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Friday March 15th, 2013 @ 2:00pm to 8:00pm

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Embassy Suites Jacksonville – Baymeadows
(Just down the street from Holy Family Catholic Church)

9300 Baymeadows Rd
Jacksonville, FL 32256

 

Fr. Edward Murphy was born and reared in Jacksonville, Florida. He completed his undergraduate work at Christendom College in 1983 with a bachelor of arts in political science. In 1984, Fr. Murphy entered the major seminary to begin his studies for the priesthood. He attended St. Meinrad Seminary in Indiana and St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary. In 1989, Fr. Murphy was awarded a master of arts in theology summa cum laude with emphasis on moral theology. In 1990, he received a master of divinity magna cum laude from the seminary. After two years of discernment, Fr. Murphy was ordained to the priesthood on May 9, 1992 at the Cathedral-Basilica in St. Augustine.

His first parish assignment was at St. Patrick’s Church in Gainesville. After four years, Fr. Murphy was appointed temporary administrator of St. William’s Church in Keystone Heights for a short duration. In 1996, he was transferred to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Palm Coast. Then in 1999, he was sent to Assumption Church in Jacksonville. In 2001, Fr. Murphy was appointed pastor of St. Madeleine’s Church in High Springs and San Juan Mission in Branford. He served as pastor for these two churches until 2007. On March 7, 2007, Fr. Murphy was transferred to Immaculate Conception as parochial vicar.

Fr. Murphy presently serves as the chaplain and founder of the Courage and Encourage Ministry of the Diocese of St. Augustine. He also serves as the co-chaplain of the Catholic Scouting Committee for the diocese. In addition, he is the district chaplain for the Engaged Encounter Ministry and serves on the national board. In the fall of 2008, Fr. Murphy helped found the Catholics in Recovery Ministry for recovering drug addicts and alcoholics and serves as the chaplain.
Lt. Col. Antony B. Kolenc, USAF, Retired is an Assistant Professor of Law at Florida Coastal School of Law in Jacksonville, where he teaches Constitutional Law. He retired in 2012 from the United States Air Force, where he served as a firefighter and intelligence officer prior to completing his law degree at the University of Florida College of Law and serving out the rest of his military career in the Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps.Tony is a columnist for The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, where his monthly column, “Legally Speaking,” addresses important legal issues for homeschooling families. He has published law-related articles in both professional law journals and magazines. He is also the author of several published short stories and The Chronicles of Xan trilogy, a historical fiction series for youth. He speaks and writes on a variety of legal subjects, including the First Amendment, military policy, and homeschooling. A father of one boy and four girls, Tony and his wife, Alisa, have been involved in homeschooling for over a decade. As a prosecutor and defense attorney, Tony presented hundreds of written and oral arguments before military courts, as well as the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces. He taught law at the U.S. Air Force Academy and litigated employment law cases before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Merit Systems Protection Board. He also represented the Air Force in a First Amendment challenge to the Air Force Academy’s National Prayer Luncheon.

Born and raised in New Jersey, military service gave Tony and his family the opportunity to experience life throughout America, including Texas, Virginia, Florida, California, Colorado, Georgia, and Maryland. He currently resides with his family in Florida.

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.

We are no longer accepting new vendors for our Jacksonville Conference.
A copy of our Vendor Guidelines can be viewed here: Vendor Guidelines.

The following is a complete list of vendors for 2013:

Vendor Name and Description Table Number and Hometown
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
Cranmerton, 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
John Paul Too Books and Gifts TBA
Lt. Col. Antony Kolenc 1 Table
Lumen Entertainment TBA
Pius Media

Welcome to your Catholic DVD Rental Membership Club! We are your source for movies depicting the lives of the saints, children’s movies, educational tools for Religious Education teachers, conversion stories from the greatest apologists, Catholic-friendly Hollywood movies, and some great old television series.
1 Table
Jacksonville, FL
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
Usborne Books & More

Usborne Books are designed graphically to draw children in, to make them want to learn the material, and to help them retain that knowledge. The magic of Usborne Books is that they make both reading and learning fun. The books are so well organized that children absorb and recell much of the vast amount of information presented.
2 Tables
Panama City, FL
(local rep)

FRIDAY, March 15
Time Speaker Talk
2:00pm Registration/Vendor Opens
2:30pm Fr. Edward Murphy
Courage to Be Teachers of the Faith and How Do We Do It?
Many Catholic homes are being assaulted by the anti-Catholic and immoral values of our culture. This talk will present the challenges Catholic families are facing and how to address them. In particular, it will address the problems of social media and peer pressure among our youth by pointing to the need for a greater spiritual and moral vigilance in the home.
3:30pm 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.”
4:00 – 6:00pm Vendor Sales/Dinner
6:00pm Lt. Col. Antony Kolenc
Piercing the Darkness with the Eyes of Faith
Many people believe we are living in a time of growing darkness. Drawing from Scripture and the experience of the Church in some of her darkest moments, this talk will highlight the many graces God brought to those who persevered through the difficult times. Golden opportunities are here for us too if we look at world events through the eyes of Faith.
7:00pm Mrs. Terry Arnold
Homeschooling through Hardship
Mrs. Arnold has homeschooled for 20 years. Some of those years involved extreme hardships, and the lessons her children learned were as important to the formation of their souls as their textbooks were to their academic development. We hope you will find comfort and encouragement in this story of one family.
8:00pm Conference Ends