*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

Dr. Bill Thierfelder

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.


Short Break

1:45pm – 2:30pm

Resignation and Abandonment

Fr. Andrew Apostoli

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

Dr. Bill Thierfelder

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.


Short Break

4:00pm – 4:45pm

Creating an Atmosphere of Love and Learning in the Home

Mary Ellen Barrett

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

Melissa Savage

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

Ken Davison

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

Celeste Behe

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

Melissa Savage

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

Mary Ellen Barrett

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

Kelly Mantoan

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.


3:30pm – Conference Ends