Here we have archived the speakers, vendors, and schedule for 2014.


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Fredericksburg Expo and Conference Center

2371 Carl D. Silver Parkway
Fredericksburg, VA 22401


Friday June 20th, 2014 @ 9:00am to 9:00pm
Saturday June 21st, 2014 @ 9:00am to 4:30pm

This conference is for everyone, not just homeschooling families. All religious are especially welcome.
There is no policy excluding children this year.

The IHM National Conference is an event like none other. As the largest Catholic homeschool conference on the planet, some of the best, brightest, funniest, warmest, sweetest, smartest, and caring speakers and parents you will ever meet assemble in one place. Northern Virginia boasts the most robust and thriving Catholic homeschool community in the country and is the natural host for this National event. Nearly every single significant Catholic homeschool vendor is represented (often with a very large presence), and you are nearly certain to find anything you are looking for.

RArroyoHeadshotKermanRaymond Arroyo will give two 15-minute talks in the West Ballroom about his soon-to-be-released book, Kerman Derman and the Relic of Perilous Falls on Friday at 1:40pm, and on Saturday at 12:20pm.





Also making a special appearance is the United Nations International Pilgrim Statue of Our Lady of Fatima. Below is a video from a recent episode of Johnnette Benkovic’s show Women of Grace on which Judy Studer and the statue.


IHM Speakers

Note: Ken Cuccinelli had to cancel his appearance due to a scheduling conflict.
Fr. Shannon Michael Collins was born in 1964 and is a native of Cohasset, MA. After undergraduate and graduate work in history and education, he taught in Catholic schools for a number of years. Having completed his seminary training at St. Philip Neri Seminary in Toronto, Ontario, he was ordained to the priesthood on June 10, 2000.

Father has been a very strong proponent of Catholic homeschooling and, over the years, a very popular speaker at numerous Catholic homeschooling conferences across the United States. He has appeared on EWTN and had previously served as chaplain for the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament of Our Lady of the Angels Monastery in Hanceville, Alabama. Father is currently a traditional religious priest under Bishop Roger Foys of Covington, Kentucky.
Fr-Fisher-pic-webFr. Andrew Fisher is a native of northern Virginia, and played Division I baseball in college as a pitcher. He attended Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland, and was ordained to the priesthood on May 16, 1998. He has served as parochial vicar in St. William of York parish (Stafford), Queen of Apostles parish (Alexandria) and the Cathedral of St. Thomas More (Arlington). Fr. Fisher also served for six years as the Director of Liturgy at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington D.C.. Currently, he serves as pastor of St. Ambrose (Annandale).

As priest, Fr. Fisher still gets to play baseball as a pitcher for the DC Padres.
Fr. Sean Kopczynski is currently a traditional religious priest under Bishop Roger Foys of Covington, Kentucky, and had previously served as a chaplain to a monastery of Carmelite nuns.
Angelus webFr. Angelus Shaughnessy was born into a very large Catholic family in Pennsylvania and attended Catholic school under the guidance of the Sisters of Divine Providence. He entered St. Fidelis College and Seminary in Herman, Pa. which was staffed by the Capuchin-Franciscan Friars where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts.

A talented and capable athlete in his youth, Father Angelus turned down an offer to play professional baseball as a left-handed pitcher for the Cleveland Indians to enter the Capuchin Novitiate in Cumberland, Maryland. On July 14, 1953, Father solemnly professed his perpetual vows as a Capuchin Friar.

Father’s theological studies took him to Capuchin College in Washington, DC for four years where he received a Master’s Degree in Religious Education. On June 4, 1955, Father Angelus was ordained to the priesthood at the hands of Bishop John McNamara in the crypt of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

From 1956 until 1966, Father Angelus served as the Director of the Secular Franciscan Order at St. Augustine Church in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. In 1966, Father Angelus volunteered to work as a missionary in Papua New Guinea where he was spiritual director and teacher in the Pontifical Seminary of Madang for eleven years.

For three years, Father Angelus did pastoral work in the Mendi Diocese of the Southern Highlands. As a major part of his parochial ministry, Father and his parishioners built eleven permanent churches and three bush churches. While ministering to the needs of the people of Papua New Guinea, Father was privileged to baptize 1,227 men, women, and children. It was there also that Father’s fondness for swimming led to his mastery of walking in deep water for any distance – an unmatched record that was submitted to the Guinness Book of Records in London.

Father was reassigned to Western Pennsylvania in 1980. Under the auspices of St. Fidelis Retreat Center, he maintained a rigorous schedule of parish mission and renewals, preached and directed retreats, accepted parish help-outs, days of recollection and appointments for personal individual counseling. He continued this work for nine years out of St. Mary’s Friary, Export, PA and four years with St. Paulinus Church in Clairton, PA.

From 2001 – 2007, Father Angelus was stationed at EWTN in Birmingham, Alabama. There he served as Minister General to the Franciscan Missionaries of the Eternal Word. Father Angelus was happy to be a part of the apostolate of the Eternal Word Television Network where he was able to preach to 128 million households throughout the world.

At the present time, Father is the National Executive Director of the Archconfraternity of Christian Mothers.
johnnette webMrs. Johnnette Benkovic is Founder and President of Living His Life Abundantly International, Inc., a Catholic evangelization apostolate with outreaches in television, radio, print, and internet communications. She is also Founder of Women of Grace, a Catholic apostolate for Christian women that features a number of outreaches including conferences, curricula, study groups and more.

After years of being a non-practicing Catholic, Johnnette experienced a deep conversion back to her Catholic faith in 1981 and discerned a call to share the Gospel message through the media. She has been a consistent presence in Catholic radio since 1987 and in Catholic television since 1988.

Johnnette is Executive Producer of The Abundant Life (seen internationally on EWTN), a television program that discusses contemporary issues from a Catholic perspective. She is also host of Women of Grace Live, a one hour call-in radio talk show that airs live five times a week. She is heard nationally on AM/FM stations and internationally via short wave radio.

In addition, Johnnette is a popular conference speaker, retreat conductor, and seminar presenter, and has been published in major Catholic magazines. She is the author of several books including Full of Grace: Women and the Abundant Life, Grace-Filled Moments, Living Life Abundantly: Stories of People Who Have Encountered God, Experience Grace in Abundance: Strategies For Your Spiritual Life, and The New Age Counterfeit. Johnnette was married to her husband, Anthony, for nearly 34 years and became widowed in 2007. She is the mother of three adult children, two living.
2014 Bennett photo 1 webMrs. Laraine Bennett has a master’s degree in philosophy and is a freelance writer for many Catholic publications. Her newest book, A Year of Grace: 365 Reflections for Caregivers, was inspired by the last two years of her mom’s life. Together with her husband Art, she co-authored four popular books: The Temperament God Gave You, The Temperament God Gave Your Spouse, The Temperament God Gave Your Kids, and The Emotions God Gave You. The Bennetts have lived in California and in Germany and currently live in Northern Virginia. Art and Laraine have been married for thirty-six years and have four adult children—one of each temperament type!—and two grand babies.
Mrs. Laura Berquist, a graduate from Thomas Aquinas College in California, homeschooled her six children through high school. They are all now grown up and successfully through college, some with families of their own. She has nine grandchildren. Mrs. Berquist is the founder and director of Mother of Divine Grace School, a home study program currently serving around 4200 students. Mrs. Berquist is the author of Designing Your Own Classical Curriculum and editor of The Harp and Laurel Wreath: Poetry and Dictation for the Classical Curriculum. Based on the philosophy of the classical Trivium – grammar, logic, and rhetoric – she developed a modern classical homeschool curriculum for grades K-12 that strengthens character and intellect, and reinforces virtue.
Everett webMr. Everett Buyarski is the Academic Department Director for Kolbe Academy. He grew up in Southeast Alaska, and received his BA in Philosophy from Gonzaga University. While at Gonzaga he spent two years in the college seminary and successfully discerned that he was not called to the priesthood. Before starting with Kolbe in 2008; he taught high school math and science in rural Idaho.

In addition to managing the academic department at Kolbe, Everett also handles advising in the areas of theology, math, and science, and teaches 10th grade theology online. Everett speaks on a variety of topics, including Faith & Reason, Science Education, Social Justice, the Principle of Subsidiarity, and Sacramental Theology. Everett and his wife Melissa have 3 young boys, and live in American Canyon, CA.
Ken DavisonMr. Kenneth Davison was a Distinguished Graduate of the United States Air Force Academy. He was a Rhodes Scholar and earned a Master of Arts from Oxford University and a Master in Theological Studies from Ave Maria University.

During his business career, Ken has been an Air Force Officer, a brand manager at Procter & Gamble, a marketing and business development executive for several public and private companies, Vice President of College Relations for Belmont Abbey College, the creator several radio programs including “Glory Stories” and “The One-Minute Monk.” He continues to do business consulting.

Ken Davison is the co-founder with Patrick Madrid of The Envoy Institute, a nationwide outreach teaching Catholics to better understand, defend and share their faith, for which he currently serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer. He is also the founder and President of Holy Heroes ( which provides fun and catechetical products to help parents “bring the joy of the Faith to their families.”

Ken speaks at Catholic conferences about family life issues, especially about the role of a father and husband in leading and developing his children’s Catholic Faith and nurturing a Christian imagination in today’s toxic culture. His writings have appeared in numerous publications including the Knights of Columbus online magazine, Fathers for Good, This Rock, Homiletic and Pastoral Review, and others.

Living in North Carolina with his wife Kerri, Ken is a proud homeschooling father of eight children.
GraywebMr. Philip Gray and his wife homeschool their six children. With three left at home, they are hoping for a grandchild. Philip is a canon lawyer. His educational background includes studies in Philosophy, an undergraduate degree in Mental Health/Human Services and Theology, and licentiate and master’s degrees in Canon Law.

Philip founded Professional Canonical Services, a private canon law firm providing consultation and representation in the jurisdiction of the Catholic Church. He has worked as a social worker, counselor, diocesan tribunal administrator, adjunct professor of Theology and Canon Law, Vice-President of Catholics United for the Faith, and recently accepted the election as President of the St. Joseph Foundation. He is a consulter or director for numerous Catholic apostolates and religious orders, has published more than 50 articles on a variety of topics, and spoken at conferences and seminars from the International Theological Institute in Gaming, Austria to Anchorage, Alaska. He holds a mandate to teach the sacred sciences from the Bishop of Steubenville.
Ben-Hatke-webMr. Ben Hatke is an expert illustrator and storyteller. His first graphic novel was Zita the Spacegirl. He has published comics stories in the Flight series as well as Flight Explorer. In addition to writing and drawing comics, he also paints in the naturalist tradition and, occasionally, performs one-man fire shows. Ben lives and works in the Shenandoah Valley with his wife and their boisterous pack of daughters. Ben has done illustrations for many Catholic homeschooling books including Early Literacy for Young Catholics from Seton Press.
susiewebMrs. Susie Lloyd was born into a large Catholic family that spanned the baby boom through the hippie and preppie decades. She was educated in Catholic and public schools and in a parent-run catechetical center. She is a graduate of Thomas More College of Liberal Arts. She is the surprised recipient of three Catholic Press Association awards. Her articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, The Latin Mass Magazine, and The National Catholic Register. Her first two books, Please Don’t Drink the Holy Water and Bless Me, Father, for I Have Kids show the funny side of being a big Catholic homeschooling family in the modern world. Her latest book, Yes, God! draws parenting lessons from the home lives of young priests and religious. She and her husband Greg have seven lively children.
patrick_madrid_webMr. Patrick Madrid is the president of the Envoy Institute which, from 1996-2011, published the quarterly Catholic journal, Envoy Magazine. He has authored or edited 20 books on Catholic themes including, Pope Fiction, Search and Rescue, Does the Bible Really Say That? and Envoy for Christ: 25 Years as a Catholic Apologist. He edited and co-authored the multi-volume Surprised by Truth series. His total book sales, including foreign-language editions, are approximately 800,000 copies worldwide.

Over the past 27 years, Patrick has published numerous popular articles on Scripture, Church history, patristics, apologetics, and evangelization in various Catholic and Protestant periodicals, and he has contributed scholarly articles on apologetics in the New Catholic Encyclopedia.

Patrick worked at Catholic Answers for eight years (January 1988 to January 1996), where he served as vice president and helped launch that apostolate’s flagship magazine, This Rock, in January of 1990. During his time at Catholic Answers, he co-authored the booklet Pillar of Fire, Pillar of Truth, millions of copies of which have been printed (in English, Spanish, Arabic, German, French, Tagalog, and other languages) and distributed around the world.

Patrick is a life-long Catholic, not a convert. By God’s grace, he was raised in the Catholic Faith and has been a practicing Catholic his entire life. Growing up in Southern California, he attended grammar school at the Mission San Juan Capistrano parish school, where for several years he served as an altar boy for the parish’s daily Traditional Latin Mass in the famed Serra Chapel.

Patrick earned a bachelor of science degree in business from the University of Phoenix, as well as a B.Phil. in philosophy and an M.A. in dogmatic theology from the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio.

He has served as an adjunct professor of theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville and is a research fellow of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Studies. He is also an adjunct professor of theology in the Holy Apostles College and Seminary‘s distance graduate theology program.

Patrick hosts the popular “Right Here, Right Now” radio show, Monday through Friday from 4:00 to 5:00 pm ET. His show is produced by Immaculate Heart Radio and is broadcast on the EWTN Global Catholic Radio Network of approximately 230 AM & FM stations across the U.S., as well as on Sirius Satellite Radio (channel 130), globally via shortwave, and on the Internet. Patrick is also a frequent guest and occasional guest-host on the “Catholic Answers Live” program.

Patrick and his wife Nancy have been blessed with 11 children and even more grandchildren. Their most important goal as a couple is to hear the Lord Jesus say to them and their children one day, “Well done, good and faithful servants; you have been faithful over a little . . . now enter into the joy of your Master” (Matt. 25:21).
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.
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.
Judy webMrs. Judy Studer is a wife and mother of three adult children. She is a registered nurse and has been serving at Roger Williams Hospital in Providence. Since about 1994 she has been president of the Rhode Island Diocesan Division of the World Apostolate of Fatima (formerly known as the Blue Army of Our Lady of Fatima before it merged with the International Apostolate).

Over the years, Judy has visited countless parishes, groups, nursing homes, schools and even other hospitals speaking on the message of Fatima . She particularly has enjoyed a successful program of visiting many area parochial schools and religious education programs and teaching children how to make rosaries.

In recent years, Mrs. Studer has been the custodian of what has been named “The United Nations International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of the World Apostolate of Fatima.” It has been related that this image, blessed by the bishop of Fatima, was destined to be one of four International Pilgrim Statues. On December 8, 1952, this famous statue was brought to visit the Meditation Room of the United Nations, where Monsignor Colgan, founder of the Blue Army, led the recitation of the Rosary.

As custodian, she has taken the statue throughout New England and the United States. Judy has also taken the U.N. Statue to Ireland and India and has plans to go to other countries when time from her full time R.N. job permits.
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.
zimak webMr. Gary Zimak is a full time Catholic evangelist and the author of A Worrier’s Guide To The Bible, Listen To Your Blessed Mother and From Fear To Faith (coming in August). He is a frequent speaker at parishes and conferences across the country and is well known for his talks on overcoming anxiety.

Gary hosts a daily radio show on BlogTalkRadio and is a regular guest on Catholic Answers Live, EWTN’s The Son Rise Morning Show and Catholic Connection with Teresa Tomeo. He is a member of Catholics United for the Faith, the Knights of Columbus and The Catholic Radio Association and resides in New Jersey with his wife Eileen and twin daughters, Mary and Elizabeth. He is an instructor for RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) at Sacred Heart Parish in Riverton, NJ and the chaplain for the Catholic Business Network of South Jersey.

In addition, Gary and Eileen have been homeschooling parents for the past three years and LOVE IT!

IHM accepts vendors by invitation only; if you would like to be considered to be a vendor at the IHM National 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. For a more complete idea of what to expect, click here for last year’s final vendor listing.

Vendor Name and Description Table Number and Hometown
Angelicum Academy

The Angelicum Academy Homeschool Program is a nursery-12th grade curriculum for home education. It is complete – including all subjects, books, guides, and tests needed for all grades. Optional services for enrolled students include grading, transcript maintenance, online literature discussion classes and the finest online resources (such as Encyclopedia Britannica for students). Our Great Books Program may be taken for high school, college credit, or both.
1 Table
Morton, WA
Aquinas College

Aquinas College offers a dynamic academic experience in a welcoming and supportive Catholic environment. Guided by our outstanding faculty and the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia Congregation, students can choose from programs in liberal arts, business, nursing, and education on our beautiful 83-acre campus in Nashville, Tennessee.
1 Table
Nashville, TN
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 online support that we provide, continue the curriculum with their parents and siblings at home.
1 Table
Manassas, VA
Arma Dei

Offering carefully-crafted Catholic products intended to help celebrate our rich Tradition and Faith. Quality catechism and prayer-based books, paper craft kits, collector cards, playing cards, and quizzing cards are great educational tools and gifts for home, school, or parish.
3 Tables
Stouffville, ON, Canada
Laraine Bennett
1 Table
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 high fantasy fiction, devotional and scholarly works.
2 Tables
Merchantville, NJ
Belmont Abbey College

At Belmont Abbey, you will find a campus that is physically beautiful, an atmosphere that is friendly, and classes that will stimulate your mind, cultivate your spirit, and gladden your heart. At the Abbey, your classes will be small. Your professors will know you by name. You will get to know your classmates well and they will get to know you. You become part of the Catholic intellectual tradition that founded the world’s first universities and that continues to animate many of them today. You also partake of the Benedictine tradition of learning and holiness that has been a light to individuals and to nations for 1,500 years.
1 Table
Belmont, NC
Ben Hatke 1 Table
Bruce and John Clark 1 Table
Catholic Children’s E-Books

Catholic Children’s E-Books digitizes extraordinary children’s books from our Catholic heritage in order to make them easily available to a new generation of Catholic children. All books are available for Nook, Kindle, and IPad.
1 Table
Barnegat, NJ
Catholic Distance University

Catholic Distance University is an online university faithful to the Church’s teachings, offering accredited degrees in theology at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Our online learning format allows students to study at a time and place that best suits their busy schedules.
1 Table
Hamilton, VA
Catholic Education Center

The Catholic Education Center and Christ The Teacher College offer online Religious Education formation. Our courses may be used in faith formation certification and towards a Master of Religious Education degree through Christ the Teacher college. Educational resources are available for sale in our bookstores. Homeschooling discounts available.
1 Table
Warrenton, 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
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
College of Saint Mary Magdalen

The College of St. Mary Magdalen remains one of only 20 colleges in the U.S. to be named to the Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College. The College offers a classical liberal arts education–through its Great Books Program–that is rooted in Catholic social teaching and is loyal to the Magisterium of the Catholic Church. *Magdalen will be offering a 5-minute presentation as part of the IHM College Fair on Saturday morning.*
1 Table
Warner, NH
Coronae Rosarum

Coronae Rosarum Publications offers Catholic Enrichment for Parish programs, Catholic schools, and Homeschooling families, using beautiful artwork and age-appropriate texts that supplement any catechetical program. Heroes of Grace–on Saints, Virtues, and Devotions based on the current liturgical year (Sept.-May)–is available in a variety of formats. The Week of Graces, a Catholic Summer Program (VBS) with 20 years’ success for hundreds of children ages 5-12, uses beautiful art, dignified crafts, puzzles, prayers, songs, skits, and special events to inspire them to love their faith (choice of five curricula, including this year’s Opening the Door of Faith on the Holy Year of Faith 2013). CR also creates custom hand-made rosaries and religious jewelry.
1 Table
Vienna, VA
Discovery Toys

Discovery Toys offers the BEST in award-winning educational toys, books and games. Our products range from birth to adult and are excellent tools for homeschooling. Hostess opportunities available to earn free products. Earn while your children learn as a consultant.
1 Table
Fairfax, VA
(local rep)
Fools for Christ Media & Games

Fools for Christ Media & Games provides Catholic religious education resources. Our board and card games are meant for family, home-school, and classroom environments. Among our resources are Memory Match Cards, King Strong First Communion, and Destination Confirmation. Children, teens, and adults alike can review the Catholic faith while engaging in a fun, faith-filled interactive game.
1 Table
Charlestown, WV
Franciscan University of Steubenville

Academically Excellent. Passionately Catholic. About 17% of our incoming freshmen are homeschooled. Study in a supportive atmosphere that demands your best. Learn from highly respected, faith-filled faculty. Live what you believe at Franciscan University.
1 Table
Steubenville, OH
Gary Zimak
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

Language Arts and Liturgical Year resources; Catholic homeschool magazine; Latin mass liturgical magazine.
2 Tables
Lake Ariel, PA
Holy Family Press

Catholic Activity and Coloring Books; Dramatized Audio CDs; Movie on life of St. John Vianney.
2 Tables
Front Royal, VA
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!!!
4 Tables
Porter, TX
Holy Heroes

Holy Heroes provides materials to help you bring “the joy of the Faith to your families.” Flagship products include Glory Stories (heard on EWTN Global Catholic Radio and many local stations), Holy Heroes devotional CDs (such as the Holy Rosary, Stations of the Cross, and Best-Loved Catholic Prayers), and The Altar Gang. Free online “adventures” led by kids for kids are also available on our website, with over 10,000 families having participated in their most recent “Lenten Adventure.”
3 Tables
Cramerton, NC
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.
2 Tables
North Richland Hills, TX
Homeschool Lifeline 1 Table
Illuminated Ink

Unique educational Catholic games, toys, and craft kits.
8 Tables
Colfax, WI
Institute for Excellence in Writing

Andrew Pudewa’s award-winning writing curriculum (Teaching Writing: Structure and Style) and other writing helps. Also, literature, grammar, and spelling curriculum for home-educating families.
6 Tables
Locust Grove, OK
International Theological Institute

The International Theological Institute is a pontifical offering degrees in Catholic theology. We are located near Vienna, Austria, and have both undergraduate and graduate level study programs.
1 Table
Ojai, CA
JMJT Cards

JMJT Cards is a family-owned online gift shop. We specialize in original designed handmade rosaries, Catholic jewelry, stationary and much more. We also offer customized diplomas and announcements to reflect your homeschooling journey.
1 Table
Bedford, TX
John Paul the Great University

Pope John Paul II urged for a New Evangelization through means of communcations media. John Paul the Great Catholic University takes this mission to heart seeking to impact culture for Christ by focusing on majors in media and business.
1 Table
San Diego, CA
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.
18 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.
6 Tables
Napa, CA
Lighthouse Catholic Media

Lighthouse Catholic Media (LCM) promotes The Catholic Truth through high quality presentations on audio CD’s and MP3’s from well known Catholic speakers. LCM also offers additional forms of media, including books, booklets, pamphlets, and more.
1 Table
Gainesville, VA
Lillix Light & Sound

Lillix is the official audio recorder for the IHM National Conference. Come visit the Lilix tables to order copies of the 2014 talks in either CD or MP3 format!
1 Table
Little Latin Readers

Little Latin Readers is a complete Latin program for elementary through high school which will have you reading and speaking Latin today. Featuring small-format readers, coordinating workbooks and ecclesiastical CD pronunciation guides, Little Latin Readers will have you learn Latin better, faster, and more efficiently.
1 Table
Amityville, NY
Making Music Praying Twice

Making Music Praying Twice provides that path by bringing children and parents togther on the wings of music. Our program of music and movement designed to foster the Catholic faith and to enrich education and family life, pursues a profound goal: While the gift of music education is invaluable, the gift of music combined with prayer is immeasurable.
1 Table
Basking Ridge, NJ
mater et magistra Magazine Tables TBA

Math-U-See is a complete K-12 multi-sensory, skill-based math curriculum that includes DMVD instruction. May possibly have a K-6 spelling curriculum.
4 Tables
Lancaster, PA
Michele Quigley/The Catholic Daily Planner

Featuring the Catholic Daily Planner Liturgical & Appointment Planner. A useful, annual resource designed to help you live your Faith and order your life every day. Also available are lesson planners, menu planners and nature journals.
1 Table
Lancaster, PA
Missionary Childhood Association

The Missionary Childhood Association is an organization that tries to get students involved in missionary activities and develop a missionary spirit within their classroom/homeschool group. We provide curriculum supplements for existing homeschool programs which provide families with materials to learn about families and students in other countries, as well as activities that they can do. We are a pontifical organization which our bishop, Bishop Loverde, is trying to implement in all of the schools and homeschool groups in the diocese.
1 Table
Falls Church, VA
Mother of Divine Grace School

Mother of Divine Grace School offers a Catholic, classical approach to homeschooling. We want to meet the needs of each individual family, and we ralize that these needs will vary from family to family. Our consultants, teachers, lesson plans, materials, standardized testing, and assessments can provide families with clear educational goals, the appropriate level of support, as well as the needed structure and flexibilty.
2 Tables
Ojai, CA
Mount St. Mary’s University 1 Table
Emmitsburg, MD
My Catholic Faith Delivered

Offering Ignatius Press’ “Faith and Life”, MTF’s Didache series, and our own Faith Foundations course, our online courses bring the text to life with Pre and Post assessments voice overs, games, video prayers, and Steve Ray’s “Footprints of Christ”, your children will learn the Faith and retain the information like never before.
1 Table
Overland Park, KS
Nancy Larson Science

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.
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.
5 Tables
Post Falls, ID
Our Lady Seat of Wisdom

Recommended by the Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College, Our Lady Seat of Wisdom offers an excellent post-secondary Catholic Liberal Arts education of unmatched affordability in a small, vibrant and faithful Catholic community.
1 Table
Barry’s Bay, ON
Patrick Madrid 1 Table
Pauline Books and Media

In our children’s line, we publish books parents can trust. You can rest assured that Pauline Books & Media editions present solid Christian values with a Catholic perspective. Our pre-school and primary books make it easy for parents and teachers to introduce younger children to important aspects of the Faith.
3 Tables
Alexandria, VA
Project Nazareth

Project Nazareth’s mission is to inspire and encourage families to live in a spirit of simplicity and holy detachment similar to the life of the holy family in Nazareth.
1 Table
Fort Valley, VA
Raymond Arroyo 1 Table
RC History

Our Connecting with History program combines the study of Western Civilization with the Bible and Catholic Church history. It is a Catholic history program with a classical, chronological, family-centered approach using living books, hands-on projects, composition, discussion and memory work to understand the story of God’s plan for mankind through history.
1 Table
Andover, MN
RightStart Mathematics

RightStart Mathematics uses the AL Abacus to provide a visual, auditory, and kinesthetic experience. The program lessons guide the teacher day-by-day and year-by-year, helping children understand, apply, and enjoy mathematics while surpassing state standards.
2 Tables
Hazelton, ND
Sacred Heart Books & Gifts

We are a family owned apostolate bookstore, dedicated to our Lord and Lady. We focus on serving the family by providing discounts on a majority of our products year round. We offer 1000’s of homeschool and Catholic books and items for all styles of learning. We are now the exclusive retailer of Catholic Heritage Curriculum.
16 Tables
Liberty, MO
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).
34 Tables
Front Royal, VA
Seton Magazine
1 Table
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 only chance to pick up these great deals.
10 Tables
Front Royal, VA
St. Gregory’s University
1 Table
Shawnee, OK
St. Joseph’s Foundation
1 Table
Stone Tablet

Teach your child to read with the Little Angel Reader Catholic phonics series. Child-appealing phonetic stories, plus phonics workbooks and teacher’s manual. Grades K-2. Catholic, Bible, and saint stories included. Proven methods tested in classrooms.
1 Table
Wildwood, MO
Susie Lloyd
1 Table
TAN Books – Saint Benedict Press

Saint Benedict Press, founded in 2006, is the parent company for a variety of imprints including TAN Books, Catholic Courses, Benedict Bibles and Benedict Books. The company’s name pays homage to the guiding influence of the Rule of Saint Benedict and the Benedictine monks of Belmont Abbey, North Carolina, just a short distance from the company’s headquarters in Charlotte, NC. Saint Benedict Press is now a multi-media company. Its mission is to publish and distribute products reflective of the Catholic intellectual tradition and to present these products in an attractive and accessible manner.
5 Tables
Charlotte, NC
Teaching Textbooks

Teaching Textbooks makes math products designed exclusively for homeschoolers. Math 3 through Pre-Calculus.
2 Tables
Oklahoma City, OK
The Catholic Shop

The Catholic Shop carries only the very best in orthodox books available today, and comes with Catholic videos, CD’s, religious jewelry, statues, and religious art. We also carry Catholic apparel in the way of t-shirts.
3 Tables
Cincinnati, OH
Thomas Aquinas College

Great Books. Seminar discussions. Genuinely Catholic College. Aiming at Truth and intellectual facility in the major arts and sciences, students read original, classical texts and discuss them in seminars led by faculty. High School Juniors should consider the Great Books Summer Program.
1 Table
Santa Paula, CA
Thomas More College of Liberal Arts 1 Table
Merrimack, NH
Trojan Tub Entertainment

Trojan Tub Entertainment is a children’s entertainment company featuring the humorous Kingdom of Patria series for middle grade readers by Daniel McInerny.
1 Table
Irving, TX
University of Dallas

The University of Dallas is a Catholic institution that seeks to educate students, to develop intellectual and moral virtues, to prepare themselves for life and work, and to become leaders in the community. Through intensive teaching, interactive discourse, and critical analysis, the university promotes truth, virtue, and wisdom in the liberal arts and professional studies.
1 Table
Irving, TX
University of St. Thomas 1 Table
Usborne Books & More

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
Woodbridge, VA(local rep)
Vintage Holy Statues 1 Table
Front Royal, VA
Women of Grace 1 Table
World Apostolate of Fatima 1 Table
Wyoming Catholic College

Wyoming Catholic College offers a combined classical liberal arts and outdoor leadership education that forms the whole person in his three dimensions: body, mind, and spirit. We accomplish this by immersing our students in the beauty of the great outdoors, by introducing them to the wisdom of Western tradition and thought as found in the Great Books of the past millennia, and by making them part of a small, unmistakably Catholic community.
1 Table
Lander, WY

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Time Speaker Talk
9:00am Registration/Rosary
10:00am Mr. Gary Zimak
zimak web“Be Not Afraid” (To Homeschool)!

Gary will share some of the techniques that he and his wife Eileen use to combat the anxiety of the homeschooling experience. They know first hand that a strong faith plays a big part in a peaceful homeschooling experience. Drawing from his best-selling book, A Worrier’s Guide to the Bible, you’ll find that it is possible not to worry…even if you’re homeschooling!
10:00am Mrs. Susie Lloyd
susiewebPut the Oxygen Mask on Yourself First

You can’t give what you don’t have. Susie lightheartedly discusses how and why moms can and should get what they need.
10:00am Mrs. Judy Studer
Judy webSaying Yes to Mary

It is so important today, more than ever, to instill in our children a deep devotion and love of Our Heavenly Mother. Mrs. Studer will show you how, in her own life, she has said yes to Mary and how important it is for families today to say yes to Mary. Our Heavenly Mother has done so much for us, yet she asks so little of us. You will learn that saying yes to Mary gives us hope and peace.
11:00am Mr. Patrick Madrid
patrick_madrid_webSearch and Rescue: How You Can Help People Come Home to the Church

This talk explains ten crucial “dos and don’ts” for Catholics who want to share, explain, and defend their Catholic beliefs. With a generous helping of humorous anecdotes, biblical examples, and practical illustrations, this talk equips lay Catholics with the tools they need to help their family, friends, and co-workers come into (or back into) the Catholic Church.
11:00am Mr. Philip Gray
GraywebPrimal Educators: The Obligation to Instruct, the Right to Homeschool

Parents are educators because they are parents. The Church is an educator because it is the Church. The rights and obligations of each complement the other, and do not conflict. Mr. Gray will present the foundations for parents’ obligation to educate, their right to choose the method of education, and the Church’s obligation to respect their decisions and support them.
11:00am Mrs. Laraine Bennett
2014 Bennett photo 1 webThe Emotions God Gave You

Saints and wise spiritual directors teach us that we must avoid either of the two extremes of suppressing our emotions or letting our emotions run wild. Yet on an ordinary homeschooling day, when the baby is crying and the toddler is having a meltdown, and the school-age kids are all waiting for their next assignment, this is easier said than done! How can we learn to manage our emotions in a healthy way?
Noon-2:00pm Vendor Area Opens/Lunch
2:00pm Fr. Shannon Collins
Fr. Shannon webHomeschool Families and the Restoration of Christian Civilization

The modern world is in a state of moral decay. The death of the West seems inevitable. But do not lose hope, for Catholic homeschool families are called to be a part of that restoration process prophesized by numerous saints. Through the Blessed Mother’s powerful intercession, especially under the title of Our Lady of Covadonga, an age of peace will come.
2:00pm Dr. Daniel McInerny
mcinerny webChildren’s Literature, Catholicism, and the Golden World

Children’s literature is one of the chief ways parents form the hearts and minds of their children. Dr. McInerny’s aim is to help parents understand how children’s literature is connected with truth; how it should be an integral part of our literary enjoyment; and why a Catholic understanding of children’s literature gives us the best perspective on this genre’s moral richness.
2:00pm Fr. Andrew Fisher
Fr-Fisher-pic-webCatholicism, Colonists, and Confederates

This talk is an introduction to Catholic Church History in the early days of the United States. Explore the saints, heroes, and humble beginning of the Church in the colonies and a new nation. Through stories, original sources, and a slide show, learn to love Church history and its role in forming the identity of our nation.
3:00pm 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.
3:00pm Fr. Angelus Shaughnessy
Angelus webWill the Lord Find Our Faith Alive When He Comes Again?

What are we doing now to live our Catholic Faith in love? Don’t try to prove to me that there is a God! Show me by your actions that your belief in God makes a real difference in your life. Everybody is looking for authenticity and credibility in you!
3:00pm Mr. Patrick Madrid
patrick_madrid_webPope Fiction: Answers to Myths and Misconceptions About the Papacy

This talk covers many common biblical and historical misunderstandings about the papacy, including papal infallibility. Was Peter the first pope? What about the bad popes? What role did the popes play in the Inquisition, the Crusades, and the Galileo Affair? Were there ever three popes at one time? Was there ever a female imposter pope called “Pope Joan”? And more.
4:00pm Mrs. Laura Berquist
Laura BerquistEternal Reasons to Homeschool

Homeschooling provides an excellent education, real socialization skills (as well as valuable life skills, especially family life skills), and provides, most importantly, more opportunities to develop a relationship with God. No other educational venue provides the same opportunities for excellent formation.
4:00pm Fr. Sean Kopczynski
confessionThe King’s Wine Tasters

In the old days, a king, the most important personage of a realm, had a wine taster to make sure he did not drink anything harmful. We have a King. He has a realm—our souls, our families, and our world. To prevent Him from being exposed to poison in our souls and families, we need wine tasters.
4:00pm Mr. Ben Hatke
Ben-Hatke-webThe Art of Visual Storytelling

Where do stories come from? How do you invent new characters? How do words and pictures work together? Why are stories magic? Can the right story change the world? Ben introduces the process involved in making graphic novels in his “three secrets of comics” and explores the process behind visual storytelling. His presentation includes live drawing, mask work, and question and answers.
5:00-6:30pm Vendor Sales/Dinner
6:30pm Mr. Patrick Madrid
patrick_madrid_webAnswers to Lies Society Tells You

A fast-paced, information-packed look at several common fallacies we frequently encounter in our culture, including: “If it feels good, do it,” “There’s no such thing as objective truth,” “The earth is overcrowded,” “Suffering is bad,” “Abortion is wrong, except in cases of rape and incest,” “Belief in Christ is just a blind leap of faith,” “Question authority!” and more.
6:30pm 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.
6:30pm College Fair
CollegebannerAdmissions representatives from Catholic colleges around the country will be giving 5-minute presentations about their respective institutions. This is perfect for teens and parents. Free copies of the Cardinal Newman Society’s My Future, My Faith will be given out to anyone who attends.
7:30pm Mr. Kenneth Davison
Ken DavisonTen Tips to Capture Your Child’s Imagination for Christ

Home education is incomplete without active steps to inspire your child’s imagination with the wonder and joy of the Faith. Imagination is the gateway to your child’s intellect, but it is often left neglected in the pursuit of knowledge and facts. Obtain practical insights from great Catholic thinkers to feed young imaginations with beauty, truth, and goodness.
7:30pm Mr. Everett Buyarski
Everett webHomeschooling for the Survival of the Catholic Church in America

Servant of God Father John Hardon once said that homeschooling is necessary for the survival of the Catholic Church in America. Everett will draw on the words of Pope Benedict XVI about needing “islands of spiritual concentration” to discuss this necessity in light of our call to engage the culture.
9:00pm Conference Closes for the Day
Time Speaker Talk
9:00am Registration/Rosary
9:30am Fr. Shannon Collins
Fr. Shannon webCatechetical Nightmares: What Religious Books Should I Use?

We can never overlook the dangerous, subliminal consequences of bad books, especially in regards to religious subjects. A good book on the Faith can help save a soul, whereas a bad book filled with errors and ambiguity can lead a soul astray. Which resources should we consult and which should we avoid?
9:30am 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.
10:30am Mrs. Johnnette Benkovic
johnnette webCatholics in the New Millennium

We were created by God “for such a time as this.” As Catholics, we have a distinct call and mission in the 21st Century. What is it and how do we comply with it? This talk will answer these two questions and give practical strategies as we face the unprecedented challenges of our day and time.
10:30am Mrs. Laura Berquist
Laura BerquistStaying the Course: How to Avoid Burnout

The homeschooling mother has one of the most important jobs in the world. As in any difficult job, there can come a time when she feels like she just can’t keep going. How can we keep our eyes fixed on the goods we had when we started homeschooling? This talk discusses the wisdom gleaned from talking to homeschooling moms who have ‘stayed the course’ joyfully.
11:30am 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.
11:30am Fr. Sean Kopczynski
confessionComing out of Egypt and Staying out of Egypt

In the Scriptures, Egypt is the home of all that is of the world, the flesh, and the devil. Today, more than ever, our culture has returned to Egypt and has forgotten God. Many faithful Catholic families have turned to homeschooling in an effort to resist the pull and errors of Egypt. How can we keep from losing our identity? How can we be in the world without being of the world?
12:30-2:00pm Vendor Sales/Lunch
2:00pm Mrs. Susie Lloyd
susiewebRaising Kids Who Really ARE Cool (instead of just trying to be)

Susie was originally drawn to homeschooling by meeting homeschooled teenagers. They had real personalities! Is it just homeschooling? Or is it so much more? Susie shares what she has learned from parents, saints, and her own 20 years of homeschooling.
2:00pm Fr. Angelus Shaughnessy
Angelus webKnow Your Faith! Love Your Faith! Share Your Faith!

Is there anything more important in this world than our faith in God? His primary collaborators and teachers are parents, who by word and example, teach with authenticity and credibility because they love their children. There is no greater responsibility this side of Heaven!
3:00pm Mrs. Johnnette Benkovic
johnnette webTriumph of the Immaculate Heart: What Does It Have to Do with You?

What does the message of Our Lady of Fatima indicate about our current time and its challenges? As we approach the 100th Anniversary of her apparitions in Portugal, are we any closer to the triumph of the Immaculate Heart, and can we anticipate extra-ordinary graces to be released from Heaven?
3:00pm Mr. Philip Gray
GraywebSacramental Preparation: An Obligation of Parents, Not a Right

According to Canon Law, obligatory preparation for First Sacraments for children is a burden of parents, not pastors and their staff. Mr. Gray will present the foundations for this obligation, and discuss the real obligations of pastors and their staff on this issue.
4:30pm Conference Ends