Here we have archived the speakers, vendors, and schedule for 2014.


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This conference is co-sponsored by
Christendom College.


Waukesha County Expo Center – Arena

1000 Northview Rd.
Waukesha, WI 53188


Friday May 2nd, 2014 @ 12:00pm to 8:00pm

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

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Fr. Joseph Mary Brown was born in Bardstown, KY, the third of seven children. He graduated from Christendom College in 1985 with a B.A. in Philosophy. In 1991, he joined the Congregation of St. John (an active-contemplative Community founded in France in 1975) in Laredo, TX, where he did his Novitiate. From there, he was sent to France to continue his formation, and in 1996, he was sent to their house in Peoria, IL.

Ordained in 1997, Father currently serves as the Superior of the Community’s English-speaking Novitiate House in Princeville, IL.
Mr. Dale Ahlquist is the president of the American Chesterton Society, and has given talks on Chesterton that have delighted audiences around the country and around the world. Mr. Ahlquist has spoken at Yale, Columbia, NYU, Penn State, Villanova, the University of Georgia, the University of Tulsa, the University of Iowa, and many other colleges. He has given talks in England, Australia, Switzerland, and Canada.

Mr. Ahlquist is the author of G.K. Chesterton – The Apostle of Common Sense and Common Sense 101: Lessons from G.K. Chesterton. He is also creator and host of the popular “Apostle of Common Sense” television series on EWTN.
Billing webMrs. Colleen Billing is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor’s degree in Speech and Interpersonal Communication and a minor in the teaching of English. After teaching high school Speech and English for several years in the city of Chicago, she retired to start her family, and is currently in her 14th year of homeschooling her own 5 children.

One of Colleen’s life-long dreams of helping others live a peaceful, clutter-free life, was realized in 2006 when she started her own professional organizing business called, Peaceful Interiors. In addition to helping people organize their homes, Colleen is also a National Conference Speaker who encourages thousands of parents all over the country, and gives tips for organizing every area of their homes and lives. She has also served as a retreat master, workshop organizer, radio-guest on several national radio programs, and has been featured in multiple video episodes for ‘Women’s Forum’, an online community for women featuring tips on parenting, living a healthy lifestyle, and getting organized!.

Colleen has been married to her husband Andrew for 22 years, and they are both permanently professed members of the Franciscan-based community, the Brothers and Sisters of Charity.
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.


IHM accepts vendors by invitation only; if you would like to be considered to be a vendor at the IHM Wisconsin Conference, please send an email to our Vendor Coordinator at vendors(AT)
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
American Chesterton Society

At the American Chesterton Society, we are doing everything we can to revive an interest in the most unjustly neglected writer of the 20th century. Our goal is to get Chesterton’s words not merely back into print, but back into the classroom and back into the public arena.
1 Table
Minneapolis, MN
Colleen Hammond 1 Table
Mary’s Books

Publisher of “In The Footsteps of the Saints” –many used books– Catholic, fiction and history. As well as other Catholic items.
10 Tables
Amherst, WI
Colleen Billing 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
Rolling Acres School

“Not your grandmother’s correspondence curriculum!” Rolling Acres School is a family-operated, liberal arts online academy and curriculum provider, working within the Catholic educational tradition. Servicing families across the USA and Canada, R.A.S. provides Live and Independent Student courses for Pre-K through 12th Grade. In addition, R.A.S. has developed the Schola Rosa: Co-op & Home Curriculum for families seeking a cooperative community closer to home.
1 Table
Lake Benton, 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).
10 Tables
Front Royal, VA
St. Augustine Academy Press

At St. Augustine Academy Press, we believe that what children read really matters. to meet this need, we offer classic out-of-print titles portraying Catholic virtues that both children and parents will love. We also specialize in reprinting the work of Mother Mary Loyola, author of The King of the Golden City, so that a new generation may benefit from the strength of her catechetical work as well as her unique insight nto the truths of our Faith.
2 Tables
Lisle, IL
St. Paul Catholic Book Fair

St. Paul Catholic Book Fair carries a wide variety of books and other Catholic items including: Bethlehem Books, Full of Grace, Ignatius Press, Nippert Catholic Art Works, Trademark Catholic Stationary, Dynamic Catholic, Lighthouse Catholic Media and more! 10% of sales will be donated to the IHM Conference.
4 Tables
Wynot, NE
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 are a mainstay in homeschool curricula. These wonderfully illustrated, engaging books are designed to answer questions and encourage discussion. Consider hosting an Usborne book party to earn your books for free. Parties can be themed and designed to engage the children. Themes are: Science, Art, and Storytime.
3 Tables
Madison, WI

Schedule graphic

Time Speaker Talk
12:00 Noon Registration/Vendor Area Opens
12:30pm 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.
1:30pm Fr. Joseph Mary Brown
brownwpMercy and the Cross: Why Today’s Confession Crisis?

Because of a turning away from the Cross, modern man hides from the God of Mercy. As he refuses to look at the Cross, he refuses to see his sinfulness and the need to receive God’s infinite mercy.
2:30pm Mr. Dale Ahlquist
Dale AhlquistWhat is the Basis of Education?

Many parents who are investigating the possibility of homeschooling wonder how well their children will make the adjustment. This talk will offer a concrete look into that process and how you and your children can renew and refresh a real love of learning together.
3:30pm Mrs. Colleen Billing
Billing webScheduling Your School Day

Are you often frustrated because you cannot seem to get through all your schoolwork? Do you dream about finishing school in May instead of July? If you want practical tips for setting up your school schedule, come hear professional organizer, Colleen Billing, share her time-tested strategies with you!
4:30 – 6:00pm Vendor Sales/Dinner
6:00pm 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.
7:00pm Mr. Dale Ahlquist
Dale AhlquistG. K. Chesterton: The Apostle of Common Sense

Chesterton was one of the most important Catholic writers of the 20th century: prophetic, profound, and paradoxical. After disappearing from the curriculum for two generations, there is a growing revival of interest in his writings. Delightfully counter-cultural and amazingly timely, Chesterton’s common sense is just the cure for the insane ideas of the modern world.
8:00pm Conference Ends