Here we have archived the speakers, vendors, and schedule for 2011.

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This is our first year in New York, and while there hasn’t been a Catholic homeschooling conference held in this area for a long time,
we are happy to find a very large and excited Catholic homeschooling community in the area.
Tarrytown, NY is an amazing central location, within good driving distance from places as seemingly far as Albany, Hartford, Long Island, Trenton, and Scranton.
The DoubleTree Hotel is literally only seconds off of I-287 right at the Tappan Zee Bridge (pictured in our conference graphic).

One major step we have taken to make this conference more accessible to local families is:

FREE ADMISSION!

Although we love children, attendance is restricted to adults, teens accompanied by an adult, and nursing babies.

DoubleTree Hotel Tarrytown
455 South Broadway
Tarrytown, NY 10591

Friday August 5th, 2011 @ 2:00pm to 8:00pm

Saturday August 6th, 2011 @ 9:00am to 4:00pm

Fr. Edward Connolly is a native of Philadelphia. A graduate of St. Joseph College, he earned his Bachelor’s degree in English. Before entering the seminary in 1961, he worked as a Youth Rehabilitation Officer for two years. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1966. In recognition for his work, he was named “Man of the Year” for the Allentown chapter of a Catholic-Jewish inter-religious outreach organization.

In 1974, he received his M.Ed. from Boston College. Since his ordination, Father has served in various capacities, including high school teacher, Director of Pastoral Care and Hospital Ministry, Assistant Superintendent of Education for the Diocese of Allentown, and campus ministry and college instructor. Since 1986, he has been a full-time pastor for the Diocese of Allentown in PA. His current parish is located in Girardville. He is co-host of the EWTN program “Road to Cana,” an apostolate focusing on the formation of Catholics for the dating process and marriage.

With characteristic humility and sense of humor, Father says of himself, “My mother always thought I was wonderful. I think my father did too. I can’t think of anyone else who shared their opinion.”
Fr. Luke Sweeney was born in Yonkers, New York on November 15, 1974. He attended his parish elementary school and Fordham Preparatory School in the Bronx. In 1996, he graduated from Fordham University with a B.A. degree in History and Philosophy.Father Sweeney began his seminary studies while in college at the St. John Neumann Residence, then located in the Bronx. After graduation, he participated in a Spirituality Year in Northampton, PA, at Immaculate Conception Center. Fr. Sweeney continued his studies in Rome at the Pontifical North American College. He earned a Bachelors Degree in Sacred Theology (STB) from the Pontifical Gregorian University in 2000, and a Licentiate in Sacred Theology from the John Paul II Institute for the Study of Marriage and the Family in 2002.

Cardinal Edward Egan ordained Fr. Luke Sweeney a priest at the Cathedral of St. Patrick on May 19, 2001. He served as a priest in St. Theresa of the Infant Jesus Church in the Bronx the summer of 2001, and in Sacred Heart Church in Newburgh, NY, from September 2002 until December 2005. In January of 2006, he was appointed to the faculty of the St. John Neumann Residence and Hall at St. Joseph’s Seminary and, in September that same year, became Vocations Director of the Archdiocese of New York.

Dr. Catherine Moran received her B.A. in Biology, Chemistry, and Speech/Hearing Therapy from Kent State University, and her Masters and Ph.D. in Education from Breyer State University. A mother of five, she has over 20 years of homeschooling experience.

She was president of the Catholic Home School Network of America, founder of the Ohio Educators’ Catholic Home Schooling Network, and a member of the CHSNA delegation to Rome on behalf of Catholic Home Education, which visited with Pope John Paul II in 1995 and 1997.

Dr. Moran is a secular Franciscan, and served as prefect of her fraternity for three years. Currently acting as secretary-treasurer of the Blue Army of Our Lady of Fatima, Byzantine Chapter in Warren, Ohio, she has presented the Fatima message to over 20,000 adults and children in the Northeastern Ohio and Tri-state area.
Dr. Kevin Vost has taught psychology and gerontology at Lincoln Land Community College, Mac Murray College, and the University of Illinois. A member of American Mensa, the High IQ society, he has served there on the Research Review Committee. Radio programs, including Relevant Radio, Ave Maria Radio, and Sirius Satellite’s Catholic Channel, have featured Dr. Vost as a guest.

He is the author of several books, including From Atheism to Catholicism, Memorize the Faith! (And Most Anything Else): Using the Methods of the Great Catholic Medieval Memory Masters, and Fit for Eternal Life: A Catholic Approach to Working Out, Eating Right, and Building the Virtues of Fitness Within Your Soul. Programs based on Memorize the Faith! have been used for adult religious education classes and in Catholic schoolrooms through the country.

Dr. Vost resides in Springfield, Illinois with his wife Kathy and his sons Eric and Kyle.
Mrs. Regina Doman grew up surrounded by nine younger brothers and sisters. “Growing up,” she says, “There were two things I was always convinced of: that I was meant to be married, and that I was meant to write stories.” She attended the Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio and graduated with a BA in Communications, concentrating on Television Production, with a minor in Theatre Arts.

From 1992-1994, Regina lived in New York City, working as assistant editor of Lay Witness magazine and writing columns and articles for various publications, including a comic strip for YOU! Magazine. In 1994, she married her husband, Andrew. She published her first novel for teenagers in 1997. Snow White and Rose Red: A Modern Fairy Tale (re-published in 2002 under the title The Shadow of the Bear) quickly enjoyed success, especially among homeschooled teens, as did the sequel, Black as Night.

In July 2006, Regina’s family was grieved by the loss of her son Joshua in a tragic car accident. They created a memorial website for him and Regina took a sabbatical from public speaking and writing to be with her family. In August 2007 she resumed public work with the release of her third novel, Waking Rose.

Regina and her husband co-own Chesterton Press, and make their home near Front Royal, Virginia, where they homeschool their children.
Mrs. Virginia (Ginny) Seuffert, a native New Yorker, 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 just recently Seton Press published her first book of an upcoming series, Ginny’s Gems: Home Management Essentials.

Friday, August 5
Time Speaker Talk
2:00pm Registration/Vendor Area Opens (and remains open throughout conference)
2:20pm Dr. Catherine Moran
Homeschooling 101

This is a must for beginning parents and parents considering homeschooling their children. The “how to’s” of starting homeschooling and managing your day are covered. If you wish, bring your pad and pencil to take notes, for you are about to embark on one of the most challenging yet fulfilling times of your life!

3:00pm Fr. Edward Connolly
Does God Scare You? If Not, Why Not?

Many persons have a truncated notion of God. This is due, in part, to the popular religious art that floods the markets: the “meek and gentle Jesus” kind, as well as the surfeit of politically correct homilies to which we are subjected. Maybe we all could benefit from a bit more fear in our devotional diet.

4:00 – 6:00pm Dinner/Vendor Time
6:00pm Mrs. Virginia Seuffert Reaping the Rewards of Homeschooling

Too busy with day-to-day details to see the light at the end of the tunnel? Learn how what you are doing today will bring real rewards in the future. The habits and virtues your children learn in the home mold them into adults of character and integrity, bringing great joy to you, their parents.
7:00pm Dr. Kevin Vost Memorize the Faith!

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.
Saturday, August 6
Time Speaker Talk
9:00am Registration and Holy Rosary
9:30am Fr. Luke Sweeney
Raising Abel, Not Cain: Hope and Challenges for the Catholic Family

How can parents provide the environment where their children can be receptive to and hear God’s voice? We want our children to be as generous as Abel when making an offering to God, and not selfish like Cain.

10:30am Mrs. Virginia Seuffert
Controlling the Chaos: Managing Housework and Schoolwork

Having trouble balancing schoolwork, caring for babies, and housework? The key to getting it all done, while remaining serene and confident, is to simplify. Clutter-free rooms, regular household routines, an orderly curriculum, and straightforward discipline really work.

11:30am- 1:00pm Vendor Sales/Lunch
1:00pm Mrs. Regina Doman
Seductive Evil and Wimpy Goodness

What’s wrong with our imaginations? Using examples from books and media, this talk demonstrates the impoverishment of our imaginations and how we can recalibrate this important component using Scripture and the writings of good Catholic authors.

2:00pm Dr. Catherine Moran
Overwhelmed, Unmotivated, Disobedient, or Just Plain Lazy?

Is your child struggling to learn, or avoiding it? Are there days when teaching your child turns into “who’s in control—me or my child?” We all want our children to be obedient and diligent, especially where their studies are concerned. Learn some helpful tips on how to teach these virtues to your children.

3:00pm Dr. Kevin Vost From Atheism to Catholicism

Dr. Vost will highlight the enticing ideas of the atheistic philosophers and scientists who pulled him away from the faith, and of the philosophers and scientists who brought him back to Christ. He will show how only the Church can answer our spiritual—and intellectual—yearnings.
4:00pm Conference Closes