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Friday July 29th, 2016
12:00pm to 6:00pm

Saturday July 30th, 2016
9:30am to 3:30pm


Arlington Convention Center
1200 Ballpark Way
Arlington, TX 76011

Prof. Joseph Pearce

Prof. Joseph Pearce is a native of England and the Director of the Center for Faith and Culture at Aquinas College, in Nashville, TN. He is editor of the St. Austin Review, an international review of Catholic culture, series editor of the Ignatius Critical Editions...

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Fr. Shannon Collins

Fr. Shannon Collins was born in 1964 and is a native of Cohasset, MA. After undergraduate and graduate work in history and education, he taught in Catholic schools for a number of years. Having completed his seminary training at St. Philip Neri Seminary in Toronto, Ontario, he was ordained to the priesthood on June 10, 2000....

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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...

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Mrs. Colleen Billing

Mrs. Colleen Billing is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor’s degree in Speech and Interpersonal Communication and a minor in the teaching of English. After teaching high school Speech and English for several years in the city of Chicago, she retired to start her family...

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Dr. Jonathan Sanford

Dr. Jonathan J. Sanford is Professor of Philosophy and the Dean of the Constantin College of Liberal Arts at the University of Dallas. He has published on particular figures in the history of philosophy, including Aristotle, Anselm, Aquinas, Newman, and Scheler, as well as on topics in both metaphysics and ethics....

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Mr. Dave Palmer

Mr. Dave Palmer has been teaching St. Thomas Aquinas’ masterpiece, the Summa Theologica, to middle and high school age children for the past five years. He’s the author of St. Thomas Aquinas for Everyone: 30 Quick and Fun Lessons, Activities and Outdoor Adventures Based on the Summa Theologica. He serves as the Executive Director of the Guadalupe Radio...

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Angelicum Academy

THE ANGELICUM ACADEMY HOMESCHOOL PROGRAM is a nursery-12th grade curriculum for home education. It is complete - includes all subjects for all grades. Optional services for enrolled students include grading, transcripts, online literature discussion classes and the finest online resources (such as Encyclopaedia Britannica for students). Our Great Books Program may be taken for high school, college credit, or both.

Aquinas College

Aquinas College offers a dynamic academic experience in a welcoming and supportive Catholic environment. Guided by our outstanding faculty and the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia Congregation, students can choose from programs in liberal arts, business, nursing, and education on our beautiful 83-acre campus in Nashville, Tennessee.

Catholic Heritage Curricula

CHC offers a solid, complete, family-friendly PreK-12 Catholic education with no tuition or enrollment fees. We believe that when solid academics are offered in a gentle, flexible manner, children will blossom spiritually, emotionally, and academically. We are here to aid and support families who wish to provide their children with an authentically Catholic education, with Heaven as the ultimate goal.

Catholic Schoolhouse

Catholic Schoolhouse is designed to help homeschool families enrich their educational experience through a flexible approach to learning inspired by classical elements. Using the Catholic Schoolhouse materials or joining a local CSH chapter can help bring structure and cohesiveness to your entire homeschool experience and will bless your family.

Christendom College

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.

Discovery Toys

Educational and Developmental CD's, toys, games and books for all ages. Birth to Adult. Lifetime warranty except CD's and books have 39 days. Ask how you can save up to %50.

Docere eLearning Solutions

We take the struggle out of learning by creating hands on programs. We are a team of home school moms who are dedicated to making home education a great experience for our kids. Check out our online programs for entrepreneurship and the ancient language of Latin. Onlline Latin classes for K-8th grade coming soon! Beta testers needed for our learning modules. Contact us at

EWTN Global Catholic Network

EWTN, the world's largest religious media network, airs family and religious programming from a Catholic viewpoint through television, radio, and the internet. EWTN offers talk shows, children's animation, live coverage of church events, and documentaries, all consistent with the Magisterium, and in English and Spanish. EWTN also publishes the National Catholic Register bi-weekly.

Faith Factory T-Shirts

Share your faith without saying a word! Faith Facotry T-shirts has a large selection of Catholic T-shirts, sweatshirts, and canvas bags in sizes for the whole family...PLUS Catholic jewelery, rosaries, crosses and children's books. Check out their website to see all of their products!

Fr. Shannon Collins

Herald Entertainment

Herald Entertainment is an award-winning production house dedicated to wholesome entertainment by means of animation, documentaries, music and publishing. We provide content-rich, quality media for the enjoyment of audiences of all ages thorugh the production of original material.


Homeschool Connections

Homeschool Connections is a Catholic online curriculum provider, bringing the best Catholic instructors to you from around the world. Answering Blessed John Paul II’s call to the New Evangelization, Homeschool Connections uses the latest technology to give you live, interactive classes; independent-learning classes; free webinars for Catholic parents; and the Catholic History Video Project.

Homeschool Legal Defense Association

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.

Institute for Excellence in Writing

Andrew Pudewa's award-winning curriculum Teaching Writing: Structure and Style and other writing helps: literature, grammar, and spelling programs for home-educating families.

Prof. Joseph Pearce

Kolbe Academy

Kolbe Academy Homeschool provides curriculum and books that are CATHOLIC–loyal to the Magisterium, CLASSICAL in approach, IGNATIAN in method, and FLEXIBLE in practice.

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.

Dave Palmer

Peaceful Interiors

Peaceful Interiors offers professional organizing tips and ideas for home management. Two valuable organizational items will be for sale. The first item is a CD with 10 PDF files including a meal planner, school schedule, chore/allowance chart, shopping list, and more, which is Mac & PC compatible. The second item is an 80 minute DVD video tour of Mrs. Billing's home, with hundreds of tips to help organize each room of your home!!!

Queen of Heaven Academy

Queen of Heaven Academy (QHA) offers an economical online curriculum that is faithful to the intellectual, moral, and spiritual traditions of the Catholic Church. Founded in 1995, Queen of Heaven Academy carries on the proven classical curriculum, 4 - 12th grade that has prepared students for acceptance in colleges across the nation and internationally. Homeschoolers, groups, co-ops, and schools all benefit from Queen of Heaven Academy's Catholic curriculum that is conveniently scheduled across three different time zones. Queen of Heaven offers assistance for special needs students and makes the internet a safe place for students with our exclusive St. John's SafetyNet program. Queen of Heaven Academy's high school program is accredited through the National Association of Private Catholic and Independent Schools (NAPCIS). Please visit to learn more or email

RightStart Mathematics

RightStart Mathematics uses the AL Abacus to provide a visual, auditory, and kinesthetic experience. The program lessons guide the teacher day-by-day and year-by-year, helping children understand, apply, and enjoy mathematics while surpassing state standards.

See You in Heaven

See You In Heaven book, the life and writings of Rosie Gil. Includes her Phonics book, Advent customs book, and dvds.

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, Seton offers a $30 per child discount on a full enrollment (grades PreK-12).

St. Augustine Academy Press

At St. Augustine Academy Press, we believe that what children read really matters. To meet this need, we offer classic out-of-print titles portryaing Catholic virtues that both children and parents will love. We also specialize in reprinting the work of Mother Mary Loyola, author of The King of the Golden City, so that a new generation may benefit from the strength of her catechetical work as well as her unique insight into the truths of our Faith.

St. Gregory's University

St. Gregory's is a Roman Catholic University, offering through the master's degree level a liberal arts education that has been cherished and handed down in the educational institutions of the Benedictine Order. We promote the education of the whole person in the context of a Christian community in which students are encouraged to develop a love of learning and to live lives of balance, generosity and integrity. As Oklahoma's only Catholic university, St. Gregory's reaches out to members of other faiths who value the distinctive benefits which it offers.

Stella Maris Books

Stone Tablet Press

The Little Angel Readers make it easy for parents to teach their child to read. Over 90 phonograms are taught, using a variety of proven phonics methods. Child-appealing stories include Catholic family life, saints, Bible and folktales. Series of 4 readers, workbooks, and teacher manual. Grades K-2.

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 math curriculum for Saxon Math.


University of Dallas

The University of Dallas is a private, Catholic liberal arts university dedicated to developing the whole person: mind, body, soul. UD offers students a rigorous and comprehensive Core curriculum, a solid foundation for spiritual growth, an opportunity to participate in our nationally recognized study-abroad Rome Program, and a lively campus community.

Usborne Books

Usborne Books and More is an independent, award-winning publisher of high-quality educational and fun books for children of all ages, newborn through high school. We offer books and teaching materials in all formats, all reading levels and on a multitude of subjects.

Why Games

We offer a wide selection of educational and strategic games covering key subject matter for all ages! Each game has been carefully selected for its content value, play dynamics and overall fun. We have sought out games that will help you educate your kids and/or bring your classroom or family closer together. Our hope is that our games will cause students to have so much fun learning that they are inspired to learn on their own. Great games can enhance your classroom, whether homeschool or traditional, so that learning experiences are pleasant and rewarding. Games have an amazing way of bonding students and educators with quality times and memorable laughs. Whether your a teacher, homeschooler, parent or grandparent, we hope to introduce you to a whole world of games that you never knew existed.

Friday, July 29

12:00pm – Registration/Vendor Area Opens

12:30pm – 1:15pm

The Beauty and Necessity of Routines

Colleen Billing

This talk will present the importance of night, morning, school, and other routines, and how helpful they can be in allowing us to school our children effectively, as well as live more peaceful and balanced lives. This talk will be very practical for all moms, regardless of where they are in their homeschooling journey.


Short Break

1:45pm – 2:30pm

Homeschooling: Doing Your Purgatory on Earth

Fr. Shannon Collins

This talk is a discussion of the doctrine of Purgatory, as well as the importance of praying for the dead especially through the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Furthermore, it is an investigation of the phrase, “doing your Purgatory on earth,” as being most beneficial to one’s spiritual life, especially for homeschool moms, dads, and children, who have embraced a difficult vocation.


2:45pm – 3:30pm

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.


Short Break

4:00pm – 4:45pm

Race with the Devil: A Journey to the Catholic Church

Prof. Joseph Pearce

Joseph Pearce relates his own personal conversion story. Hear him tell the story of his journey from a white supremacist organization, anti-Catholicism, Loyalist terrorist groups in Northern Ireland, and his two prison sentences. Learn how he came to a belief in Christ and His Church.

5:00pm – 5:45pm

What is a Catholic Education?

Dr. Jonathan Sanford

Dr. Sanford reflects on to overcome some challenges in providing a genuine Catholic education. In the last analysis, a Catholic education is an education for freedom by which ignorance and other vices are overcome so that the well-educated student is able to think clearly, write well, discern the truth with precision, live out the other virtues, and cultivate that greatest of relationships: friendship with God.

6:00pm – Day Ends

Saturday, July 30

9:30am – Registration

10:00am – 10:45am

15 Important Things I’ve Learned in 15 years of Homeschooling

Colleen Billing

This will be a high energy talk with everything from teaching our kids how to pray, to mom taking care of herself, to frequenting the sacraments, to saying NO to too many extracurricular activities.


11:00am – 11:45am

A Matter of Life and Death: The Battle for a True Education

Prof. Joseph Pearce

Education is quite simply a matter of life and death. The poisoning of education by the architects of secular fundamentalism, and the culture of death it promotes, can only be countered by a restoration of tradition-oriented learning. Joseph Pearce will discuss the deadliness of the poison and will present the ingredients of the life-giving antidote.

12:00pm – Vendor Sales/Lunch Break

1:30pm – 1:50pm

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.

2:00pm – 2:20pm

You Can Teach Your Children Thomistic Philosophy. Yes, You Can!

Mr. Dave Palmer

Dave will explain why there is no reason for your child to wait until he or she is in college to begin benefitting from the teachings of the Angelic Doctor. The basic principles of Thomistic thought should be taught by all homeschool parents to children of all ages. Kids will love learning classic Christian philosophy through simple lessons, fun activities, and outdoor adventures!

2:30pm – 3:15pm

The Most Holy Rosary: A Spiritual Weapon for Homeschool Families

Fr. Shannon Collins

The Holy Rosary is a scourge that beats back our enemies, filled with small stones that knock down any Goliath. It is a saving rope and chain that lifts us to heavenly heights. But the Holy Rosary is not just essential equipment for dark times, but also a sure means of ushering in an age of peace.


3:30pm – Conference Ends