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This conference is co-hosted by
John Paul Too Catholic Books and Gifts
and Christendom College.

FREE ADMISSION!

St. Lawrence Catholic Church – Higgins Hall

5225 N. Himes Ave
Tampa, FL 33614

Thursday July 17th, 2014 @ 2:00pm to 8:00pm
Friday July 18th, 2014 @ 9:30am to 3:30pm

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

 

fr. blum webFr. John Blum was born in Baltimore, MD, but moved to Florida with his parents soon after he was born and has called the Tampa Bay area his home ever since. Fr. Blum is the oldest of eight children with five sisters and two brothers. Growing up in big, close-knit Catholic family, he attended St. Patrick’s School in Largo and is a graduate of Largo High School. Fr. Blum entered seminary for the Diocese of St. Petersburg after high school and is a graduate of both St. John Vianney College Seminary in Miami and St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary in Boynton Beach.

He was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of St. Petersburg in 1996. During his time as a priest, he served as Parochial Vicar at St. Ignatius parish in Tarpon Springs, Christ the King parish in Tampa, and St. Frances Cabrini parish in Spring Hill. In 2007, he was appointed as pastor of St. John Vianney parish in St. Pete Beach, where he currently serves. Fr. Blum also served as Director of Vocations for the Diocese of St. Petersburg from 2011-2013.
Mrs. Colleen Hammond is the author of Dressing with Dignity, and was a former On-Camera Meteorologist for The Weather Channel, a model, actress and Miss Michigan National Teen-Ager. Colleen lived the “American Dream” and found it to be a nightmare! While working in television, she reverted to the Catholic Faith. The moment their first baby was born, Colleen “saw the light” and abandoned her highly successful career in television to become a stay-at-home-mother. Currently heard as a host of “St. Joseph Radio Presents”—available to 85 million people worldwide on WEWN—Colleen has also been asked to host a television talk show in Dallas, which may soon be syndicated.

Colleen is an award-winning writer, radio and television talk show host, educator, comedienne, and mother—all rolled into one! Acclaimed for her versatility, she delivers an enduring message filled with down-to-earth wisdom, inspiration, and humor. Colleen brings a fresh and creative approach to living joyfully, and has helped thousands of people every year to make positive and virtuous changes in their lives. A frequent speaker at conferences, retreats, and parish events, Colleen addresses such timely issues as marriage, children, family, and values and virtues. Groups appreciate her real-life solutions to tough problems—presented with compassion, warmth, and a lively interactive style.

Colleen, her husband, and their four children currently reside in North Texas.
Prof. Joseph Pearce is a native of England and writer in residence and visiting fellow at Thomas More College in New Hampshire. He is editor of the St. Austin Review (www.staustinreview.com), an international review of Catholic culture, series editor of the Ignatius Critical Editions (www.ignatiuscriticaleditions.com), and executive director of Catholic Courses (www.catholiccourses.com).

The internationally acclaimed author of many books, which include bestsellers such as The Quest for Shakespeare, Tolkien: Man and Myth, The Unmasking of Oscar Wilde, C. S. Lewis and The Catholic Church, Bilbo’s Journey, Literary Converts, Wisdom and Innocence: A Life of G.K. Chesterton, Solzhenitsyn: A Soul in Exile, and Old Thunder: A Life of Hilaire Belloc, Joseph Pearce is a world-recognized biographer of modern Christian literary figures. His books have been published and translated into Spanish, Portuguese, French, Dutch, Italian, Korean and Polish.

Prof. Pearce has hosted two 13-part television series about Shakespeare on EWTN, and has also written and presented documentaries on EWTN on the Catholicism of The Lord of the Rings.

He has participated and lectured at a wide variety of international and literary events at major colleges and universities in the U.S., Canada, Britain, Europe, Africa and South America. He is also a regular guest on national and international television and radio programs, and has served as consultant for film documentaries on J.R.R. Tolkien and Alexander Solzhenitsyn.

Prof. Pearce relocated to the United States in 2001. He and his wife homeschool their two young children, Leo and Evangeline.
Domenico_portraitwebMr. Domenico Ruggiero holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Florida and a Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering – Engineering Management from the University of Central Florida. For most of his professional career, Domenico has worked at or near the NASA Kennedy Space Center. He has worked on the Space Shuttle Program as an Orbiter Structures Engineer for United Space Alliance. Currently he works for a large government consulting firm where he has held many roles such as a Systems Engineer on the NASA Constellation Program and the NASA Commercial Crew Transportation Systems Program. More recently, he works as a data analyst & productivity automation expert for a wide variety of government agencies and departments.

As blessed as Domenico has been professionally, the far-greater honor comes from the other “hats” that he wears – namely husband and father. Domenico and his wife, Sonia, are proud parents to 3 young boys. In addition to the importance of close personal relationships with his wife and sons, he strives to maintain a healthy work-life balance so that he can impress upon the children other practical skills in addition to their homeschool academics such as outdoor skills, physical fitness, craftsmanship, gardening, sports, community service, and entrepreneurship. Related efforts have focused on establishing a Catholic homestead for his family.

Domenico is a fired-up “revert” to the Catholic faith and has cast-off the notion of being a “cafeteria Catholic” long ago. Now armed with the fullness of the truth found within the Catholic Church, he engages in online debates against secular forces on moral matters of political and social interest.

Recognized as a proficient public speaker on a variety of topics, Domenico often speaks at the Space Florida Undergraduate Academy where he gives advice to young men and women on obtaining a job and advancing within their careers. He has proudly delivered two online webinars for Homeschool Connections. On LinkedIn, he is the founder and manager of the “Catholic Dads and our Domestic Church” and “Catholic Homeschoolers” networking groups as well as a regular discussion contributor on the “Catholic Professionals” group. Mr. Domenico Ruggiero is a high-performing, ambitious and self-motivating individual. He is also a responsible family-man with a strong work ethic and high standards of integrity. His moral compass is strongly guided by his orthodox Catholic faith. He gives thanks to God for all of his talents and entrusts his whole life to His guidance.
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.

IHM accepts vendors by invitation only; if you would like to be considered to be a vendor at the IHM Tampa 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
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
EWTN

EWTN Global Catholic Network communicates the teachings and beauty of the Catholic Church through the largest Catholic media network in the world, using television, radio, internet, and publishing.
1 Table
Irondale, AL
Holy Family Resources

Apostolate dedicated to education and evangelization, offering a wide variety of wholesome and orthodox books, CDs, and DVDs for adults, teens, and children. Materials focus on family life, prayer, spirituality, and Church Teaching. Take advantage of the CLEARANCE TABLES and enjoy $1.00 CDs and savings up to 70% off!
6 Tables
Porter, TX
Holy Heroes

Lots of free activities in our “Advent Adventure,” “Lenten Adventure,” and “Summer Faith Adventure,” plus other free stuff on our website, plus Holy Heroes, Glory Stories, and Altar Gang audio CDs, companion books, and unique (and catechetical) Catholic gift items.
3 Tables
Cramerton, NC
Homeschool Connections

Homeschool Connections is a Catholic online curriculum provider, bringing the best Catholic instructors to you from around the world. Answering Blessed Pope 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.
1 Table
North Richland Hills, TX
Illuminated Ink

Unique, educational, Catholic games, toys, and craft kits.
4 Tables
Colfax, WI
John Paul Too Books and Gifts

John Paul Too Catholic Books and Gifts offers a large selection of childrens books that are all Catholic. We also carry Catholic parenting books, bibles, holy cards, rosaries, prayer books, first communion and confirmation items.
12 Tables
Clearwater, FL
Lighthouse Catholic Media

Lighthouse Catholic Media (LCM) promotes The Catholic Truth through high quality presentations on audio CD’s and MP3′s from well known Catholic speakers. LCM also offers additional forms of media, including books, booklets, pamphlets, and more.
2 Tables
St. Pete, FL
Nancy Larson Science

Nancy Larson® Science programs are serious science for children ages 5-12. Nancy uses multi-sensory learning and proven strategies that assure children get more long-term learning. Each year long program is easy to teach. All the preparation is done and the scripted teacher’s manual enables parents to teach in-depth science proficiently and easily.
3 Tables
Old Lyme, CT
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).
10 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
Usborne Books

Usborne Books and More offers books for infants to high school, ranging from educational, fiction and activity books. Usborne books are books kids love to read.
2 Tables
Riverview, FL(local rep)


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THURSDAY, July 17
Time Speaker Talk
2:00pm Registration/Vendor Area Opens
2:30pm Mr. Domenico Ruggiero
Domenico_portraitwebOne Small Step for Parents, One Giant Leap for Homeschool Kids

Before human beings could ever set foot on the moon, goals had to be set, the means to get there had to be developed, and many challenges had to be overcome. Drawing upon that analogy, a NASA engineer and Catholic homeschooling father will show how families should have Heaven in their sights and they need the best means to get there combined with the determination to overcome the challenges along the way.
3:30pm 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.
4:30 – 6:00pm Vendor Sales/Dinner
6:00pm Prof. Joseph Pearce
Joseph PearceLeaving the Nest: from Home to Home-Run

Having established the importance of a Catholic liberal arts education, how do we ensure that our children are able to “fly the nest” without falling to their spiritual deaths? Joseph Pearce will offer some practical advice about how to thrive in the world after homeschooling and how to choose the right college or university.
7:00pm Mrs. Colleen Hammond
Hammond.Colleen webPutting Your Best Foot Forward

Does it seem that your child can never remember to say please or thank you? How about learning to greet guests politely, or answering the phone? This talk will answer some frequently-asked questions on raising children with manners.
FRIDAY, July 18
Time Speaker Talk
9:30am Registration
10:00am Prof. Joseph Pearce
Joseph PearceRace with the Devil: A Journey to the Catholic Church

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.
11:00am 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.
12:00 – 1:30pm Lunch/Vendor Sales
1:30pm Mrs. Colleen Hammond
Hammond.Colleen webTeaching Values to Your Children

This talk offers ideas and suggestions on how parents can help children’s all-around development. It discusses which virtues to focus on at a particular age in a child’s development.
2:30pm Fr. John Blum
fr. blum webEncouraging Priestly and Religious Vocations: Nurturing God’s Call

Priestly and religious vocations are like mustard seeds that God plants in hearts of our children. Whether or not that seed grows into maturity and bears fruit depends in large part on the family unit and what type of “soil” that seed falls upon. How can families create that fertile ground to allow the seed of a vocation to grow, mature, and bear fruit? Fr. Blum offers insightful and practical advice to help families nurture the seeds of a vocation.
3:30pm Conference Ends