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This conference is co-hosted by the Illinois Association of Roman Catholic Home Educators.

North Central College – RRC Building
440 South Brainard St.
Naperville, IL 60540

Friday July 20th, 2012 @ 1:00pm to 9:00pm

Saturday July 21th, 2012 @ 8:30am to 4:00pm

Although we love children, attendance is restricted to adults, teens accompanied by an adult, and nursing babies.

After 9 a.m. all-day, free parking is available in the Central Parking Facility, Level 3.
The level 3 lot can be accessed from Jefferson Ave., east of Washington Ave.
The southwest stairway will take you down to Chicago Ave.

Fr. Frank “Rocky” Hoffman earned a B.A. from Northwestern University, an M.B.A. from Notre Dame University, and a J.C.D. from the Pontifical University of Holy Cross, Rome. He was ordained by Pope John Paul II for the Prelature of Opus Dei, and served as the Chaplain of Northridge Preparatory School in Niles, IL.

Father Rocky is a long time contributor to Relevant Radio. In 2004, Father began as a special guest on Morning Air, later joining the show on Tuesdays as a regularly scheduled guest for the popular Morning Air “Question and Answer” segment. Currently Fr. Rocky is one of the hosts on Relevant Radio Go Ask Your Father, which debuted on July 6, 2009.

In September of 2009, Fr. Rocky joined Relevant Radio and currently serves as Executive Director. His column “Answering the Tough Questions” is published in The Catholic Answer (OSV), The Catholic New World (Chicago), and The Criterion (Indianapolis). It can be found online at
Fr. Richard Simon was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Chicago in 1975. He has taught classical Greek and Latin at St. Joseph’s College, formerly Niles College, the Archdiocesan seminary since 1982.

Father is currently the pastor of St. Lambert parish in Skokie. He has served as Cardinal George’s liaison to the Spanish speaking charismatic prayer groups of the Chicago Archdiocese. Well-known to listeners of Relevant Radio as Rev. Know-it-All, Father is a wealth of information about all things Catholic and great source of spiritual inspiration.
Fr. Paul Stein is a native of the Chicago area and studied engineering prior to entering the seminary. While obtaining his degree in four years, at the same time he completed a three-year cooperative work internship in the Advanced Materials Laboratory of the engineering department of Littelfuse, Inc. After graduation, he entered the seminary and completed not only studies in Philosophy and Theology, but also learned Spanish fluently for serving in Hispanic ministry. After ordination, he served as associate pastor of St. Turibius Parish (2001-2005), Director of Liturgy and Associate Pastor of Holy Name Cathedral (2005-2007), pastor of St. Sylvester Parish (2007 – 2012), then rector president of St. Joseph College Seminary.

Fr. Stein is not only familiar, but also personally invested in the homeschooling movement. All of his nephews and nieces, via his sister and brother, are currently homeschooled. Additionally, he has been involved in the pro-life movement first as a seminarian and then as a member of the Priest’s Advisory Council to the Respect Life Office of the Archdiocese of Chicago.
Sr. Mary Joseph Heisler was born the second eldest, and the only girl, in a family of 6 children, the eldest of whom is now a priest. When she was a girl, she made a pilgrimage to Fatima and soon after realized her vocation was clearly “Carmelite, but not cloistered.” After graduating valedictorian of her high school class, she entered the Carmelite Sisters of the Divine Heart of Jesus in St. Louis, MO on September 8, 1984.

Upon profession of her temporary vows, she served the elderly as a certified nurse assistant for four years until she professed final vows in 1992. She then taught pre-kindergarten for several years before becoming the director of the Carmelite Child Development Center and vocation director for the province. In March of 2001, she was transferred to the Motherhouse in Sittard, Netherlands where she began a youth ministry program as part of her vocation work there. In December of 2002, she was transferred back to St. Louis, where she was named novice mistress until her appointment as provincial superior in August 2003.

Along with an Associate’s Degree in Early Childcare, Sister has earned a Bachelor’s degree in Theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville and a Masters in Theological Studies from the Notre Dame Graduate School of Christendom College.
Mrs. Colleen Billing is a homeschooling mother of five children and has been married to her husband Andrew for almost 20 years. She graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, with a bachelor of arts in public speaking and a minor in teaching English.

Colleen runs a professional organizing business called Peaceful Interiors, and works part-time at a personal training studio near her home in Westmont, Illinois. She has a passion for helping women (and men!) embrace a simpler, clutter-free life, and believes that a peaceful, beautiful home and a strong, healthy body are part of God’s plan for each of us.

She has been a retreat master and a guest speaker at various homeschooling “home management” meetings, and both she and her husband are permanently professed members of The Brothers and Sisters of Charity.
Miss Bethany Collins is a 2011 homeschool graduate, earning her diploma from Mother of Divine Grace School. She is the oldest of seven children. She is now a freshman in the Honors Program at Loyola University Chicago. Throughout her school years, Bethany participated in over 20 musicals, receiving acting, singing and dancing roles. She was also an active member of 2 local parish youth groups. Homeschooling allowed her family the freedom to take two 3-month-long mission trips to Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala in 2006 and 2007, where Bethany and her siblings had a true immersion experience, living among the native Mayan people.

At Loyola, Bethany belongs of the Catholic Student Organization and Loyola Students for Life. She is on a team hosting monthly Praise and Worship Adoration events on Loyola’s campus, and is a member of the band providing music for these events. In addition, she is joining the leadership team for Catholic Women’s Group through Loyola’s Catholic Student Organization next year. These opportunities allow her to express her passion for the Catholic faith, especially through music.
Mr. Ryan Essington is a native of Indianapolis, Indiana and has been working in youth and young adult ministry for most of his adult life. After studying Psychology and Catholic Studies at Marian University, Ryan served for three years with NET Ministries (a Catholic youth ministry organization) where he supported NET’s mission of “Challenging young Catholics to love Christ and embrace the life of the Church.” As a member of NET Ministries’ staff, Ryan served as a Team Supervisor, leading the efforts in relational and discipleship ministry training for hundreds of young people from around the world.

In the last 5 years, in addition to appearing on CatholicTV at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Baltimore, MD, Ryan has spoken at retreats and conferences nationwide, proclaiming the Gospel for thousands of young people and inviting them to embrace Bl. John Paul II’s call to, “…be the saints of the third millennium.” Ryan currently serves as a tutor and mentor for homeschool children in Westmont, Illinois while also working as the Director of Young Adult Ministry for Holy Trinity Parish, Westmont.
Mr. John Jansen is the co-director of Generations for Life, an organization dedicated to bringing the pro-life message to youth. He is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago, and has long been involved in pro-life activities. Before joining Generations for Life, he taught religion and social studies to junior high and high school students for four years.

As a teacher, John served as the moderator for two high school pro-life clubs, bringing valuable experience to Generations for Life and the GFL Curriculum. He speaks to junior high and high school groups on the subjects of pro-life and chastity. John and his wife Jocelyn have five children.
Mrs. Amy Kalscheur graduated from Marian College in 1995 with a BA in Elementary Education and Mild Disabilities. After teaching in public schools for 2 years, Amy and her husband, Michael, decided that when their son was ready for school, they would begin by homeschooling instead of the traditional route. Amy and Michael now have 8 children, all of whom have been homeschooled since birth.

Amy is the treasurer for Holy Family Home Educators, and has been chairwoman of the Indianapolis Catholic Home School Conference since 2007. In addition to teaching at her local homeschool co-op, she also puts on children’s special events for the Knights of Columbus. She has been her husband’s campaign manager for 3 campaigns. Amy and Michael are active in their parish’s sponsor couple program, Blue Knights and lead the Little Flowers.
Mrs. Sharee Langenstein is an attorney, wife, and mother of six daughters. As a member of the Advisory Board of the Illinois Homeschool PAC and as a parent who homeschooled for eight years, Sharee is a strong advocate for homeschooling rights. In February 2012, conservative icon Phyllis Schlafly named Sharee “Eagle Forum’s National Chairman of Religious Liberty” to spearhead their efforts to protect the rights of believers in the face of increasing government attacks.

Sharee’s law practice focuses on children, primarily special education law. Sharee is an active member of the Eagle Forum, serves on the leadership team of Illinois Conservatives, and is on the Board for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Jackson and Perry Counties.
Mrs. Kelly Roper serves as a consultant for Mother of Divine Grace School, an accredited home study program with almost 4000 students. She has been homeschooling for sixteen years, and has taught each grade, K-12, at least four times. She began serving as a consultant twelve years ago, and has been training consultants for three years. Kelly shares eight children, ages 29 to almost 9, with her husband Bob. Two of their children are college graduates, two are currently in college, and the youngest four are still in the trenches. Kelly’s favorite thing about speaking at conferences is the opportunity it gives her to interact with other homeschool moms across the country, and she is honored to be included in this conference.

IHM accepts vendors by invitation only, and we are no longer inviting new vendors for the 2012 Pere Marquette Conference. If you have any questions please contact our Vendor Coordinator – vendors(AT) If you are interested in becoming a vendor for the first time, please review our Vendor Guidelines.

Vendor Name and Description Table Number and Hometown
Catholic Schools Textbook Project

Catholic history textbooks and workbooks–beautiful, scholarly, interesting, and faithful. Essential for effective catechesis and learning. Suitable for middle-school grades and high school.
1 Table
Ventura, CA
Chesterton Press

Chesterton Press is owned by Regina Doman and publishes her acclaimed Fairy Tale Novels. These books are much loved by both adult and young adult readers. They have been performed as stage plays, an award-winning audio drama, and an independent film.
3 Tables
Front Royal, VA
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
College of Saint Mary Magdalen

The College of St. Mary Magdalen is a residential Catholic liberal arts college in New Hampshire. The College seeks through the rigorous study and discussion of primary texts through its “Great Books” liberal arts program—and through its vibrantly Catholic student life, to call students to the lifelong pursuit of intellectual and moral virtue.
1 Table
Warner, NH
Generations for Life 1 Table
GRACE Virtual Catholic Education Program

GRACE – Global Rigorous Affordable Catholic Education is an online/virtual provider of core, electives, foreign language, and AP courses for grades 6-12. Our Catholic content within these courses strictly follows the Magisterium of the Catholic Church.
1 Table
Cincinnati, OH
Illinois Homeschool PAC 1 Table
Immaculate Heart Catholic Gifts & Books LLC 8 Tables
Amherst, WI
Institute for Excellence in Writing

Andrew Pudewa’s award-winning writing curriculum (Teaching Writing: Structure and Style) and other writing helps. Also, literature, grammar, and spelling curriculum.
5 Tables
Locust Grove, OK
John Paul the Great Catholic University

John Paul the Great Catholic University is an authentically Catholic school dedicated to impacting culture for Christ through business, media, technology, and Biblical Theology.
1 Table
San Diego, CA
Kolbe Academy Homeschool

Kolbe Academy Homeschool provides curriculum and books that are CATHOLIC – loyal to the Magisterium, CLASSICAL in approach, IGNATIAN in method, and FLEXIBLE in practice.
8 Tables
Napa, CA
Lighthouse Catholic Media

Lighthouse Catholic Media’s mission is to answer the call for a New Evangelization by providing inspirational CDs and resource to gain a deeper understanding of our Catholic Faith.
1 Table
Sycamore, IL
(local rep)
Mary’s Books Publishing

Publisher of “In the Footsteps of the Saints” series. Numerous used books, religious prints, and prayerbooks.
12 Tables
Amherst, WI
Midwest Theological Forum

Midwest Theological Forum publishes Catholic materials for priests and the laity. The most popular MTF publications are the “Didache Series” textbooks, Daily Roman Missal, Handbooks for Prayers, and the Roman Missal, Third Edition.
2 Tables
Woodridge, IL
Miss Bethany Collins 1 Table
Mother of Divine Grace School

Mother of Divine Grace School offers a Catholic, classical approach to homeschooling. It is designed to teach children the discipline of the classical model of education in the appropriate level of formation. It works to foster a sense of wonder in the student and harmony in the home.
1 Table
Ojai, CA
Mr. Ryan Essington 1 Table
Nancy Larson Publishers

Nancy Larson® Science is completely unique as a full year science curriculum for elementary aged children. Nancy’s interwoven approach integrates science, reading, language arts, critical thinking, and study skills assuring parents will get more for their time and money. Our Science K, 1, 2, and 3 programs provide curriculum that is engaging and challenging for homeschool children while being fun and easy for parents to teach. We invite you to explore our science programs, which have proven to build enthusiastic and knowledgeable science learners.
2 Tables
Old Lyme, CT
Our Lady of Victory School

Since 1977, OLVS has been providing Roman Catholic homeschooling curriculum and publishing our very own line of textbooks (LEPANTO PRESS). The curriculum (including daily lesson plans) used in our homeschooling program is well organized, doctrinally sound and very affordable.
3 Tables
Post Falls, ID
Our Lady Seat of Wisdom Academy

The first Canadian institution recommended by the
Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College, OLSWA offers an excellent and affordable post-secondary Catholic liberal arts education in the beauty of rural Canada. We offer one, two, and three-year programs, and have students from across Canada and the U.S. Franciscan university and Christendom College accept our credits.
1 Table
Barry’s Bay, ON, Canada
Peaceful Interiors 1 Table
Precious Life Books

Precious Life Missions is an apostolate to provide Roman Catholic books to the Missions. We support this apostolate through the sale of Catholic Children’s books and books on the Faith for adults.
1 Table
Annapolis, MD
Relevant Radio 1 Table
Sacred Heart Books and Gifts

Sacred Heart Books & Gifts supplies Catholic and home schooling families with resources needed to enrich their faith and educate their children. We strive to provide the lowest prices possible in order to support customers, particularly single-income families.
8 Tables
Liberty, MO
Seton Home Study School

Seton is a full-service Catholic curriculum provider and the largest publisher of Catholic textbooks in the English language. Serving around 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).
17 Tables
(not counting used books)
Front Royal, VA
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 two-day only sale is your only chance to pick up these great deals.
3 Tables
Front Royal, VA
Sr. Mary Joseph Heisler 1 Table
St. Augustine Academy Press

At St. Augustine Academy Press, we are committed to bringing you only the best Catholic literature of yesterday and today. our primary focus is the work of Mother Mary Loyola, author of King of the Golden City. We also carry books especially for those who attend the Extraordinary Form of the Mass.
2 Tables
Lisle, IL
St. Joseph College Seminary 1 Table
Stone Tablet Press

Teach your children to read with the Little Angel Reader Catholic phonics program. All phonograms are taught in a variety of ways with phonetic readers, workbooks, and activities in the Teacher’s Manual. Child-appealing books include Catholic, saint, and Bible stories.
1 Table
Wildwood, MO
Teaching Textbooks

Teaching Textbooks makes math textbooks (3rd grade through Pre-calculus) designed exclusively for homeschoolers. That’s why each of the textbooks in our line contains step-by-step audiovisual solutions to every one of the thousands of assigned problems.
3 Tables
Oklahoma City, OK
The Angelicum Academy

The Angelicum Academy is a complete, Catholic, home school program (Nursery-12th grade-college) offering 13 courses and 22 levels of education. The Angelicum offers an online, live, 4-year comprehensive great books program for grades 9-12 in which one can earn up to 48 hours of college credit, for 1/8th the on-campus cost.
1 Table
Manitou Springs, CO
Usborne Books

Usborne Books & More features award winning books from Usborne and Kane Miller publishers. Usborne books are designed to be colorful, interactive, and engaging to encourage children to want to learn. Kane Miller books touch the heart and bring the reader to cultures near and far.
2 Tables
Naperville, IL(local rep)


Time Speaker Talk
1:00pm Registration/Vendor Area Opens
2:30pm Welcome Address/Holy Rosary
3:00pm Mrs. Colleen Billing
Organizing Our Homes and Our Hearts
“Mom, where is my science book?” “Honey, have you seen the electric bill?” “Has anyone seen my church shoes?” Do these questions sound familiar? If things go missing on a regular basis at your house, come and get some fresh ideas on home-management from professional organizer, Colleen Billing.
4:00pm Mrs. Sharee Langenstein
Compliance and Defiance
In this talk, Sharee Langenstein, attorney and member of the Advisory Board of the Illinois Homeschool PAC, will give you an overview of homeschooling laws in Illinois and an update on the legislation, legislators, and candidates that threaten our homeschooling freedoms in this election year.
5:00 – 7:00pm Vendor Sales/Dinner
7:00pm Mrs. Kelly Roper
Homeschool FAQs
What do you do for socialization? Will your children be able to get into college? How will I know what to teach? What about sports? Who checks up on you? How do you find the patience? What if I don’t know how to do the work myself? This talk will address these and other frequently asked homeschool questions.
8:00pm Fr. Frank Hoffman
Our Lady and Catholic Homeschooling
In 1859, Our Blessed Mother appeared in Wisconsin to a young Belgian immigrant and directed her to teach the catechism and give children what they need for salvation. How is this message still current and essential for every Catholic parent?
Time Speaker Talk
8:00am Holy Sacrifice of the Mass at SS. Peter and Paul
8:30am Registration/Breakfast
9:15am Mrs. Sharee Langenstein
Homeschooling Outside the Box
Do you have a child who has a learning disability, faces learning challenges, or learns better using non-traditional methods? This talk offers practical and creative solutions to help you enrich your child’s educational experience.
10:00am Fr. Richard Simon
Martyrdom in the Third Millennium
Catholics and other Christians are suffering and dying for the Faith right now. Relevant Radio’s Fr. Richard Simon will tell you their inspiring stories and how we are all called to give our lives for Christ.
11:00am Mrs. Colleen Billing
Scheduling 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!
Noon – 2:00pm Vendor Sales/Lunch
2:00pm Sr. Mary Joseph Heisler
Discovering God in the Pots and Pans
This talk is a reminder from a Carmelite that changing diapers and ecstatic prayer are not mutually exclusive. There are not “two ways” of holiness and “two Heavens” to attain–one for the contemplative and one for the active. All are called to deep prayer, even when being faithful to the daily duties of our state in life seems to belie that reality.
3:00pm Mrs. Amy Kalscheur
Confessions of a Homeschool Mom
Is it just me? Am I alone in this? I’ll open up and tell you about the real reason why I homeschool, the mistakes I’ve made, and the thing that irritates me the most. Through my personal witness, I hope that you can learn the lessons I’ve learned and rest assured that you’re not alone out there.
4:00pm Conference Ends

For information on our Teen Program Schedule, click the Teen Program graphic below.


Time Speaker Talk
1:00pm Registration/Vendor Area Opens
2:30pm Welcome Address/Holy Rosary
3:00pm Sr. Mary Joseph Heisler
Saying Yes to God
Don’t be fooled by the title or the religious speaker – this talk is not about a religious vocation. It is about the purpose of our existence; it is about becoming a saint. But be prepared; saints love radically, holding nothing back. Are you ready to give all to the One who has given ALL HIS LOVE to you?
4:00pm Mr. John Jansen
Making the Case for Life
Have you ever been in a conversation about abortion and found yourself struggling to defend your pro-life beliefs? You’re not alone! This presentation looks at the most common arguments used by abortion supporters and explains how to respond from a pro-life point of view.
5:00 – 7:00pm Vendor Sales/Dinner
7:00pm Mrs. Sharee Langenstein
Free to be Catholic
Recently, Catholics have had to battle some major governmental threats to the right of conscience. In this fun and informative discussion, teens and adults will learn more about the First Amendment, freedom of religion, and defending our most basic rights.
8:00pm Fr. Paul Stein
Catholic American or American Catholic?
This talk will help prepare teens for the future to live as faithful Catholics in a challenging culture by explaining the Catholic principles of citizenship.
Time Speaker Talk
8:00am Holy Sacrifice of the Mass at SS. Peter and Paul
8:30am Registration/Breakfast
10:00am Mr. Ryan Essington
Stay on Track, Maximize Your Time!
When schoolwork, chores, and extracurricular activities seem to consume your life, it’s important to prioritize and manage time wisely. This time-tested five-step method of staying on track will encourage an ordered, joy-filled day that gives the freedom to live life abundantly.
11:00am Fr. Richard Simon
Martyrdom in the Third Millennium
Catholics and other Christians are suffering and dying for the Faith right now. Relevant Radio’s Fr. Richard Simon will tell you their inspiring stories and how we are all called to give our lives for Christ.
Noon – 2:00pm Vendor Sales/Lunch
2:00pm Miss Bethany Collins
Reflections from the Mission Field
Miss Bethany Collins spent several months living in Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala, along with her family. She will share her experiences and reflect on how they have shaped her life and view of the world.
3:00pm Mr. Ryan Essington
Breaking the Mold
In a world where culture works to mold us into anything other than the dignified children of God that we are, we must stand as lights in the darkness, break the mold of cultural expectations, and live countercultural lives. Don’t fall prey to the lies of our culture, but break the mold and learn what it means to be a saint of the third millennium.
4:00pm Conference Ends


All relevant new or gently used educational — especially Catholic — resources are welcome – text books, workbooks, syllabi, saints stories, classic children’s literature, quality wooden puzzles, manipulatives. etc.

1. Sellers must register in advance by emailing Rachel at no later than July 15, 2012.

2. Materials for the sale must be brought to the Residence Hall/Recreation Center, site of the Vendor Hall and Used Book Sale, on the North Central College campus 440 South Brainard Street in Naperville. Drop-off hours are 8AM until 11 AM on Friday July 20.

3. Once registered, you will receive a label template for you to print and tape on every item you are bringing to sell. (painter’s tape highly recommended)

4. Sellers must provide an alphabetical list of all items submitted to facilitate collecting proceeds as well as unsold items.

5. Sellers will receive 70% of the sale proceeds. Checks will be mailed to sellers within a week after the conference.

6. Donated items are also welcome.

7. The Book Sale will be open Friday from 1:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. & Saturday from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

8. Sellers must collect their unsold items between 2:00 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. on Saturday, July 21st. Any uncollected items will be donated.

9. Requests for early drop-off or deferred collection should be directed to Rachel Salomon at

10. Volunteers are needed to help with the used book sale and registration. Volunteers who sign up for a two hour shift at either areas will be able to shop the used-book pre-sale on Friday, July 20th from noon to 1:00pm. Shifts available are:

Used Book Sale Registration
1:00p.m. – 3:00p.m 1:00p.m. – 3:00p.m.
3:30p.m. – 5:30p.m. 3:00p.m. – 5:00p.m.
6:00p.m. – 8:00p.m. 5:00p.m. – 7:00p.m.

9:00a.m. – 11:00a.m. 9:00a.m. – 11:00a.m.
11:30a.m. – 1:30p.m. 11:30a.m. – 1:30p.m.
2:00p.m. – 4:00p.m.

Contact Rachel at, to sign up as a volunteer.