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Arlington Convention Center

1200 Ballpark Way
Arlington, TX 76011

Friday July 27th, 2012 @ 2:00pm to 8:00pm

Saturday July 28th, 2012 @ 9:00am to 4:00pm

Fr. Joseph Mary Brown was born in Bardstown, KY, the third of seven children. He graduated from Christendom College in 1985 with a B.A. in Philosophy. In 1991, he joined the Congregation of St. John (an active-contemplative Community founded in France in 1975) in Laredo, TX, where he did his Novitiate. From there, he was sent to France to continue his formation, and in 1996, he was sent to their house in Peoria, IL.

Ordained in 1997, Father currently serves as the Superior of the Community’s English-speaking Novitiate House in Princeville, IL.
Fr. Paul Weinberger
Mr. Dale Ahlquist is the president of the American Chesterton Society, and has given talks on Chesterton that have delighted audiences around the country and around the world. Mr. Ahlquist has spoken at Yale, Columbia, NYU, Penn State, Villanova, the University of Georgia, the University of Tulsa, the University of Iowa, and many other colleges. He has given talks in England, Australia, Switzerland, and Canada.

Mr. Ahlquist is the author of G.K. Chesterton – The Apostle of Common Sense and Common Sense 101: Lessons from G.K. Chesterton. He is also creator and host of the popular “Apostle of Common Sense” television series on EWTN.
Mrs. Laura Berquist, a graduate from Thomas Aquinas College in California, is a homeschooling mother of six, and founder and director of Mother of Divine Grace School, a home study program currently serving around 3,000 students. Mrs. Berquist is the author of Designing Your Own Classical Curriculum and editor of The Harp and Laurel Wreath: Poetry and Dictation for the Classical Curriculum. Based on the philosophy of the classical Trivium – grammar, logic, and rhetoric – she has developed a modern classical home school curriculum for grades K-12 that strengthens character and intellect, and reinforces virtue.
Mrs. Virginia (Ginny) Seuffert, a native New Yorker and mother of 12, 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 recently Seton Press published her first two books of a series, Ginny’s Gems: Home Management Essentials and Ginny’s Gems: 10 Essentials for Teaching Your Preschooler at Home.

If you would like to be considered to be a vendor at the IHM North Texas Conference,
please send an email to our Vendor Coordinator at vendors(AT)ihmconference.org

If you are interested in becoming a vendor for the first time, please review our Vendor Guidelines.

The following is a list of confirmed vendors for 2012 (significantly more vendors than ever before):

American Chesterton Society

Angelicum Academy

Catholic Schools Textbook Project

Christendom College

College of Saint Mary Magdalen

EWTN

GRACE Catholic Virtual Education Program

Herald Entertainment

Hillside Education

Holy Family Resources

Homeschool Connections

Illuminated Ink

Kolbe Academy and Home School

Mary’s Books and Publishing

mater et magistra Magazine

Math-U-See

Mother of Divine Grace School

My Catholic Faith Delivered

Nancy Larson Science

Our Lady of Victory School

Professor Carol

Sacred Heart Books & Gifts

Seton Home Study School

Simply Fun

St. Gregory University

Stella Maris Books

Teaching Textbooks

University of Dallas

Wyoming Catholic College

FRIDAY
Time Speaker Talk
2:00pm Registration/Holy Rosary
2:20pm Mrs. Laura Berquist
An Introduction to Homeschooling
Homeschooling provides the necessary academic, social, and moral formation for children, and strengthens family life. It comes naturally, because parents are the primary educators of their children just by being parents. Homeschooling is important, it is fun, and it is doable.
3:00pm Fr. Joseph Mary Brown
Fraternal Charity in the Home and in the World
Jesus Christ has commanded us to love one another as He loves us. How do I incarnate this commandment of love in my family life, workplace, and everyday activities? What does it mean to love as Jesus loves? These and other questions on fraternal charity in the home and the world will be addressed.
4:00 – 6:00pm Vendor Area Opens/Dinner
6:00pm Mrs. Virginia Seuffert
How Catholic Home Education is Changing American Culture
Catholic home education has evolved from a tiny group of parents to a powerful social movement. Learn how homeschool graduates are using their authentic Catholic education and solid academic training to change the country and the Church, and how your children can be counted among them.
7:00pm Fr. Paul Weinberger
Ark of the Covenant Not Made by Human Hands
The 500th anniversary of the appearance of Our Lady of Guadalupe is in only 19 years: 2031. The image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, guarded and cherished in Mexico City, was the source of a great outpouring of the Holy Spirit throughout North America. Over 9 million were baptized over the next decade through this miraculous image.
SATURDAY
Time Speaker Talk
9:00am Registration/Holy Rosary
9:30am Fr. Joseph Mary Brown
Mercy and the Cross: Why Today’s Confession Crisis?
Because of a turning away from the Cross, modern man hides from the God of Mercy. As he refuses to look at the Cross, he refuses to see his sinfulness and the need to receive God’s infinite mercy.
10:30am Mrs. Virginia Seuffert
The Academic Approach for All Ages
You can provide a top flight education from preschool to high school. Reach your learning goals with a method proven by centuries of success, emphasizing a well-ordered school day, virtues like obedience and diligence, memorization, and a curriculum based on the finest thoughts of Western culture.
11:30am Mr. Dale Ahlquist
What is the Basis of Education?
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.
12:30 – 2:00pm Lunch
2:00pm Mrs. Laura Berquist
Character Formation: Time-tested Techniques to Teach Virtues
Our goal, for ourselves and our children, is Heaven. We need to form our children to live well here and now, and to attain the Beatific Vision. For the Catholic, this is the first end to which character formation is directed. This talk focuses on practical techniques that help children acquire the virtues they will need.
3:00pm Mr. Dale Ahlquist
G. K. Chesterton: The Apostle of Common Sense
Chesterton was one of the most important Catholic writers of the 20th century: prophetic, profound, and paradoxical. After disappearing from the curriculum for two generations, there is a growing revival of interest in his writings. Delightfully counter-cultural and amazingly timely, Chesterton’s common sense is just the cure for the insane ideas of the modern world.
4:00pm Conference Ends