Here we have archived the speakers, vendors, and schedule for 2013.


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This conference is co-hosted by Thomas More College of Liberal Arts.

UMass Lowell Inn and Conference Center

50 Warren St.
Lowell, MA 01852


Friday, August 9th, 2013 @ 12:00pm to 8:00pm


This conference is for everyone, not just homeschooling families. All religious are especially welcome.
We love children, but must restrict attendance to teens and nursing babies only.

This will be IHM’s first year in New England, but there has been a Catholic homeschool conference in New England for several years, and we are happy to have last year’s host, Thomas More College of Liberal Arts, co-hosting with us!

There is free parking provided you follow these instructions (otherwise you may be charged): There is a parking garage next the the UMass Lowell Inn and CC, but you have to enter this garage through the UMass Lowell Inn driveway and park on the 1st or 2nd levels (if you enter from the main street, there will be a charge even though it is the same garage).

Father Michael Kerper is the pastor of Saint Patrick Parish in Nashua, NH.
Dr. Mitchell Kalpakgian earned degrees in English from Bowdoin College (B.A.), The University of Kansas (M.A.), and The University of Iowa (Ph.D.). He has completed fifty years of teaching beginning as a teaching assistant at the University of Kansas, continuing as a professor of English at Simpson College in Iowa for thirty-one years, and recently teaching part-time at various schools and college in New Hampshire (Thomas More College, The College of Saint Mary Magdalen, Mount Royal Academy, and New England Classical Academy.

He is a contributing editor of New Oxford Review, writes for Saint Austin Review and Homiletic and Pastoral Review, and reviews books for The Wanderer. He has published six books: The Marvelous in Fielding’s Novels, The Mysteries of Life in Children’s Literature, The Lost Arts of Modern Civilization, An Armenian Family Reunion (a collection of short stories), Modern Manners: The Poetry of Conduct and The Virtue of Civility, and The Virtues We Need Again. He has designed homeschooling literature courses for Seton Home School, and he also teaches online courses for Fisher More College and Fisher More Academy.
Prof. Joseph Pearce is a native of England and writer in residence and visiting fellow at Thomas More College in New Hampshire. He is editor of the St. Austin Review (, an international review of Catholic culture, series editor of the Ignatius Critical Editions (, and executive director of Catholic Courses (

The internationally acclaimed author of many books, which include bestsellers such as The Quest for Shakespeare, Tolkien: Man and Myth, The Unmasking of Oscar Wilde, C. S. Lewis and The Catholic Church, Bilbo’s Journey, Literary Converts, Wisdom and Innocence: A Life of G.K. Chesterton, Solzhenitsyn: A Soul in Exile, and Old Thunder: A Life of Hilaire Belloc, Joseph Pearce is a world-recognized biographer of modern Christian literary figures. His books have been published and translated into Spanish, Portuguese, French, Dutch, Italian, Korean and Polish.

Prof. Pearce has hosted two 13-part television series about Shakespeare on EWTN, and has also written and presented documentaries on EWTN on the Catholicism of The Lord of the Rings.

He has participated and lectured at a wide variety of international and literary events at major colleges and universities in the U.S., Canada, Britain, Europe, Africa and South America. He is also a regular guest on national and international television and radio programs, and has served as consultant for film documentaries on J.R.R. Tolkien and Alexander Solzhenitsyn.

Prof. Pearce relocated to the United States in 2001. He and his wife homeschool their two young children, Leo and Evangeline.
Mrs. Virginia (Ginny) Seuffert, a native New Yorker and mother of 12, has been homeschooling for over 20 years! While in New York, Mrs. Seuffert lectured, debated, and wrote a number of articles for the Pro-Life movement. After moving to Illinois, she became a founding member of the Network of Illinois Catholic Home Educators, helped establish the “Round Table” (a Catholic home school leadership discussion group), and became a founder and officer of the Catholic Home School Network of America.

In addition to appearing on EWTN, she has been a guest on numerous radio shows, lectured at Catholic family conferences all over the United States and Canada, and has authored several articles on such topics as home education, teaching children the virtues, and household management. The Illinois Press Association awarded her first place honors for a column she wrote defending traditional family values in a local newspaper. The Seton Home Study School Newsletter regularly features her columns, and recently Seton Press published her first two books of a series, Ginny’s Gems: Home Management Essentials and Ginny’s Gems: 10 Essentials for Teaching Your Preschooler at Home.

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Vendor Name and Description Table Number and Hometown
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.
1 Table
Front Royal, VA
College of Saint Mary Magdalen

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

Fisher More Academy offers very affordable Catholic online educational programs for students at three levels: Elementary School (grades 4-6), Junior High School (grades 7-8), and High School (grades 9-12). In addition, programs are available for delivery to specific educational groups (such as homeschool cooperatives) and educational institutions. Fisher More also offers concurrent enrollment with Fisher More College to appropriately qualified students.
1 Table
Fort Worth, TX
Morning Star Christian Center 6 Tables
Providence, RI
Navis Pictures

Navis Pictures produces beautiful Catholic family films designed to inspire, educate, and entertain all ages. Their “St. Bernadette of Lourdes” has been broadcast world-wide on EWTN, and their 2nd film, “The War of the Vendee” won “Best Film for Young Audiences” from a Vatican Film Festival. Their newest DVD is “How to Make a Movie”.
1 Table
Danbury, CT
Pauline Books & Media

In our children’s line, we publish books parents can trust. You can rest assured that Pauline Books & Media editions present solid Christian values with a Catholic perspective. Our pre-school and primary books make it easy for parents and teachers to introduce younger children to important aspects of the Faith.
3 Tables
Boston, MA
Prof. Joseph Pearce 1 Table
Seton Home Study School

Seton is a full-service Catholic curriculum provider and the largest publisher of Catholic textbooks in the English language. Serving around 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).
Tables TBA
Front Royal, VA
Seton Used Books

There is only a handful of conferences where Seton sells the used books that families return to us over the year. This sale is your only chance to pick up these great deals.
Tables TBA
Front Royal, VA
Sophia Institute Press

Sophia Institute Press is an outstanding publisher of Catholic books, from Catholic classical to contemporary fiction. Over the last forty years the Press has made a major contribution to what has been called the “John Paul II generation”–people who have returned to the traditional teachings of the Church as the true hope of humanity. The Press became the publishing arm of Holy Spirit College and Thomas More College as of April 13, 2011.
Tables TBA
Merrimack, NH
Teaching Textbooks

Teaching Textbooks makes math products designed exclusively for homeschoolers. Math 3 through Pre-Calculus.
3 Tables
Oklahoma City, OK
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.
Tables TBA
Merrimack, NH
Usborne Books

Usborne Books produces award-winning books that are of excellent quality and appeal to all ages, with prices to suit everyone. The subject matter includes a wide range such as history, languages, natural science, nature, crafts, encycplodias and beginning readers. Our product line is one of the most complete in the industry; we presently offer over 1800 different titles.
3 Tables
Leominster, MA

FRIDAY, August 9
Time Speaker Talk
12:00 Noon Registration/Vendor Area Opens
12:30pm Dr. Mitchell Kalpakgian
Yesterday’s Manners in Today’s World: Lessons from Jane Austen

For marriages to flourish, families and societies must promote social occasions that introduce young men and women to one another. Social events all demand a code of civility that distinguishes between good manners, bad manners, and false manners, a topic that Jane Austen treats with special insight in her works. Manners reflect morals.
1:30pm Mrs. Virginia Seuffert
Public Education and the Necessity of Homeschooling

Do you know what goes on in public school classrooms? Many parents don’t fully understand the role state schools have seized in molding the minds and habits of American children. How will the Common Core change the schools in your neighborhood? Parents—not the schools—are ultimately responsible for raising happy and virtuous children.
2:30pm Prof. Joseph Pearce
A Matter of Life and Death: The Battle for a True Education

Education is quite simply a matter of life and death. The poisoning of education by the architects of secular fundamentalism, and the culture of death it promotes, can only be countered by a restoration of tradition-oriented learning. Joseph Pearce will discuss the deadliness of the poison and will present the ingredients of the life-giving antidote.
3:30pm Fr. Michael Kerper
The Joy of Being a Minority

Drawing on some of Pope Benedict’s thoughts on being a “creative minority” and some material from Cardinal Newman’s writings in Church history about the perpetual state of crisis for Catholics, this talk will examine the role of Catholics, who should work in the world but not be of the world.
4:30 – 6:00pm Vendor Sales/Dinner
6:00pm Mrs. Virginia Seuffert
Discipline: The First Essential of Homeschooling

Experienced homeschooling parents know the path to successful homeschooling is paved with virtues like obedience, order, patience, and industriousness. Calm, confident parents who inculcate these values will be rewarded with children who are a pleasure to teach.
7:00pm Prof. Joseph Pearce
The Catholicism of The Hobbit

Tolkien described The Lord of the Rings as a “fundamentally religious and Catholic work.” 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.
8:00pm Conference Ends