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Friday, June 21, 2019
9:00am to 9:00pm

Saturday, June 22, 2019
9:00am to 4:30pm


Fredericksburg Expo and
Conference Center

2371 Carl D. Silver Parkway
Fredericksburg, VA 22401

Hallie Lord

Hallie Lord is the bestselling author of “On the Other Side of Fear: How I Found Peace,” a SiriusXM radio host, and co-founder of the Edel Gathering. She is currently working on her new book for Simon and Schuster…

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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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Fr. Thomas Petri

Fr. Thomas Petri was born in Detroit, Michigan, and grew up in Madisonville, Kentucky. He initially studied to be a priest for the Diocese of Owensboro and entered Saint Meinrad College Seminary in 1996 before moving to the Pontifical College Josephinum in 1997 where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy. He then received a Baccalaureate of Sacred Theology from the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary in Chicago in 2002…

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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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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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Krista Thomas

Mrs. Krista Thomas, wife of Sean for 25 years, mother of three, veteran homeschooling mother, and Catholic convert, embarked upon the homeschooling venture to create a more authentic domestic church…

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Fr. Ken Geraci

Fr. Ken Geraci, CPM, lived the life of the prodigal son for most of his young adult life. Raised in a nominally Catholic family, who only lived the externals of the faith, Fr. Ken left the Catholic Church for many years. During that time he earned a business degree and worked as a business profession in Advanced R&D and software testing…

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Eleanor Nicholson

Eleanor Bourg Nicholson, the resident Victorian Literature teacher at Homeschool Connections, survived high school homeschooling decades ago when it was even less culturally accepted. In addition to scholarly pursuits, she occasionally strays into fiction, including her epistolary novella, The Letters of Magdalen Montague (Kaufmann Publishing, 2011), and her Victorian…

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Celeste Behe

Having raised nine children in a house with no dishwasher, Celeste Behe has a rare perspective on parenting and family life. That perspective has been shaped by a homeschooling journey that began 27 years ago and has continued through 10,619 extra-large loads of laundry…

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Dr. Kevin Vost

Dr. Kevin Vost obtained his Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology from Adler University in Chicago with internship and dissertation research at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Alzheimer’s Center, Memory and Aging Clinic. His dissertation was entitled…

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Fr. Bjorn Lundberg

Fr. Bjorn Lundberg is the pastor of Sacred Heart Church in Wincester, Virginia…

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Fr. J. D. Jaffe

Fr. J. D. Jaffe grew up at St. Michael parish in Annandale, Virginia, where he attended parochial school there from K-8th grade. He graduated from Annandale High School, the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, and attended seminary at the North American College in Rome…

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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…

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ABCatholic offers a variety of Catholic children’s books, dvds, cds, toys, games, crafts and much more!

A Lost Sheep Catholic Store

A Lost Sheep Catholic Store is a homeschooled family owned business that provides inexpensive books and gifts to further the faith of the Church, different parishes, and families wherever they may be. We are a mobile store that moves between events, activities, and conferences to provide the best avaialibilty that we can.

Aquinas Learning

Aquinas Learning is a Catholic, classical curriculum. Cultivating wisdom and virtue by teaching students to behold truth, goodness, and beauty.

Amy Kalscheur

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.

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

Founded in 1858, Benedictine College is a Catholic, Benedictine, residential, liberal arts college located on the bluffs above the Missouri River in Atchison, Kansas. The school is proud to have been named one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report as well as one of the top Catholic colleges in the nation by First Things magazine and the Newman Guide. It prides itself on outstanding academics, extraordinary faith life, strong athletic programs, and an exceptional sense of community and belonging. It has a mission to educate men and women within a community of faith and scholarship.

Celeste Behe

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.

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 offers award-winning, kid-powered learning products for all ages for the past 40 years. Discovery Toys are recommended by child development professionals to enhance the fundamental learning blocks necessary for creative thinking and learning success. Turn playtime into learing time with Discovery Toys!

Dr. Ray Guarendi

Eleanor Bourg Nicholson

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.

Fathers of Mercy

The Fathers of Mercy is a Roman Catholic Congregation of Priests whose primary Apostolate is preaching parish missions and retreats, with an emphasis on the Sacraments of the Holy Eucharist and Confession.

Franciscan University of Steubenville

At Franciscan University of Steubenville, 20% of our students come from a Homeschool education. We embrace the rigorous academic demands of the Catholic intellectual tradition, “consecrating itself without reserve to the cause of truth,” (Ex corde Ecclesiae). Our professors encourage and expect the highest academic achievement in every discipline, seeing faith and reason as allies, not enemies. Truth from any source is from the Holy Spirit, St. Thomas Aquinas tells us, so our faculty boldly pursue every truth, guiding and encouraging our students along that ennobling path. God is the foundation, inspiration, and destination. Franciscan University of Steubenville follows the example of St. Francis of Assisi in finding its identity at the heart of the Catholic Church. We embrace the teachings of Sacred Scripture, Sacred Tradition, and the Magisterium with a spirit of Christian humanism that relates all learning to Jesus Christ. At Franciscan University of Steubenville, you’ll grow in mind, body, and spirit through the integration of faith and reason.

Ginger Himes Art Classes

Hallie Lord

Hillside Education

Hillside publishes reprints of Catholic historical fiction, as well as history textbooks, language arts resources, and nature study resources.

Holy Family Media

We are a family-owned and operated apostolate dedicated to education and evangelization. We offer a wide variety of whoelsome and orthodox books, CDs, adn DVDs for adults, teens, and children. Materials focus on family life, prayer, spirituality, and Church Teaching. Take advantage of the DISCOUNT TABLES where you will find used books and curriculum, scratch and dent, $1.00 CDs and savings up to 70% 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

We connect your Catholic homeschool to the experts. And in the spirit of the New Evangelization and in the light of Pope St. John Paul II’s teaching on the domestic church, Homeschool Connections seeks to use technology to enhance a homeschool family’s educational efforts by providing them the needed resources to achieve this endeavor. We aspire to help parents with their education of their children in two respects: (1) to provide free, informative webinars for parents; and (2) to provide affordable and engaging courses from University-level professors and practitioners for students.

Homeschool Cubers

Home-School Cubers sells Rubik’s Cubes, Pyraminx, speed cubes and many variations of the very popular mathematically based problem solving cube. We also are local home school representatives for the popular competitive sport of speed cubing and wish to promote it to the wider home school community.

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.

Inspired Gateways

Inspired Gateways is a French Catholic exchange program whose mission is to connect French Catholic teens with American Catholic families for the purpose of building Faith-based friendships. Three-week hosting opportunities are available for the summer of 2020. Hosting offers the opportunity to share your Faith and experience French culture and history through your guest.

Institute for Excellence in Writing

Andrew Pudewa’s award-winning curriculum Teaching Writing: Structure and Style is an outstanding video seminar that trains the home-educator how to teach writing.  Other materials include writing, grammar, and spelling programs, poetry memorization, and the Primary Arts of Language reading and writing for K-2 learners.  Explore a plethora of literature curricula!

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.

Dr. Kevin Vost

Kolbe Academy

Kolbe Academy is committed to the Church’s vision that Catholic Education be authentically Catholic, academically challenging, and accessible to all who desire it. For almost 30 years, Kolbe has partnered with parents, co-ops and starter schools, to offer a classically focused curriculum that is delivered via traditional homeschooling, live online classes, and blended self-paced instruction. Kolbe’s approach to education offers multiple options to best implement its world-class curriculum, while remaining flexible to meet the needs of families all over the world. Kolbe Academy has all the materials and tools necessary – course plans, tests, answer keys, books, and optional grading and testing services – to achieve the dream of authentically Catholic, academically rigorous and affordable home education.

Mary’s Books

Publisher of “In the Footsteps of the Saints” series. A series of books written for younger readers about the lives of Catholic men and women and how they used the gifts that God gave them to help others. We also carry a limited amount of used books, a little Catholic art, and a few Catholic religious items.

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.

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.

Northeast Catholic College

Northeast Catholic College is a residential Catholic liberal arts college in New Hampshire. The College is one of only 20 colleges in the U.S. to be named to the Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College. Northeast Catholic offers a Great Books education rooted in the Catholic intellectual and spiritual traditions. We offer 5 majors, Philosophy, Theology, Literature, Political Science and Great Books, and a concentration in the Fine Arts. Our fidelity to the Magisterium of the Church is a source of joy for students, their parents, the faculty, and the entire collegiate community.

Our Lady Seat of Wisdom College

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 through 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 he Saints, Biographies, Scripture, Catholic Fiction, Prayer, and Spirtuality.

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). Please visit to learn more or email

RightStart Mathematics by Activities for Learning, Inc.

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

Sacred Heart Books & Gifts offers a variety of Catholic homeschool curriculum and supplements for all grades. We offer most of our products at 15% off retail price to help our customers save money.


SaintCards is a game that helps you get to know your family in heaven! Memorize thousands of facts about your favorite Saints with these fun and interactive cards for the entire family!

Secret Garden Educational Pathways

Secret Garden Educational Pathways provides Catholic special education remediation, consultation and online services.

See You in Heaven

See You In Heaven book, the life and writings of Rosie Gil, a homeschool mother of eight children, who has become well known as a mother who exalted the vocation of motherhood. (1948-2010)

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, Seton offers a $30 per child discount on a full enrollment (grades PreK-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. You can find some great deals!

Shiller Math

See amazing results with Montessori-based, hands-on ShillerMath and ShillerLearning Language Arts. Includes color lesson books, songs,& manipulatives. There’s zero lesson preparation! With free downloads of replacement consumables, one kit works for the whole family. Easy placement with diagnostic testing.

Sophia Institute Press

Sophia Institute for Teachers provides educators with the background knowledge, teaching strategies, and materials they need to engage their students with the Catholic Faith.

Sophia Institute Press publishes and distributes faithful Catholic classics and new texts by the great enduring figures of the Catholic intellectual tradition.

Sound Foundations Homeschool by Jennifer Elia

Sound Foundations Homeschool gives every mom the tools and support she needs to easily build a successful and thriving homeschool for any child.

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

Teach your child to read with the Little Angel Reader Catholic phonics books. Set of 4 phonetic readers and workbooks teach over 90 phonograms using a variety of proven methods. Child-appealing stories include Catholic family life, saints, Bible, and folktales. Easy-to-use teacher’s manual and workbooks provide written practice and more. Grades K-2.

Suffering Servant Scriptorium

Suffering Servant Scriptorium publishes Catholic scriptural prayer books.

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 fun way to engage kids 4-8 in the Bible and the Mass with crafts, magazines, and videos themed to the Sunday readings. We do all the prep work so you can just spend time with your family getting ready for Mass!

Thomas Aquinas College

Thomas Aquinas College is the only Catholic college in America to read exclusively from the Great Books!

The Liberal Arts program, guided by the light of Faith, aims at truth in all the major academic disciplines. Students grapple with prominent and pivotal works of Western civilization: Plato, Aristotle, St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas, Shakespeare, Newton, Einstein, 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 several pursue a religious vocation.

The College’s student body is represented by 40 states and 9 foreign countries, and is 95% Catholic. Also, over 40% come from homeschool or distance learning programs. This year we are proud to announce the opening of Thomas Aquinas College’s branch campus in New England! To find out more about the College or Summer Program for high school students, please stop by the Thomas Aquinas College table in the vendor area.

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 Navarra

The University of Navarra is based on the Christian inspiration promoted by St. Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer, the founder of Opus Dei. The aim of this prelature of the Catholic Church is to help people seek the fullness of Christian life through their work, family life, and ordinary activities.

Usborne Books and More

Usborne Books & More is well-known for creating books that kids love to read. You will enjoy enhancing your homeschool program with these colorful and educational materials.

Vintage Holy Statues

Wyoming Catholic College

Wyoming Catholic College offers a liberal arts education in three dimensions—mind, body, and spirit. We accomplish this by immersion: immersion in the profound truth of our Western tradition in the Great Books; immersion in the challenging beauty of mountains and wilderness in our Outdoor Leadership Program; and immersion in the divine goodness of our Catholic spiritual heritage in liturgy, sacraments, and community. Wyoming Catholic is also the the closest Newman Guide College to Denver, just 6 hours away, and offers four-year, full-tuition scholarships for Colorado students each year.


Friday, June 21

9:00am – Registration/Rosary

10:00 – 10:45am

West Ballroom Parent Track

The Catholic Art of Memory

Dr. Kevin Vost

Dr. Vost will explain how Sts. Albert the Great and Thomas Aquinas revived and transformed the ancient Greco-Roman “art of memory,” provide a live demonstration with the audience, and show how teachers and students can adapt these ancient methods to learn and remember just about anything.

East Ballroom Parent Track

What Mommy Needs: How To Give It Your All Without Giving It All Up!

Krista Thomas

Whether you’re new or seasoned in the homeschooling dynamic, there’s much to glean from Krista’s talk based on many years of up-and-down experiences. This talk will infuse hope and happiness int he homeschool lifestyle, and offer helpful strategies to help carry you through in faith, hope, and charity.

11:00 – 11:45am

West Ballroom Parent Track

On the Other Side of Fear

Hallie Lord

This relatable, touching, hopeful talk is the beautiful story of how one young woman learned to live in God’s will without fear.

East Ballroom Parent Track

The Jesuit Martyrs of Virginia

Fr. Andrew Fisher

In 1570, nine Spanish Jesuit missionaries arrived in Virginia and began preaching the gospel among the local people. A few months later, they were martyred by the native people. In 2002, the Catholic Church began teh cause of canonization for these martyrs.

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

How to Pray the Mass

Fr. Ken Geraci

Many people complain about being distracted or bored at Mass. However, the majority of Catholics have never been taught how to pray the Mass. This talk will explain the mystical realities of the Mass, and it will offer practical and actionable things to do to enter more fully into the Mass.

East Ballroom Parent Track

Confessions of a Homeschooling Mom

Amy Kalscheur

Is it just me? Am I alone in this? In “Confessions of a Homeschooling Mom,” I open up and tell you about the real reason why I homeschool, the mistakes I’ve made, and the thing that irritates me the most. Through my personal witness, I hope that you can learn the lessons I’ve learned,
and rest assured that you’re not alone out there.

3:00pm – 3:45pm

Ginny had to cancel her talk due to temporary health issues, but we are thrilled to have Dr. Ray Guarendi cover the same topic that Ginny would have addressed.

West Ballroom Parent Track

Discipline: Making it Work

Dr. Ray Guarendi

East Ballroom Parent Track

The Freedom of Going to Confession

Fr. J. D. Jaffe

Confession should be a peaceful moment of encountering God’s merciful love and forgiveness, but for many, it is not so. In this talk, we will look at useful ways of examining our conscience and how to focus more on virtue and less on vice. We will discuss how to avoid common pitfalls, like
scrupulosity and how to make a devotional confession.

4:00pm – 4:45pm

West Ballroom Parent Track

What Do You Want of Me, Lord?

Hallie Lord

In this talk, Hallie shares stories from her life to illustrate how we can discern God’s Will and then find the courage to follow Him wherever He may lead.

East Ballroom Parent Track

I Think I Can: A Parent’s Guide to Storytelling

Celeste Behe

The early Christians lived in a storytelling culture, so it’s no wonder that, in instructing the people, Jesus “did not say anything to them without using a parable.” Today, the Church still recognizes the usefulness of stories for religious instruction. This presentation will explain the value
of storytelling as a teaching method and will offer tips for incorporating stories into your homeschool curriculum.

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

6:30 – 7:15pm

West Ballroom Parent Track

Good Habits Make a Great Homeschool

Mary Ellen Barrett

Even as our houses need the occasional freshening up, so too do our habits and routines. This talk will help you discover the tools that you need to develop good habits and keep homeschooling flowing peacefully all year.

East Ballroom Parent Track

How to Think Like Aquinas

Dr. Kevin Vost

As a practical guide to happiness and holiness through perfection of your intellectual powers, this talk builds upon St. Thomas’ presentation of the parts of the virtue of prudence or practical wisdom, and addresses topics like improved memory, learning, studiousness, and reasoning abilities.

7:30 – 8:15pm

West Ballroom Parent Track

Nurturing Confidence for Homeschooling

Fr. Bjorn Lundberg

Have you faced discouragement as you homeschool? Have setbacks affected your confidence as you educate your children? How can you persevere in the face of obstacles as you form your children in a hostile and post-Christian culture?

East Ballroom Parent Track

Get Out and Go!

Amy Kalscheur

The Mass gives us our direction—go. As homeschoolers, we are still bound by this order. How do we balance our duty to our children at home and our responsibility to the Church? We get out and go! This talk covers practical ideas for families of every size to help in their communities.

9:00pm – Conference Ends

Saturday, June 22

9:00am – Registration/Rosary

9:30 – 10:15am

West Ballroom Parent Track

Literature and the Lame

Eleanor Bourg Nicholson

It is all too easy to lament the decline of popular fiction, but how do we battle it, especially when peers (even in the homeschool ranks) often wield copies of J. K. Rowling, Stephenie Meyer, or (Heaven forbid) E. L. James? Learn practical tools for encouraging appreciation of literature in
its most enjoyable representations.

East Ballroom Teen Track

Who is Jesus Really?

Dr. Ray Guarendi

How do we know Jesus is really God—that He is who He claims to be? Reason and logic can help us to make that decision.

10:30 – 11:15am

Ginny had to cancel her talk due to temporary health issues, but we are excited to have Mary Ellen Barrett give a second talk.

West Ballroom Parent Track

Homeschool Socialization: Debunking the Myth

Mary Ellen Barrett

A light-hearted but factual look at the real way that homeschooling properly socializes children to function as well-rounded, moral adults. Mrs. Barrett offers encouragement and advice about how socialization really works in the Catholic homeschool.

East Ballroom Teen Track

Owning One’s Faith

Fr. Ken Geraci

Is there enough evidence in your life to convict you of being a follower of Jesus Christ? There should come a time in everyone’s life to take personal responsibility for their Faith journey. This talk will give practical ways for making the Faith personal by means of developing a daily plan of prayer.

11:30am – 12:15pm

West Ballroom Parent Track

The Holy Family as Exemplar of the Christian Family

Fr. Thomas Petri

The family of Jesus Christ included a mother who was immaculately conceived and a father whom the Bible refers to as just. Relying on the Church Fathers and St. Thomas Aquinas, Fr. Petri will focus on the life of the Holy Family as an exemplar for every Christian family. By God’s grace, the Holy Family was exceptional; by the same grace, our own families can grow in holiness.

East Ballroom College Fair

College Fair 2019

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

Raising a 1 in 100 Child Against a Culture No Longer On Your Side

Dr. Ray Guaredi

Good parents are finding themselves battling against the immoral forces of the modern culture. This presentation offers what to watch out for and how to counter those forces.

3:00 – 3:45pm

West Ballroom Parent Track

Surviving the Trenches

Eleanor Bourg Nicholson

More than the exhausting (though exhilarating) challenges of toddlerdom, adolescence can be an intimidating prospect for even the most seasoned of homeschooling parents. Learn from a “survivor” (3rd grade through high school) of the trials, tribulations, and triumphs of high school at home.

4:30pm – Conference Ends