Here we have archived the speakers, vendors, and schedule for 2016.
Friday July 29th, 2016
12:00pm to 6:00pm
UMass Lowell Inn and
50 Warren St.
Lowell, MA 01852
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...
Mrs. Colleen Hammond
Mrs. Colleen Hammond is the author of Dressing with Dignity, and was a former On-Camera Meteorologist for The Weather Channel, a model, actress and Miss Michigan National Teen-Ager. Colleen lived the “American Dream” and found it to be a nightmare! While working in television, she reverted to the Catholic Faith...
Mrs. Melissa Savage
Mrs. Melissa Savage resides in North Carolina with her husband, Jerome, and their six children. The Savages began homeschooling after realizing the public school system would not work for their oldest, Thomas. Melissa was reluctant to homeschool because she thought she lacked what it would take...
Beautiful Gate Used Books
Beautiful Gate Used Books provides vintage childrens' and traditional Catholic books of fine quality.
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 specializes in premium quality, kid-powered learning products for learners of all ages and abilities. Our products are designed with the understanding that children learn best through play. Each Discovery Toys toy, book and game incorporates multiple "layers of learning" to engage a child's multiple senses and all three learning styles and empower the child to grow and advance with the product. Most important Discovery Toys products are safe and FUN!
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.
Mother of Mercy Catholic Center
Our purpose is to nourish the faith-life of Catholics and others of good will through hosting events and selling books, films, and cds that reflect the official teaching of the Catholic Church.
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.
Pauline Books and Media is the publishing house of the Daughters of St. Paul whose ministry in the Church is to communicate the gospel message through all forms of media. The sisters publish books, record music, produce movies, and use various social media platforms. Publications include children's books, bible stories, lives of the saints, teacher resources and church documents.
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).
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).
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.
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.
Usborne Books and More produces award-wining books that are excellent quality and appeal to all ages. Usborne offers a wide range of subjects: history, science, nature, crafts, encyclopedias and beginning readers. We have over 1,400 different titles! Change the life of a child - share a book!
Friday, July 29
12:00pm – Registration/Vendor Area Opens
12:30pm – 1:15pm
Teaching Values to Your Children
This talk offers ideas and suggestions on how parents can help children’s all-around development. It discusses which virtues to focus on at a particular age in a child’s development.
1:45pm – 2:30pm
Homeschooling Expectations vs. Reality
When you start out homeschooling, you have an image of what it will be like for you and your kids. You jump on this journey and throw your whole self into it, sometimes with blinders on. What happens when your child hits a speed bump, or if your family hits potholes along this journey? How do you pull yourself back together, find your way, and form a new plan?
2:45pm – 3:30pm
5 Simple Steps to Improve Your Prayer Life
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.
4:00pm – 4:45pm
Putting Your Best Foot Forward
Does it seem that your child can never remember to say please or thank you? How about learning to greet guests politely, or answering the phone? This talk will answer some frequently-asked questions on raising children with manners.
5:00pm – 5:45pm
Mercy and the Drama of Salvation
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.