assigned time. The important thing is that there are people at the site to assist with running the conference.

4. Cash Sales

All prices are non-neogotiable and all sales are CASH only. All sales are final. There is an ATM machine in Crooker, next to Jerabeck, if people need to get more funds.

5. End of Sale

Books must be picked up on Saturday, April 21, by 5:00 pm. Any books remaining at the site at that time will be considered donated to ARCH. They will be taken to the Homeschool Store and sold and the proceeds donated to ARCH.

When you pick up your books, you will receive an envelope with all the index cards from items sold and the cash from the sales less the 10% donated to ARCH. If you cannot come to pick up your proceeds, you must make arrangements with the ARCH board to receive your cash at a different time. To make those arrangements, contact us at usedbooksaleARCH@gmail.com Any funds unclaimed on May 1 will be deposited into the ARCH bank account.

6. Donation

Ten percent of all sales will be given to ARCH to help defray the costs of the conference. The money will be deducted from your proceeds.