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We did have a very successful year in 2011, and our strong attendance (an increase of over 50 from 2010), earned our conference the rank of 7th largest Catholic homeschooling conference in the country. We are very happy to be returning to St. Lawrence Parish, but unfortunately will only be able to have our conference on one day instead of the two-day program to which we have been accustomed. Hopefully we will be able to return to a two-day program in 2013. To make up for the shorter program, we are going out of our way to bring in the very best speakers. 2012 is shaping up to be our best year ever!

St. Lawrence Catholic Church – Higgins Hall

5225 N. Himes Ave
Tampa, FL 33614

Friday July 6th, 2012 @ 9:00am to 5:30pm

Although we love children, attendance is restricted to adults, teens accompanied by an adult, and nursing babies.

Fr. Paul Pecchie was born and raised in New York City, moving to Florida after his parents retired. Growing up with three older sisters and one younger brother, he attended Catholic schools his entire life. He received a B.A. from St John University with a double major in English and Scholastic Philosophy. At the Notre Dame Graduate School of Christendom College, he earned a M.A. in Catholic Doctrine/Catechesis. Completing his training at St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary, he also received a M.A. in Moral Theology and a Master of Divinity (Fr. John Hardon was one of his instructors).

He was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of St. Petersburg in 1995. During his time as a priest, he served at Holy Family parish, was Master of Ceremonies to the Bishop, served at St. Stephen parish and taught at St. Petersburg Catholic High School, and for the past 7 years he has been pastor of St. Patrick Catholic Church and School in Largo. Besides pastoral work, he also teaches Middle School Religion and Latin.
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. Regina Doman grew up surrounded by nine younger brothers and sisters. “Growing up,” she says, “there were two things I was always convinced of: that I was meant to be married, and that I was meant to write stories.” She attended the Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio and graduated with a BA in Communications, concentrating on Television Production, with a minor in Theatre Arts.

From 1992-1994, Regina lived in New York City, working as assistant editor of Lay Witness magazine and writing columns and articles for various publications, including a comic strip for YOU! Magazine. In 1994, she married her husband, Andrew. She published her first novel for teenagers in 1997. Snow White and Rose Red: A Modern Fairy Tale (re-published in 2002 under the title The Shadow of the Bear) quickly enjoyed success, especially among homeschooled teens, as did the sequel, Black as Night.

In July 2006, Regina’s family was grieved by the loss of her son Joshua in a tragic car accident. They created a memorial website for him and Regina took a sabbatical from public speaking and writing to be with her family. In August 2007, she resumed public work with the release of her third novel, Waking Rose.

Regina and her husband co-own Chesterton Press, and make their home near Front Royal, Virginia, where they homeschool their children. Her latest book is Catholic Philosopher Chick Makes Her Debut, a fun beach read for Catholic moms and college students.
Mrs. Virginia (Ginny) Seuffert, a native New Yorker, 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.

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Here is a confirmed list thus far:

              • Ave Maria University
              • Christendom College
              • College of St. Mary Magdalen
              • Dr. Ray Guarendi
              • EWTN
              • GRACE Catholic Virtual Education Program
              • John Paul Too Catholic Books and Gifts
              • Lighthouse Catholic Media
              • Seton Home Study School
              • Simply Fun
              • Teaching Textbooks
              • Usborne Books

Friday, July 6
Time Speaker Talk
9:00am Registration/Vendor Area Opens
9:30am Fr. Paul Pecchie
Dare to Pray!

Taught by our Savior’s command and formed by the Word of God, we dare to pray. In life, as in homeschooling, time seems to go by so fast. But the need to pray is more urgent than ever. How do we pray as a family? What are some guides to help us pray as a family? This talk will address these questions and offer advice on how to improve your prayer life.
10:30am 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.
11:30am Mrs. Virginia Seuffert
The Academic Approach for All Ages

You can provide a top flight academic 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.

12:30 – 2:00pm Vendor Sales/Lunch
2:00pm 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.

3:00pm Mrs. Regina Doman Seductive Evil and Wimpy Goodness

What’s wrong with our imaginations? Using examples from books and media, this talk demonstrates the impoverishment of our imaginations and how we can recalibrate this important component using Scripture and the writings of good Catholic authors.
4:00pm 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.
5:30pm Conference Closes