Here we have archived the speakers, vendors, and schedule for 2013.


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Doubletree by Hilton Pittsburgh-Monroeville Convention Center
(The conference will be held in a ballroom of the hotel.)

101 Mall Boulevard
Monroeville, PA 15146


Friday, April 26th, 2013 @ 12:00pm to 8:00pm


This conference is for everyone, not just homeschooling families. All religious are especially welcome.

Fr. Paul Voida believes his desire to be an evangelizing parish priest came from the example of his parents. In southern California, his parents helped start two Byzantine Catholic parishes and were actively involved in the Roman parishes of the parochial schools he attended.

He graduated with a Music degree in violin performance, then proceeded to spend 18 years in various business careers, none of which satisfied a deep longing to serve Christ and His Church. After 10 years of discernment and increasing involvement in parish ministries and after visiting five different monasteries, he entered the Pittsburgh Byzantine Catholic Seminary of Ss Cyril and Methodius, completing the Master of Divinity-type course of study in 2001.

Ordained in July 2005 by Bishop John Michael Botean of the Romanian Catholic Diocese of Canton, Ohio, Fr. Paul is now the pastor of St. Mary Romanian Catholic Church in McKeesport, PA. He is the Director of Evangelization and Catechesis of his diocese and is developing a Byzantine Catholic edition of the Montessori Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.
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!, Back to the Family and Discipline That Lasts a Lifetime.
Dr. Catherine Moran received her B.A. in Biology, Chemistry, and Speech/Hearing Therapy from Kent State University, and her Masters and Ph.D. in Education from Breyer State University. A mother of five, she has over 20 years of homeschooling experience.

She was president of the Catholic Home School Network of America, founder of the Ohio Educators’ Catholic Home Schooling Network, and a member of the CHSNA delegation to Rome on behalf of Catholic Home Education, which visited with Pope John Paul II in 1995 and 1997.

Dr. Moran is a secular Franciscan, and served as prefect of her fraternity for three years. Currently acting as secretary-treasurer of the Blue Army of Our Lady of Fatima, Byzantine Chapter in Warren, Ohio, she has presented the Fatima message to over 20,000 adults and children in the Northeastern Ohio and Tri-state area.
Mrs. Lisa Clark is a mother of nine children (ranging in age from 3 to 19) whom she has homeschooled since birth. A graduate of Christendom College with a degree in English, she served as a counselor at the Front Royal Pregnancy Center, and as a homeschooling counselor at Seton for some time before embarking on her role as a mom. In fact, it was in serving as a counselor to mothers that Lisa was convinced to make a lifelong commitment to homeschool. She resides in Front Royal, Virginia, with her husband John and her children.

IHM accepts vendors by invitation only; if you would like to be considered to be a vendor at the IHM Pittsburgh Conference, please send an email to our Vendor Coordinator at vendors(AT)
A copy of our Vendor Guidelines can be viewed here: Vendor Guidelines.
The following is a list of vendors who have confirmed so far for 2013.

Vendor Name and Description Table Number and Hometown
Byzantine Seminary Press

We seek to preserve and promote the richness of the Byzantine Tradition.
4 Tables
Pittsburgh, PA
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.
1 Table
Front Royal, VA
Dr. Ray Guarendi 1 Table
Franciscan University of Steubenville

Franciscan University is academically excellent and passionately Catholic. Study in a supportive atmosphere that demands your best. Learn from highly respected, faith-filled faculty. Live what you believe at Franciscan University.
1 Table
Steubenville, OH
Ginger Himes Chalk Talks & Art Lessons

DVDs designed to give children confidence in drawing without using a lot of expensive equipment. Students learn basic skills in a relaxed step-by-step manner.
1 Table
Kersey, PA
Hillside Education

Catholic language arts resources, reprints of historical fiction, mothering/teaching resources.
1 Table
Lake Ariel, PA
Homeschool Connections

Homeschool Connections provides online, interactive, live courses with a Catholic perspective.
1 Table
North Richland Hills, TX
Homeschool Lifeline

Hosted by Terry Arnold and Katie Moran, Homeschool Lifeline is a radio program on Radio Maria for all homeschooling parents (or those considering homeschooling) looking for information, help, support and guidance in their homeschooling endeavor.
1 Table
John Paul the Great Catholic University

John Paul the Great Catholic University is an authentically Catholic university dedicated to impacting culture for Christ through business, media, technology, and Biblical theology.
1 Table
San Diego, CA
mater et magistra Magazine

Quarterly magazine with topics of interest to Catholic homeschoolers.
1 Table
Lake Ariel, PA
Our Lady Seat of Wisdom Academy

The first Canadian institution recommended by the
Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College, OLSWA offers an excellent and affordable post-secondary Catholic liberal arts education in the beauty of rural Canada. We offer one, two, and three-year programs, and have students from across Canada and the U.S. Franciscan University and Christendom College accept our credits.
1 Table
Barry’s Bay, ON, Canada
Quiet Waters

Quiet Waters is a not-for-profit organization that offers retreats, devotional radio programming and audio productions. We “Help Catholics Spread the Good News of Jesus Christ” partly by our faithful products: Learn Spanish with Grace, The Rosary Musical, and the Truth to Inspire audio books stories of the saints are some of our offerings.
2 Tables
North Collins, NY
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 11,000 fully 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).
15 Tables
Front Royal, VA
Seton Used Books

There is only a handful of conferences where Seton sells the used books that families return to us over the year. This two-day only sale is your only chance to pick up these great deals.
2 Tables
Front Royal, VA
Teaching Textbooks

Teaching Textbooks makes math textbooks (3rd grade through Pre-calculus) designed exclusively for homeschoolers. That’s why each of the textbooks in our line contains step-by-step audiovisual solutions to every one of the thousands of assigned problems.
3 Tables
Oklahoma City, OK
Usborne Books & More

Usborne Books & More has a product line of over 1,500 titles that will surely bring any learning experience to life! From toddlers to teens, we have something innovative, exciting, and of course, educational for everyone in your family!
2 Tables
Pittsburgh, PA
(local rep)

FRIDAY, April 26
Time Speaker Talk
12:00pm Registration/Vendor Area Opens
12:30pm Dr. Ray Guarendi
Back to the Family

This talk presents the results of a three-year, national search for strong families. It reveals those characteristics most common to strong families as well as the struggles and difficulties most families face. The results will reinforce some traditional ideas about family life while offering some reassuring surprises.
1:30pm Dr. Catherine Moran
Overwhelmed, Unmotivated, Disobedient, or Just Plain Lazy?

Is your child struggling to learn, or avoiding it? Are there days when teaching your child turns into “who’s in control–me or my child?” We all want our children to be obedient and diligent, especially where their studies are concerned. Learn some helpful tips on how to teach these virtues to your children.
2:30pm Dr. Ray Guarendi
You’re a Better Parent Than You Think!

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.
3:30pm Fr. Paul Voida
Incorporating Icons into our Family Spirituality

Icons truly “talk” in image and color the theology of the Catholic Church. Icons can engage our intellect and imagination and draw us to wonder at the mysteries of our Faith. Fr. Paul will describe the meaning of selected feast day icons and then lead us in a liturgical prayer that expresses the spirituality of each icon.
4:30 – 6:00pm Vendor Sales/Dinner
6:00pm Mrs. Lisa Clark
Love-based Education: Why it Never Fails

The ultimate purpose of homeschooling is to create an environment for finding the meaning of God’s love in our everyday lives, and how we can grow closer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus as a family. Homeschooling so beautifully and joyfully answers the command of Jesus to love God with your whole heart, your whole soul, and your whole mind.
7:00pm Dr. Catherine Moran
Discovering and Implementing Your Child’s Learning Style

What do you do when your child just can’t seem to continue with his lessons? Various learning styles and methods for teaching reading, writing, and mathematics will be explored. Learn how to identify and establish the necessary core foundation for your child with numerous practical tips.
8:00pm Conference Ends