Here we have archived the speakers, vendors, and schedule for 2012.


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The 2012 Jacksonville Conference is now concluded.
We had a fantastic time in Jacksonville and a very successful conference.
We have already made plans to return in 2013!


Embassy Suites Jacksonville – Baymeadows
(Just down the street from Holy Family Catholic Church)

9300 Baymeadows Rd
Jacksonville, FL 32256

Friday March 16th, 2012 @ 2:00pm to 8:00pm

Fr. Edward Murphy was born and reared in Jacksonville, Florida. He completed his undergraduate work at Christendom College in 1983 with a bachelor of arts in political science. In 1984, Fr. Murphy entered the major seminary to begin his studies for the priesthood. He attended St. Meinrad Seminary in Indiana and St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary. In 1989, Fr. Murphy was awarded a master of arts in theology summa cum laude with emphasis on moral theology. In 1990, he received a master of divinity magna cum laude from the seminary. After two years of discernment, Fr. Murphy was ordained to the priesthood on May 9, 1992 at the Cathedral-Basilica in St. Augustine.

His first parish assignment was at St. Patrick’s Church in Gainesville. After four years, Fr. Murphy was appointed temporary administrator of St. William’s Church in Keystone Heights for a short duration. In 1996, he was transferred to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Palm Coast. Then in 1999, he was sent to Assumption Church in Jacksonville. In 2001, Fr. Murphy was appointed pastor of St. Madeleine’s Church in High Springs and San Juan Mission in Branford. He served as pastor for these two churches until 2007. On March 7, 2007, Fr. Murphy was transferred to Immaculate Conception as parochial vicar.

Fr. Murphy presently serves as the chaplain and founder of the Courage and Encourage Ministry of the Diocese of St. Augustine. He also serves as the co-chaplain of the Catholic Scouting Committee for the diocese. In addition, he is the district chaplain for the Engaged Encounter Ministry and serves on the national board. In the fall of 2008, Fr. Murphy helped found the Catholics in Recovery Ministry for recovering drug addicts and alcoholics and serves as the chaplain.
Fr. Denis O’Shaughnessy was born in White Plains, New York on June 26, 1939, the third of five children. At age 10, his family moved to Fremont, Ohio where he began his Catholic school education and his love for athletics. In the eighth grade, he expressed an interest in entering St. Meinrad Seminary in Indiana, having been assured that they did play football there. Knowing he loved playing football, a week later his father returned from a quick trip to Indiana and advised him they only played five-man “touch” football, not the “real thing”. Receiving nine monograms in football, basketball and baseball at St. Joseph’s High School, the prospect of entering the seminary faded.

In 1957 Father made the freshman basketball team as a “walk-on” at the University of Notre Dame, and was told, if he wanted to stay on the team, he could not also play football. In the early weeks of his sophomore year, while playing for his residence hall in the campus “full-tackle inter-hall football league”, he ruptured his spleen, had emergency surgery, and was hospitalized for over a month. Father recalls this as being his first spiritual reawakening, and it finally put sports in their proper perspective. He was advised to refrain from any competitive sports for at least one year.

Father graduated in 1961 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. After six months active duty in the Army Reserve, on November 24, 1962, he married Kathleen Davis, (a 1961 graduate from neighboring St. Mary’s College in South Bend, Indiana, whom he met in the spring of his senior year). Three months earlier in August of 1962, Denis began a 40 year sales, marketing, and advertising career with Cadillac Motor Car Division of General Motors Corporation in Detroit, Michigan.

He and Kathy raised four lovely children during a career that entailed 12 relocations (including three years in London, England). After moving to Los Angeles in the fall of 1985, Kathy began a five-year battle with cancer. Recalling those years as the worst of times, as well as the best of times from a spiritual and mutual caring standpoint, the fleeting reality of our time on earth, and what our Lord said is required of us to enter the kingdom, was driven home. He recalls he began daily Mass and communion all year long, not just during Lent. Kathy died on June 6, 1991, one week after their youngest daughter, Megan, graduated from Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, California.

Two months later, Denis was asked to relocate back to headquarters in Detroit, Michigan where, between encountering Catholic EWTN radio and continuing his commitment to daily Mass, his spiritual life and a quest for understanding the Catholic faith, blossomed. In 2002 he retired from General Motors. He lived with the Cistercian monks at Gethsemani Abby, discerned this vocation, and was accepted to the novitiate in the spring of 2004. Although he had been not at all desirous of entering the priesthood, in the preparation process of selling his home and disposing of his belongings, he relates that all his friends, laity and clergy, encouraged him to reconsider the good that could be done as a priest in a time of severe shortage and scandal. His spiritual director opined that perhaps the Holy Spirit was speaking through these people and to pray over the decision.

Father Denis entered Sacred Heart School of Theology in Hales Corners, Wisconsin for the January semester of 2005. Three and half years later, he was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Saint Augustine, Florida on May 10, 2008 with a Master of Divinity degree. He was immediately appointed as pastor of Mary, Queen of Heaven parish in Jacksonville where he encountered, and became a staunch supporter and promoter of, Catholic homeschooling families.
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 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 Jacksonville Conference, please send an email to our Vendor Coordinator at vendors(AT)
The following is a list of vendors who have confirmed so far for 2012.

Vendor Name and Description Table Number and Hometown
Holy Heroes 1 Table
Cramerton, NC
John Paul Too Catholic Books and Gifts 10 Tables
Clearwater, FL
Lumen Entertainment

Teaching Families the Catholic Faith through motion pictures.
2 Tables
Jacksonville, FL
Our Lady of Victory School and Lepanto Press

Our experience as the oldest provider of Traditional Catholic curriculum and flexibility in tailoring our program to the needs of your child, makes OLVS the right choice for those who wish to provide a truly Roman Catholic education for their children. The curriculum will inspire students to reach for the higher good. Our solid success rate is evidenced by our graduates: some receiving full scholarships to prestigious universities, serving in the military, and pursuing religious and priestly vocations.
3 Tables
Post Falls, ID
Pius Media

Our customers will find family entertainment that will nourish the soul. Our site will provide educational tools for Religious Education teachers, homeschooling families, movies depicting the lives of the saints, children’s movies, conversion stories from the greatest apologists, Catholic-friendly Hollywood movies, and some great old television series.
1 Table
Jacksonville, FL
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).
10 Tables
Front Royal, VA

Friday, March 16
Time Speaker Talk
2:00pm Vendor Area Opens/Holy Rosary
2:30pm Fr. Denis O’Shaughnessy
The Essential Role of Parents in Education
Is the parent’s involvement in education an option or an obligation, and when does our role begin and end? Is education mom’s or dad’s responsibility or both? How does one teach sharing, caring, and forgiveness? What can be done to prepare for peer pressure?… and other introspective probes into the sacred gift of parenthood.
3:30pm Mrs. Virginia Seuffert
The Academic Approach for All Ages
You can provide a top flight academic education from preschool to high school. Reach your learning goals with a method proven by centuries of success, emphasizing a well-ordered school day, virtues like obedience and diligence, memorization, and a curriculum based on the finest thoughts of Western culture.
4:30pm- 6:00pm Vendor Sales/Dinner
6:00pm Fr. Edward Murphy Building Harmony and Unity in the Catholic HomeFather will address key issues which face the family in today’s world, and will offer tips on enriching family life by incorporating certain tried and true principles. This talk will cover such topics as: behavior issues, social media, spiritual life, and the importance of the father in the home.
7:00pm Mrs. Virginia Seuffert
How Catholic Home Education is Changing American Culture
Catholic home education has evolved from a tiny group of parents to a powerful social movement. Learn how homeschool graduates are using their authentic Catholic education and solid academic training to change the country and the Church, and how your children can be counted among them.
8:00pm Conference Closes