Here we have archived the speakers, vendors, and schedule for 2014.


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This conference is co-sponsored by
Christendom College.


St. Peter Catholic Church

6161 Chambersburg Rd
Huber Heights, OH 45424

Friday June 27th, 2014 @ 2:00pm to 8:00pm
Saturday June 28th, 2014 @ 9:30am to 3:30pm

Fr. Shannon Michael Collins was born in 1964 and is a native of Cohasset, MA. After undergraduate and graduate work in history and education, he taught in Catholic schools for a number of years. Having completed his seminary training at St. Philip Neri Seminary in Toronto, Ontario, he was ordained to the priesthood on June 10, 2000.

Father has been a very strong proponent of Catholic homeschooling and, over the years, a very popular speaker at numerous Catholic homeschooling conferences across the United States. He has appeared on EWTN and had previously served as chaplain for the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament of Our Lady of the Angels Monastery in Hanceville, Alabama. Father is currently a traditional religious priest under Bishop Roger Foys of Covington, Kentucky.
Fr. Sean Kopczynski is currently a traditional religious priest under Bishop Roger Foys of Covington, Kentucky, and had previously served as a chaplain to a monastery of Carmelite nuns.
Dr. Ray Guarendi is a homeschooling father, clinical psychologist, author, public speaker and a radio host. His experience includes school districts, Head Start programs, mental health centers, substance abuse programs, inpatient psychiatric centers, juvenile courts, and a private practice.

Dr. Guarendi has been a regular guest on national radio and television, including Oprah, Joan Rivers, Scott Ross Prime Time, 700 Club, Gordon Elliot, and CBS This Morning. He’s appeared on regional radio and television shows in over 40 states and Canada. He has been the program psychologist for Cleveland’s Morning Exchange, Pittsburgh 2-Day, and AM Indiana. He has written several books, including You’re a Better Parent Than You Think!, Back to the Family and Discipline That Lasts a Lifetime.
Mrs. Mary Ellen Barrett is a home educating mother of seven children. Her column, “Life in Our Domestic Church,” is regularly featured in The Long Island Catholic. She has spoken at numerous homeschooling conferences on topics such as socialization and the challenges of raising a special needs child. In her popular blog, Tales from the Bonny Blue House, Mary Ellen writes about daily life and happenings in her Catholic home. In addition, she writes about the Catholic celebration of Christmas in her blog O Night Divine. Currently, she is working on two books, a book about life as a mom of a large family and an Advent Book of Days. Besides writing and blogging, Mary Ellen enjoys cooking, sewing, photography, and studying Theology.
Mrs. Colleen Hammond is the author of Dressing with Dignity, and was a former On-Camera Meteorologist for The Weather Channel, a model, actress and Miss Michigan National Teen-Ager. Colleen lived the “American Dream” and found it to be a nightmare! While working in television, she reverted to the Catholic Faith. The moment their first baby was born, Colleen “saw the light” and abandoned her highly successful career in television to become a stay-at-home-mother. Currently heard as a host of “St. Joseph Radio Presents”—available to 85 million people worldwide on WEWN—Colleen has also been asked to host a television talk show in Dallas, which may soon be syndicated.

Colleen is an award-winning writer, radio and television talk show host, educator, comedienne, and mother—all rolled into one! Acclaimed for her versatility, she delivers an enduring message filled with down-to-earth wisdom, inspiration, and humor. Colleen brings a fresh and creative approach to living joyfully, and has helped thousands of people every year to make positive and virtuous changes in their lives.A frequent speaker at conferences, retreats, and parish events, Colleen addresses such timely issues as marriage, children, family, and values and virtues. Groups appreciate her real-life solutions to tough problems—presented with compassion, warmth, and a lively interactive style.

Colleen, her husband, and their four children currently reside in North Texas.

IHM accepts vendors by invitation only; if you would like to be considered to be a vendor at the IHM Dayton Conference, please send an email to our Vendor Coordinator at vendors(AT)
If you are interested in becoming a vendor for the first time, please review our Vendor Guidelines.

The following is a list of vendors for 2014.

Vendor Name and Description Table Number and Hometown
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
Colleen Hammond 1 Table
Discovery Toys

Discovery Toys, a trusted brand for 36 years, specializes in premium quality, kid-powered learning products for all children of all ages.
1 Table
Jerome, MI
Dr. Ray Guarendi
Laura Huber

My products assist with the joys and trials of parenting and homeschooling by enhancing strong family values and commitment. I promise to serve you in the best way possible with a money lack guarantee. Thank you for allowing me to serve you.
1 Table
Brookville, IN
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, we are offering a $30 per child discount on enrollment (grades 1-12).
17 Tables
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 one-day only sale is your only chance to pick up these great deals.
3 Tables
Front Royal, VA
St. Augustine Academy Press 2 Tables
Lisle, IL
Teaching Textbooks

Math curriculum specifically designed for Homeschoolers. Math 3 through Pre-Calculus. Teaching Textbooks is an approved alternative math course for the Seton Home Study School program. Certain conditions apply; contact Seton high school counselor for details!
3 Tables
Oklahoma City, OK
The Catholic Shop

We’re a one-stop store for all things Catholic (religious art, statuary, jewelry, CD’s, DVD’s, books). But we particularly specialize in the best and largest collection of books faithful to the magisterium in the Midwest.
3 Tables
Cincinnati, OH
United Art and Education

Since 1960, United Art and Education has served educators with quality products, competitive prices and friendly customer service. Visit any of our ten retail locations in Indiana, Illinois and Ohio including Centerville (Dayton), Hilliard (Columbus), Sharonville (Cincinnati) and Strongsville (Cleveland)! Shop for thousands of educational resources and art products and download free art projects!
4 Tables
Dayton, OH
Usborne Books

Usborne Books are award winning, educational books for all ages. They are packed with information and used in many homeschool curriculums. Discover the books that are loved by homeschoolers, teachers, parents, and children alike!
3 Tables
Dayton, OH


Schedule graphic

FRIDAY, June 27
Time Speaker Talk
2:00pm Registration/Vendor Area Opens
2:30pm Mrs. Colleen Hammond
Hammond.Colleen webPutting Your Best Foot Forward

Does it seem that your child can never remember to say please or thank you? How about learning to greet guests politely, or answering the phone? This talk will answer some frequently-asked questions on raising children with manners.
3:30pm Mrs. Mary Ellen Barrett
Mary Ellen 2013 webHomeschool Socialization: Debunking the Myth

A light-hearted but factual look at the real way that homeschooling properly socializes children to function as well-rounded, moral adults. Mrs. Barrett offers encouragement and advice about how socialization really works in the Catholic homeschool.
4:30 – 6:00pm Vendor Sales/Dinner
6:00pm Dr. Ray Guarendi
Dr. Ray GuarendiMarriage: Small Steps, Big Rewards

Building a better relationship with your spouse doesn’t mean learning exotic new communication techniques or rearranging your lifestyle. In fact, a few of Dr. Ray’s ten “small steps” are lessons you learned in grade school. Plus, with his “resistance rationales,” Dr. Ray helps you overcome any reluctance you might feel to taking these small steps.
7:00pm Mrs. Colleen Hammond
Hammond.Colleen webTeaching Values to Your Children

This talk offers ideas and suggestions on how parents can help children’s all-around development. It discusses which virtues to focus on at a particular age in a child’s development.
Time Speaker Talk
9:30am Registration
10:00am Fr. Shannon Collins
Fr. Shannon webHomeschool Families and the Restoration of Christian Civilization

The modern world is in a state of moral decay. The death of the West seems inevitable. But do not lose hope, for Catholic homeschool families are called to be a part of that restoration process prophesized by numerous saints. Through the Blessed Mother’s powerful intercession, especially under the title of Our Lady of Covadonga, an age of peace will come.
11:00am Dr. Ray Guarendi
Dr. Ray GuarendiDiscipline that Lasts a Lifetime

Wise insights and sound advice from Dr. Ray will help parents to understand that discipline is an important way to love their children, and that teaching them self-control is a gift that will last a lifetime. His entertaining but no-nonsense approach to discipline is sure to instill in parents the needed confidence to take charge of their children’s behavior, with a smile!
12:00 – 1:30pm Lunch/Vendor Sales
1:30pm Mrs. Mary Ellen Barrett
Mary Ellen 2013 webHow to Homeschool and Keep Your Sanity–It Can be Done

Educating your children, keeping a home, managing outside activities and feeding everyone in between would overwhelm any mom. Mrs. Barrett takes a lighthearted and fun look at ten basic principles that will help your homeschool run smoothly and bring peace to your days.
2:30pm Fr. Sean Kopczynski
confessionComing out of Egypt and Staying out of Egypt

In the Scriptures, Egypt is the home of all that is of the world, the flesh, and the devil. Today, more than ever, our culture has returned to Egypt and has forgotten God. Many faithful Catholic families have turned to homeschooling in an effort to resist the pull and errors of Egypt. How can we keep from losing our identity? How can we be in the world without being of the world?
3:30pm Conference Ends

Dayton Used Book Sale Information

Hi Everyone!

The used book sale will be open on Friday, June 27th from 2-8pm, and Saturday, June 28th from 9:30-1pm. Please note that the sale will only run through lunch on Saturday, after which time it will be shut down for sales. The sale has typically done the most business up until that time and will also allow everyone to enjoy the remainder of the conference, speakers and vendor hall. **Please note the break down of the sale will still take place after the conference is over.**

Please let me know by Friday, June 20th if you plan to sell. Below is all the info regarding labeling, volunteering, etc. Please forward to other homeschool groups. Thanks!


NEW this year** When you drop your books off for the sale, please include a business-size self-addressed envelope at the sellers’ table. This will make it a lot easier to send you your money after the sale.**

***The sale is not limited to books. You may sell DVDs, CDs, manipulatives, maps, games, flashcards, etc.

*Please feel free to reduce your prices at any time during the sale.*


1. Labeling – on the front book cover, please tape a 3 x 5 inch index card with the following information:

a. Your name

b. Your phone number or e-mail address

c. Title of the item

d. Grade level

e. Price

(Blue painter’s tape works well for this- it doesn’t damage the books.)


2. Sets of Books- If you have sets of books, please make sure they are marked as such and bundled well. Tape an index with the information requested in #1 onto the bundle.


3. Drop Off – sale items may be dropped off at St. Peter’s on Friday, June 27th, from 12-1:30pm, or you can get your books to me prior to the sale. Please e-mail me at


4. Pick Up – At the end of the sale, you are asked to pick up any sale items that weren’t sold. Money for the items that were sold will not be dispersed at the sale. Your index cards from items that were sold, and a check for your sales will be mailed to you the following week.


5. Payment – Cash Sales Only. **Please be sure to bring cash! No checks!**


6. All sellers must volunteer to help with the sale in at least one of the following capacities:

Volunteer Opportunies:

***Please go to the following link to sign up for a shift. All sellers are required to work at least one shift.

* Work: Friday 12-1:30 set up

Friday 2-4pm sales

Friday 4-6pm sales

Friday 6-8pm sales

Saturday 9:30-11:30am sales

Saturday 11:30-12:30pm sales

** Saturday 3:30-4:30 tear down**Everyone will need to come and collect their own books from the tables. If you can’t be there, please let me know and we can make other arrangements.

* Work the registration table for the conference. I am waiting to hear back from the IHM Coalition on their need for help with registration this year. I will send out further info on this later, if needed.

* If you have a responsible family member you would like to take your place, that is fine. (I know it is hard to miss any of the wonderful conference speakers!)


7. Sellers will be permitted to “early bird shop” from 1:30-2pm on Friday.


8. Sellers are requested to make a donation from the proceeds of their sales to help defray the costs of the conference for IHM. Donations of any size will be much appreciated. A suggested amount is 10% which is consistent with sales fees at other local used book sales.


9. Please e-mail with the number of boxes of curriculum you plan to sell, grade level/subject, and job you would like to do to help make the sale a success! This sale can be a great way to clear your shelves for all the great items you find at the conference! Contact info:


10. Please do not bring items to sell that contain obviously anti-Catholic sentiment. Thank you!


11. Please forward this on to other Catholic homeschool groups.


Thank you!

Elizabeth Williams