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


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

Friday April 25th, 2014 @ 4:00pm to 9:00pm.
Saturday April 26th, 2014 @ 9:00am to 4:00 pm.

Dr. Dominic A. Aquila is currently Provost of Academic Affairs at the University of St. Thomas. He has thirty years of experience in public and private higher education. Among the institutions he has served are The Rochester Institute of Technology, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Empire State College of the State University of New York, Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ave Maria College and the University of Saint Francis (Fort Wayne, Indiana). A central focus of Dr. Aquila’s academic career has been curriculum design and implementation, including core curriculum reform at Franciscan University of Steubenville, the creation of Ave Maria College’s core curriculum, and core curriculum reform at the University of St. Francis. Dr. Aquila is also a Trustee and Chair of the Council of Scholars of the American Academy of Liberal Education, a member of the Board of Directors of Wyoming Catholic College, and an active participant and lecturer in the national Fides et Ratio seminars. In June 2007 he received the Spes Nostrae Award for service to Catholic Education from the National Association for Private and Independent Catholic Schools.

Dr. Aquila took his Bachelors Degree in Music from The Juilliard School, the MBA from New York University, and his Doctorate in History from the University of Rochester and the University of South Africa.

Before his career in higher education, Dr. Aquila performed as a timpanist and percussionist with the New York City Opera, the American Ballet Theatre, the American Symphony Orchestra, the New York and Rochester Philharmonic Orchestras and a number of Broadway shows. He also studied composition with Elliott Carter, David Diamond, and Samuel Adler, and served as Associate General Manager of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and General Manager of Garth Fagan’s Dance Theatre.

Dr. Aquila and his wife, Diane, are parents of eleven children.
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.
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. 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 Houston 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 who have confirmed so far.

Vendor Name and Description Table Number and Hometown
ARCH Used Book Sale 8 Tables
Houston, TX
Discovery Toys

Premier homeschooling educational tools–toys, games, books, and musical CD’s. Discovery toys are backed by an unconditional satisfaction guarantee.
2 Tables
Cypress, TX
Professor Joseph Pearce 1 Table
EWTN Global Catholic Network

EWTN Global Catholic Network, in its 32nd year, is the world’s largest 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
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 SUMMER CLEARANCE TABLE and enjoy $1.00 CDs and up to 60% off!!!
7 Tables
Porter, TX
Homeschool Connections

Homeschool Connections is a Catholic online curriculum provider, bringing the best Catholic instructors to you from around the world. Answering Blessed 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.
1 Table
Keller, TX
Colleen Hammond 1 Table
Homeschool Lifeline 1 Table
Inspired by Grace 2 Tables
Katy, TX
Institutes of Catholic Culture Studies

The programs of Our Lady of Walsingham Institutes of Catholic Culture Studies are designed for persons to discover the intellectual and spiritual heritage of the Roman Catholic Church and its rich cultural and historical traditions.
6 Tables
Houston, TX

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
Karen Lopez and Cherie Coco

Karen – certified teacher, former homeschooling parent and is currently tutoring homeschooling students in elementary math and K-HS language arts (reading comprehension, vocabulary and writing). Cherie Coco – certified teacher, currently tutoring homeschooling students in math/science 6-12 grade and college testing prep.
1 Table
Houston, 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
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.
3 Tables
Old Lyme, CT
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).
8 Tables
Front Royal, VA
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!
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

Usborne Books & More offers educational and engaging books for children of all ages. The future of our world depends on the education of our children. We deliver educational excellence one book at a time. We also offer book fairs and grant matching programs.
3 Tables
Pinehurst, TX (local rep)

Schedule graphic

Time Speaker Talk
4:00pm Registration/Vendor Area Opens
4:30pm 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.
5:30 – 7:00pm Vendor Sales/Dinner
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.
8:00pm Prof. Joseph Pearce
Joseph PearceThe 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.
Time Speaker Talk
9:00am Registration
9:30am Dr. Michael Foley
Foley 2 by Stuart Chessman 7-31-11How the Mass Shaped the Western World

The Mass is not only the source and summit of Christian life, it is the inspiration behind some of the hallmarks of Western civilization.
10:30am Prof. Joseph Pearce
Joseph PearceReclaiming Christian Culture: The Battle Begins in the Home

The fight to restore and reclaim the priceless heritage of Christian Culture will be won or lost in the homes of Christians. This culture has been under systematic assault over the past half-century. Discover practical ways of winning this fight, and learn about the weapons which will be essential in the fight.
11:30am 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.
12:30 – 2:00pm Lunch/Vendor Sales
2:00pm Dr. Dominic Aquila
Dr. AquilaCatholic Education as the Last Best Hope for American Democracy

Drawing on insights from Pope John Paul II’s Apostolic Exhortation, The Christian Family in the Modern World, this talk covers the particular ways in which homeschooling families can effectively fulfill their mission to contemporary American society as they also fulfill their primary vocation to educate their own.
3:00pm 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.
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 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 before the conference. 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, 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.