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This conference is co-hosted by the Maryland Catholic Homeschoolers.

St. Michael Catholic Church

1125 St. Michael’s Road
Mt. Airy, MD 21771


Friday, May 17th, 2013 @ 2:00pm to 8:00pm

Saturday, May 18th, 2013 @ 9:00pm to 4:00pm

Please use the Entrance near the Gym, which is around the right side of the building on the lower level.

This conference is for everyone, not just homeschooling families. All religious are especially welcome.
We love children, but must restrict attendance to teens and nursing babies only.

This will be IHM’s first year in Maryland, though our National Conference has been occuring a short drive away in Northern Virginia for the past 11 years. The National Conference, however has moved to Fredericksburg, little farther to the South, and we wanted to have a conference in Maryland for the convenience of the many families who are accustomed to attending our conferences, and to hopefully make our conference available to many families who have not experienced it before. We are very happy to have the Maryland Catholic Homeschoolers as co-hosts for this conference!

Fr. Shenan Boquet, before being appointed as President of Human Life International, came from the Houma Thibodaux Roman Catholic Diocese, where he most recently served as Pastor of St. Gregory Barbarigo Parish in Houma, Louisiana.

Since being ordained as a priest in 1993, Fr. Boquet has given hundreds of talks at conferences and in parishes on issues ranging from the dignity of the human person and the nature of marriage, to social justice and moral theology. He has given retreats and educational seminars on the Theology of the Body, Holy Scripture and various theological topics. Fr. Boquet has also appeared numerous times on EWTN and Ave Maria Radio, as well as in other media. He has served and continues to serve on numerous boards, including the Diocesan Priests Council, of which he remains Chairman.

Fr. Boquet grew up in the small town of Bourg, Louisiana, just south of Houma in a devoutly Catholic family, for which he is extremely grateful. His earliest and most influential examples were of his parents and parish priests, all of whom instilled in him at a young age a love for Christ and his Church, and an active faith that was to be lived, and not merely held. He was very active as a youth in service projects with Catholic Charities and with other groups who ministered to the elderly, the sick, the poor and marginalized.

This active faith grew naturally into a vocation to the priesthood, where the contemplative and sacramental aspects of the Faith complemented and informed the active. A natural teacher, Fr. Boquet has been marginalized himself at times for sharing the Church’s teaching on life and family issues, although he emphasizes that it is important to do so with Charity. Throughout his priesthood, he has found himself in leadership positions, and increasingly in the areas of pro-life and pro-family teaching and advocacy.
Fr. Mark Byrne, SOLT was born in 1960 in Dublin, Ireland, where his mother and married brother live. He graduated from the University of Ireland, Dublin College, in 1984 with a B.A. in Psychology. He later attended the University of Kansas, receiving a Ph.D in Educational Psychology and Research in 1993. That summer he started noviciate with Our Lady’s Society in New Mexico, after which he completed his academic studies for priesthood at The Pontifical University of Santa Croce in Rome.

Fr. Byrne was ordained a priest in 1998 and in the years following was assigned to various missions of Our Lady’s Society including England, Corpus Christi, Texas, St. Anne’s Chippewa Nation Reservation, North Dakota and Buffalo, New York. Returning to Rome in 2002, Fr. Mark served as a chaplain to the University of Dallas Rome Program and the Christendom Rome Program, completing an S.T.D. in 2007 in spiritual theology at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum). Further pastoral assignments followed in England, Wales, Ireland and the USA. He is currently the Assistant Chaplain of Christendom College in Front Royal, VA.
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. Laraine Bennett has a Master’s Degree in Philosophy and is a freelance writer for many Catholic publications, including Catholic Match and the Catholic News Agency’s Catholic Womanhood Blog. She also designed an online temperament test for Catholic Match that has been taken by more than 60,000 singles.

Together with her husband, Art, she has co-authored three books on temperament: The Temperament God Gave You, The Temperament God Gave Your Spouse, and The Temperament God Gave Your Kids, as well as a book on emotions, The Emotions God Gave You. They have lived in California and in Germany and currently live in Northern Virginia where they are parishioners at Holy Trinity Parish in Gainesville. The Bennetts have four children—one of each temperament type! They homeschooled for ten years, and have done many talks to local homeschool groups.
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 Maryland 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
Aquinas Learning

Aquinas Learning is a classical education mentoring K-12 program providing an online course site and once-a-week meetings (28 weeks) consisting of Socratic discussions, memory works, foundations in language, fine arts, science experiments, and oral presentations forming a habit of mind and ordering the soul to the Good, True, and Beautiful.
1 Table
Manassas, VA
Art and Laraine Bennett

Art and Laraine Bennett are the authors of three best-selling books on temperament and one highly acclaimed book on the emotions, about which Fr. Benedict Groeschel wrote, “In the emotions God gave you, Art and Laraine Bennett enable us to identify our oftenmuddled emotions, gain control over them, and even turn them toward virtue.”
1 Table
Bristow, VA
Arx Publishing

Arx Publishing gives a voice to authors whose books uphold traditional Catholic values and promote the Culture of Life. Specializing in new historical fiction for young adults, Arx also publishes poetry, high fantasy fiction, devotional, and scholarly works.
2 Tables
Merchantville, NJ
Chesterton Press

Chesterton Press is owned by Regina Doman and publishes her acclaimed Fairy Tale Novels. These books are much loved by both adult and young adult readers. They have been performed as stage plays, an award-winning audio drama, and an independent film.
2 Tables
Front Royal, VA
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
Discovery Toys

Discovery Toys sells the best in educational toys, books, and games for all ages. Our products grow with your children’s developmental states and have a lifetime warranty! Earn Discovery Toys free by hosting an online or live party.
1 Table
Dr. Ray Guarendi 1 Table
Ginger Himes Chalk Talks & Art Lessons

DVDs designed to give children confidence in drawing without using a lot of expensive equipment. Students learn basic skills in a relaxed step-by-step manner.
1 Table
Kersey, PA
Hillside Education

Catholic language arts resources, reprints of historical fiction, mothering/teaching resources.
1 Table
Lake Ariel, PA
Human Life International

The mission of HLI is to create effective opposition to the culture of death around the world. With affiliates and associates in over 100 countries, Human Life International is the largest pro-life organization in the world.
1 Table
Front Royal, VA
Keller Books

Joyful purveyors of vintage children’s and traditional Catholic books. A Catholic homeschool family with 10 children, we buy/sell books that enrich, nurture, and inspire.
7 Tables
Lexington, VA
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
Michele Quigley TBA
Mother of Divine Grace School

Mother of Divine Grace School offers a Catholic, classical approach to homeschooling. It is designed to teach children the discipline of the classical model of education in the appropriate level of formation. It works to foster a sense of wonder in the student and harmony in the home.
2 Tables
Ojai, CA
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
Seton Home Study School

Seton is a full-service Catholic curriculum provider and the largest publisher of Catholic textbooks in the English language. Serving around 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).
15 Tables
(not counting used books)
Front Royal, VA
Seton Testing Services

Seton Testing Services provides standardized testing for homeschoolers.
1 Table
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 two-day only sale is your chance to pick up these great deals.
2 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
Usborne Books

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.
2 Tables
Darlington, MD
(local rep)

FRIDAY, May 17
Time Speaker Talk
2:00pm Registration/Vendor Area Opens
2:30pm 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.
3:30pm Fr. Shenan Boquet
Put Your Nets Out into the Deep

Our life is both a gift from God and a work in progress. How do we know which path to take? Who will teach us? Today the art of living is overshadowed by a false understanding of man and woman and their ultimate destiny. As cultures continue to collapse, it becomes imperative for all Christians to fully participate in the restoration of all things in Christ.
4:30 – 6:00pm Vendor Sales/Dinner
6:00pm Mrs. Mary Ellen Barrett
Homeschool 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.
7:00pm Mrs. Laraine Bennett
The Temperament God Gave Your Spouse

Learn how understanding temperament (the way each of us is hard-wired to react) can improve your marital communication, intimacy, and happiness. Understanding our own patterns of reaction, and those of our spouse, builds empathy, respect, forgiveness, and above all, love.
Time Speaker Talk
9:00am Registration
9:30am Dr. Ray Guarendi
Discipline 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!
10:30am Mrs. Mary Ellen Barrett
How to Homeschool and Keep our 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.
11:30am Fr. Mark Byrne
Did I Read the Sign Correctly? It Says, “Walk on Water!”

The Second Vatican Council had appealed to all members of the Church to read the ‘Signs of the Times’ so as to be able to speak the perennial truths of the Gospel in a voice appropriate to this generation. This talk will present the mystery of the Church of St. Peter as the outstanding ‘Sign of our Times’ and the key for reading all other signs.
12:30 – 2:00pm Lunch/Vendor Sales
2:00pm Dr. Ray Guarendi
Marriage: 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.
3:00pm 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.
4:00pm Conference Ends


Used Curriculum Sale during the IHM Maryland Catholic Homeschool Conference

We are very happy to announce that there will be a used curriculum sale as part of this year’s Maryland Catholic Homeschool – IHM Conference! The used curriculum sale will be managed independently by Maryland Catholic Homeschoolers (MCH), not by IHM. Please carefully read the following information.

How to Participate:

You must contact Maryland Catholic Homeschoolers (MCH) in advance and pre-register to sell items at the used curriculum sale. The last date to register for the sale is Monday May 13. Pre-register at: Please read all info before registering.

The hours of the used curriculum sale will be as follows:

Drop-off of items: Friday, May 17 between 10am-12pm
Preview sale for vendors/sellers only: Friday, May 17 12pm-2pm
Open to public: Full length of the conference, Friday 2pm-8 pm and Saturday 9am – 4pm

St. Michael’s Catholic Church offers a Friday 9am daily Mass, and a Saturday 5pm evening Mass. They have time for confessions on Saturday at 4pm-4:30pm. St. Michael’s is a smoke-free environment, no smoking is allowed anywhere on church grounds.

Guidelines for the used curriculum sale are as follows:

1. Labeling
ALL items must be labeled with a 3×5 index card and securely taped to these items (painters tape works great and is easy to remove) indicating the following (clearly printed):

  1. Name
  2. Phone number AND email address
  3. Title of item being sold and subject (math, language arts, etc.)
  4. Grade level of item
  5. Price (whole dollar amounts only, no cents)

The index card and tape must be securely attached to the item. Any unmarked item is considered a donation to MCH and will be sold for the benefit of MCH. If books are sold as a set, the set MUST be securely bundled and marked as a set, either in a plastic bag or tightly secured with rubber bands. It might also be good to mark how many items are in the set.

2. Bundling / Free Giveaways
Books that are less than a $1.00 should be bundled together within the same subject area and sold for one total price (whole dollar amounts only, no cents). Bundling of items will be allowed as long as the curriculum subject is the same. Example, a bundle of science related items together is fine, but a bundle of combined science and history items is not allowed. The bundle must still include the proper labeling as above. Free giveaways are allowed; you still need to label the items as above and then clearly label it as a free giveaway.

3. Items allowed / not allowed
Any and all Catholic homeschooling curriculum is allowed. Christian curriculum is allowed so long as does not contain any anti-Catholic wording in it. Not allowed are any materials/curriculum that are wiccan or devil worship related or outright anti-Catholic. A History book by a particular company that is anti-Catholic is not allowed; however, a math book by that same company is allowed as long as it doesn’t contain anti-Catholic wording. Also, no toys, no baby items, no clothing, no household items, no videos/DVDs/CDs (unless that actual video/DVD/CD is an actual supplement attached to a set for sale; examples – a Dive CD attached to a Saxon math item or an Apologia CD attached to an Apologia science book, etc.). The only things being sold at this used curriculum sale are items used in actual teaching of Catholic homeschool education. MCH has the final say as to what is allowed and not allowed to be for sale. Any items not allowed by MCH must be removed, no exceptions. You are welcome to contact MCH with questions if you are in doubt as to whether or not an item will be allowed.

4. Drop-off Guidelines
In order to participate in the sale, you must pre-register. Your name will be put on the registered list as participating in the used curriculum sale during the conference. Email your name and contact information (phone number and email address), the number of boxes of books you are bringing, and the volunteer time slot that you will fill (see below).

ALL items must be marked and labeled BEFORE you arrive at the sale. Anyone selling items at the used curriculum sale must check-in at the MCH used curriculum sale registration table when arriving before dropping off your books. You will need to check-out with MCH at the end of the conference to receive your sale monies. Please follow all rules for this sale.

ALL used curriculum drop-off sellers are required to work one MCH volunteer time-slot for the used curriculum sale during conference. Drop-off sellers need to volunteer for one time slot, but you need to pick three time slots in order of preference in case your chosen time slot is already filled. These are the time slots available to choose from (please pick three):
Friday May 17:
10am-12pm to help with set-up
Saturday May 18:
3pm-5pm to help with clean-up
If you do not work your assigned slot, your sales will be considered a donation to MCH. 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 helping MCH with the used curriculum sale.

5. Cash Sales
All prices are non-negotiable. All sales are final. We recommend you check your sale items several times during the conference to see if your items are selling. MCH prefers all sales as cash only. Checks will be allowed only if all information is pre-printed on the check. Checks are payable to the name on the label, not to MCH. Credit cards will not be used at the MCH used curriculum sale.

6. End of Conference Time
The drop-off books must be picked up on Saturday, May 18, by 4:30 pm. When you pick up your un-sold books, you will need to check-out at the MCH used curriculum registration table. At that time, you will receive an envelope with all the index cards from items sold and the cash from the sales. Any unclaimed money will become an automatic donation to MCH, no exceptions. Any books remaining at the site at that time will be considered donated to MCH, no exceptions.

7. Donations
MCH is not doing an automatic charge of fees for this used curriculum sale. However, please do keep in mind that MCH has fees to cover this sale and any donations to MCH are most appreciated! There will be a donation basket on the MCH used curriculum registration table. If you put your donation in an envelope with a note in it, we will know whom to send a thank you to! However, anonymous donations are greatly appreciated too! The IHM Conference is having a separate donation basket to cover expenses for the conference costs too. Please note that no fees have been charged to anyone for attending the conference so donations are greatly appreciated by IHM and MCH!

Finally, don’t forget to pre-register before May 13!
Email the following information to MCH at

Drop-off Seller Information:
You need to state that you are a drop-off seller, and include
Your name
Your contact info – phone number available during the conference
Your contact info – email
How many boxes you plan to drop-off
You must include your three choices of volunteer time-slots for the used curriculum tables; list these in order of preference (you are only required to do one time-slot, unless you let us know that you want do more). You can assign someone else or older teens (16+); however, no youngsters will be allowed to man the table (please see IHM Conference rules about children). Please make sure you include the name of the person doing your volunteer time-slot, if it will not be yourself.

Information for Catholic Homeschool Groups/Cooperatives – to have flyers at the conference:

MCH is allowing Catholic homeschool groups/cooperatives to have informational flyers about their group available for others to take with them. However, groups/cooperatives will be allowed only single-sheet (can use both sides) take-home printed flyers. You must bring the flyers with you, printers are not available on-site. Please bring the flyers to the MCH used curriculum sale check-in table at the conference. All flyers will be put on one table for people to browse. No bulletin boards or poster boards will be allowed. If you set these up, you will be told to remove them. Flyers will not be allowed anywhere else around the conference. Groups are responsible for taking away all unused flyers at the end of the conference on Saturday.

MCH will also have coffee, tea and donuts available at the conference. There will not be a charge for this; however, donations are most appreciated to help cover this cost too!