Here we have archived the speakers, vendors, and schedule for 2016.
Friday August 5th, 2016
12:00pm to 6:00pm
Saturday August 6th, 2016
9:30am to 3:30pm
Rotunda of Mercy Hall
Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522
Fr. Andrew Apostoli
Fr. Andrew Apostoli is a member of the Community of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal. He was ordained a priest by Bishop Fulton J. Sheen in 1967. He has been active in teaching, preaching retreats and parish missions, and in giving spiritual direction. In his community, he has served as...
Dr. Bill Thierfelder
Dr. Bill Thierfelder is currently President of Belmont Abbey College, a Catholic Benedictine institution founded in 1876, located 10 miles west of Charlotte, NC. Prior to his appointment as President of Belmont Abbey College, Dr. Thierfelder successfully lead and transitioned fitness legend, York Barbell Company, from a manufacturer to a solutions-based partner providing sales, marketing, product development...
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...
Mrs. Celeste Behe
Mrs. Celeste Behe is a senior writer for Catholic Digest, a blogger for the National Catholic Register, and a columnist for CatholicMom.com. A member of the Catholic Press Association, Celeste has discussed her articles on both the Son Rise Morning Show and Register Radio, and has also been a guest on...
Mrs. Mary Ellen Barrett
Mrs. Mary Ellen Barrett is a mother of eight children and wife to David. She is a lifelong New Yorker and an active member of her parish Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Lindenhurst, New York. Mary Ellen is a columnist for The Long Island Catholic and chronicles the journey of living a faithful, but imperfect, Catholic family life on her weblog, Tales from the Bonny Blue House...
Mr. Ken Davison
Mr. Kenneth Davison was a Distinguished Graduate of the United States Air Force Academy. He was a Rhodes Scholar and earned a Master of Arts from Oxford University and a Master in Theological Studies from Ave Maria University.....
Mrs. Kelly Mantoan
Mrs. Kelly Mantoan is a wife, mother, special needs parent, has been homeschooling for over 10 years, and lives with her husband and five children in New Jersey. She writes at her popular blog This Ain’t the Lyceum about homeschooling, parenthood, the Catholic faith, and raising children with...
Arx Publishing gives a voice to authors whose books uphold traditional Catholic values and promote the Culture of Life. Specializing in new historical fiction for young adults, Arx also publishes high fantasy fiction, devotional and scholarly works.
At Belmont Abbey, you will find a campus that is physically beautiful, an atmosphere that is friendly, and classes that will stimulate your mind, cultivate your spirit, and gladden your heart. At the Abbey, your classes will be small. Your professors will know you by name. You will get to know your classmates well and they will get to know you. You become part of the Catholic intellectual tradition that founded the world’s first universities and that continues to animate many of them today. You also partake of the Benedictine tradition of learning and holiness that has been a light to individuals and to nations for 1,500 years.
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.
Fr. Andrew Apostoli
Holy Heroes provides materials and free online “Adventures” to help you bring "the joy of the Faith to your family." You may have heard of their Glory Stories saint story audio CDs which have been broadcast on Catholic Radio or perhaps your family was one of the 40,000 families who participated in one of their free online "Adventures" – Advent Adventure or Lenten Adventure, or last year’s new “Spiritual Adoption – Prayer Adventure.”
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.
Our mission is to help Catholics understand, live, and share their faith. We do so by providing CDs, books and video-based study programs for individuals and parishes to grow in their faith. We have a web-based subscription program, FORMED, for parishes including movies, audio talks, downloadable books and video based study programs available to everyone right in their own homes on their own Internet devices. Spanish and children’s content included. Stop by the table and see!
Pauline Books & Media, the publishing house of the Daughters of St. Paul, provides a wide variety of quality faith-formation media resources for “tots to teens” (and beyond!), including Catholic Bibles, books on the saints and prayer, teen fiction, posters, music, movies—and more! Visit our website: www.pauline.org.
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.
*Revised: Please note that this schedule is slightly different from the one mailed out. Dr. Thierfelder will now be giving his second talk at 2:45pm on Friday instead of at 4:00pm.*
Friday, August 5
12:00pm – Registration/Vendor Area Opens
12:30pm – 1:15pm
The Catholic Vision and Practice of Sports
Learn why play and sport are essential to who you are as a person. Listen to fascinating stories about incredible athletes who exhibited virtue under the most difficult circumstances. Learn the secrets to world-class performance and how your mental, physical, and spiritual gifts can be doubled so that in all things God may be glorified.
1:45pm – 2:30pm
Resignation and Abandonment
Fr. Apostoli looks at the final stages that the Apostles went through in their spiritual growth—having perfect joy in their suffering. Having perfect joy is the farthest that we can go in this world. He uses St. Maximilian Kolbe as an example to show what he is talking about. He also looks at the three things that show that a person has perfect love for Jesus.
2:45pm – 3:30pm
Being Present: Creating the Best Homeschool Experience
Bring greater joy and success to your homeschool by living, loving, working, playing, and praying in the present moment. Find out why distractions and expectations often lead to discontent and poor performance and what you can do to overcome them. Learn the secret to peace and happiness that will double your talents as a teacher or student.
4:00pm – 4:45pm
Creating an Atmosphere of Love and Learning in the Home
An atmosphere of love, learning, and levity can change the whole game in your homeschool. Mary Ellen will share tips on how to create an atmosphere that encourages discipline, enjoyment, love of faith and family, in which the children will come to love learning.
5:00pm – 5:45pm
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?
6:00pm – Day Ends
Saturday, August 6
9:30am – Registration
10:00am – 10:45am
Ten Tips from the Parents of Saints
What do the saints themselves say about their parents? What influenced them on their paths to sanctity? And what do the parents of future saints teach us about raising “Holy Heroes” in our own families today?
11:00am – 11:45am
Beating Mompostor Syndrome: How to Defeat Self-Doubt
Do you ever feel as though you were “faking it” as a mother? Are you afraid that others will discover that you aren’t half the mom they thought you were? Do you often find yourself second-guessing your decisions as a parent? Recovering Mompostor™ Celeste Behe shows how you can defeat self-doubt, take back your vocation, and save the world!
12:00pm – Vendor Sales/Lunch Break
1:30pm – 1:50pm
You Need a Battle Buddy
Navigating the world of homeschooling can be tough if you don’t have a partner to help you through it. We can easily get discouraged if we feel alone. How can you find your battle buddy? How is the relationship supposed to work? How can you find buddies for your children?
2:00pm – 2:20pm
Honor Thy Husband; Happy Husband, Happy Homeschool
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.
2:30pm – 3:15pm
How to Keep a Sense of Humor When Your Child Forgets Long Division... Again
We all have bad days. In this talk, Kelly shares how she tries to burnout-proof her school year beginning in August, and what can be done if burnout rears its ugly head anyway. Through humorous examples, Kelly talks about how she keeps a bad day from turning into an awful week, and how to avoid joylessly plodding through your school year.