Here we have archived the speakers, vendors, and schedule for 2013.


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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

Save the dates!

Friday July 26th, 2013 @ 2:00pm to 8:00pm
Saturday July 27th, 2013 @ 9:00am to 4:00pm

This conference is for everyone, not just homeschooling families. All religious are especially welcome.
We love children, but must restrict attendance to teens and nursing babies only.

There is, of course, also the large annual used book sale that you can participate in. Sellers can email chicagousedbooksale(AT) by July 20 for information on how to participate.

We are happy to announce a huge change for our 2013 conference. It will be FREE for attendees! There is no longer any need to pre-register (but we highly suggest that you sign up for our email updates and like us on Facebook so that you can get information about the conference as soon as it is available). If you want to get a sense of what the conference is like, just take a look at our 2012 Archive. You can see which speakers and vendors we had and what our schedule looked like. We had a great conference in 2012, and our 2013 conference should have a similar structure. We will not be able to have a teen program again this year (we had to cut some costs in order to have free admission), but many of our speakers would appeal to teens as well as parents, and we encourage all the teens who enjoyed our program in 2012 to come back for our 2013 conference.

Canon Matthew TalaricoBiography coming… Canon Talarico is a priest of the Institute of Christ the King stationed at the Shrine in Woodlawn just south of Hyde Park.
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.
Prof. Joseph Pearce is a native of England and writer in residence and visiting fellow at Thomas More College in New Hampshire. He is editor of the St. Austin Review (, an international review of Catholic culture, series editor of the Ignatius Critical Editions (, and executive director of Catholic Courses (

The internationally acclaimed author of many books, which include bestsellers such as The Quest for Shakespeare, Tolkien: Man and Myth, The Unmasking of Oscar Wilde, C. S. Lewis and The Catholic Church, Bilbo’s Journey, Literary Converts, Wisdom and Innocence: A Life of G.K. Chesterton, Solzhenitsyn: A Soul in Exile, and Old Thunder: A Life of Hilaire Belloc, Joseph Pearce is a world-recognized biographer of modern Christian literary figures. His books have been published and translated into Spanish, Portuguese, French, Dutch, Italian, Korean and Polish.

Prof. Pearce has hosted two 13-part television series about Shakespeare on EWTN, and has also written and presented documentaries on EWTN on the Catholicism of The Lord of the Rings.

He has participated and lectured at a wide variety of international and literary events at major colleges and universities in the U.S., Canada, Britain, Europe, Africa and South America. He is also a regular guest on national and international television and radio programs, and has served as consultant for film documentaries on J.R.R. Tolkien and Alexander Solzhenitsyn.

Prof. Pearce relocated to the United States in 2001. He and his wife homeschool their two young children, Leo and Evangeline.
Mrs. Colleen Billing is a homeschooling mother of five children and has been married to her husband Andrew for around 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.
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. 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 Network of Illinois Catholic Home Educators, helped establish the “Round Table” (a Catholic home school leadership discussion group), and became a founder and officer of the Catholic Home School Network of America.

In addition to appearing on EWTN, she has been a guest on numerous radio shows, lectured at Catholic family conferences all over the United States and Canada, and has authored several articles on such topics as home education, teaching children the virtues, and household management. The Illinois Press Association awarded her first place honors for a column she wrote defending traditional family values in a local newspaper. The Seton Home Study School Newsletter regularly features her columns, and recently Seton Press published her first two books of a series, Ginny’s Gems: Home Management Essentials and Ginny’s Gems: 10 Essentials for Teaching Your Preschooler at Home.
Mrs. Elizabeth Yank received a B.A. in English from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. A mother of seven children, she has been homeschooling for over twenty years. One of her daughters is a member of the Schoenstatt Sisters of Mary.

Articles written by Mrs. Yank have been published in Faith and Family, National Catholic Register, St. Anthony Messenger, Canticle, mater et magistra and other Catholic and homeschool publications. She also has her own blog at

In 1991, she founded the Greater Milwaukee Catholic Home Educators. The group continues to grow with over 170 families. Mrs. Yank and her husband Raymond currently reside in South Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

IHM accepts vendors by invitation only.
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
Aquinas College

Aquinas College offers a dynamic academic experience in a welcoming and supportive Catholic environment. Guided by our outstanding faculty and the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia Congregation, students can choose from programs in liberal arts, business, nursing, and education on our beautiful 83-acre campus in Nashville, Tennessee.
1 Table
Nashville, Tennessee
Chesterton Press

Chesterton Press is the publisher and distributor of quality Catholic fiction written or edited by Catholic mom, Regina Doman, author of Angel in the Waters and the Fairy Tale Novels, hailed by a number of parents as an alternative to the trend of paranormal books for teens.
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 remains one of only 20 colleges in the U.S. to be named to the Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College. The College offers a classical liberal arts education–through its Great Books Program–that is rooted in Catholic social teaching and is loyal to the Magisterium of the Catholic Church.
1 Table
Warner, NH
Homeschool Connections

Homeschool Connections is a Catholic online curriculum provider, bringing the best Catholic instructors to you from around the world. Answering Blessed Pope 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.
Tables TBA
North Richland Hills, TX
Immaculate Heart Books

Catholic religious items.
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 for home-educating families.
5 Tables
Locust Grove, OK
International Theological Institute

ITI is an educational Catholic college in Austria, with degrees granted by the Holy See. Catholics from over 20 different countries, and both Roman/Byzantine rites come together to read and discuss original texts (in English) in a small, seminar-style classroom setting. Programs include a one-year study-abroad curriculum in Catholic Philosophy and Theology, and a five-year direct Master’s degree in Theology.
1 Table
Ojai, CA
Kolbe Academy

Kolbe Academy Homeschool provides curriculum and books that are CATHOLIC — loyal to the Magistrium, CLASSICAL in approach, IGNATIAN in method, and FLEXIBLE in practice.
1 Table
Napa, CA
Mary’s Books

Publisher of “In The Footsteps of the Saints” –many used books– Catholic, fiction and history. As well as other Catholic items.
12 Tables
Amherst, WI
Mother of Divine Grace School

Mother of Divine Grace School offers a Catholic, classical approach to homeschooling. We want to meet the needs of each individual family, and we ralize that these needs will vary from family to family. Our consultants, teachers, lesson plans, materials, standardized testing, and assessments can provide families with clear educational goals, the appropriate level of support, as well as the needed structure and flexibilty.
1 Table
Ojai, CA
Nancy Larson Publishers

Nancy Larson® Science programs are serious science for children ages 5-12. Nancy uses multi-sensory learning and proven strategies that assure children get more long-term learning. Each year long program is easy to teach. All the preparation is done and the scripted teacher’s manual enables parents to teach in-depth science proficiently and easily.
2 Tables
Old Lyme, CT
Navis Pictures

Navis Pictures produces beautiful Catholic family films designed to inspire, educate, and entertain all ages. Their “St. Bernadette of Lourdes” has been broadcast world-wide on EWTN, and their 2nd film, “The War of the Vendee” won “Best Film for Young Audiences” from a Vatican Film Festival. Their newest DVD is “How to Make a Movie”.
1 Table
Danbury, 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.
4 Tables
Post Falls, ID
Our Lady Seat of Wisdom Academy

Recommended by the “Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College”, Our Lady Seat of Wisdom offers an excellent post-secondary Catholic liberal arts education of unmatched affordability in a small, vibrant, and faithful Catholic community.
1 Table
Barry’s Bay, ON, Canada
Prof. Joseph Pearce 1 Table
Sacred Heart Books

We are a family owned apostolate bookstore, dedicated to our Lord and Lady. We focus on serving the family by providing discounts on a majority of our products year round. We offer 1000’s of homeschool and Catholic books and items for all styles of learning. We are now the exclusive retailer of Catholc Heritage Curriculum.
13 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).
Tables TBA
Front Royal, VA
Seton Used Books Tables TBA
Front Royal, VA
St. Augustine Academy Press 2 Tables
Lisle, IL
Stone Tablet Press

Teach your children to read with the Little Angel Reader Catholic phonics program. Readers and workbooks use proven teaching methods, and include Catholic, Bible, saint stories along with child-appealing folktales and family stories. Over 90 phonograms taught with plenty of practice, grades K-2.
1 Table
Wildwood, MO
Teaching Textbooks

Teaching Textbooks makes math products designed exclusively for homeschoolers. Math 3 through Pre-Calculus.
3 Tables
Oklahoma City, OK
University of Dallas

The University of Dallas is a Catholic institution that seeks to educate students, to develop intellectual and moral virtues, to prepare themselves for life and work, and to become leaders in the community. Through intensive teaching, interactive discourse, and critical analysis, the university promotes truth, virtue, and wisdom in the liberal arts and professional studies.
1 Table
Irving, TX
Usborne Books

Usborne Books & More features high-quality books from Usborne and Kane Miller publishing. Usborne books are unmatched in their innovative non-fitction titles, including Internet-Linked books. Kane Miller brings fiction to life with stories from around the world for young ones through teens and up.
2 Table
Naperville, IL

FRIDAY, July 26
Time Speaker Talk
2:00pm Registration/Vendor Area Opens
2:30pm Fr. Joseph Mary Brown
Fraternal Charity in the Home and in the World

Jesus Christ has commanded us to love one another as He loves us. How do I incarnate this commandment of love in my family life, workplace, and everyday activities? What does it mean to love as Jesus loves? These and other questions on fraternal charity in the home and the world will be addressed.
3:30pm Mrs. Amy Kalscheur
There are Those Days

You’re a strong Catholic homeschooling mom, and you can do anything. But some days are better than others. Amy will tell you about some of her not-so-great days and how she got through them, because even though homeschooling is a blessing, well, “There are those days….”
4:30 – 6:00pm Vendor Sales/Dinner
6:00pm Mrs. Virginia Seuffert
Public Education and the Necessity of Homeschooling

Do you know what goes on in public school classrooms? Many parents don’t fully understand the role state schools have seized in molding the minds and habits of American children. How will the Common Core change the schools in your neighborhood? Parents—not the schools—are ultimately responsible for raising happy and virtuous children.
7:00pm Prof. Joseph Pearce
Race with the Devil: A Journey to the Catholic Church

Joseph Pearce relates his own personal conversion story. Hear him tell the story of his journey from a white supremacist organization, anti-Catholicism, Loyalist terrorist groups in Northern Ireland, and his two prison sentences. Learn how he came to a belief in Christ and His Church.
Time Speaker Talk
9:00am Registration
9:30am Prof. Joseph Pearce
The Catholicism of The Hobbit

Tolkien described The Lord of the Rings as a “fundamentally religious and Catholic work.” Discover how his earlier book, The Hobbit, is equally Catholic. Prof. Pearce, author of Bilbo’s Journey, unravels the hidden Christian meaning of this classic tale of good and evil in Middle Earth.
10:30am Mrs. Virginia Seuffert
Discipline: The First Essential of Homeschooling

Experienced homeschooling parents know the path to successful homeschooling is paved with virtues like obedience, order, patience, and industriousness. Calm, confident parents who inculcate these values will be rewarded with children who are a pleasure to teach.
11:30am Mrs. Colleen Billing
Your Kitchen: The Heart of Your Home

Do you dream about having an organized meal plan? Do you think you would spend more time cooking healthy meals if you had a kitchen you loved and a space that was organized? If you could use some new ideas on meal planning, shopping, and organizing your kitchen, come hear tips on truly making your kitchen the heart of your home!
12:30 – 2:00pm Lunch/Vendor Sales
2:00pm Mrs. Elizabeth Yank
Homeschooling: Creating a Vision, a Goal, and a Plan for Success

Are you looking to do more than survive on a day-to-day basis? What is your plan for success? It is easy for homeschoolers to get caught up in the moment, but God’s love offers us so much more than mere survival. Learn about the practical and spiritual aspects of homeschooling and the importance of thinking ahead.
3:00pm Canon Matthew Talarico
Marriage and Married Life in the Spirit of St. Francis de Sales

St. Francis de Sales refers to marriage as the “nursery of Christianity” and goes on to explain that “God unites husband and wife so closely in Himself, that it should be easier to sunder soul from body than husband from wife; nor is this union to be considered as mainly of the body, but yet more a union of the heart, its affections and love.”
4:00pm Conference Ends