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

St. Michael Catholic Church

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


Friday, May 16th, 2014 @ 2:00pm to 8:00pm

Saturday, May 17th, 2014 @ 9:00am 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.

Msgr. Charles Pope was born July 10, 1961, in Chicago, Illinois to Charles and Nancy Pope. He and his family moved to the Washington, D.C. area in 1972. He studied in the public school system and graduated from Garfield Senior High School in Woodbridge, VA in 1979. Msgr. Pope attended George Mason University for Undergraduate Studies were he attained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science in 1984. He worked briefly with the Army Corp of Engineers as a Computer Systems Analyst.

Msgr. Pope’s interest in the priesthood stems from his experience as a church musician. Through his college years he served as a church organist, a cantor and choir director and through this work discovered his vocation to the priesthood. He entered Mt. Saint Mary’s Seminary in 1985 where he earned a Master of Divinity Degree as well as a Master of Arts Degree in Moral Theology. He was ordained to the priesthood on June 24, 1989 by James Cardinal Hickey.

Msgr. Pope’s first assignment was at Mt. Calvary Parish in Forestville, MD as Associate Pastor from 1989-1993. From 1993-1999 Fr. Pope served as Associate Pastor of Holy Comforter St. Cyprian Parish in Southeast Washington, D.C. From 1999-2000 he was Associate Pastor at St. Mary’s Parish in Laurel, MD. In April of 2000 Fr. Pope was appointed Pastor of St. Thomas More Parish in Southeast Washington, D.C. In 2007 Msgr. Pope returned to Holy Comforter – St. Cyprian Parish where he currently serves as Pastor.

From 1997-1999 Fr. Pope Conducted a Weekly Bible Study in the U.S. Congress that was well attended. He currently conducts a weekly Bible Study at the White House. Other ongoing assignments for Fr. Pope include, being the Spiritual Director for the Washington Comitium of the Legion of Mary and Archdiocesan Coordinator for the Celebration of the Latin Mass. He is a member of the Priest Council and an Archdiocesan Consultor.

He was name a Monsignor in 2005. He has published several articles in pastoral journals, offered a regular column in the Catholic Standard, has taught numerous catechetical courses both in his parish work, and for the Archdiocese. He also served as Dean of the Southeast Deanery. Msgr. Pope immensely enjoys his work as a diocesan priest and a parish pastor.
mcinerny webDr. Daniel McInerny is a homeschooling dad and author of the humorous Kingdom of Patria series for middle grade readers, which so far consists of Stout Hearts & Whizzing Biscuits and its cavity-preventing sequel, Stoop of Mastodon Meadow. The companion, interactive website to the series can be found at

Dr. McInerny holds a doctorate in philosophy from The Catholic University of America and taught and worked for many years at various universities in the United States. He left academia in 2011 in order to launch, among other projects, Trojan Tub Entertainment, a children’s entertainment company under which he publishes the Kingdom of Patria series.

He is also the author of the blackly comic novel for adults, High Concepts: A Hollywood Nightmare, as well as a play, The Actor, based on part of the early life of Karol Wojtyla, whom we now know as Pope Saint John Paul the Great.

Dr. McInerny lives in Montclair, Virginia with his beautiful and talented homeschooling wife, Amy, and their three children.

Those wishing Dr. McInerny to sign one or more of his Kingdom of Patria books directly after his talk are welcome to purchase the books beforehand through Amazon and then bring them to the conference. Only a limited number of books will be available for sale directly from him at the conference. Here are the links to the paperback versions of the Patria books available at Amazon: Stout Hearts & Whizzing Biscuits; and Stoop of Mastodon Meadow.
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.
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. 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.
MaureenWittmannwebMrs. Maureen Wittmann and her husband Rob are parents to seven children who have always been homeschooled. Maureen is co-founder of Homeschool Connections, which provides several services for Catholic homeschoolers: Online courses for middle and high school students, free webinars for parents, the Catholic History Video Project, and free eBooks for homeschoolers.

Maureen is co-editor and contributing author to Why Should I Learn This?, The Catholic Homeschool Companion, and A Catholic Homeschool Treasury. She is the author of For the Love of Literature: Teaching Core Subjects with Real Books. She is a contributing editor for the Catholic homeschooling magazine Mater et Magistra. Her articles have appeared in Our Sunday Visitor, Latin Mass, Catholic Digest, Catholic Faith, and more.

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)
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
Aquinas Learning

Aquinas Learning is a Catholic classical education mentoring program which guides students toward wisdom and virtue. Students meet once a week for a class day with their mentors and peers and, using materials and on-line support that we provide, continue the curriculum with their parents and siblings at home.
1 Table
Manassas, VA
Catholic Schoolhouse

Catholic Schoolhouse is designed to help homeschool families enrich their educational experience through a flexible approach to learning inspired by classical elements. Using the Catholic Schoolhouse materials or joining a local CSH chapter can help bring structure and cohesiveness to your entire homeschool experience and will bless your family.
1 Table
Rock Hill, SC
Chesterton Press

Chesterton Press is the publisher and distributor of quality Catholic fiction written or edited by Catholic mom, Regina Doman, author of Angel in the Waters and the Fairy Tale Novels, hailed by a number of parents as an alternative to the trend of paranormal books for teens.
2 Tables
Front Royal, VA
Discovery Toys

Educational toys, books, and games.
1 Table
Henrico, VA
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
Homeschool Connections

Homeschool Connections is a Catholic online curriculum provider, bringing the best Catholic instructors to you from around the world. Answering Blessed Pope 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
North Richland Hills, TX
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.
10 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
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.
3 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 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.
2 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
Trojan Tub Entertainment
1 Table
Usborne Books

Usborne Books and 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.
2 Tables
Darlington, MD (local rep)

Schedule graphic

FRIDAY, MAY 16 Note: Friday evening times were misprinted in the copy of the schedule that was mailed out.
Time Speaker Talk
2:00pm Registration/Vendor Area Opens
2:30pm Msgr. Charles Pope
Pope webFailed Catechetical Models of the Past, Directions for the Future

Many approaches and experiments in catechesis have been tried over the past several decades and have ultimately failed. We must try something new, and that something new is really something old. We must go back to basics and tell the old stories again. Learn what you can do to help your children understand what it means to be Catholic.
3:30pm Mrs. Virginia Seuffert
Ginny4web2Six Steps to Homeschool Success

The task of teaching our children can seem daunting to parents when they are starting out, or when the crazy circumstances of daily life threaten to turn family life upside down. A simple, common sense formula of what to do and what to avoid will keep every family on track.
4:30 – 6:00pm Vendor Sales/Dinner
6:00pm Dr. Catherine Moran
Dr. MoranDiscovering 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.
7:00pm Prof. Joseph Pearce
Joseph PearceUnlocking the Catholicism of The Lord of the Rings

J. R. R. Tolkien described his masterwork, The Lord of the Rings, as “a fundamentally religious and Catholic work.” Prof. Pearce unlocks the Catholic dimension of this bestselling trilogy. Discover the hidden meaning of the One Ring, the spiritual significance of the elves, the hidden meaning of the members of the Fellowship of the Ring, and much more.
Time Speaker Talk
9:00am Registration
9:30am Mrs. Maureen Wittmann
MaureenWittmannwebThe Joy of Reading Aloud: A Family Adventure

This talk will give you the tools you need to find more joy in homeschooling, create close bonds with your children, and produce an academic atmosphere that will prepare your children for success—all of this in addition to raising your family’s hearts to God. Join us in this adventure as we learn the hows and whys of reading aloud.
10:30am Prof. Joseph Pearce
Joseph PearceA Matter of Life and Death: The Battle for a True Education

Education is quite simply a matter of life and death. The poisoning of education by the architects of secular fundamentalism, and the culture of death it promotes, can only be countered by a restoration of tradition-oriented learning. Joseph Pearce will discuss the deadliness of the poison and will present the ingredients of the life-giving antidote.
11:30am Mrs. Virginia Seuffert
Ginny4web2Homeschool to Escape the Common Core

Parents are up in arms about the Common Core’s poorly written standards, confusing curriculum, grueling test schedule, and invasion of family privacy. While we should all be working towards throwing the Common Core into the dustbin of history, what can we do to help our children now? Homeschooling offers educational excellence at a very affordable price. You can do it.
12:30 – 2:00pm Lunch/Vendor Sales
2:00pm Dr. Daniel McInerny
mcinerny webChildren’s Literature, Catholicism, and the Golden World

Children’s literature is one of the chief ways that parents form the hearts and minds of their children. In this talk Dr. McInerny’s aim is to help parents better understand how children’s literature is connected with truth; how it should be an integral part of everyone’s literary enjoyment; and why a Catholic understanding of children’s literature gives us the best perspective on this genre’s moral richness.
3:00pm Dr. Catherine Moran
Dr. MoranOverwhelmed, 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

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 12. 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 16 between 12 noon and 1pm
Open to public: 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.

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.

5. Cash Sales
MCH does not negotiate any sale prices. 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 17, 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 12!
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

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! MCH is not a tax-exempt organization.