Here we have archived the speakers, vendors, and schedule for 2014.


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This conference is co-sponsored by
Christendom College.


Friday May 9th, 2014 @ 12:00pm to 8:00pm


Cajundome and Convention Center
444 Cajundome Boulevard
Lafayette, LA 70506

Photo Fr. Vidrine 3-6-14 webFr. Jason Vidrine is the Pastor of Sacred Heart of Jesus and St. Joseph churches in Ville Platte, LA. He is a native of Ville Platte and entered the seminary after completing a B.A. in Arts and Philosophy from St. Joseph Seminary College in Covington, LA in 2002. He received his theological formation at the Pontifical North American College in Rome and earned an S.T.B. and M.A. in Dogmatic Theology at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum).

He was ordained a Deacon at St. Peter’s Basilica in 2005 and then as a Priest for the Diocese of Lafayette, LA, in 2006. Fr. Vidrine served as Parochial Vicar at Our Lady of Wisdom Church and Catholic Student Center on the campus of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Scott, as well as Pastor of St. Peter Church and Principal of St. Peter School in Gueydan, LA. In addition to his Pastoral duties, he also currently serves as a professor of Mariology for the Aquinas Institute of Theology in the Diocese of Lafayette, the spiritual director of Our Lady of Grace Comitium of the Legion of Mary in the Diocese of Lafayette, and assistant Diocesan Master of Ceremonies.
Dr. Dominic A. Aquila is currently Provost of Academic Affairs at the University of St. Thomas. He has thirty 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.
Mrs. Colleen Hammond is the author of Dressing with Dignity, and was a former On-Camera Meteorologist for The Weather Channel, a model, actress and Miss Michigan National Teen-Ager. Colleen lived the “American Dream” and found it to be a nightmare! While working in television, she reverted to the Catholic Faith. The moment their first baby was born, Colleen “saw the light” and abandoned her highly successful career in television to become a stay-at-home-mother. Currently heard as a host of “St. Joseph Radio Presents”—available to 85 million people worldwide on WEWN—Colleen has also been asked to host a television talk show in Dallas, which may soon be syndicated.

Colleen is an award-winning writer, radio and television talk show host, educator, comedienne, and mother—all rolled into one! Acclaimed for her versatility, she delivers an enduring message filled with down-to-earth wisdom, inspiration, and humor. Colleen brings a fresh and creative approach to living joyfully, and has helped thousands of people every year to make positive and virtuous changes in their lives. A frequent speaker at conferences, retreats, and parish events, Colleen addresses such timely issues as marriage, children, family, and values and virtues. Groups appreciate her real-life solutions to tough problems—presented with compassion, warmth, and a lively interactive style.

Colleen, her husband, and their four children currently reside in North Texas.
Mrs. Mary Ellen Barrett is a home educating mother of seven children. Her column, “Life in Our Domestic Church,” is regularly featured in The Long Island Catholic. She has spoken at numerous homeschooling conferences on topics such as socialization and the challenges of raising a special needs child. In her popular blog, Tales from the Bonny Blue House, Mary Ellen writes about daily life and happenings in her Catholic home. In addition, she writes about the Catholic celebration of Christmas in her blog O Night Divine. Currently, she is working on two books, a book about life as a mom of a large family and an Advent Book of Days. Besides writing and blogging, Mary Ellen enjoys cooking, sewing, photography, and studying Theology.

IHM accepts vendors by invitation only; if you would like to be considered to be a vendor at the IHM Lafayette 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
Brother Francis Productions

As a leading provider of religious product sales, we take pride in offering the best Catholic DVD’s and coloring books. We are dedicated to serving the needs of our customers each and every day. We are a homeschooling family of 6 and are excited about these new religious products! Quality Catholic animation is an important factor in the education of children, and Brother Francis Production provides this incredible tool of evangelization.
1 Table
Lafayette, LA
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 5-12, it is a four-year program with each “year” consisting of 18 weeks of memory work in 8 subjects.
Tables 1
Colleen Hammond Tables TBA
Holy Family Resources

Apostolate dedicated to education and evangelization, offering a wide variety of wholesome and orthodox books, CDs, and DVDs for adults, teens, and children. Materials focus on family life, prayer, spirituality, and Church Teaching. Take advantage of the SUMMER CLEARANCE TABLE and enjoy $1.00 CDs and up to 60% off!!!
5 Tables
Porter, TX
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).
8 Tables
Front Royal, VA
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!
3 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
Usborne Books Tables TBA

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Time Speaker Talk
12:00 Noon Registration/Vendor Area Opens
12:30pm Mrs. Mary Ellen Barrett
Mary Ellen 2013 webHomeschool Socialization: Debunking the Myth

A light-hearted but factual look at the real way that homeschooling properly socializes children to function as well-rounded, moral adults. Mrs. Barrett offers encouragement and advice about how socialization really works in the Catholic homeschool.
1:30pm Fr. Jason Vidrine
Photo Fr. Vidrine 3-6-14 webPope John Paul II: the Saint of Divine Mercy

In a world confronted more and more with the power of evil, we need to understand and accept Divine Mercy. In His loving providence, the Lord has given us one of the greatest witnesses of Divine Mercy in Pope St. John Paul II. The story of this newly-canonized saint’s courageous witness to Divine Mercy invites us to open wide the doors of our lives and enter into Christ and His merciful life.
2:30pm Mrs. Colleen Hammond
Hammond.Colleen webTeaching Values to Your Children

This talk offers ideas and suggestions on how parents can help children’s all-around development. It discusses which virtues to focus on at a particular age in a child’s development.
3:30pm Mrs. Mary Ellen Barrett
Mary Ellen 2013 webHow to Homeschool and Keep our Sanity–It Can be Done

Educating your children, keeping a home, managing outside activities and feeding everyone in between would overwhelm any mom. Mrs. Barrett takes a lighthearted and fun look at ten basic principles that will help your homeschool run smoothly and bring peace to your days.
4:30 – 6:00pm Vendor Sales/Dinner
6:00pm Dr. Dominic Aquila
Dr. AquilaCatholic Education as the Last Best Hope for American Democracy

Drawing on insights from Pope John Paul II’s Apostolic Exhortation, The Christian Family in the Modern World, this talk covers the particular ways in which homeschooling families can effectively fulfill their mission to contemporary American society as they also fulfill their primary vocation to educate their own.
7:00pm Mrs. Colleen Hammond
Hammond.Colleen webPutting Your Best Foot Forward

Does it seem that your child can never remember to say please or thank you? How about learning to greet guests politely, or answering the phone? This talk will answer some frequently-asked questions on raising children with manners.
8:00pm Conference Ends