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


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This conference is co-sponsored by
Christendom College.


Curé of Ars Roman Catholic Church

2323 Merrick Avenue
Merrick, NY 11566


Friday March 21st, 2014 @ 12:00pm to 8:00pm

This conference is for everyone, not just homeschooling families. All religious are especially welcome.

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Fr. Brian BarrFr. Brian Barr is a priest of the Diocese of Rockville where he currently serves as pastor of St. Mary of the Isle Church, Long Beach. Prior to his assignment in Long Beach he served as Director of Vocations, Diocesan Director of Campus Ministry, Chaplain at St. Anthony’s High School and Parochial Vicar, St. Thomas the Apostle, West Hempstead.
Fr SweeneyforwebFr. Luke Sweeney was born in Yonkers, New York on November 15, 1974. He attended his parish elementary school and Fordham Preparatory School in the Bronx. In 1996, he graduated from Fordham University with a B.A. degree in History and Philosophy.

Father Sweeney began his seminary studies while in college at the St. John Neumann Residence, then located in the Bronx. After graduation, he participated in a Spirituality Year in Northampton, PA, at Immaculate Conception Center. Fr. Sweeney continued his studies in Rome at the Pontifical North American College. He earned a Bachelors Degree in Sacred Theology (STB) from the Pontifical Gregorian University in 2000, and a Licentiate in Sacred Theology from the John Paul II Institute for the Study of Marriage and the Family in 2002.

Cardinal Edward Egan ordained Fr. Luke Sweeney a priest at the Cathedral of St. Patrick on May 19, 2001. He served as a priest in St. Theresa of the Infant Jesus Church in the Bronx the summer of 2001, and in Sacred Heart Church in Newburgh, NY, from September 2002 until December 2005. In January of 2006, he was appointed to the faculty of the St. John Neumann Residence and Hall at St. Joseph’s Seminary and, in September that same year, became Vocations Director of the Archdiocese of New York. Most recently, he became the vice rector of the Cathedral Seminary House of Formation.
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.
Alice for webMrs. Alice Gunther is an attorney who gave up practicing law to nuture and homeschool her nine children. She is the author of the book “Haystack Full of Needles: A Catholic Home Educator’s Guide to Socialization” and writes a column for The Long Island Catholic called “The Catholic Home.”
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. Seton Magazine regularly features her columns, and she has three published books, Ginny’s Gems: Home Management Essentials, Ginny’s Gems: 10 Essentials for Teaching Your Preschooler at Home, and It Doesn’t Have to Be This Way.

IHM accepts vendors by invitation only; if you would like to be considered to be a vendor at the IHM Long Island 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 list of vendors for 2014 who have confirmed so far:

Vendor Name and Description Table Number and Hometown
Aquinas Learning

Aquinas Learning is a Catholic classical education mentoring program which guides students toward wisdom and virtue. Students meet once a week for a class day with their mentors and peers and, using materials and on-line support that we provide, continue the curriculum with their parents and siblings at home.
1 Table
Manassas, VA
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.
1 Table
Keller, TX
Lighthouse Catholic Media

Our mission is to answer the call for a New Evangelization by serving the Church in providing inspirational CDs, books and brochures that will enrich and strengthen people’s relationship with Jesus Christ and promote a deeper understanding of their Catholic Faith. We work to provide the very best presentations and media resources available today.
2 Tables
Sussex, NJ

Little Latin Readers

Little Latin Readers is a complete Latin program for elementary through high school that will have you reading and speaking Latin today! Small format readers, coordinating workbook and pronunciation CD guides will have you learn Latin better, faster, and more efficiently!
1 Table
Amityville, NY
Pauline Books and Media

The Daughters of St. Paul serve the Church by evangelizing through all forms of media. Founded in 1915, the Daughters of St. Paul can now be found in over 50 countries. Pauline Books and Media is the publishing arm of their mission. They can also be found on the web at, Facebook, twitter and many blogs.
2 Tables
Manhattan, NY

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).
17 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 one-day only sale is your only chance to pick up these great deals.
3 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!
2 Tables
Oklahoma City, OK

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FRIDAY, March 21
Time Speaker Talk
12:00 Noon Registration/Vendor Area Opens
12:30pm Fr. Luke Sweeney
Fr SweeneyforwebRaising Abel, Not Cain: Hope and Challenges for the Catholic Family

How can parents provide the environment where their children can be receptive to and hear God’s voice? We want our children to be as generous as Abel when making an offering to God, and not selfish like Cain.
1:30pm Mrs. Virginia Seuffert
Ginny4web2Homeschool to Escape the Common Core

Parents are up in arms about the Common Core’s poorly written standards, confusing curriculum, grueling test schedule, and invasion of family privacy. While we should all be working towards throwing the Common Core into the dustbin of history, what can we do to help our children now? Homeschooling offers educational excellence at a very affordable price. You can do it.
2:30pm Fr. Brian Barr
Fr. Brian BarrSlaying Giants: Confronting a Culture of Disbelief

Learn how you can find ways of protecting your family from a culture increasingly hostile to Christian values, and meet the challenges of secularism with hope and without retreat.
3:30pm Mrs. Alice Gunther
Alice for webWhat about Socialization?

Even with home education gaining wider acceptance, the dreaded question always comes up, “What about socialization?” In this talk, Alice Gunther will discuss the joy and beauty of homeschool friendship, not only for the children, but for mothers as well. She will also give practical advice on forming or finding a homeschooling group, starting clubs and activities, and finding true friendship in Christ.
4:30 – 6:00pm Vendor Sales/Dinner
6:00pm Mrs. Virginia Seuffert
Ginny4web2Six Steps to Homeschool Success

The task of teaching our children can seem daunting to parents when they are starting out, or when the crazy circumstances of daily life threaten to turn family life upside down. A simple, common sense formula of what to do and what to avoid will keep every family on track.
7:00pm Mrs. Mary Ellen Barrett
Mary Ellen 2013 webHomeschooling in Hard Times

Having homeschooled through the loss of her oldest child, the death of her mom, unemployment, and a health crisis for her husband, Mrs. Mary Ellen Barrett has a unique perspective on keeping the homeschool fires burning during the worst of times. Learn some ways to cope with school at the foot of the cross.
8:00pm Conference Ends