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


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This conference is co-hosted by the Apostolate of Roman Catholic Homeschoolers (ARCH)
and the University of St. Thomas


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

University of St. Thomas – Jerabeck Athletic Center
3800 Montrose Boulevard
Houston, TX 77006

Friday April 19th, 2013 @ 4:00pm to 9:00pm
Saturday April 20th, 2013 @ 9:00am to 4:00pm

Fr. Dat Hoang was born in Vietnam in 1976 and came to the United States in 1990 at the age of 14. He was one of the “Boat People” and escaped with his brother and his cousin. He is one of eight children. The rest of his family followed a few years later. He attended high school in Houston and entered the seminary in 1994.

Fr. Dat was ordained in 2003 and his first assignment after ordination was to Holy Name Parish, a predominately Hispanic parish north of Downtown. He is also fluent in Spanish. For several years he was assigned to St. Mary Magdalene Parish in Humble, Texas, where he was Parochial Vicar and in charge of Hispanic Ministry. He has been the Director of Vocations and the Department of Seminarians since 2007.
Dr. Michael Foley holds his doctorate in Catholic systematic theology and is an associate professor of Patristics in the Great Texts Program at Baylor University. Before going to Baylor, he taught at Boston College and the University of Notre Dame.

Dr. Foley has published over 100 essays and reviews ranging from scholarly articles in peer-reviewed journals to popular or pastoral pieces in First Things, The Latin Mass, and The Wall Street Journal. His interests include theology, liturgy, political philosophy, film, and popular culture.

He authored Why Do Catholics Eat Fish on Friday? The Catholic Origin to Just About Everything (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005), and Wedding Rites: A Complete Guide to Traditional Vows, Music, Ceremonies, Blessings, and Interfaith Services (Eerdmans, 2008).

Foley has edited several books including Frank Sheed’s classic translation of St. Augustine’s Confessions (Hackett, 2006).

Foley has also appeared on numerous radio programs as well as several Eternal Word Television Network programs, including “EWTN Live” with Fr. Mitch Pacwa and “Bookmark” with Doug Keck.

A southern California native of Irish and French Canadian descent, Michael Foley now lives happily in unjustly defamed Waco, Texas, with his wife Alexandra and their six children. He is the Master of Ceremonies at his local parish for the celebration of the extraordinary form of the Roman rite and wishes he had more time for fishing, reading, and classic cars.

He and his wife Alexandra homeschool their five children: Catherine, Mary, James, Peter, and Monica.
Dr. Catherine Moran received her B.A. in Biology, Chemistry, and Speech/Hearing Therapy from Kent State University, and her Masters and Ph.D. in Education from Breyer State University. A mother of five, she has over 20 years of homeschooling experience.

She was president of the Catholic Home School Network of America, founder of the Ohio Educators’ Catholic Home Schooling Network, and a member of the CHSNA delegation to Rome on behalf of Catholic Home Education, which visited with Pope John Paul II in 1995 and 1997.

Dr. Moran is a secular Franciscan, and served as prefect of her fraternity for three years. Currently acting as secretary-treasurer of the Blue Army of Our Lady of Fatima, Byzantine Chapter in Warren, Ohio, she has presented the Fatima message to over 20,000 adults and children in the Northeastern Ohio and Tri-state area.
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.


IHM accepts vendors by invitation only; if you would like to be considered to be a vendor at the IHM Houston Conference, please send an email to our Vendor Coordinator at vendors(AT)
A copy of our Vendor Guidelines can be viewed here: Vendor Guidelines.
The following is a list of vendors who have confirmed so far for 2013.

Vendor Name and Description Table Number and Hometown
ARCH Used Book Sale 8 Tables
Houston, TX
Brother Francis Productions

As a leading provider of religious product sales, we take pride in offering the best Catholic DVD’s and coloring books. We are dedicated to serving the needs of our customers each and every day. We are a homeschooling family of 6 and are excited about these new religious products! Quality Catholic animation is an important factor in the education of children, and Brother Francis Production provides this incredible tool of evangelization.
1 Table
Lafayette, LA
Classically Catholic Memory

Classically Catholic Memory is a memory work program for families who are interested both in the classical model of education and in growing in their Catholic faith. Intended for children ages 5 to 12, it is a four-year program, with each “year” consisting of 18 weeks of memory work in eight subjects. It includes activities and teaching techniques for all subjects.
2 Tables
Austin, TX
Discovery Toys

Discovery Toys is a source for building and nurturing creative thinkers. We incorporate multiple layers of learning into our products that stimulate multiple centers in the brain simultaneously. Come join in the fun and learning!
2 Tables
Spring, TX
(Local rep)
Dr. Michael Foley 1 Table
EWTN Global Catholic Network

EWTN Global Catholic Network, in its 32nd year, is the world’s largest religious media network, offering messages of inspiration, comfort, hope, & faith for the entire family. EWTN presents live call-in talk shows, informative teaching series, inspiring dramas & documentaries, daily devotions, & live Catholic Church and Papal events.
1 Table
Irondale, AL
Fisher More Academy

Fisher More Academy offers very affordable Catholic online educational programs for students at three levels: Elementary School (grades 4-6), Junior High School (grades 7-8), and High School (grades 9-12). In addition, programs are available for delivery to specific educational groups (such as homeschool cooperatives) and educational institutions. Fisher More also offers concurrent enrollment with Fisher More College to appropriately qualified students.
1 Table
Fort Worth, TX
Hillside Education

Catholic language arts resources, reprints of historical fiction, mothering/teaching resources.
1 Table
Lake Ariel, PA
Holy Family Resources

Apostolate dedicated to education and evangelization, offering a wide variety of wholesome and orthodox books, CDs, and DVDs for adults, teens, and children. Materials focus on family life, prayer, spirituality, and Church Teaching. Take advantage of the SPRING CLEARANCE TABLE and enjoy $1.00 CDs and up to 60% off!!!
6 Tables
Porter, TX
Homeschool Connections

Homeschool Connections provides online, interactive, live courses with a Catholic perspective.
1 Table
North Richland Hills, TX
Homeschool Lifeline

Hosted by Terry Arnold and Katie Moran, Homeschool Lifeline is a radio program on Radio Maria for all homeschooling parents (or those considering homeschooling) looking for information, help, support and guidance in their homeschooling endeavor.
1 Table
Houston Vocations 1 Table
Illuminated Ink

Unique educational Catholic games, toys, and craft kits.
4 Tables
Colfax, WI

JMJTCards is a family-owned online Catholic gift store specializing in original art stationery, announcements, and homeschool diplomas. We also carry a large selection of handmade original design rosaries, and devotional gifts, bookmarks, and holy cards.
2 Tables
Bedford, TX
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.
1 Table
Napa, CA
mater et magistra Magazine

Quarterly magazine with topics of interest to Catholic homeschoolers.
1 Table
Lake Ariel, PA
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.
4 Tables
Post Falls, ID
Our Lady of Walsingham Institutes of Catholic Culture

Programs of Our Lady of Walsingham Institutes of Catholic Culture are designed for persons to rediscover the intellectual and spiritual heritage of the Roman Catholic Church and its rich cultural and historical traditions. Represented at this conference are: Children of the Holy House–begun in 1999 for homeschooled students in grades Pre-K through 12; William Byrd Music Institute; and Georges Lemaître Institute.
6 Tables
Houston, TX
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 11,000 fully 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).
10 Tables
Front Royal, VA
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.
2 Tables
Oklahoma City, OK
University of St. Thomas

At the University of St. Thomas, you will learn, discover, and develop the beliefs and desires belonging to a leader of faith and character. With many opportunities in and out of the classroom to develop leadership skills, you’ll experience the many rewards of helping others see and reach their potential. Through your journey at UST, you will achieve more in your academic, personal, and spiritual lives than you ever imagined possible.
1 Table
Houston, TX
Usborne Books & More

A The future of our world depends on the education of our children. Usborne Books & More delivers educational excellence one books at a time. We provide economic opportunity while fostering strong family values. We touch the lives of children for a lifetime.
3 Tables
Pinehurst, TX
(local rep)

FRIDAY, April 19
Time Speaker Talk
4:00pm Registration
4:30pm 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. Parents, however, and not the schools are ultimately responsible for raising happy and virtuous children. Home education is not just an option, it is key to our nation’s future.
5:30 – 7:00pm Vendor Sales/Dinner
7:00pm 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.
8:00pm Fr. Dat Hoang
That They May Go and Bear Much Fruit!

Benedict XVI said that the family is “the cradle of life and of every vocation.” This talk explores the essential elements needed for your family to create an enriching and fertile culture of vocations, so that God’s call for your children may be nurtured and bear much fruit.
SATURDAY, April 20
Time Speaker Talk
9:00am Registration
9:30am Dr. Catherine Moran
Discovering and Implementing Your Child’s Learning Style

What do you do when your child just can’t seem to continue with his lessons? Various learning styles and methods for teaching reading, writing, and mathematics will be explored. Learn how to identify and establish the necessary core foundation for your child with numerous practical tips.
10:30am Dr. Michael Foley
The Catholic Origins to Everyday Things and Why It Matters

Did you know that Groundhog Day derives from devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary? That pretzels and beer developed in response to the Lenten fast? Or that there are dozens of craters on the Moon named after Jesuit priests? Dr. Foley will take you on a fascinating tour of the surprising Catholic origin to everyday things and how this knowledge can be useful in homeschooling.
11:30am Mrs. Virginia Seuffert
A Simple Schedule: the Secret to Success

Are baby care, chasing toddlers, schoolwork, housework, and extracurricular activities driving you to distraction? Wondering how those Catholic moms of mega-families persevere for decades? Let a mother of 12 children share how a reliable schedule helped her to maintain her sanity while fulfilling her responsibilities.
12:30 – 2:00pm Lunch/Vendor Sales
2:00pm 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 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….”
3:00pm Dr. Catherine Moran
Overwhelmed, Unmotivated, Disobedient, or Just Plain Lazy?

Is your child struggling to learn, or avoiding it? Are there days when teaching your child turns into “who’s in control–me or my child?” We all want our children to be obedient and diligent, especially where their studies are concerned. Learn some helpful tips on how to teach these virtues to your children.
4:00pm Conference Ends


We are very happy to announce that there will be a used book sale as part of this year’s conference. The sale will be managed independantly by ARCH and proceeds will be used to cover costs at the conference such as table and chair rentals. If you would like to sell your own used books as part of the sale, you are welcome to participate! Please read the following information. You must contact ARCH in advance and register as part of the used book sale.

How to Participate:

The hours of the sale will be as follows:
Drop off items: Friday, April 19 1:00 pm
Preview sale for sellers only: Friday 2:00 – 3:30 pm
Open to public: Full length of the conference, Friday 4:00 – 9:00 pm and Saturday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Rules for the sale as follows:

1. Labeling
All items must be labeled with a 3×5 inch index card indicating the following (clearly printed):

  • Name
  • Phone number and email address
  • Title of item being sold and subject (math, language arts, etc.)
  • Grade level of item
  • Price (whole dollar amounts only, please!)

Index cards must be securely attached to the item. Blue painters tape works well to secure the cards without damaging the books. Any unmarked book is considered a donation to ARCH and will be sold for the benefit of ARCH. If books are sold as a set, the set MUST be securely bundled and marked as a set.

2. Drop Off
Books are to be dropped off at the University of St. Thomas – Jerabeck Center at 1:00 pm on the first day of the sale, April 19. Books should be marked before you arrive at the sale. In order to participate in the sale, you must pre-register as a vendor at by Wednesday, April 17. Email your name, contact information (phone number and email address), the number of boxes of books you are selling, and the volunteer slot that you will fill (see next point).

3. Volunteer Requirement
All book sellers are required to work one volunteer slot for the book sale/conference. The following slots are available:

1:00 – 3:00 pm
3:00 – 5:00 pm
5:00 – 7:00 pm
7:00 – 9:00 pm

9:00 – 11:00 am
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
1:00 – 3:00 pm
and 3:00 – 5:00 pm (clean up)

We need volunteers for both the book sale and the registration table. Please indicate which you would prefer to work. If you do not work your assigned slot, your book sales will be considered a donation to ARCH. You may get a responsible family member or friend to fill in for you at your assigned time. The important thing is that there are people at the site to assist with running the conference.

4. Cash Sales

All prices are non-neogotiable and all sales are CASH only. All sales are final. There is an ATM machine in Crooker, next to Jerabeck, if people need to get more funds.

5. End of Sale

Books must be picked up on Saturday, April 20, by 5:00 pm. Any books remaining at the site at that time will be considered donated to ARCH. They will be taken to the Homeschool Store and sold and the proceeds donated to ARCH.

When you pick up your books, you will receive an envelope with all the index cards from items sold and the cash from the sales less the 10% donated to ARCH. If you cannot come to pick up your proceeds, you must make arrangements with the ARCH board to receive your cash at a different time. To make those arrangements, contact us at Any funds unclaimed on May 1 will be deposited into the ARCH bank account.

6. Donation

Ten percent of all sales will be given to ARCH to help defray the costs of the conference. The money will be deducted from your proceeds.