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This conference is co-sponsored by
Christendom College.


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

101 Mall Boulevard
Monroeville, PA 15146

FREE ADMISSION!

Friday, June 6th, 2014 @ 12:00pm to 8:00pm

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

Angelus webFr. Angelus Shaughnessy was born into a very large Catholic family in Pennsylvania and attended Catholic school under the guidance of the Sisters of Divine Providence. He entered St. Fidelis College and Seminary in Herman, Pa. which was staffed by the Capuchin-Franciscan Friars where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts.

A talented and capable athlete in his youth, Father Angelus turned down an offer to play professional baseball as a left-handed pitcher for the Cleveland Indians to enter the Capuchin Novitiate in Cumberland, Maryland. On July 14, 1953, Father solemnly professed his perpetual vows as a Capuchin Friar.

Father’s theological studies took him to Capuchin College in Washington, DC for four years where he received a Master’s Degree in Religious Education. On June 4, 1955, Father Angelus was ordained to the priesthood at the hands of Bishop John McNamara in the crypt of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

From 1956 until 1966, Father Angelus served as the Director of the Secular Franciscan Order at St. Augustine Church in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. In 1966, Father Angelus volunteered to work as a missionary in Papua New Guinea where he was spiritual director and teacher in the Pontifical Seminary of Madang for eleven years.

For three years, Father Angelus did pastoral work in the Mendi Diocese of the Southern Highlands. As a major part of his parochial ministry, Father and his parishioners built eleven permanent churches and three bush churches. While ministering to the needs of the people of Papua New Guinea, Father was privileged to baptize 1,227 men, women, and children. It was there also that Father’s fondness for swimming led to his mastery of walking in deep water for any distance – an unmatched record that was submitted to the Guinness Book of Records in London.

Father was reassigned to Western Pennsylvania in 1980. Under the auspices of St. Fidelis Retreat Center, he maintained a rigorous schedule of parish mission and renewals, preached and directed retreats, accepted parish help-outs, days of recollection and appointments for personal individual counseling. He continued this work for nine years out of St. Mary’s Friary, Export, PA and four years with St. Paulinus Church in Clairton, PA.

From 2001 – 2007, Father Angelus was stationed at EWTN in Birmingham, Alabama. There he served as Minister General to the Franciscan Missionaries of the Eternal Word. Father Angelus was happy to be a part of the apostolate of the Eternal Word Television Network where he was able to preach to 128 million households throughout the world.

At the present time, Father is the National Executive Director of the Archconfraternity of Christian Mothers.
GraywebMr. Philip Gray and his wife homeschool their six children. With three left at home, they are hoping for a grandchild. Philip is a canon lawyer. His educational background includes studies in Philosophy, an undergraduate degree in Mental Health/Human Services and Theology, and licentiate and master’s degrees in Canon Law.

Philip founded Professional Canonical Services, a private canon law firm providing consultation and representation in the jurisdiction of the Catholic Church. He has worked as a social worker, counselor, diocesan tribunal administrator, adjunct professor of Theology and Canon Law, Vice-President of Catholics United for the Faith, and recently accepted the election as President of the St. Joseph Foundation. He is a consulter or director for numerous Catholic apostolates and religious orders, has published more than 50 articles on a variety of topics, and spoken at conferences and seminars from the International Theological Institute in Gaming, Austria to Anchorage, Alaska. He holds a mandate to teach the sacred sciences from the Bishop of Steubenville.
Amy2014adjustedwebMrs. Amy Kalscheur graduated from Marian College in 1995 with a BA in Elementary Education and Mild Disabilities. After teaching in public schools for 2 years, Amy and her husband, Michael, decided that when their son was ready for school, they would begin by homeschooling instead of the traditional route. Amy and Michael now have 8 children, all of whom have been homeschooled since birth.

Amy is the treasurer for Holy Family Home Educators, and has been chairwoman of the Indianapolis Catholic Home School Conference since 2007. In addition to teaching at her local homeschool co-op, she also puts on children’s special events for the Knights of Columbus. She has been her husband’s campaign manager for 3 campaigns. Amy and Michael are active in their parish’s sponsor couple program, Blue Knights and lead the Little Flowers.
kalscheurwpMr. Michael Kalscheur is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) with around 20 years of experience in personal planning and institutional consulting. His firm, Castle Wealth Advisors, is an independent financial planning firm in Indianapolis, Indiana. Mr. Kalscheur’s planning covers all aspects of a family’s finances, including goal setting, budgeting, retirement planning, estate and tax planning and risk management. However, as a homeschooling father of eight, he has also become an expert on college planning. Mr. Kalscheur speaks nationally on financial topics for businesses as well as family finances for homeschoolers.

Mr. Kalscheur currently sits on the Perry Township Advisory Board in Indianapolis, and is very involved with the Indiana state and local GOP. Michael is also the Family program director of the local Knights of Columbus, and is an active member of the German American Klub where he and his wife, Amy, practice ballroom dancing every week.
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. Seton Magazine regularly features her columns, and she has three published books, Ginny’s Gems: Home Management Essentials, Ginny’s Gems: 10 Essentials for Teaching Your Preschooler at Home, and It Doesn’t Have to Be This Way.

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)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 vendors for 2014 who have confirmed so far.

Vendor Name and Description Table Number and Hometown
Amy Kalscheur 1 Table
Byzantine Seminary Press

Our mission statement is to preserve and promote the richness of the Byzantine tradition. We carry a large selection of icons and children and adult spirituality books as well as neck, standing, wall and hand crosses and other small gift items.
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. *Christendom will be offering a 5-minute presentation as part of the IHM College Fair on Saturday morning.*
1 Table
Front Royal, VA
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
International Pilgrim Statue 1 Table
St. Joseph’s Foundation
1 Table
RC History

Our Connecting with History program combines the study of Western Civilization with Bible and Catholic Church history. It is a Catholic history program with a classical, chronological, family-centered approach using living books, hands-on projects, composition, discussion and memory work to understand the story of God’s plan for mankind through history.
1 Table
Andover, MN
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, 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 one-day only sale is your only chance to pick up these great deals.
2 Tables
Front Royal, VA
Teaching Textbooks

Math curriculum specifically designed for Homeschoolers. Math 3 through Pre-Calculus. Teaching Textbooks is an approved alternative math course for the Seton Home Study School program. Certain conditions apply; contact Seton high school counselor for details!
2 Tables
Oklahoma City, OK


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FRIDAY, June 6
Time Speaker Talk
12:00 Noon Registration/Vendor Area Opens
12:30pm Mr. Michael Kalscheur
kalscheurwpPrincipal Dad: Dad’s Role in the Homeschooling Family

In most homeschooling families, Mom sets the calendar, picks the curriculum, and is the primary teacher, while Dad occasionally helps with some homework. However, Dad needs to take an active role with the homeschooling. This talk will focus on the very important supportive and complementary role that Dad needs to play.
1:30pm Mrs. Virginia Seuffert
Ginny4web2Homeschool to Escape the Common Core

Parents are up in arms about the Common Core’s poorly written standards, confusing curriculum, grueling test schedule, and invasion of family privacy. While we should all be working towards throwing the Common Core into the dustbin of history, what can we do to help our children now? Homeschooling offers educational excellence at a very affordable price. You can do it.
2:30pm Mrs. Amy Kalscheur
Amy2014adjustedwebConfessions of a Homeschooling Mom

Is it just me? Am I alone in this? In “Confessions of a Homeschooling Mom,” I open up and tell you about the real reason why I homeschool, the mistakes I’ve made, and the thing that irritates me the most. Through my personal witness, I hope that you can learn the lessons I’ve learned, and rest assured that you’re not alone out there.
3:30pm Fr. Angelus Shaughnessy
Angelus webKnow Your Faith! Love Your Faith! Share Your Faith!

Is there anything more important in this world than our faith in God? His primary collaborators and teachers are our parents who by word and example teach with authenticity and credibility because they love their children. There is no greater responsibility this side of Heaven!
4:30 – 6:00pm Vendor Sales/Dinner
6:00pm Mrs. Virginia Seuffert
Ginny4web2Six Steps to Homeschool Success

The task of teaching our children can seem daunting to parents when they are starting out, or when the crazy circumstances of daily life threaten to turn family life upside down. A simple, common sense formula of what to do and what to avoid will keep every family on track.
7:00pm Mr. Philip Gray
GraywebPrimal Educators: The Obligation to Instruct, the Right to Homeschool

Parents are educators because they are parents. The Church is an educator because it is the Church. The rights and obligations of each complement the other, and do not conflict. Mr. Gray will present the foundations for parents’ obligation to educate, their right to choose the method of education, and the Church’s obligation to respect their decisions and support them.
8:00pm Conference Ends