Here we have archived the speakers, vendors, and schedule for 2017.
Friday, May 19, 2017
12:00pm to 6:00pm
Saturday, May 20, 2017
9:30am to 3:30pm
Belmont Abbey College
100 Belmont-Mt. Holly Rd.
Belmont, NC 28012
Prof. Joseph Pearce
Prof. Joseph Pearce is a native of England and the Director of the Center for Faith and Culture at Aquinas College, in Nashville, TN. He is editor of the St. Austin Review, an international review of Catholic culture, series editor of the Ignatius Critical Editions…
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…
Fr. Jeffrey Kirby
Fr. Jeffrey Kirby, STL was ordained into the priesthood on July 27th, 2007. He received his Masters in Bioethics from Queen of the Apostles in Rome, and his Masters of Arts in Philosophy from Franciscan University where he graduated summa cum laude. He served as the Vicar of Vocations for the Diocese of Charleston…
Dr. Bill Thierfelder
Dr. Bill Thierfelder is currently President of Belmont Abbey College, a Catholic Benedictine institution founded in 1876, located 10 miles west of Charlotte, NC. Prior to his appointment as President of Belmont Abbey College, Dr. Thierfelder successfully lead and transitioned fitness legend, York Barbell Company, from a manufacturer to a solutions-based partner providing sales, marketing, product development…
Ashley Zahorian is an award-winning Catholic television producer and director, as well as a homeschooling mother of three children. Ashley was a product of homeschooling from first grade through high school, and has earned a B.A., B.S., and M.F.A. with no debt by earning merit-based scholarships…
At Belmont Abbey, you will find a campus that is physically beautiful, an atmosphere that is friendly, and classes that will stimulate your mind, cultivate your spirit, and gladden your heart. At the Abbey, your classes will be small. Your professors will know you by name. You will get to know your classmates well and they will get to know you. You become part of the Catholic intellectual tradition that founded the world’s first universities and that continues to animate many of them today. You also partake of the Benedictine tradition of learning and holiness that has been a light to individuals and to nations for 1,500 years.
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.
The Classic Learning Test (CLT) invites students to wrestle with works of the greatest minds in the history of Western thought across literary and mathematical content. Rich material reflecting both theistic and secular perspectives benefits and enriches the student in the test-taking process. Among standardized college entrance exams, the CLT provides the most accurate and rigorous measure of academic formation, accomplishment, and potential.
EWTN, the world’s largest religious media network, airs family and religious programming from a Catholic viewpoint through television, radio, and the internet. EWTN offers talk shows, children’s animation, live coverage of church events, and documentaries, all consistent with the Magisterium, and in English and Spanish. EWTN also publishes the National Catholic Register bi-weekly.
Fr. Jeffrey Kirby
Homeschool Connections is a Catholic online curriculum provider, bringing the best Catholic instructors to you from around the world. Answering Blessed 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.
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.
Religious women evangelizing with the media. Daughters of St. Paul are an international order providing books, music, and DVDs, for every age, to enliven the Catholic Faith and share the good news.
Prof. Joseph Pearce
The curriculum provider for R.A.S. Online Academy and Schola Rosa: Co-op & Home Curriculum. R.A.S. Online Academy (7th – 12th Grade) fosters Catholic identity through a liberal arts and great books inspired classical curriculum. Schola Rosa provides a robustly Catholic, classical curriculum for Pre K – 12th Grade at an affordable family rate.
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).
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.
TAN Books has been the publisher you can trust with your faith for over fifty years, specializing in traditional, Catholic titles, especially those on and by the saints. In 2014, we founded TAN Homeschool in order to serve the next generation of Catholics. Since then, our Story of the Bible and Story of Civilization product lines have delighted young readers and satisfied parent’s longing for quality, Catholic content. The best is yet to come with all sorts of exciting new things we have set to be released in the coming years!
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.
The Catholic Shoppe sells a variety of Catholic books, jewelery, sacramentals and gifts for all ages. All our products help edify, build up, and form the Catholic faithful.
The Mass Box is a hands-on program for families with 4 to 8-year-olds to prepare for Mass with a reading themed craft with a webisode kids show, all the craft supplies, instructions, discussion guides, coloring sheets, AND children’s missals prepared and delivered every month to your door! We prepare materials for all the Sundays in Holy Days in the month. Be the Perfect Pinterest Catholic Family without all the prep work!
TKC Catholic Bookstores is a retailer of Catholic Books, Media, Gifts and Educational material. Our mission is to be a leading retailer of Catholic merchandise. We deliver and if you are looking for those hard to find items, we’ll find them for you!
From Art to Zoology, Usborne Books and More provides incredible books to excite your students and continue a love of learning! Lavish illustrations, rich text and many online resources maek these some of the best books to complement any homeschool program!
Friday, May 19
12:00pm – Registration/Vendor Area Opens
12:45pm – 1:30pm
Young Children and the Mass
From “I don’t want to go to Mass,” through doughnut bribes, to traumatic experiences in the cry room, nothing worked until hearts and goals were changed! Hear some practical tips from a parent of young children to alleviate the feeling of dread before every Mass!
2:00pm – 2:45pm
Why You Should Homeschool and Why You Must Persevere
Government schools are more troubled than ever before, frequently graduating students unprepared to assume their roles as the next generation of citizens. Veteran homeschooler Ginny Seuffert will explain why homeschooling may be the best answer.
3:15pm – 4:00pm
5 Simple Steps to Improve Your Prayer Life
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.
4:30pm – 5:15pm
Reclaiming Christian Culture: The Battle Begins in the Home
The fight to restore and reclaim the priceless heritage of Christian Culture will be won or lost in the homes of Christians. This culture has been under systematic assault over the past half-century. Discover practical ways of winning this fight, and learn about the weapons which will be essential in the fight.
6:00pm – Day Ends
Saturday, May 20
10:00am – 10:45am
Mercy and the Drama of Salvation
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.
11:15am – 12:00pm
Being Present: Creating the Best Homeschool Experience
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.
12:00pm – Vendor Sales/Lunch Break
1:15pm – 2:00pm
Overcoming the Hurdles of Homeschooling
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.
2:30pm – 3:15pm
The Quest for Shakespeare: Revealing His Catholicism
Shakespeare is arguably the greatest writer who ever lived. Now the secular culture is facing the shocking evidence that the Bard of Avon was a lifelong Catholic who resisted the anti-Catholic persecution of Elizabethan England and who weaved his Catholicism into his plays and poems. Discover the evidence that proves beyond any reasonable doubt that Shakespeare was a Catholic.