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Date

Friday June 24th, 2016
9:00am to 9:00pm

Saturday June 25th, 2016
9:00am to 4:30pm

Address

Fredericksburg Expo and
Conference Center

2371 Carl D. Silver Parkway
Fredericksburg, VA 22401

*Note: Mrs. Laura Berquist recently broke her wrist and will not be able to travel to the conference. We were lucky enough to be able to add Mrs. Michele Quigley to the schedule in her place.*

Fr. Shannon Collins

Fr. Shannon Collins was born in 1964 and is a native of Cohasset, MA. After undergraduate and graduate work in history and education, he taught in Catholic schools for a number of years. Having completed his seminary training at St. Philip Neri Seminary in Toronto, Ontario, he was ordained to the priesthood on June 10, 2000....

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Prof. Joseph Pearce

Prof. Joseph Pearce is a native of England and the Director of the Center for Faith and Culture at Aquinas College, in Nashville, TN. He is editor of the St. Austin Review, an international review of Catholic culture, series editor of the Ignatius Critical Editions...

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Fr. Jeffrey Kirby

Fr. Jeffrey Kirby, STL was ordained into the priesthood on July 27th, 2007. He received his Masters in Bioethics from Queen of the Apostles in Rome, and his Masters of Arts in Philosophy from Franciscan University where he graduated summa cum laude. He served as the Vicar of Vocations for the Diocese of Charleston...

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Dr. Bill Thierfelder

Dr. Bill Thierfelder is currently President of Belmont Abbey College, a Catholic Benedictine institution founded in 1876, located 10 miles west of Charlotte, NC. Prior to his appointment as President of Belmont Abbey College, Dr. Thierfelder successfully lead and transitioned fitness legend, York Barbell Company, from a manufacturer to a solutions-based partner providing sales, marketing, product development...

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Mrs. Virginia Seuffert

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 Illinois Association of Roman Catholic Home Educators...

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Fr. Andrew Fisher

Fr. Andrew Fisher is a native of northern Virginia, and played Division I baseball in college as a pitcher. He attended Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland, and was ordained to the priesthood on May 16, 1998....

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Mrs. Kathleen Wilson

Mrs. Kathleen Wilson is the founder and Director of Mary’s Shelter in Fredericksburg, VA. Mary’s Shelter is a safe, loving option for women who find themselves in need of housing during a crisis pregnancy. Over the past 9 years, Mary’s Shelter has grown from a two-room apartment into an inspiring community of five shared homes. These homes provide women and their children, both born and unborn...

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Mr. Phillip Campbell

Mr. Phillip Campbell holds degrees from Ave Maria University and Madonna University. He teaches middle school history and Sacred Scripture for the St. Augustine Homeschool Enrichment Program as well as high school history for Homeschool Connections. Mr. Campbell is the editor of The Complete Works of St. Cyprian of Carthage (Arx Publishing) as well as the Story of Civilization books available through TAN ...

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Mr. Gary Zimak

Mr. Gary Zimak is a full time Catholic evangelist and the author of A Worrier’s Guide To The Bible, Listen To Your Blessed Mother and From Fear To Faith. He is a frequent speaker at parishes and conferences across the country and is well known for his talks on overcoming...

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Fr. Gregroy Pendergraft

Fr. Gregory Pendergraft, FSSP, is the Executive Director of Development for the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter’s North American district. The Fraternity, frequently referred to by their Latin initials (FSSP) is an International Society of Priests founded in 1988 by Pope St. John Paul II who are dedicated to growing in holiness...

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Mrs. Tara Brelinsky

Mrs. Tara Brelinsky is a veteran homeschooling mother of 8 living children, with 6 more heavenly ones. Married to her childhood sweetheart for over 20 years, they make their home in North Carolina where they teach Natural Family Planning, grow a garden, raise two dogs, a hamster, ducks, roosters and a flock of hens (in addition to all those wonderful kids)....

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Mrs. Celeste Behe

Mrs. Celeste Behe is a senior writer for Catholic Digest, a blogger for the National Catholic Register, and a columnist for CatholicMom.com. A member of the Catholic Press Association, Celeste has discussed her articles on both the Son Rise Morning Show and Register Radio, and has also been a guest on...

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Prof. Mary Stanford

Prof. Mary Stanford received her Master of Theological Studies degree from the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family in Washington, DC. A married homeschooling mother of six children, Mary occasionally moonlights as an adjunct instructor for the Theology Department of Christendom College...

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Fr. Mark Rutherford

Fr. Mark Rutherford was born and raised in Ypsilanti, Michigan, and later in Ann Arbor. Fr. Mark grew up in a Catholic home with three brothers. He first heard and discerned a call to the priesthood at age 13 while participating in a Franciscan University of Steubenville Youth Conference in 1997. Growing up he attended both Catholic and public schools, and was homeschooled....

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Mrs. Kelly Mantoan

Mrs. Kelly Mantoan is a wife, mother, special needs parent, has been homeschooling for over 10 years, and lives with her husband and five children in New Jersey. She writes at her popular blog This Ain’t the Lyceum about homeschooling, parenthood, the Catholic faith, and raising children with...

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Mr. Shak Hill

Mr. Shak Hill spent 9 years as a pilot in the Air Force, upon graduating from the United States Air Force Academy, and flew combat missions during Desert Storm. During his time at the Academy, Shak and Robin met, fell in love, and were married right after his graduation. It was the beginning of a storybook romance....

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Mrs. Michele Quigley

Mrs. Michele Quigley is the wife of Tim, mother of ten, grandmother, veteran homeschooler, and a convert of 30+ years to the Catholic faith. She is an active member of the St. Anthony’s Latin Mass community, and has worked as a catechist and RCIA director at St. Mary’s parish...

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A Lost Sheep Catholic Store

A Lost Sheep Catholic Store is a mobile Catholic book and gift shop. Our goal is to nurture the spiritual growth of Catholics and Christians by providing books, bibles, study programs, and gifts/accessories to the public. We are a homeschooling family and understand the costs and needs of a budget minded family so we try to offer the best value on all of our products we carry.

American Life League - Culture of Life Studies Program

The Culture of Life Studies Program is an academic program that uses educational supplements to teach the gospel of life in every subject and in every grade. Our mission is to equip parents and teachers with the tools they need to educate students abot the respect for every human being's life through authentic Catholic social teaching and biblical principles.

Aquinas College

Aquinas College offers a dynamic academic experience in a welcoming and supportive Catholic environment. Guided by our outstanding faculty and the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia Congregation, students can choose from programs in liberal arts, business, nursing, and education on our beautiful 83-acre campus in Nashville, Tennessee.

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 online support that we provide, continue the curriculum with their parents and siblings at home.

Arma Dei

Offering carefully-crafted Catholic products intended to help celebrate our rich Tradition and Faith. Quality catechism and prayer-based books, paper craft kits, collector cards, playing cards, and quizzing cards are great educational tools and gifts for home, school, or parish.

Arx Publishing

Arx Publishing gives a voice to authors whose books uphold traditional Catholic values and promote the Culture of Life. Specializing in new historical fiction for young adults, Arx also publishes high fantasy fiction, devotional and scholarly works.

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. Behold Christ Club Foundation, a sister organization, also puts on annual retreats for moms and daughters called Mary's Garden Party. Visit our website under Summer Camps.

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.

Catholic Heritage Curricula

CHC offers a solid, complete, family-friendly PreK-12 Catholic education with no tuition or enrollment fees. We believe that when solid academics are offered in a gentle, flexible manner, children will blossom spiritually, emotionally, and academically. We are here to aid and support families who wish to provide their children with an authentically Catholic education, with Heaven as the ultimate goal.

Catholic Schoolhouse

Catholic Schoolhouse is designed to help homeschool families enrich their educational experience through a flexible approach to learning inspired by classical elements. Using the Catholic Schoolhouse materials or joining a local CSH chapter can help bring structure and cohesiveness to your entire homeschool experience and will bless your family.

Celeste Behe

Chesterton Press

Chesterton Press is the publisher and distributor of fun Catholic fiction that evangelizes the imagination by telling a good story inspired by the innocent wit and wisdom of the great English writer G. K. Chesterton.

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.

Discovery Toys

Discovery Toys specializes in high quality, kid powered learning products for children of all ages since 1978. Our toys, books and gamesare recommended by child development professionals to develop the fundamental building blocks necessary for creative thinking and learning success. Turn playtime into learning time with Discovery Toys.

EWTN Global Catholic Network

EWTN, the world's largest religious media network, airs family and religious programming from a Catholic viewpoint through television, radio, and the internet. EWTN offers talk shows, children's animation, live coverage of church events, and documentaries, all consistent with the Magisterium, and in English and Spanish. EWTN also publishes the National Catholic Register bi-weekly.

Fr. Shannon Collins

Franciscan University of Steubenville

Academically Excellent. Passionately Catholic. About 20% of our incoming freshmen are homeschooled. Study in a supportive atmosphere that demands your best. Learn from highly respected, faith-filled faculty. Live what you believe at Franciscan University.

Ginger Himes Art Lessons

DVDs designed to give children confidence in drawing without using a lot of expensive equipment. Students learn basic skills in a relaxed step-by-step manner.

Hillside Education

Language Arts and Liturgical Year resources; Catholic homeschool magazine; Latin mass liturgical magazine.

Holy Family Press

We publish Catholic books and media including Activity/Coloring Books for children, dramatized audio CDs for the whole family and other items.

Holy Family Resources

We are a family owned and operated apostolate with over 20 years experience dedicated to education and evangelization, and known for our large selection of wholesome and orthodox books, CDs, and DVDs for all ages. Materials focus on family life, prayer, spirituality, and Church Teaching. Take advantage of the CLEARANCE TABLES and enjoy used curriculum books, $1.00 CDs and savings up to 60% off!!!

Holy Heroes

Holy Heroes provides materials and free online “Adventures” to help you bring "the joy of the Faith to your family." You may have heard of their Glory Stories saint story audio CDs which have been broadcast on Catholic Radio or perhaps your family was one of the 40,000 families who participated in one of their free online "Adventures" – Advent Adventure or Lenten Adventure, or last year’s new “Spiritual Adoption – Prayer Adventure.”

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.

Homeschool Legal Defense Association

Since 1983 HSLDA have been pioneers in the homeschooling movement, and they are still fighting for homeschoolers today. They are the only organization that lobbies on behalf of homeschoolers in Washington D.C. and are a bastion of support, not just providing legal, but also practical, everyday support for 85,000 homeschooling families across the country.

Illuminated Ink

Unique educational Catholic games, toys, and craft kits.

Institute for Excellence in Writing

Come and discover award-winning Excellence in Writing, a method of teaching composition that really works. Using the program, students of all ages will learn to write stories, reports and essays with style. The workshop will give you an overview of the program and show you how you can get started.

John Paul the Great Catholic University

Pope John Paul II urged for a New Evangelization through means of communcations media. John Paul the Great Catholic University takes this mission to heart seeking to impact culture for Christ by focusing on majors in media and business.

Keller Books

Joyful purveyors of vintage children’s and traditional Catholic books. A Catholic homeschool family with 10 children, we buy/sell books that enrich, nurture, and inspire.

Kelly Mantoan

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.

Demme Learning/Math-U-See

Demme Learning specializes in unique sequential learning tools for home or small-group learning. Demme Learning comprises Math-U-See, Spelling You See, KinderTown, and Building Faith Families.

Michele Quigley/The Catholic Daily Planner

The Catholic Daily Planner. The #1 Catholic planner since 2003. Two sizes, four styles and 15 beautiful cover options. A useful, annual resource desigend to help you live your Faith and order your life - every day.

Mother of Divine Grace School

Mother of Divine Grace School offers a Catholic, classical approach to homeschooling. We want to meet the needs of each individual family, and we ralize that these needs will vary from family to family. Our consultants, teachers, lesson plans, materials, standardized testing, and assessments can provide families with clear educational goals, the appropriate level of support, as well as the needed structure and flexibilty.

My Little Felt Friends

My Little Felt Friends makes and sells felt saint dolls, nativity scenes, Jesse Tree ornaments, bookmarkers and more! Follow us on Instagram and Facebook for new product info and coupon codes.

Nancy Larson Science

Nancy Larson® Science uses a hands-on, cross-curricular aproach wrapped in a scientific conversation between parent and child. Children ages 5-12, work as scientists, learning through a multi-sensory approach, developing higher-level thinking skills, and retaining concepts. We've done the planning, preparation, and include a complete kit, so parents can focus on teaching rather than searching for materials.

Northeast Catholic College

Northeast Catholic College is a residential Catholic liberal arts college in New Hampshire. The College seeks through the rigorous study and discussion of primary texts through its “Great Books” liberal arts program—and through its vibrantly Catholic student life, to call students to the lifelong pursuit of intellectual and moral virtue.

Our Lady of Victory School

Since 1977, OLVS has been providing Roman Catholic homeschooling curriculum and publishing our very own line of textbooks (LEPANTO PRESS). The curriculum (including daily lesson plans) used in our homeschooling program is well organized, doctrinally sound and very affordable.

Our Lady Seat of Wisdom Academy

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.

Phillip Campbell

Prof. Joseph Pearce

Portico Ministries

Portico Ministries is a non-profit organization in support of Catholic evangelization. Its mission is to be a strong voice within the New Evangelization, using all forms of media and methods of communication to help fulfill the mandate of the Lord Jesus Christ: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations…” (Mt. 18:19).

Project Nazareth

Project Nazareth's mission is to inspire and encourage families to declutter and simplify their lives. We look to the Holy Family and the virtues they exemplified in their home in Nazareth, particularly the virtues of unconditional love, simplicity, holy detachment, trust in Divine Providence and true order within the domestic church. Abby Sasscer, founder of Project Nazareth, continues to write books and blogs in order to spread the message of simple living.

Proud Catholic Company

After experiencing a major conversion of their own Catholic faith in 2007, John & Stacie Martinez felt Divine Providence urging them to use their experience from the fashion industry of NYC no longer for themselves, but for the Lord. Proud Catholic Company was born in early 2008 with the “Proud to be Catholic” car magnet and the “Must you see to believe?” t-shirt. PCC is mission driven and fosters the New Evangelization through the medium of graphics, apparel and other printed products which encourages, empowers and evangelizes!

Queen of Heaven Academy

Queen of Heaven Academy (QHA) offers an economical online curriculum that is faithful to the intellectual, moral, and spiritual traditions of the Catholic Church. Founded in 1995, Queen of Heaven Academy carries on the proven classical curriculum, 4 - 12th grade that has prepared students for acceptance in colleges across the nation and internationally. Homeschoolers, groups, co-ops, and schools all benefit from Queen of Heaven Academy's Catholic curriculum that is conveniently scheduled across three different time zones. Queen of Heaven offers assistance for special needs students and makes the internet a safe place for students with our exclusive St. John's SafetyNet program. Queen of Heaven Academy's high school program is accredited through the National Association of Private Catholic and Independent Schools (NAPCIS).

RightStart Mathematics

RightStart Mathematics uses the AL Abacus to provide a visual, auditory, and kinesthetic experience. The program lessons guide the teacher day-by-day and year-by-year, helping children understand, apply, and enjoy mathematics while surpassing state standards.

Sacred Heart Books and Gifts

We are a family owned apostolate bookstore, dedicated to our Lord and Lady. We focus on serving the family by providing discounts on a majority of our products year round. We offer 1000’s of homeschool materials for all styles of learning along with with a vast array of Catholic books and gifts. We carry products that are used in various homeschool programs including Mother of Divine Grace School, Catholic Heritage Curricula, Memoria Press, Kolbe Academy, Mater Amabilis, Catholic Schoolhouse, St. Thomas Aquinas Academy and so much more!

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).

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.

St. Gregory's University

St. Gregory's is a Roman Catholic University, offering through the master's degree level a liberal arts education that has been cherished and handed down in the educational institutions of the Benedictine Order. We promote the education of the whole person in the context of a Christian community in which students are encouraged to develop a love of learning and to live lives of balance, generosity and integrity. As Oklahoma's only Catholic university, St. Gregory's reaches out to members of other faiths who value the distinctive benefits which it offers.

Stone Tablet Press

The Little Angel Readers make it easy for parents to teach their child to read. Over 90 phonograms are taught, using a variety of proven phonics methods. Child-appealing stories include Catholic family life, saints, Bible and folktales. Series of 4 readers, workbooks, and teacher manual. Grades K-2.

TAN Books - St. Benedict Press

TAN Books has been the publisher you can trust with your faith for over fifty years, specializing in traditional, Catholic titles, especially those on and by the saints. In 2014, we founded TAN Homeschool in order to serve the next generation of Catholics. Since then, our Story of the Bible and Story of Civilization product lines have delighted young readers and satisfied parent’s longing for quality, Catholic content. The best is yet to come with all sorts of exciting new things we have set to be released in the coming years!

Teaching Textbooks

Math curriculum specifically designed for Homeschoolers. Math 3 through Pre-Calculus. Teaching Textbooks is approved by Seton Home Study School as a replacement math curriculum for Saxon Math.

Thomas Aquinas College

Thomas Aquinas College is a genuinely Catholic college where original works replace textbooks and class discussions replace lectures. Aiming at truth in the major arts and sciences, students grapple with prominent and pivotal works of Western civilization: Plato, Aristotle, St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas, Homer, Shakespeare, Newton, Einstein, Madison, Tocqueville, and many others. With this broad, integrated education, graduates go on to successful careers in fields ranging from medicine and law to journalism, higher education, and religious vocations. The College’s student body comes from 37 states and 9 foreign countries, and is 95% Catholic. As well, over 40% come from homeschool or distance learning programs. To find out more about the College or Summer Program for high school students, speak with Scott Benigar, Associate Director of Admissions, in the vendor area or visit our website.

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University of Dallas

The University of Dallas is a private, Catholic liberal arts university dedicated to developing the whole person: mind, body, soul. UD offers students a rigorous and comprehensive Core curriculum, a solid foundation for spiritual growth, an opportunity to participate in our nationally recognized study-abroad Rome Program, and a lively campus community.

Usborne Books and More

Usborne Books and More offers educational and engaging books for children of all ages. The future of our world depends on the education of our children. We deliver educational excellence one book at a time. We also offer book fairs and grant matching programs.

Vintage Holy Statues

Gary Zimak

Friday, June 24

9:00am – Registration/Rosary

10:00 – 10:45am

West Ballroom Parent Track

Beating Mompostor Syndrome: How to Defeat Self-Doubt

Celeste Behe

Do you ever feel as though you were “faking it” as a mother? Are you afraid that others will discover that you aren’t half the mom they thought you were? Do you often find yourself second-guessing your decisions as a parent? Recovering Mompostor™ Celeste Behe shows how you can defeat self-doubt, take back your vocation, and save the world!

 

East Ballroom Parent Track

3 ½ Lessons I Have Learned Raising 46 Foster Children

Shak Hill

After two children of their own, Shak and Robin faced a significant pro-life decision that ended leaving Robin unable to have more children naturally. Wanting a large family, Shak and Robin became foster parents. Now, 46 children later, in this entertaining and fast-paced presentation, Shak shares what he learned, and why it matters to you.

 

11:00 – 11:45am

West Ballroom Parent Track

Your Children Can Change the World: How to Prepare Them for Leadership

Ginny Seuffert

This talk takes 14 themes found in expensive private prep schools to place kids in positions of power and influence (identified by John Taylor Gatto), and adapts them to apply to homeschooling families so you can prepare your children for leadership in society, business, and government.

 

East Ballroom Parent Track

The Most Holy Rosary: A Spiritual Weapon for Homeschool Families

Fr. Shannon Collins

The Holy Rosary is a scourge that beats back our enemies, filled with small stones that knock down any Goliath. It is a saving rope and chain that lifts us to heavenly heights. But the Holy Rosary is not just essential equipment for dark times, but also a sure means of ushering in an age of peace.

 

12:00 – 2:00pm Vendor Area Opens/Lunch
(Vendor Area remains open for the rest of the conference)

2:00 – 2:45pm

West Ballroom Parent Track

Being Present: Creating the Best Homeschool Experience

Dr. Bill Thierfelder

Bring greater joy and success to your homeschool by living, loving, working, playing, and praying in the present moment. Find out why distractions and expectations often lead to discontent and poor performance and what you can do to overcome them. Learn the secret to peace and happiness that will double your talents as a teacher or student.

 

East Ballroom Parent Track

Catholic Education: The Role of the Family and the Church

Fr. Gregory Pendergraft

It is necessary that education be firmly rooted in the teaching of the Catholic Church, and every Catholic parent should be working toward the same goal--to raise children who know and love the Holy Faith and who have an education in the liberal arts and sciences which will enable them to rebuild a Catholic society.

 

3:00pm – 3:45pm

West Ballroom Parent Track

The Blood of the Martyrs is the Seed of the Church

Fr. Andrew Fisher

By laying down their lives for Christ, these men and women testify to the truth of our faith and inspire us. Hear eyewitness accounts of the holy martyrs, see how they inspired the Church to continue its work of evangelization, and how the Church honors these saints in her liturgy and devotions.

 

East Ballroom Parent Track

Living Faith, Marriage, Motherhood, Homeschooling, and Ministry!

Kathleen Wilson

For many years, Kathleen did not embrace her faith or celebrate the Mass and Sacraments. Through some entertaining events and many prayers, Kathleen came back to the Church, went on to be the mother of 12 children both biological and adopted, to homeschool, and to found Mary’s Shelter, a ministry for homeless, pregnant women.

 

4:00pm – 4:20pm

West Ballroom Parent Track

In God's Time

Michele Quigley

Learn about organization and time management in the Catholic home and homeschool. Gain ideas and inspiration for creating an atmosphere of order and peace.

 

East Ballroom Parent Track

The Role of a Homeschooling Father: What am I Supposed to be Doing?

Phillip Campbell

So you and your stay-at-home wife have decided to homeschool, but you work 40+ hours a week; what exactly is your role, and how can you be an integral part of the homeschooling experience in spite of your busy schedule? This talk will examine various ways that working fathers can be involved in the day to day activities of homeschooling to ensure that the effort is truly a joint endeavor of love.

 

5:00 – 6:30pm Vendors Sales/Dinner

6:30 – 7:15pm

West Ballroom Parent Track

Overcoming the Hurdles of Homeschooling

Ginny Seuffert

Some of the toughest hurdles in homeschooling can be corrected with calm and confident parenting. This talk offers some insight into just what might be holding us back and how some easy, common sense adjustments will make all the difference.

 

East Ballroom Parent Track

5 Simple Steps to Improve Your Prayer Life

Fr. Jeffrey Kirby

We all know that we are supposed to pray, and many of us want to pray. Oftentimes, we try and then things come up and our prayer life slips away. This workshop provides practical steps on how to pray (and keep praying). It gives a theology from the trenches and is aimed to help us all become better people of prayer.

 

7:30 – 8:15pm

West Ballroom Parent Track

The Sense of Catholicism and the Nonsense of Atheism

Prof. Joseph Pearce

We live in an age in which many people profess no religion and believe in no God. Professor Pearce exposes the shallow arguments of atheism and shows the rational foundation for faith.

 

East Ballroom Parent Track

How to Keep a Sense of Humor When Your Child Forgets Long Division... Again

Kelly Mantoan

We all have bad days. In this talk, Kelly shares how she tries to burnout-proof her school year beginning in August, and what can be done if burnout rears its ugly head anyway. Through humorous examples, Kelly talks about how she keeps a bad day from turning into an awful week, and how to avoid joylessly plodding through your school year.

 

9:00pm – Day Ends

Saturday, June 25

9:00am – Registration/Rosary

9:30 – 10:15am

West Ballroom Parent Track

Homeschooling: Doing Your Purgatory on Earth

Fr. Shannon Collins

This talk is a discussion of the doctrine of Purgatory, as well as the importance of praying for the dead especially through the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Furthermore, it is an investigation of the phrase, “doing your Purgatory on earth,” as being most beneficial to one’s spiritual life, especially for homeschool moms, dads, and children, who have embraced a difficult vocation.

 

East Ballroom Teen Track

The Catholicism of The Hobbit

Prof. Joseph Pearce

Tolkien described The Lord of the Rings as a “fundamentally religious and Catholic book.” Discover how his earlier book, The Hobbit, is equally Catholic. Prof. Pearce, author of Bilbo’s Journey, unravels the hidden Christian meaning of this classic tale of good and evil in Middle Earth.

 

10:30 – 11:15am

West Ballroom Parent Track

Mercy and the Drama of Salvation

Fr. Jeffrey Kirby

This talk describes the story of salvation history from the perspective of God’s mercy. The covenant and the drama of humanity’s relationship with God throughout time is described within the scope and passion of God’s goodness and mercy.

 

East Ballroom College Fair

College Fair 2016

Admissions representatives from Catholic colleges around the country will be giving 5-minute presentations about their respective institutions. This is perfect for teens and parents. Our participating colleges include:

11:30am – 12:15pm

West Ballroom Parent Track

Finding God’s Fingerprints on Your Dirty Windows

Tara Brelinsky

Staring out my window, the beauty of the view seems obscured by the dozen little smudgy fingerprints on my glass. But what if those smudges are really there to help me look more closely at the wonder inside my home? What if God planted those tiny prints to remind me that whenever we serve one another in our daily duties (e.g. schooling, housework) we are serving Him.

 

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

2:00 – 2:45pm

West Ballroom Parent Track

Am I Doing Enough?

Gary Zimak

One of the biggest challenges facing homeschooling parents is the feeling that they aren’t doing enough for their children. When is it time to step back and let the Lord take over? In this talk, Gary will offer practical advice for learning how to do your best and then let God do the rest!

 

East Ballroom Teen Track

The Most Important Talk You Will Never Hear: Cultural Issues Facing Teens

Fr. Mark Rutherford

“I can do and be what I want, how I want, whenever I want!” True freedom, right? Wrong. The cafeteria is closed! You have a mind, there is truth, Jesus is the Truth that sets us free, and He has something to say about your life, love, gender, studies, future and family.

 

3:00pm – 3:45pm

West Ballroom Parent Track

Helping Our Kids Converse, Concentrate, and Create in a Culture of Distraction

Prof. Mary Stanford

Giving our children authentically personal communication skills in our shameless, technology-mediated culture can be a daunting challenge. By examining the biblical foundations of human communication, we will witness the formative power of embodied encounter in the life of each person, and discuss ways of creating a culture at home that will truly nurture our children’s gifts.

 

East Ballroom Teen Track

History as if People Mattered

Phillip Campbell

Why do so many people say they love history but hated history class? If teaching history to your homeschooler seems daunting, this talk will guide you through inculcating a love and understanding of history in your child, emphasizing the narrative nature of history coupled with a theme-based approach. The talk will also explore why modern-secular attempts at teaching history are doomed to failure.

 

4:30pm – Conference Ends