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Friday, June 22

9:00am – Registration/Rosary

10:00 – 10:45am

West Ballroom Parent Track

A View From Over the Hill

Susie Lloyd

Susie lets you in on what she has learned after 25 years of homeschooling. Listen to fun tips for zealous, new homeschoolers; burned out, veteran homeschoolers; and homeschooler wannabes.

East Ballroom Parent Track

How to Talk to God About the Big Questions

Fr. J. D. Jaffe

Fr. Jaffe will explore prayer and discernment. His talk will help you to teach your children to understand the will of God. What are the ways in which we can think about, talk about, and pray about the bigger questions of life? Who am I? Why do I exist? Why does God care about me? What does God want from me?

11:00 – 11:45am

West Ballroom Parent Track

The War Against Knowledge and What to Do About It

Martin Cothran

There is a rival philosophy of education that undergirds the problems schools have been experiencing since the beginning of the 20th century of which Common Core is only one manifestation. What is it, and how do we make sure it doesn’t destroy the education of our children?

East Ballroom Parent Track

Avoiding the Anti-Beatitudes and Pursuing Lasting Happiness

Fr. Jeffrey Kirby

This talk explains how the anti-beatitudes, far from leading to happiness, tear down and rob us of happiness. Fr. Kirby points to Jesus Christ as the saint-tested and centuries-proven source of authentic peace, true joy, and radical happiness.

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

Stressed to Blessed: The Interior Life of the Homeschooling Parent

Fr. Edward Hathaway

The sanctity of everyday, seemingly mundane, life provides a wonderful opportunity for us to practice virtue and gain graces. This talk will cover how to cultivate and grow holiness, build a strong marriage, and keep your focus on Christ while raising a family in this world.

East Ballroom Parent Track

Order: The Key to Successful Homeschooling and Family Life

Cheryl Hernandez

This talk shows us how having order in your life will actually multiply your time, allowing you to teach more effectively and manage your home more efficiently. With order, you can meet the calling God has given you to homeschool and to raise a family for His glory.

3:00pm – 3:45pm

West Ballroom Parent Track

R U a Digital Catholic?

Sr. Helena Burns

Do you use digital media? Are you Catholic? That makes you a digital Catholic! How can we use new media and social media in a way that is humanizing and not de-humanizing? How can we use new media and social media for the New Evangelization and to do Spiritual Works of Mercy?

East Ballroom Parent Track

Honor Thy Husband: Happy Husband, Happy Homeschool

Mary Ellen Barrett

In a world that increasingly diminishes and ridicules men and fathers, it is extremely important that we not only honor our husbands but also raise our sons to be good, strong, godly men. A wife’s role in this cannot be understated as she sets the tone of the home.

4:00pm – 4:45pm

West Ballroom Parent Track

Respecting the Man the Boy Will Become

Martin Cothran

A father tries to explain to mothers why they can’t make sense of their boys. Why do they fight with each other? Why are they obsessed with doing dangerous things? Why can’t they sit still? Martin will give useful advice and a list of great boys’ literature which will not only help your student make sense of his own actions, but will help you to understand him.

East Ballroom Parent Track

A Perfect Model for Purity: The Witness of St. Maria Goretti

Fr. Jeffrey Kirby

This talk examines the life of child-martyr, St. Maria Goretti. Fr. Kirby will illustrate Maria’s great holiness in the midst of tremendous suffering, how Maria’s life of purity and virtue reflect on the Beatitudes and how she, along with her family, lived them each day.

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

6:30 – 7:15pm

West Ballroom Parent Track

The Catholic Literary Revival

Prof. Joseph Pearce

Three hundred years of persecution against the Church in England took place until the conversion of Blessed John Henry Newman. This talk explains the Catholic cultural revival that gave to the world the works of Hopkins, Chesterton, Belloc, Eliot, Waugh, Tolkien and many others.

East Ballroom Parent Track

Parenting Principles for Raising Holy Children

Cheryl Hernandez

Behavior and discipline problems with our children can result in difficulties in our homeschool and family life. Cheryl Hernandez explains how, by using simple parenting principles, starting when they are young, we can form our children in character and virtue.

7:30 – 8:15pm

West Ballroom Parent Track

Raising Holy Children and Sanctifying Your Spouse

Fr. Zachary Akers, FSSP

The vocation of husband and wife includes more than raising holy children; it also involves sanctifying your spouse! Through the example of Sts. Louis Martin and Marie-Azelie Guerin—the parents of St. Therese of Lisieux—this talk will stress the importance of focusing on both of the primary duties of marriage.

East Ballroom Parent Track

The History of the Papacy

Fr. Christopher Pollard

Some popes are interceding for us in heaven. Most of them probably still depend on our prayers. Learn to love the Papacy by learning about the popes, both the villains and the heroes.

9:00pm – Conference Ends

Saturday, June 23

9:00am – Registration/Rosary

9:30 – 10:15am

West Ballroom Parent Track

Help for the Desperate Homeschooler

Susie Lloyd

Susie shares her success story, which involves families working together with other homeschooling families while still remaining primary educators.

East Ballroom Teen Track

Free Encounter with Jesus

Fr. Ken Geraci

Learn the value of meeting with the merciful God in the Sacrament of Penance, and how every time we confess our sins to the priest, we experience a liberating encounter with Jesus. This talk will show God’s patient love for us through the institution of the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

10:30 – 11:15am

West Ballroom Parent Track

How Homeschooling Can Save Souls and the World

Mary Ellen Barrett

Like the Irish monks who labored to preserve the culture that was being destroyed by barbarians, so too do Catholic homeschooling parents protect and preserve the Faith and Catholic traditions in modern society.

East Ballroom Teen Track

Catholic Themes in the World of Narnia

Prof. Joseph Pearce

The Chronicles of Narnia are among the most popular books ever written, rivaling the popularity of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Lewis, like his friend Tolkien, was inspired in his storytelling by orthodox Christianity. Although Lewis was not a Catholic, Professor Pearce will show how the Narnia stories are steeped in orthodoxy.

11:30am – 12:15pm

West Ballroom Parent Track

Parenting the Media

Sr. Helena Burns

Today’s parents need to train their children with principles grounded in reality—and virtual reality! Luckily, virtuous principles will help parents navigate both realities, and discern helpful and harmful uses for media. Sr. Helena will provide practical tips and strategies for “parenting the media” to develop a prudent approach for the use of technology for our children.

East Ballroom College Fair

College Fair 2018

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

How Busy Parents Prioritize: A Survival Guide

Melissa Savage

Taking on new projects and volunteering can be great, but we always need to keep in mind that our time and energy are precious. As homeschooling parents, our families have a prior claim. Are you wearing too many hats? How can we get everything done that is important to us?

3:00 – 3:45pm

West Ballroom Parent Track

The Liturgical Year and Family Formation

Fr. Zachary Akers, FSSP

The Church is like a wise mother who cares for us through the practice of observing the liturgical year. This talk will show us how the observances of the liturgical year can be instrumental in forming a holy, Catholic family.

4:30pm – Conference Ends