Thursday, July 7

12:00pm – Registration/Vendor Area Opens

12:30pm – 1:15pm

5 Simple Steps to Improve Your Prayer Life

Fr. Jeffrey Kirby

We all know that we are supposed to pray, and many of us want to pray. Oftentimes, we try and then things come up and our prayer life slips away. This workshop provides practical steps on how to pray (and keep praying). It gives a theology from the trenches and is aimed to help us all become better people of prayer.

 

Short Break

1:45pm – 2:30pm

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.

 

2:45pm – 3:30pm

“Be Not Afraid” (to Homeschool)!

Gary Zimak

Gary will share some of the techniques that he and his wife Eileen use to combat the anxiety of the homeschooling experience. They know first hand that a strong faith plays a big part in a peaceful homeschooling experience. Drawing from his best-selling book, A Worrier’s Guide to the Bible, you’ll find that it is possible not to worry…even if you’re homeschooling!

Short Break

4:00pm – 4:45pm

Ten Tips from the Parents of Saints

Ken Davison

What do the saints themselves say about their parents? What influenced them on their paths to sanctity? And what do the parents of future saints teach us about raising “Holy Heroes” in our own families today?

5:00pm – 5:45pm

Mercy and the Drama of Salvation

Fr. Jeffrey Kirby

This talk describes the story of salvation history from the perspective of God’s mercy. The covenant and the drama of humanity’s relationship with God throughout time is described within the scope and passion of God’s goodness and mercy.

 

6:00pm – Day Ends

Friday, July 8

9:30am – Registration

10:00am – 10:45am

The Catholic Vision and Practice of Sports

Dr. Bill Thierfelder

Learn why play and sport are essential to who you are as a person. Listen to fascinating stories about incredible athletes who exhibited virtue under the most difficult circumstances. Learn the secrets to world-class performance and how your mental, physical, and spiritual gifts can be doubled so that in all things God may be glorified.

 

11:00am – 11:45am

How to Be a Homeschool Supermom

Krista Thomas

What does it take to be a Homeschool Supermom? Superpowers, of course–and every homeschool mom is equipped with superpowers to provide an incredibly satisfying Catholic homeschool experience that saves souls! Homeschool dads can have the same powers too.

 

12:00pm – Vendor Sales/Lunch Break

1:30pm – 1:50pm

Being Present: Creating the Best Homeschool Experience

Dr. Bill Thierfelder

Bring greater joy and success to your homeschool by living, loving, working, playing, and praying in the present moment. Find out why distractions and expectations often lead to discontent and poor performance and what you can do to overcome them. Learn the secret to peace and happiness that will double your talents as a teacher or student.

 

2:00pm – 2:20pm

Marriage and Homeschooling: A Balancing Act

Krista Thomas

Based on lessons learned after years of teaching multiple children, organizing family activities, managing home and business, and the ups and downs of marital bliss, this talk will give you sound advice for getting through the tough times. Find out how to make your marriage stronger while making your homeschooling adventure a success.

2:30pm – 3:15pm

Homeschooling in the Hard Times

Mary Ellen Barrett

Having homeschooled through the loss of her oldest child, the death of her mom, unemployment, and a health crisis for her husband, Mary Ellen Barrett has a unique perspective on keeping the homeschool fires burning during the worst of times. Learn some ways to cope with school at the foot of the cross.

 

3:30pm – Conference Ends