Here we have archived the speakers, vendors, and schedule for 2014.


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This conference is co-sponsored by
Christendom College.


New Location:

Mercy College
555 Broadway
Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522

Friday August 1st, 2014 @ 2:00pm to 8:00pm
Saturday August 2nd, 2014 @ 9:30am to 3:30pm

This conference is for everyone, not just homeschooling families. All religious are especially welcome.

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Fr SweeneyforwebFr. 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. Most recently, he became the vice rector of the Cathedral Seminary House of Formation.
Mrs. Mary Ellen Barrett is a home educating mother of seven children. Her column, “Life in Our Domestic Church,” is regularly featured in The Long Island Catholic. She has spoken at numerous homeschooling conferences on topics such as socialization and the challenges of raising a special needs child. In her popular blog, Tales from the Bonny Blue House, Mary Ellen writes about daily life and happenings in her Catholic home. In addition, she writes about the Catholic celebration of Christmas in her blog O Night Divine. Currently, she is working on two books, a book about life as a mom of a large family and an Advent Book of Days. Besides writing and blogging, Mary Ellen enjoys cooking, sewing, photography, and studying Theology.
GraywebMr. Philip Gray and his wife homeschool their six children. With three left at home, they are hoping for a grandchild. Philip is a canon lawyer. His educational background includes studies in Philosophy, an undergraduate degree in Mental Health/Human Services and Theology, and licentiate and master’s degrees in Canon Law.

Philip founded Professional Canonical Services, a private canon law firm providing consultation and representation in the jurisdiction of the Catholic Church. He has worked as a social worker, counselor, diocesan tribunal administrator, adjunct professor of Theology and Canon Law, Vice-President of Catholics United for the Faith, and recently accepted the election as President of the St. Joseph Foundation. He is a consulter or director for numerous Catholic apostolates and religious orders, has published more than 50 articles on a variety of topics, and spoken at conferences and seminars from the International Theological Institute in Gaming, Austria to Anchorage, Alaska. He holds a mandate to teach the sacred sciences from the Bishop of Steubenville.
susiewebMrs. Susie Lloyd was born into a large Catholic family that spanned the baby boom through the hippie and preppie decades. She was educated in Catholic and public schools and in a parent-run catechetical center. She is a graduate of Thomas More College of Liberal Arts. She is the surprised recipient of three Catholic Press Association awards. Her articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, The Latin Mass Magazine, and The National Catholic Register. Her first two books, Please Don’t Drink the Holy Water and Bless Me, Father, for I Have Kids show the funny side of being a big Catholic homeschooling family in the modern world. Her latest book, Yes, God! draws parenting lessons from the home lives of young priests and religious. She and her husband Greg have seven lively children.
Amy2014adjustedwebMrs. 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 instead of the traditional route. Amy and Michael now have 8 children, all of whom have been homeschooled since birth.

Amy is the treasurer for Holy Family Home Educators, and has been chairwoman of the Indianapolis Catholic Home School Conference since 2007. In addition to teaching at her local homeschool co-op, she also puts on children’s special events for the Knights of Columbus. She has been her husband’s campaign manager for 3 campaigns. Amy and Michael are active in their parish’s sponsor couple program, Blue Knights and lead the Little Flowers.

IHM accepts vendors by invitation only; if you would like to be considered to be a vendor at the IHM New York Conference, please send an email to our Vendor Coordinator at vendors(AT)
If you are interested in becoming a vendor for the first time, please review our Vendor Guidelines.

The following is a list of vendors for 2014 who have confirmed so far.

Vendor Name and Description Table Number and Hometown
Catholic Children’s E-Books

Catholic Children’s E-Books digitizes extraordinary children’s books from our Catholic heritage in order to make them easily available to a new generation of Catholic children. All books are available for Nook, Kindle, and IPad.
1 Table
Barnegat, NJ
Amy Kalscheur
1 Table
Lighthouse Catholic Media

Lighthouse Catholic Media (LCM) promotes The Catholic Truth through high quality presentations on audio CD’s and MP3′s from well known Catholic speakers. LCM also offers additional forms of media, including books, booklets, pamphlets, and more.
2 Tables
Gainesville, VA
Morning Star Christian Center 6 Tables
Providence, RI
My Catholic Faith Delivered

Offering Ignatius Press’ “Faith and Life”, MTF’s Didache series, and our own Faith Foundations course, our online courses bring the text to life with Pre and Post assessments voice overs, games, video prayers, and Steve Ray’s “Footprints of Christ”, your children will learn the Faith and retain the information like never before.
1 Table
Overland Park, KS
Pauline Books and Media

Pauline Books and Media is a ministry of the Daughters of St. Paul. We are missionary sisters involved in evangelization using all forms of media.
1 Table
Staten Island, NY
Proud Catholic Company

After experiencing a major conversion of their own Catholic faith in 2007, John & Stacie Martinez felt Divine Providence urging them to use their experience from the fashion industry of NYC no longer for themselves, but for the Lord. Proud Catholic Company was born in early 2008 with the “Proud to be Catholic” car magnet and the “Must you see to believe?” t-shirt. PCC is mission driven and fosters the New Evangelization through the medium of graphics, apparel and other printed products which encourages, empowers and evangelizes!
1 Table
Bridgewater, NJ
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, we are offering a $30 per child discount on enrollment (grades 1-12).
15 Tables
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 one-day only sale is your only chance to pick up these great deals.
2 Tables
Front Royal, VA
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 for Saxon Math. Certain conditions apply, contact Seton high school counselor for details!
2 Tables
Oklahoma City, OK
St. Joseph’s Foundation 1 Table
Susie Lloyd
1 Table

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FRIDAY, August 1
Time Speaker Talk
2:00pm Registration/Vendor Area Opens
2:30pm Fr. Luke Sweeney
Fr SweeneyforwebPrayer of the Heart: Ignatian Prayer for Daily Life

We ‘say’ our prayers and ‘go’ to Mass, but do I know how to connect with God heart to heart? Pope St. John Paul II wrote “only by praying together with their children can a father and mother…penetrate the inner depths of their children’s hearts” (Familiaris Consortio 60.2). St. Ignatius can give us a path to enter into true communion with the Holy Trinity in our prayer.
3:30pm Mrs. Susie Lloyd
susiewebRaising Kids Who Really ARE Cool (instead of just trying to be)

Susie was originally drawn to homeschooling by meeting homeschooled teenagers. They had real personalities! Is it just homeschooling? Or is it so much more? Susie shares what she has learned from parents, saints, and her own 20 years of homeschooling.
4:30 – 6:00pm Vendor Sales/Dinner
6:00pm Mrs. Amy Kalscheur
Amy2014adjustedwebConfessions of a Homeschooling Mom

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.
7:00pm Mr. Philip Gray
GraywebWhat You Need to Know About Getting Ready for First Sacraments

According to Canon Law, obligatory preparation for First Sacraments for children is a burden of parents, not pastors and their staff. Mr. Gray will present the foundations for this obligation, and discuss the real obligations of pastors and their staff on this issue.
SATURDAY, August 2
Time Speaker Talk
9:30am Registration
10:00am Mrs. Mary Ellen Barrett
Mary Ellen 2013 webHomeschooling in Hard Times

Having homeschooled through the loss of her oldest child, the death of her mom, unemployment, and a health crisis for her husband, Mrs. Mary Ellen Barrett has a unique perspective on keeping the homeschool fires burning during the worst of times. Learn some ways to cope with school at the foot of the cross.
11:00am Mr. Philip Gray
GraywebWhat Canon Law Says About Homeschooling

Parents are educators because they are parents. The Church is an educator because it is the Church. The rights and obligations of each complement the other, and do not conflict. Mr. Gray will present the foundations for parents’ obligation to educate, their right to choose the method of education, and the Church’s obligation to respect their decisions and support them.
12:00 – 1:30pm Lunch/Vendor Sales
1:30pm Mrs. Susie Lloyd
susiewebPut the Oxygen Mask on Yourself First

You can’t give what you don’t have. Susie lightheartedly discusses how and why moms can and should get what they need.
2:30pm Mrs. Amy Kalscheur
Amy2014adjustedwebThere are Those Days

You’re a strong Catholic homeschooling mom, and you can do anything. But some days are better than others. Amy will tell about some of her not-so-great days and how she got through them, because even though homeschooling is a blessing, well, “There are those days….”
3:30pm Conference Ends