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Date

Friday, June 23, 2017
9:00am to 9:00pm

Saturday, June 24, 2017
9:00am to 4:30pm

Address

Fredericksburg Expo and
Conference Center

2371 Carl D. Silver Parkway
Fredericksburg, VA 22401

Jeff Cavins

Jeff Cavins is recognized both nationally and internationally as one of the most effective and engaging speakers in the Church today. Few can communicate their love for Jesus Christ with as much zeal, clarity, and enthusiasm as Jeff Cavins. In addition to his outstanding presentations related to Catholic Bible Study, Jeff is available to speak on a…

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Dr. Ray Guarendi

Dr. Ray Guarendi is the father of 10 adopted children, many of whom have been homeschooled. He is a clinical psychologist, author, public speaker and nationally syndicated radio and television host. His radio show, “The Doctor Is In,” can be heard weekdays on ETWN Radio….

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Andrew Pudewa

Andrew Pudewa is the director of the Institute for Excellence in Writing. Presenting throughout North America, he addresses issues relating to teaching, writing, thinking, spelling, and music with clarity, insight, practical experience, and humor. His seminars for parents, students and teachers have helped transform many a reluctant writer…

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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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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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Fr. Jerome Magat

Fr. Jerome A. Magat, PSS is a member of the Society of St. Suplice from the Diocese of Arlington, Virginia. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia and was ordained in 2002 after having completed his seminary studies at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, MD. In addition to serving as Director of Liturgy and teaching homiletics and liturgy…

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Mrs. Mary Ellen Barrett

Mrs. Mary Ellen Barrett is a mother of eight children and wife to David. She is a lifelong New Yorker and an active member of her parish Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Lindenhurst, New York. Mary Ellen is a columnist for The Long Island Catholic and chronicles the journey of living a faithful, but imperfect, Catholic family life on her weblog, Tales from the Bonny Blue House

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Mrs. Amy Kalscheur

Mrs. Amy Kalscheur graduated from Marian College in 1995 with a BA in Elementary Education and Mild Disabilities. After teaching in public schools for 2 years, Amy and her husband, Michael, decided that when their son was ready for school, they would begin by homeschooling…

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Mr. Michael Kalscheur

Mr. Michael Kalscheur is a Certified Financial Planner with over 20 years of experience in personal planning and institutional consulting. His firm, Castle Wealth Advisors, is an independent financial planning firm in Indianapolis, Indiana. Mr. Kalscheur’s planning covers all aspects of a family’s finances, including goal setting, budgeting, retirement planning…

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Mrs. Abby Sasscer

Mrs. Abby Sasscer was born in the Philippines and came to the United States in 1986. She is a wife, homeschooling mother of three, author, speaker and founder of Project Nazareth. In 2004, Abby’s family moved to a small home in the mountains…

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Ashley Zahorian

Ashley Zahorian

Ashley Zahorian is an award-winning Catholic television producer and director, as well as a homeschooling mother of three children. Ashley was a product of homeschooling from first grade through high school, and has earned a B.A., B.S., and M.F.A. with no debt by earning merit-based scholarships…

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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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Fr. Gerard Saguto

Fr. Gerard Saguto, a priest of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter, is a native of Long Island (New York) and the youngest of three children from a family of Sicilian descent. Ordained in 2004, he was appointed by Fr. John Berg, Superior General of the Priestly Fraternity, as the North American District Superior…

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Dr. Dixie Lane

Dr. Dixie Dillon Lane teaches history at Christendom College in Front Royal, VA, where she and her husband also educate their three young children at home. Her research specializes in the history of homeschooling and education generally in the United States, as well as religious history and the history of the family. Dr. Lane received her Ph.D. in American History…

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Dr. Christopher Lane

Dr. Christopher J. Lane is assistant professor of history at Christendom College in Front Royal, Va., where he teaches a variety of courses on the history of western civilization and especially focuses on Catholicism in the early modern era…

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Deacon Gerard-Marie Anthony

Deacon Gerard-Marie Anthony is a deacon for the Arlington Diocese. He received his B.A in Theology from Christendom College and his M.A in Theology from the Catholic Distance University. He also has earned his Virginia Catholic Education Teaching Certification through George Mason University and is currently a counseling candidate at Divine Mercy University…

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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.

ABCatholic

At ABCatholic, our goal is to touch the lives of little children with the faith form the time they are born. Our mission is to make a positive impact through the products we offer. We aim to create and produce professional, quality Catholic products, DVDs, CDs, books, toys, dolls, and much more! Along with running his business, Zac works full time as a Firefighter in South Carolina. He and his beautiful wife, Jackie, are proud parents of their two sons Christopher and George.

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.

Amy Kalscheur

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.

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.

Ave Maria University

Ave Maria University – Excellent, Affordable, Catholic. Our Students come from 46 states and 18 countries. We offer 23 majors; 94% of our professors have Ph.Ds; average class size: 17 students. Our beautiful campus is a short drive from Naples, Florida, and the Gulf of Mexico beaches. *Ave Maria will be offering a 5-minute presentation as part of the IHM College Fair on Saturday morning.

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.

Benedictine College

Benedictine College is a private, Catholic, four-year liberal arts college located in Atchison, Kansas. Common majors include Business, Education, Theology, Engineering, and Nursing. Benedictine is listed on the Cardinal Newman Society Guide and has a campus in Florence, Italy. The enrollment has increased for 15 consecutive years and over 80% of our students live on campus.

Catholic Education Center

The Catholic Education Center and Christ The Teacher College offer online Religious Education formation. Our courses may be used in faith formation certification and towards a Master of Religious Education degree through Christ the Teacher college. Educational resources are available for sale in our bookstores. Homeschooling discounts available.

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.

Catholic Textbook Project

Catholic homeschool families now have a Catholic alternative for history and social studies – Catholic Textook Project’s series for middle school and high school. Our textbooks tell the history other textbook series tell, but with Catholic contributions and perspectives included. written in a narrative mode, they restore the STORY to history. And their elegant design provides a feast for the eye.

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.

Classic Learning Test

The Classic Learning Test (CLT) invites students to wrestle with works of the greatest minds in the history of Western thought across literary and mathematical content. Rich material reflecting both theistic and secular perspectives benefits and enriches the student in the test-taking process. Among standardized college entrance exams, the CLT provides the most accurate and rigorous measure of academic formation, accomplishment, and potential.

Deacon Gerard-Marie Anthony

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.

Discovery Toys

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

Dr. Ray Guarendi

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. Jeffrey Kirby

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.

Herald Entertainment

Herald Entertainment is an award-winning production house dedicated to wholesome entertainment by means of animation, documentaries, music and publishing. We provide content-rich, quality media for the enjoyment of audiences of all ages through the production of original material.

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 Clark

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.

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.

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 realize 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.

Mount St. Mary’s University

Founded in 1808 in the Catoctin Mountains of Maryland, Mount St. Mary’s University is home to 1500 undergraduates on a beautiful, traditional college campus, with a seminary and the National Shrine Grotto of Lourdes. Faithful to Ex Corde Ecclesiae, we are a student-centered Catholic university engaging the world. Our robust core curriculum, rooted in the Catholic intellectual tradition, is complemented by a wide array of majors, extensive athletics and recreation programming, and a strong record of internship and career placement.

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.

Pauline Books and Media

Pauline Books and Media is the publishing house of the Daughters of St. Paul, a religious congregation dedicated to evangelization with the Media. We publish Catholic books, music, and DVDs to help the whole family grow in Faith and Love for Jesus. Topics include Lives of the Saints, Biographies, Scripture, Catholic Fiction, Prayer, and Spirituality. We will give a free book by Danielle Bean with any purchase while supplies last. We have new titles, sale items, and we will be having a free raffle. Keep us in mind for Catholic bookfairs in your area!

Pictaplan

Pictaplan ® is a beautiful visual planning system comprising of multiple magnetic picture cards, hand drawn, ideal for home school learning.
We have also found that Pictaplan ® has been very effective managing autism, dyslexia, the deaf and many more challenges.

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!

RC History

Connecting with history is the only Catholic classical, chronological program based on using real books and active learning to discover the truth of history together as a family. RC History believes that history is essential to understanding the Catholic Faith, and the Catholic Faith is essential to understanding true history.

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.

Rolling Acres School

The curriculum provider for R.A.S. Online Academy and Schola Rosa: Co-op & Home Curriculum. R.A.S. Online Academy (7th – 12th Grade) fosters Catholic identity through a liberal arts and great books inspired classical curriculum. Schola Rosa provides a robustly Catholic, classical curriculum for Pre K – 12th Grade at an affordable family rate.

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. 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 portryaing 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 into the truths of our Faith.

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.

The Mass Box

The Mass Box is a hands-on program for families with 4 to 8-year-olds to prepare for Mass with a reading themed craft with a webisode kids show, all the craft supplies, instructions, discussion guides, coloring sheets, AND children’s missals prepared and delivered every month to your door! We prepare materials for all the Sundays and Holy Days in the month. Be the Perfect Pinterest Catholic Family without all the prep work!

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.

Thomas More College of Liberal Arts

Thomas More College is a four-year Catholic liberal arts college that combines intensive reading of the Great Books with lectures and seminar discussions placing those works in their historical, cultural, and theological context. Students are trained to see in the many facets of Beauty the single face of Truth.

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.

University of Navarra

The University of Navarra is based on the Christian inspiration promoted by St. Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer, the founder of Opus Dei. Its mission is to seek and present the truth; contribute to the academic, cultural and personal education of its students; promote academic research and healthcare activities; provide suitable opportunities for the development of its professors and employees; and carry out broad cultural outreach and social promotion work with a clear goal of service.

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

Walsh University

For nearly 3000 students from 40 states and 35 countries, the search for the right college has led them to Walsh University. Here, on the 136-acre main campus and satellite campuses in Akron, Canfield, and just outside of Rome, Italy, they have found that learning transcends the classroom, caring faculty help students aim higher, and leadership requires more than intellect. As an independent, Catholic university, we encourage individuals to act in accordance with reason guided by the example and teachings of Jesus Christ. Our aim is to develop students’ mind, body and spirit – this is Walsh’s distinguished tradition and the heart of its appeal.

Friday, June 23

9:00am – Registration/Rosary

10:00 – 10:45am

West Ballroom Parent Track

Actually Getting Your Children to Do Their Schoolwork

Mary Ellen Barrett

Most young children are not wired to sit still and bring a great deal of thought to school work; they would really rather be tearing around the house and the yard, and would be happy to never crack open a book. Mrs. Barrett will give some tips on how to use your child’s learning style to contain the fidgets and get the work done peacefully.

East Ballroom Parent Track

St. Thomas Aquinas and Virtue Training

Fr. Jerome Magat

Learn more about four virtues that are often misunderstood but are essential to the upbringing of children within a Christian framework (obedience, humility, religion, and meekness).

11:00 – 11:45am

West Ballroom Parent Track

How to Become a Modern Day Disciple

Jeff Cavins

Jeff will describe the life of a disciple two thousand years ago and then paint a piture of how that can become a reality for people today. This is a very practical talk about walking with God in the modern world. You will learn how to talk to Jesus on a daily basis.

East Ballroom Parent Track

From Homeschool Parent to Homeschool Teacher

Amy Kalscheur

Discover educational methods and applications of long-standing academic principles that can make a parent a better, goal-oriented teacher.

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

Marriage: Small Steps, Big Rewards

Dr. Ray Guarendi

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.

East Ballroom Parent Track

A Historical Perspective on Families, Homeschooling, and the Public

Dr. Dixie Lane

Where did homeschooling really come from, and why has it grown so rapidly in recent years? This talk explores American homeschooling as a reflection of our times, our values, and our history—examining how homeschoolers and their wider communities came to creatively combine family rights with the public good to form American children.

3:00pm – 3:45pm

West Ballroom Parent Track

Mary’s Battle for You and Your Family

Fr. Jeffrey Kirby

Explore the role of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the spiritual battle for our souls and the souls of our family members. Going through major events in salvation history, this talk will emphasize the central role of Mary and why devotion to her is necessary in Christian discipleship.

East Ballroom Parent Track

Simple Solutions to Teach Children Calmly and Effectively

Abby Sasscer

Based on her popular blog series, Abby will share principles of changing behavior, the “whys” behind behavior, and ten simple solutions so parents can teach their children good behavior calmly and effectively.

4:00pm – 4:45pm

West Ballroom Parent Track

The Family: The School of Love

Jeff Cavins

In an age when outside influences are pulling apart the fabric of the family, Jeff sounds an alarm that we must begin to see our families as a school of love. Jeff will offer suggestions on how to communicate the love of God to family members in the hope that children will grow up and continue building a school of love in their own families. Strong families are not the result of spiritual osmosis, but rather, a clear plan that is loved out through love and patience.

East Ballroom Parent Track

Young Children and the Mass

Ashley Zahorian

From "I don't want to go to Mass," through doughnut bribes, to traumatic experiences in the cry room, nothing worked until hearts and goals were changed! Hear some practical tips from a parent of young children to alleviate the feeling of dread before every Mass!

5:00 – 6:30pm Vendors Sales/Dinner Break

6:30 – 7:15pm

West Ballroom Parent Track

Seven Titles of Jesus and the Truths They Reveal to Us

Fr. Jeffrey Kirby

This talk will highlight the principal titles of Jesus in the Bible and use them to explain a portion of who Jesus is and the work He desires to do in us and through us.

East Ballroom Parent Track

How to Teach "That" Kid

Amy Kalscheur

Some children take to schoolwork like a fish takes to water. For others, they might show a complete lack of interest or find the work so difficult that they get discouraged. How do we help them? This talk gives practical ideas for teaching the difficult learner.

7:30 – 8:15pm

West Ballroom Parent Track

Back to the Family

Dr. Ray Guarendi

This talk presents the results of a three-year, national search for strong families. It reveals those characteristics most common to strong families as well as the struggles and difficulties most families face. The results will reinforce some traditional ideas about family life while offering some reassuring surprises.

East Ballroom Parent Track

Homeschooling on a Single Income

Michael Kalscheur

Review the financial challenges homeschooling families face in today’s society and how to best handle them. Topics range from big-picture planning, to practical “rubber meets the road” suggestions on how to make your dollar work harder for you.

9:00pm – Conference Ends

Saturday, June 24

9:00am – Registration/Rosary

9:30 – 10:15am

West Ballroom Parent Track

Raising Disciples of Jesus in an Age of Millennial Narcissism

Fr. Mark Rutherford

The Church is in a time of struggle in the United States, and the place of ascendancy the Church used to have 30-40 years ago has significantly decreased. Parents have the great challenge of preparing their childen for a new Apostolic Age. Let’s take a moment and listen to what the Church has been trying to teach us about mission and evangelization.

East Ballroom Teen Track

Oceans of Devotions: Living Our Lives as Youth of the Church

Deacon Gerard-Marie Anthony

This talk will involve how to live out love and devotions of the Church as Catholic youth, with a focus on love, service, prayer, sacraments, and sacramentals.

10:30 – 11:15am

West Ballroom Parent Track

Conquering Corrupt Culture by Raising Christian Communicators

Andrew Pudewa

Today, many of us have a sense that major changes are coming, that soon our world may be very different in ways not necessarily convenient or comfortable. Yet, we must wake up each day and live as though things will continue on pretty much as they are. What should our priorities be, and how can we prepare our children to be “culture warriors?”

East Ballroom Teen Track

The Catholic Vision and Practice of Sports

Dr. Bill Thierfelder

Learn why play and sport are essential to who you are as a person. Listen to fascinating stories about incredible athletes who exhibited virtue under the most difficult circumstances. Learn the secrets to world-class performance and how your mental, physical, and spiritual gifts can be doubled so that in all things God may be glorified.

 

11:30am – 12:15pm

West Ballroom Parent Track

Bless Me Father for I’m Exhausted

Mary Ellen Barrett

Are you feeling frazzled? Tired? Listless? Irritable? Does the idea of one more Algebra problem make you want to weep? Homeschool burnout is a real thing that happens to all of us at some time. Mrs. Barrett will help you identify the symptoms and causes of burnout and give you the keys to allow you to enjoy your homeschool lifestyle once again.

East Ballroom College Fair

College Fair 2017

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:

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

2:00 – 2:45pm

West Ballroom Parent Track

Managing Goals in the Sanctification of Marriage and Family

Fr. Gerard Saguto

This talk deals with false conceptions of perfection, holiness, and God’s use of just about everything for our genuine conversion—with some practical advice.

East Ballroom Teen Track

Persecution and the Underground Church in Japan

Dr. Christopher Lane

Explore the experience of Japanese Catholics, from the beginnings of intensive persecution in the 17th century to the revival of public Catholicism in the 19th century. Special attention will be paid to the means by which the underground Church kept the Faith alive in horrific circumstances.

3:00 – 3:45pm

West Ballroom Parent Track

Fairy Tales and the Moral Imagination

Andrew Pudewa

Are fairy tales good, even important, for Christian students? Where did they come from, and what can they teach our children, and should we spend our valuable time reading them? Many parents feel uncertain in discerning the good and important literature from misleading and confusing books, stories, and movies.

4:30pm – Conference Ends