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


Sts. Cyril & Methodius Slovak Catholic Church
41233 Ryan Road
Sterling Heights, MI 48314


Friday June 13th, 2014 @ 2:00pm to 8:00pm
Saturday June 14th, 2014 @ 9:00am to 4:30pm

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

Make sure you sign up to receive email updates about the conference by entering your name and email address in the form on the right-hand side of this webpage. We hope to see you there!

Dr. Ray Guarendi is a homeschooling father, clinical psychologist, author, public speaker and a radio host. His experience includes school districts, Head Start programs, mental health centers, substance abuse programs, inpatient psychiatric centers, juvenile courts, and a private practice.

Dr. Guarendi has been a regular guest on national radio and television, including Oprah, Joan Rivers, Scott Ross Prime Time, 700 Club, Gordon Elliot, and CBS This Morning. He’s appeared on regional radio and television shows in over 40 states and Canada. He has been the program psychologist for Cleveland’s Morning Exchange, Pittsburgh 2-Day, and AM Indiana. He has written several books, including You’re a Better Parent Than You Think!, Back to the Family and Discipline That Lasts a Lifetime.
GraywebMr. Philip Gray and his wife homeschool their six children. With three left at home, they are hoping for a grandchild. Philip is a canon lawyer. His educational background includes studies in Philosophy, an undergraduate degree in Mental Health/Human Services and Theology, and licentiate and master’s degrees in Canon Law.

Philip founded Professional Canonical Services, a private canon law firm providing consultation and representation in the jurisdiction of the Catholic Church. He has worked as a social worker, counselor, diocesan tribunal administrator, adjunct professor of Theology and Canon Law, Vice-President of Catholics United for the Faith, and recently accepted the election as President of the St. Joseph Foundation. He is a consulter or director for numerous Catholic apostolates and religious orders, has published more than 50 articles on a variety of topics, and spoken at conferences and seminars from the International Theological Institute in Gaming, Austria to Anchorage, Alaska. He holds a mandate to teach the sacred sciences from the Bishop of Steubenville.
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. 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.
MaureenWittmannwebMrs. Maureen Wittmann and her husband Rob are parents to seven children who have always been homeschooled. Maureen is co-founder of Homeschool Connections, which provides several services for Catholic homeschoolers: Online courses for middle and high school students, free webinars for parents, the Catholic History Video Project, and free eBooks for homeschoolers.

Maureen is co-editor and contributing author to Why Should I Learn This?, The Catholic Homeschool Companion, and A Catholic Homeschool Treasury. She is the author of For the Love of Literature: Teaching Core Subjects with Real Books. She is a contributing editor for the Catholic homeschooling magazine Mater et Magistra. Her articles have appeared in Our Sunday Visitor, Latin Mass, Catholic Digest, Catholic Faith, and more.

IHM accepts vendors by invitation only; if you would like to be considered to be a vendor at the IHM Michigan 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.

Please let us know if your were a vendor at last year’s conference (vendors from last year can be invited back regardless of vendor criteria). The following is list of vendors for 2014 who have confirmed so far.

There will be a USED BOOK SALE. Click here for more information!

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
Bassett’s Homeschool Resources

Bassett’s Homeschool Resources is going out of business as a retailer. Their entire stock of new (and gently used) curriculum, books and supplements are at least 50% off, and most products are below ebay prices.
6 Tables
Jackson, MI
Behold Publications

Publishers of the popular Little Flowers Girls’ Club and Blue Knights Catholic Boys programs as well as the Glory of America series of Catholic fiction for kids.
2 Tables
La Grange, KY
Belmont Abbey College

At Belmont Abbey, you will find a campus that is physically beautiful, an atmosphere that is friendly, and classes that will stimulate your mind, cultivate your spirit, and gladden your heart. At the Abbey, your classes will be small. Your professors will know you by name. You will get to know your classmates well and they will get to know you. You become part of the Catholic intellectual tradition that founded the world’s first universities and that continues to animate many of them today. You also partake of the Benedictine tradition of learning and holiness that has been a light to individuals and to nations for 1,500 years.
1 Table
Belmont, NC
Byzantine Seminary Press

We seek to preserve and promote the richness of the Byzantine Tradition. We carry a wide variety of icons, books, religious jewelry, CD’s, greeting cards, holy cards and other small items.
3 Tables
Pittsburgh, PA
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. *Christendom will be offering a 5-minute presentation as part of the IHM College Fair on Saturday morning.*
1 Table
Front Royal, VA
College of Saint Mary Magdalen

The College of St. Mary Magdalen remains one of only 20 colleges in the U.S. to be named to the Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College. The College offers a classical liberal arts education–through its Great Books Program–that is rooted in Catholic social teaching and is loyal to the Magisterium of the Catholic Church.
1 Table
Warner, NH
Colleen Hammond
Dr. Ray Guarendi
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
Institute for Excellence in Writing

Andrew Pudewa’s award-winning writing curriculum Teaching Writing: Structure and Style and other writing helps: literature, grammar, and spelling programs for home-educating families.
5 Tables
Locust Grove, OK

Kolbe Academy

Kolbe Academy Homeschool provides curriculum and books that are CATHOLIC–loyal to the Magisterium, CLASSICAL in approach, IGNATIAN in method, and FLEXIBLE in practice.
1 Table
Napa, CA
Our Lady Seat of Wisdom

Recommended by the Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College, Our Lady Seat of Wisdom offers an excellent post-secondary Catholic Liberal Arts education of unmatched affordability in a small, vibrant and faithful Catholic community.
1 Table
Barry’s Bay, ON
St. Joseph’s Foundation
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).
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
St. Augustine Academy Press

At St. Augustine Academy Press, we believe that what children read really matters. to meet this need, we offer classic out-of-print titles portraying Catholic virtues that both children and parents will love. We also specialize in reprinting the work of Mother Mary Loyola, author of The King of the Golden City, so that a new generation may benefit from the strength of her catechetical work as well as her unique insight nto the truths of our Faith.
2 Tables
Lisle, IL
Stone Tablet Press

Teach your child to read with the Little Angel Reader Catholic phonics series. Child-appealing phonetic stories, plus phonics workbooks and teacher’s manual. Grades K-2. Catholic, Bible, and saint stories included. Proven methods tested in classrooms.
1 Table
Wildwood, MO
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
The Catholic Shop

MWe’re a one-stop shop for all things Catholic, but we particularly specialize in the best and largest collection of books faithful to the Holy Father and the Magisterium in the Midwest.
3 Tables
Cincinnati, OH
Thomas Aquinas College

Great Books. Seminar discussions. Genuinely Catholic College. Aiming at Truth and intellectual facility in the major arts and sciences, students read original, classical texts and discuss them in seminars led by faculty. High School Juniors should consider the Great Books Summer Program.
1 Table
Santa Paula, CA
Thomas More College of Liberal Arts 1 Table
Merrimack, NH
University of Dallas

The University of Dallas is a Catholic institution that seeks to educate students, to develop intellectual and moral virtues, to prepare themselves for life and work, and to become leaders in the community. Through intensive teaching, interactive discourse, and critical analysis, the university promotes truth, virtue, and wisdom in the liberal arts and professional studies.
1 Table
Irving, TX
Usborne Books & More

Great Full line of Usborne and Kane Miller books. Great supplements to curriculum. Also offering home parties, business opportunities, and fundraisers.
1 Table
Oxford, MI
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Wyoming Catholic College

Wyoming Catholic College offers a combined classical liberal arts and outdoor leadership education that forms the whole person in his three dimensions: body, mind, and spirit. We accomplish this by immersing our students in the beauty of the great outdoors, by introducing them to the wisdom of Western tradition and thought as found in the Great Books of the past millennia, and by making them part of a small, unmistakably Catholic community.
1 Table
Lander, WY

Schedule graphic

Update: The times for Saturday’s talks have all been adjusted (from what was sent out in the mail) and we had to cancel one of Colleen Hammond’s talks (our fault, not her fault).
Time Speaker Talk
2:00pm Registration/Vendor Area Opens
2:30pm Dr. Ray Guarendi
Dr. Ray GuarendiMarriage: Small Steps, Big Rewards

Building a better relationship with your spouse doesn’t mean learning exotic new communication techniques or rearranging your lifestyle. In fact, a few of Dr. Ray’s ten “small steps” are lessons you learned in grade school. Plus, with his “resistance rationales,” Dr. Ray helps you overcome any reluctance you might feel to taking these small steps.
3:30pm 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.
4:30 – 6:00pm Vendor Sales/Dinner
6:00pm Dr. Ray Guarendi
Dr. Ray GuarendiDiscipline that Lasts a Lifetime

What Wise insights and sound advice from Dr. Ray will help parents to understand that discipline is an important way to love their children, and that teaching them self-control is a gift that will last a lifetime. His entertaining but no-nonsense approach to discipline is sure to instill in parents the needed confidence to take charge of their children’s behavior, with a smile!
7:00pm Mrs. Colleen Hammond
Hammond.Colleen webTeaching Values to Your ChildrenThis 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.

Time Speaker Talk
9:00am Registration
10:00am Mrs. Maureen Wittmann
MaureenWittmannwebThe Joy of Reading Aloud: A Family Adventure

This talk will give you the tools you need to find more joy in homeschooling, create close bonds with your children, and produce an academic atmosphere that will prepare your children for success—all of this in addition to raising your family’s hearts to God. Join us in this adventure as we learn the hows and whys of reading aloud.
11:00am Mr. Philip Gray
GraywebPrimal Educators: The Obligation to Instruct, the Right to Homeschool

Parents are educators because they are parents. The Church is an educator because it is the Church. The rights and obligations of each complement the other, and do not conflict. Mr. Gray will present the foundations for parents’ obligation to educate, their right to choose the method of education, and the Church’s obligation to respect their decisions and support them.
12:00 – 1:30pm Lunch/Vendor Sales
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 Mr. Philip Gray
GraywebSacramental Preparation: An Obligation of Parents, Not a Right

According to Canon Law, obligatory preparation for First Sacraments for children is a burden of parents, not pastors and their staff. Mr. Gray will present the foundations for this obligation, and discuss the real obligations of pastors and their staff on this issue.
4:30pm Conference Ends


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