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Thursday, May 5, 2016
12:00pm to 6:00pm


Millennium Hotel Buffalo
2040 Walden Ave.
Cheektowaga, NY 14225

Mrs. Virginia Seuffert

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 Illinois Association of Roman Catholic Home Educators...

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Mr. Gary Zimak

Mr. Gary Zimak is a full time Catholic evangelist and the author of A Worrier’s Guide To The Bible, Listen To Your Blessed Mother and From Fear To Faith. He is a frequent speaker at parishes and conferences across the country and is well known for his talks on overcoming...

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Miss Elizabeth Erickson

Miss Elizabeth Erickson joined the staff of Walsh University in 2014. She was a homeschool graduate, and went on to earn her B.A. in Applied Behavioral Sciences from National Louis University. Currently, she is pursuing an M.B.A. from Walsh. Elizabeth assists in the facilitation of programs geared toward faith formation...

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Mrs. Dorothy Pilarski

Mrs. Dorothy Pilarski is a Catholic mother, writer, television personality, speaker, radio host and consultant. Her radio program "Dorothy Pilarski on the Radio" airs on Radio Maria and Radio Teopoli. Her energetic entrepreneurial style has been the driving force behind her company, Communicate Creative Services. She has co-developed...

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Catholic Schoolhouse

Catholic Schoolhouse is designed to help homeschool families enrich their educational experience through a flexible approach to learning inspired by classical elements. Using the Catholic Schoolhouse materials or joining a local CSH chapter can help bring structure and cohesiveness to your entire homeschool experience and will bless your family.

Homeschool Legal Defense Association

Since 1983 HSLDA have been pioneers in the homeschooling movement, and they are still fighting for homeschoolers today. They are the only organization that lobbies on behalf of homeschoolers in Washington D.C. and are a bastion of support, not just providing legal, but also practical, everyday support for 85,000 homeschooling families across the country.

Dorothy Pilarski

Quiet Waters

Quiet Waters creates and sells the Truth to Inspire audiobook stories of the saints, the Rosary Musical, Learn Spanish with Grace, the Little Flowers Girls' Club music, handmade olivewood and crystal rosaries.

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, Seton offers a $30 per child discount on a full enrollment (grades PreK-12).

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.

Teaching Textbooks

Math curriculum specifically designed for Homeschoolers. Math 3 through Pre-Calculus. Teaching Textbooks is approved by Seton Home Study School as a replacement math curriculum for Saxon Math.

Usborne Books and More

Usborne Books and More is an award-winning publisher of children's literature. Our books combine a wide variety of illustration styles, a high ratio of pictures to text, and engaging content making Usborne books a hit for kids of all ages.

Walsh University

For nearly 3000 students from 40 states and 35 countries, the search for the right college has led them to Walsh University. Here, on the 136-acre main campus and satellite campuses in Akron, Canfield, and just outside of Rome, Italy, they have found that learning transcends the classroom, caring faculty help students aim higher, and leadership requires more than intellect. As an independent, Catholic university, we encourage individuals to act in accordance with reason guided by the example and teachings of Jesus Christ. Our aim is to develop students' mind, body and spirit - this is Walsh's distinguished tradition and the heart of its appeal.

Gary Zimak


Thursday, May 5

12:00pm – Registration/Vendor Area Opens

12:30pm – 1:15pm

Your Children Can Change the World: How to Prepare Them for Leadership

Ginny Seuffert

This talk takes 14 themes found in expensive private prep schools to place kids in positions of power and influence (identified by John Taylor Gatto), and adapts them to apply to homeschooling families so you can prepare your children for leadership in society, business, and government.


1:30pm – 2:15pm

“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!

2:30pm – 3:15pm

7P’s of Catholic Parenting

Dorothy Pilarski

We all know what it means to be a Catholic parent, but sometimes a refreshing reminder of practical tips puts the jump back into our step. This talk is filled to the brim with practical tips, humor, wisdom, and a few warnings that will help parents... no matter what step of parenting they face.

3:30pm – 4:15pm

Overcoming the Hurdles of Homeschooling

Ginny Seuffert

Some of the toughest hurdles in homeschooling can be corrected with calm and confident parenting. This talk offers some insight into just what might be holding us back and how some easy, common sense adjustments will make all the difference.


4:30pm – 4:50pm

Parents, It’s Going to Be OK

Elizabeth Erickson

This will be a slightly comical but reassuring talk about: the life of students after homeschooling; normal things homeschooling parents fear; and why it’s going to be ok. Be assured that formation in the home is a successful preparation for the world.

5:00pm – 5:45pm

Am I Doing Enough?

Gary Zimak

One of the biggest challenges facing homeschooling parents is the feeling that they aren’t doing enough for their children. When is it time to step back and let the Lord take over? In this talk, Gary will offer practical advice for learning how to do your best and then let God do the rest!


6:00pm – Conference Ends