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*Pre-registration is now closed.You are still able to come to the conference,
you will just need to register at the door on Friday or Saturday.*

Schedule and Vendor List Now Available!!!

Celebrating its 4th year, the largest Catholic homeschooling conference in Texas returns to the Arlington Convention Center in Arlington, TX!
Please note that we did have to move the conference two months earlier than it was last year.

Arlington Convention Center

1200 Ballpark Way
Arlington, TX 76011

Friday May 27th, 2011 @ 2:00pm to 8:00pm

Saturday May 28th, 2011 @ 9:30am to 4:00pm


Fr. Joseph Fessio, a Roman Catholic priest of the Jesuit order, was born on January 10, 1941. He attended high school at Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose, CA. Before entering the Jesuit novitiate in 1961, he completed undergraduate studies in Civil Engineering at the University of Santa Clara, CA. He earned both his Bachelor’s (1966) and Master’s (1967) degrees in Philosophy from Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA.

Before being ordained on June 10, 1972, he had also earned a Master’s in Theology from his studies in Lyons, France. In 1975, Father Fessio earned his Doctorate in Theology from the University of Regensburg, West Germany. His thesis director was Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI), with whom a lasting friendship was developed that continues to this day.Father Fessio has had a distinguished career as an educator. He taught Philosophy (1966-69) and Systematic and Spiritual Theology at the University of San Francisco (1974-1998). From 1988-91, Father served as editor of 30 Days in the Church and the World, an international Catholic magazine, and became publisher of The Catholic World Report in 1991. Since 1995, he was publisher of Homiletic & Pastoral Review, as well as Catholic Dossier, Catholic Faith (until 2002).

In 1976, Father Fessio founded St. Ignatius Institute and, in 1978, became founder and editor of Ignatius Press. Father has been a solid orthodox voice in Catholic publishing since its founding. In 1995, he co-founded Adoremus: Society for the Renewal of the Sacred Liturgy. Three years later, he founded the Catholic Radio Network and, in 2002, he founded Campion College of San Francisco. That same year he became Chancellor of Ave Maria University in Naples, Florida, and later its Provost.

Fr. Philip Wolfe, while teaching in a school in Winnett, Montana, used to write to a convent of cloistered Carmelite nuns asking them to pray for his students. Without any warning, he suddenly found himself in the seminary, studying to be a priest for the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter. He told the good sisters when he went to say a First Mass at the convent (after being ordained in Lincoln by Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz), “Now look what you’ve done!” Fr Wolfe is currently stationed at Mater Dei Parish in Irving, TX.
Dr. Dominic Aquila is currently Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of St. Thomas in Houston. He has twenty-eight years of experience in public and private higher education, serving institutions such as The Rochester Institute of Technology, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Empire State College of the State University of New York, Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ave Maria College, and the University of Saint Francis (Fort Wayne, Indiana).

Dr. Aquila’s central focus has been in the design and implementation of the institution’s core curriculum, especially reform at the Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ave Maria College, and the University of St. Francis. Dr. Aquila is also a trustee and chair of the Council of Scholars of the American Academy of Liberal Education, a member of the Board of Directors of Wyoming Catholic College, and an active participant and lecturer in the national Fides et Ratio seminars. In June 2007, he received the Spes Nostrae Award for service to Catholic Education from the National Association for Private and Independent Catholic Schools.

Dr. Aquila has a Bachelors Degree in Music from The Juilliard School, an MBA from New York University, and a Doctorate in History from the University of Rochester and the University of South Africa. Prior to pursuing his career in higher education, Dr. Aquila performed as a timpanist and percussionist with the New York City Opera, the American Ballet Theatre, the American Symphony Orchestra, the New York and Rochester Philharmonic Orchestras, as well as number of Broadway shows. Dr. Aquila and his wife, Diane, are parents of eleven children.

Dr. Ray Guarendi is a homeschooling father, clinical psychologist, author, public speaker and a radio host. His experience includes school districts, Head Start programs, mental health centers, substance abuse programs, inpatient psychiatric centers, juvenile courts, and a private practice.

Dr. Guarendi has been a regular guest on national radio and television, including Oprah, Joan Rivers, Scott Ross Prime Time, 700 Club, Gordon Elliot, and CBS This Morning. He’s appeared on regional radio and television shows in over 40 states and Canada. He has been the program psychologist for Cleveland’s Morning Exchange, Pittsburgh 2-Day, and AM Indiana. He has written several books, including You’re a Better Parent Than You Think!, now in its twenty-first printing, Back to the Family and Discipline That Lasts a Lifetime.

Mrs. Terry Arnold is a homeschool leader from Houston, Texas. She attended the University of Houston and has been married for about 30 years. Since 1991 she has been homeschooling her five children (the youngest two are still in high school). Her three older children have done very well in college and were awarded impressive scholarships.Mrs. Arnold has been very active in homeschooling helping to start the Texas Home Education Partnership and a homeschooling bookstore. Since 2003, she has served as the chairwoman of the Association of Roman Catholic Homeschoolers (ARCH) and has organized an annual Catholic homeschooling conference in Houston held at the University of St. Thomas.

A founding sponsor for the first homeschooled chapter of the American Red Cross Youth Chapter, Mrs. Arnold was award the American Red Cross Youth Sponsor of the Year Award 2008-2009. She was a founding member of the Laura Recovery Center for Missing Children.

Mrs. Virginia Seuffert, a native New Yorker and mother of twelve, currently resides in Illinois with her husband.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.

Mrs. Seuffert has appeared on EWTN, and has spoken at numerous Catholic family conferences throughout the U.S. and Canada. She is the author of various articles on home education, particularly stressing the teaching of virtues and discipline. Mrs. Seuffert wrote the chapter on “Home Management” in Dr. Mary Kay Clark’s book, Catholic Home Schooling: A Parent’s Guide. Her new book is entitled Ginny’s Gems: Home Management Essentials.

This is a final list of this year’s North Texas vendors. We are not accepting any new vendors at this time.


Bethlehem Books

We publish wholesome children’s books, mainly reprints of well-written historical fiction originally published between 1900 and 1965. Books are not necessarily religious, but contain a Christian world-view.


Chesterton Press

Primarily publishes the Fairy Tale Novels by Catholic homeschooling mom, Regina Doman, hailed by a number of parents as an alternative to the current trend of paranormal books that many teens are reading and many parents are concerned about.


Dr. Ray Guarendi

Dr. Guarendi will have many of his popular titles for sale and will be signing books immediately after his talks.


Faith Folders for Catholics


Hillside Education

Language arts and liturgical resources for homeschooling families as well as homeschooling support.


Holy Family Resources


Homeschool Connections


Illuminated Ink


JMJT Cards

We are a family-owned online Catholic Gift Store specializing in handmade religious items and stationary. Our collection included rosaries, religious jewelry, nativities, and announcements.


Kolbe Academy and Home School


Mary’s Books and Publishing

Home of “In the Footsteps of the Saints” series. Also a few used Catholic Books, missals, etc.


mater et magistra Magazine

Quarterly magazine with topics of interest to Catholic homeschoolers.


Our Lady of Victory School

Since 1977, OLVS has been providing Roman Catholic homeschooling curriculum and publishing our very own line of textbooks (LEPANTO PRESS). The curriculum (including daily lesson plans) used in our homeschooling program is well organized, doctrinally sound and very affordable.


Professor Carol

Dr. Reynolds (Professor Carol) creates lively multi-media courses that restore the Fine Arts to their traditional place in academic study. Come see Discovering Music: 300 Years of Interaction in Western Music, Arts, History, and Culture and Exploring America’s Musical Heritage.


Sacred Heart Books & Gifts

Sacred heart Books & Gifts supplies Catholic and homeschooling families with resources needed to enrich their faith and educate their children. We strive to provide the lowest prices possible in order to support customers, particularly single-income families.


Seton Home Study School

Seton is the largest provider of Catholic homeschooling materials, and offers a full-service accredited curriculum. We also offer a $30 discount for each student enrolled in our program at the conference.


Stella Maris Books


Teaching Textbooks

Math products designed specificially for the homeschooler, with automated grading and solutions to every problem. Levels start with 3rd grade and continue through Pre-Calculus.


University of Dallas

The Catholic University for Independent Thinkers is dedicated to the pursuit of wisdom, truth, and virtue through the Great Books of Western tradition and Catholic intellectual tradition. With a Phi Beta Kappa chapter and 25 Fulbrights, authentically Catholic academic excellence is our priority.


University of St. Thomas


Links and descriptions are only added after we receive all of the appropriate paperwork from a specific vendor. For any questions regarding vendors, please contact Draper Warren, our Vendor Coordinator, dwarren(AT)ihmconference.org

Friday, May 27
Time Speaker Talk
2:00pm Registration and Holy Rosary
2:20pm Mrs. Terry Arnold Transitioning from School to Homeschool

Many parents who are investigating the possibility of homeschooling wonder how well their children will make the adjustment. This talk will offer a concrete look into that process and how you and your children can renew and refresh a real love of learning together.

3:00pm Dr. Dominic Aquila Catholic Education as the Last Best Hope for American Democracy

Drawing on insights from Pope John Paul II’s Apostolic Exhortation, The Christian Family in the Modern World, this talk covers the particular ways in which homeschooling families can effectively fulfill their mission to contemporary American society as they also fulfill their primary vocation to educate their own.

4:00 – 6:00pm Vendor Area Opens/Dinner
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 Fr. Philip Wolfe Keeping Hope Alive

In an increasingly chaotic world, how is a Catholic to keep from losing heart or even falling into despair? This talk will be a discussion of hope and related virtues.

Saturday, May 28
Time Speaker Talk
9:00am Registration and Holy Rosary
9:30am 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.

10:30am Dr. Ray Guarendi Laughter: Sanity of the Family

Anyone who works with children today is having his confidence, peace of mind, and authority undercut by widespread myths of “experts” and the media. Dr. Ray identifies several of the most pervasive of these myths, and helps moms and dads realize they are better parents and teachers than they might think.

11:30am- 1:00pm Vendor Sales/Lunch
1:00pm Mrs. Terry Arnold Tips I’ve Learned Over the Years

Looking for the secrets to homeschooling? I can’t promise all of the answers, but as a homeschooling mom of 5 children, I will share tips and overviews learned in 20 years of homeschooling. Some topics covered will be: short term vs. long haul homeschooling; reasons to homeschool for high school; and mom vs. mom teacher tips.

2:00pm Dr. Ray Guarendi Discipline is Love in Action

Some good, solid basics of discipline will give you the confidence and authority to discipline with quiet resolve, and thus to punish less often. Discipline is an important way to love children, and teaching them self-control is a gift that will last a lifetime.

3:00pm Fr. Joseph Fessio Pope Benedict, the Liturgy, and the New Translation of the Missal

Pope Benedict has made very clear what his desires are for the way Mass should be celebrated. He is not, however, imposing them on the Church. He’s hoping for a “new liturgical movement”. What is it he hopes to achieve?

4:00pm Conference Closes