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Speaker bios, Vendor list, and Schedule have been added!
We are also having a used book fair some of the local families are putting together.

This is our first year in Dayton, but there has been an annual conference in Dayton for several years and we are happy to have the support and help of the former conference organizers so that we can hopefully build on their success instead of starting and entirely new conference.
One of the immediate changes we are able to implement is to make the conference free for attendees.
We also have some great speakers lined up for this year including Prof. Joseph Pearce, Fr. Joseph Mary Brown, and Mrs. Virginia Seuffert.


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

St. Peter Catholic Church

6161 Chambersburg Rd
Huber Heights, OH 45424

Friday July 8th, 2011 @ 2:00pm to 8:00pm

Saturday July 9th, 2011 @ 9:00am to 4:00pm

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 world-recognized biographer of modern Christian literary figures. He is the internationally acclaimed author of 14 books, which include bestsellers such as G.K. Chesterton: Wisdom and Innocence (Ignatius, 1997), Literary Converts (Ignatius, 2000), Tolkien: Man and Myth (Ignatius, 2001), Solzhenitsyn: A Soul in Exile (Baker Books, 2001), and Old Thunder: A Life of Hilaire Belloc (Ignatius, 2002). Pearce’s books have been published and translated into over eight languages.

Mr. Pearce converted to the Catholic faith in 1989 as a result of “becoming friends” with several 20th-century literary figures he researched who had been Christians and, ultimately, converts to Catholicism—particularly G.K. Chesterton. As a younger man, Pearce was “extremely anti-Catholic” and even had opposed Pope John Paul II’s visits to England. His earlier viewpoint gradually shifted as he learned more about the writings and beliefs of the literary converts he would eventually profile.

As Writer in Residence and professor of literature at Ave Maria University in Naples, Florida, since September 2001, Mr. Pearce also serves as Editor of the Saint Austin Review, a trans-Atlantic monthly cultural review. A native of Great Britain, he relocated to the United States in 2001 to serve at Ave Maria University. He is also contributing writer to a number of newspapers and magazines in the United Kingdom, U.S. and Canada.

An accomplished tutor, teacher and speaker, Mr. Pearce has participated and lectured at a wide variety of international and literary events at major colleges and universities in the U.S., Britain, Europe and Canada. 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.
Capt. Guy Gruters graduated from the United States Air Force Academy with a degree in Engineering, and from Purdue University with an MS in Astronautical Engineering. He served in the USAF as a fighter pilot and retired from the USAF as a captain in 1973.

During the Vietnam War, Captain Gruters flew more than 400 combat missions as a Forward Air Controller. He was shot down twice, and after being captured the second time, he spent 5 years and 4 months as a prisoner of war in Communist prison camps, including the notorious “Hanoi Hilton.” Captain Gruters received two Silver Stars, two Distinguished Flying Crosses, one Bronze Star for Valor, two Purple Hearts, and over 20 air medals. Captain Gruters gives credit to his Catholic Faith for helping him through this extremely difficult time in his life. Two stories about his personal experiences during the Vietnam war appear in the book Misty.

Captain Gruters gives talks around the country to colleges and universities, ROTC units, and other military and civilian groups. His speaking engagements have included: the United States Air Force Academy, Virginia Military Institute, and the Franciscan University of Steubenville. His unique message, one full of faith and hope, is pro-military, pro-patriotic, and pro-God. Captain Guy Gruters and his wife, Sandy, have been married for over 45 years and have 7 children.
Mr. Michael Kalscheur is a Certified Financial Planner with over 15 years of experience in personal planning and institutional consulting. His firm, Joseph and Williams, is an independent financial planning firm in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Mr. Kalscheur’s planning covers all aspects of a family’s finances, including goal setting, budgeting, retirement planning, estate and tax planning and risk management. However, as a homeschooling father of seven, he has also become an expert on college planning. Mr. Kalscheur has spoken at several state and local conferences on topics of saving and paying for college, as well as family finances for homeschoolers.

Mr. Kalscheur and his wife, Amy, are active in their parish’s marriage preparation program; he is also involved in the local Knights of Columbus (children’s program director), Boy Scouts, Little Flowers, and help host the annual Indianapolis Catholic Homeschool Conference.
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, 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 just recently Seton Press published her first book of an upcoming series, Ginny’s Gems: Home Management Essentials.

If you represent a vendor and would like to be considered, please email Mr. Draper Warren, our IHM Vendor Coordinator at dwarren(AT)

In addition to our vendors, we are having a very large used books sale!!!


Friday, July 8
Time Speaker Talk
2:00pm Registration and Holy Rosary
2:20pm Mrs. Virginia Seuffert
The Simple Solution to Homeschool Success

Ready to take the plunge into homeschooling, but not sure where to start? You can simplify the process by breaking it down into just a few simple steps. Dealing with doubting relatives, setting up school space, finding support, and choosing curriculum are not as daunting as they seem.

3:00pm 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.

4:00 – 6:00pm Vendor Area Opens/Dinner
6:00pm Mrs. Amy Kalscheur Confessions of a Homeschooling Mom

Is it just me? Am I alone in this? In “Confessions of a Homeschooling Mom,” I 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.
7:00pm Prof. Joseph Pearce A Matter of life and Death: The Battle for a True Education

Education is quite simply a matter of life and death. The poisoning of education by the architects of secular fundamentalism, and the culture of death it promotes, can only be countered by a restoration of tradition-oriented learning. Joseph Pearce will discuss the deadliness of the poison and will present the ingredients of the life-giving antidote.
Saturday, July 9
Time Speaker Talk
9:00am Registration and Holy Rosary
9:30am Fr. Joseph Mary Brown
Mercy 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.

10:30am Mrs. Virginia Seuffert
Controlling the Chaos: Managing Housework and Schoolwork

Having trouble balancing schoolwork, caring for babies, and housework? The key to getting it all done, while remaining serene and confident, is to simplify. Clutter-free rooms, regular household routines, an orderly curriculum, and straightforward discipline really work.

11:30am- 1:00pm Vendor Sales/Lunch
1:00pm Prof. Joseph Pearce
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.

2:00pm Capt. Guy Gruters
Surviving with God in a Communist POW Camp

Capt. Gruters was a fighter pilot during the Vietnam War and flew over 400 combat missions. He was shot down in 1967 and spent the next 5 years in POW camps, including the notorious “Hanoi Hilton.” In this talk, he relates the incredible experiences of his capture and shares a unique message of how his faith and hope sustained him.

3:00pm Mr. Michael Kalscheur Principal Dad: Dad’s Role in the Homeschool Family

In most homeschooling families, Mom sets the calendar, picks the curriculum, and is the primary teacher, while Dad occasionally helps with some homework. However, Dad needs to take an active role with the homeschooling. This talk will focus on the very important supportive and complementary role that Dad needs to play.
4:00pm Conference Closes