Here we have archived the speakers, vendors, and schedule for 2015.
Friday June 19th, 2015
9:00am to 9:00pm
Saturday June 20th, 2015
9:00am to 4:30pm
Fredericksburg Expo and
2371 Carl D. Silver Parkway
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Mrs. Virginia Seuffert
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 Illinois Association of Roman Catholic Home Educators...
Dr. Ray Guarendi
Dr. Ray Guarendi is the father of 10 adopted children, many of whom have been homeschooled. He is a clinical psychologist, author, public speaker and nationally syndicated radio and television host. His radio show, “The Doctor Is In,” can be heard weekdays on ETWN Radio....
Mrs. Colleen Carroll Campbell
Mrs. Colleen Carroll Campbell began her writing career at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where she served as editor-in-chief of the campus magazine, president of the campus chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, and a freelance writer for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel...
Dr. Jonathan Reyes
Dr. Jonathan Reyes, Executive Director of the Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, was educated at the University of Michigan, where he studied European History as a Rackham Fellow. He earned a Ph.D. in European History...
Dr. Bill Thierfelder
Dr. Bill Thierfelder is currently President of Belmont Abbey College, a Catholic Benedictine institution founded in 1876, located 10 miles west of Charlotte, NC. Prior to his appointment as President of Belmont Abbey College, Dr. Thierfelder successfully lead and transitioned fitness legend, York Barbell Company, from a manufacturer to a solutions-based partner providing sales, marketing, product development...
Mr. Ken Cuccinelli
The Honorable Ken Cuccinelli is the former Attorney General of Virginia, having served from 2010 to January of this year. As Virginia’s Attorney General, Mr. Cuccinelli focused on defending constitutional rights and protecting Virginians from the burdensome regulations of the Environmental Protection Agency, the Federal Communications Commission...
Msgr. Charles Pope
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...
Mrs. Mary Ellen Barrett
Mrs. Mary Ellen Barrett is a mother of eight children and wife to David. She is a lifelong New Yorker and an active member of her parish Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Lindenhurst, New York. Mary Ellen is a columnist for The Long Island Catholic and chronicles the journey of living a faithful, but imperfect, Catholic family life on her weblog, Tales from the Bonny Blue House...
Prof. Steve Weidenkopf
Steve Weidenkopf is a Lecturer of Church History at the Notre Dame Graduate School of Christendom College in Alexandria, Virginia. He is the author of The Glory of the Crusades (2014) published by Catholic Answers. His presentations on “The Real Story of the Crusades”, “The Real Story of the Inquisition” and “The Real Story of the Reformation”...
Mrs. Colleen Billing
Mrs. Colleen Billing is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor’s degree in Speech and Interpersonal Communication and a minor in the teaching of English. After teaching high school Speech and English for several years in the city of Chicago, she retired to start her family...
Prof. Mary Stanford
Prof. Mary Stanford received her Master of Theological Studies degree from the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family in Washington, DC. A married homeschooling mother of six children, Mary occasionally moonlights as an adjunct instructor for the Theology Department of Christendom College...
Fr. Andrew Fisher
Fr. 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....
Mr. Shak Hill
Mr. Shak Hill spent 9 years as a pilot in the Air Force, upon graduating from the United States Air Force Academy, and flew combat missions during Desert Storm. During his time at the Academy, Shak and Robin met, fell in love, and were married right after his graduation. It was the beginning of a storybook romance....
Mrs. Melissa Savage
Mrs. Melissa Savage resides in North Carolina with her husband, Jerome, and their six children. The Savages began homeschooling after realizing the public school system would not work for their oldest, Thomas. Melissa was reluctant to homeschool because she thought she lacked what it would take...
Mrs. Michele Quigley
Mrs. Michele Quigley is the wife of Tim, mother of ten, grandmother, veteran homeschooler, and a convert of 30+ years to the Catholic faith. She is an active member of the St. Anthony’s Latin Mass community, and has worked as a catechist and RCIA director at St. Mary’s parish...
Fr. Christopher Pollard
Fr. Christopher Pollard was born in Alexandria, Virginia, and grew up in Annandale, attending Fairfax County Public Schools until high school at Bishop Ireton. He received his undergraduate degree in Philosophy from the University of Chicago and then began studies at the Notre Dame Institute...
Mr. Ethan Demme
Mr. Ethan Demme is the President and CEO of Demme Learning (the makers of Math-U-See) and is passionate about finding the best ways to build lifelong learners. Ethan is an elected member of the board of supervisors in East Lampeter Township and is an active member of his local community....
Mr. Nick Marmalejo
Mr. Nick Marmalejo hails originally from the Chicagoland area. After graduating Christendom College in 2001 with a major in history, Nick chose to make his home in the mountains of Appalachia. His life’s work has led him into several occupations, such as high school disciplinarian...
Mrs. Krista Thomas
Mrs. Krista Thomas is the devoted wife of Sean for 20 years, mother of three, veteran homeschooling mother, and Catholic convert. Together, they began the homeschooling venture to create a more authentic domestic church within their home. Krista has gleaned much practical experience over the years...
Fr. Larry Swink
Fr. Larry Swink was born on Midway Island (in U.S. territory), the oldest of 10 children. A graduate of the University of Dallas, he earned his degree in Political Philosophy. Before joining the Immaculate Conception seminary in 2001, he worked for Morgan Stanley as a Financial Advisor...
Mrs. Abby Sasscer
Mrs. Abby Sasscer was born in the Philippines and came to the United States in 1986. She is a wife, homeschooling mother of three, author, speaker and founder of Project Nazareth. In 2004, Abby’s family moved to a small home in the mountains...
Mrs. Tara Brelinsky
Mrs. Tara Brelinsky is a veteran homeschooling mother of 8 living children, with 6 more heavenly ones. Married to her childhood sweetheart for over 20 years, they make their home in North Carolina where they teach Natural Family Planning, grow a garden, raise two dogs, a hamster, ducks, roosters and a flock of hens (in addition to all those wonderful kids)....
Dr. Catherine Moran
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....
American Life League's Culture of Life Studies Program provides pro-life educational materials, unit studies, and e-lessons for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. CLSP uses authentic Catholic social teaching and biblical principles to equip students with the tools they need to be evangelizers of the pro-life message. In December of 2017 the program was granted a nihil obstat and imprimature by the Diocese of Arlington, where we are located.
THE ANGELICUM ACADEMY HOMESCHOOL PROGRAM is a nursery-12th grade curriculum for home education. It is complete - includes all subjects for all grades. Optional services for enrolled students include grading, transcripts, online literature discussion classes and the finest online resources (such as Encyclopaedia Britannica for students). Our Great Books Program may be taken for high school, college credit, or both.
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.
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.
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.
Publishers of the popular Little Flowers Girls’ Club and Blue Knights Catholic Boys programs as well as the Glory of America series of Catholic fiction for kids. Behold Christ Club Foundation, a sister organization, also puts on annual retreats for moms and daughters called Mary's Garden Party. Visit our website under Summer Camps.
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.
Bruce and John Clark
CAINA provides on-site presentations and writings that empower Catholic adults and youth to address challenges to the Faith from our increasingly secular society. CAINA erases doubts about God's existence, Jesus' divinity, our salvation, the need to attend Mass, suffering, etc. CAINA's first book is "The Reality of God: The Layman's Guide to Scientific Evidence for the Creator", published by St. Benedict Press.
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.
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.
Chesterton Press is the publisher and distributor of fun Catholic fiction that evangelizes the imagination by telling a good story inspired by the innocent wit and wisdom of the great English writer G. K. Chesterton.
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.
Demme Learning specializes in unique sequential learning tools for home or small-group learning. Demme Learning comprises Math-U-See, Spelling You See, KinderTown, and Building Faith Families.
Discovery Toys specializes in high quality, kid powered learning products for children of all ages since 1978. Our toys, books and gamesare recommended by child development professionals to develop the fundamental building blocks necessary for creative thinking and learning success. Turn playtime into learning time with Discovery Toys.
Dr. Catherine Moran
EWTN, the world's largest religious media network, airs family and religious programming from a Catholic viewpoint through television, radio, and the internet. EWTN offers talk shows, children's animation, live coverage of church events, and documentaries, all consistent with the Magisterium, and in English and Spanish. EWTN also publishes the National Catholic Register bi-weekly.
Faithful and True Catholic Book Store will once again participate at the National IHM Conference. After over 19 years in business as a brick and mortar store, we are transitioning to a web based store. We will have a variety of the Catholic goods: rosaries, scapulars, icons, veils, and more.
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.
Academically Excellent. Passionately Catholic. About 20% 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.
Language Arts and Liturgical Year resources; Catholic homeschool magazine; Latin mass liturgical magazine.
We publish Catholic books and media including Activity/Coloring Books for children, dramatized audio CDs for the whole family and other items.
Holy Heroes provides materials and free online “Adventures” to help you bring "the joy of the Faith to your family." You may have heard of their Glory Stories saint story audio CDs which have been broadcast on Catholic Radio or perhaps your family was one of the 40,000 families who participated in one of their free online "Adventures" – Advent Adventure or Lenten Adventure, or last year’s new “Spiritual Adoption – Prayer Adventure.”
Homeschool Connections is a Catholic online curriculum provider, bringing the best Catholic instructors to you from around the world. Answering Blessed John Paul II’s call to the New Evangelization, Homeschool Connections uses the latest technology to give you live, interactive classes; independent-learning classes; free webinars for Catholic parents; and the Catholic History Video Project.
Since 1983 HSLDA have been pioneers in the homeschooling movement, and they are still fighting for homeschoolers today. They are the only organization that lobbies on behalf of homeschoolers in Washington D.C. and are a bastion of support, not just providing legal, but also practical, everyday support for 85,000 homeschooling families across the country.
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.
Unique educational Catholic games, toys, and craft kits.
Andrew Pudewa's award-winning curriculum Teaching Writing: Structure and Style and other writing helps: literature, grammar, and spelling programs for home-educating families.
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.
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.
Kolbe Academy Homeschool provides curriculum and books that are CATHOLIC–loyal to the Magisterium, CLASSICAL in approach, IGNATIAN in method, and FLEXIBLE in practice.
Our mission is to help Catholics understand, live, and share their faith. We do so by providing CDs, books and video-based study programs for individuals and parishes to grow in their faith. We have a web-based subscription program, FORMED, for parishes including movies, audio talks, downloadable books and video based study programs available to everyone right in their own homes on their own internet devices. Spanish and children's content included. Stop by the table and see!
The Catholic Daily Planner. The #1 Catholic planner since 2003. Two sizes, four styles and 15 beautiful cover options. A useful, annual resource desigend to help you live your Faith and order your life - every day.
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.
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.
Nancy Larson® Science uses a hands-on, cross-curricular aproach wrapped in a scientific conversation between parent and child. Children ages 5-12, work as scientists, learning through a multi-sensory approach, developing higher-level thinking skills, and retaining concepts. We've done the planning, preparation, and include a complete kit, so parents can focus on teaching rather than searching for materials.
Northeast Catholic College is a residential Catholic liberal arts college in New Hampshire. The College seeks through the rigorous study and discussion of primary texts through its “Great Books” liberal arts program—and through its vibrantly Catholic student life, to call students to the lifelong pursuit of intellectual and moral virtue.
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.
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.
Pauline Books and Media is the publishing house of the Daughters of St. Paul, a religious congregation dedicated to evangelization with the Media. We publish Catholic books, music, and DVDs to help the whole family grow in Faith and Love for Jesus. Topics include Lives of the Saints, Biographies, Scripture, Catholic Fiction, Prayer, and Spirituality. We will give a free book by Danielle Bean with any purchase while supplies last. We have new titles, sale items, and we will be having a free raffle. Keep us in mind for Catholic bookfairs in your area!
Peaceful Interiors offers professional organizing tips and ideas for home management. Two valuable organizational items will be for sale. The first item is a CD with 10 PDF files including a meal planner, school schedule, chore/allowance chart, shopping list, and more, which is Mac & PC compatible. The second item is an 80 minute DVD video tour of Mrs. Billing's home, with hundreds of tips to help organize each room of your home!!!
Project Nazareth's mission is to inspire and encourage families to declutter and simplify their lives. We look to the Holy Family and the virtues they exemplified in their home in Nazareth, particularly the virtues of unconditional love, simplicity, holy detachment, trust in Divine Providence and true order within the domestic church. Abby Sasscer, founder of Project Nazareth, continues to write books and blogs in order to spread the message of simple living.
Queen of Heaven Academy (QHA) offers an economical online curriculum that is faithful to the intellectual, moral, and spiritual traditions of the Catholic Church. Founded in 1995, Queen of Heaven Academy carries on the proven classical curriculum, 4 - 12th grade that has prepared students for acceptance in colleges across the nation and internationally. Homeschoolers, groups, co-ops, and schools all benefit from Queen of Heaven Academy's Catholic curriculum that is conveniently scheduled across three different time zones. Queen of Heaven offers assistance for special needs students and makes the internet a safe place for students with our exclusive St. John's SafetyNet program. Queen of Heaven Academy's high school program is accredited through the National Association of Private Catholic and Independent Schools (NAPCIS). Please visit www.queenofheavenacademy.org to learn more or email email@example.com
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.
Sacred Heart Books & Gifts offers a variety of Catholic homeschool curriculum and supplements for all grades. We offer most of our products at 15% off retail price to help our customers save money.
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, Seton offers a $30 per child discount on a full enrollment (grades PreK-12).
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.
Seton Testing Services provides standardized testing for homeschoolers.
At St. Augustine Academy Press, we believe that what children read really matters. To meet this need, we offer classic out-of-print titles portryaing Catholic virtues that both children and parents will love. We also specialize in reprinting the work of Mother Mary Loyola, author of The King of the Golden City, so that a new generation may benefit from the strength of her catechetical work as well as her unique insight into the truths of our Faith.
St. Gregory's is a Roman Catholic University, offering through the master's degree level a liberal arts education that has been cherished and handed down in the educational institutions of the Benedictine Order. We promote the education of the whole person in the context of a Christian community in which students are encouraged to develop a love of learning and to live lives of balance, generosity and integrity. As Oklahoma's only Catholic university, St. Gregory's reaches out to members of other faiths who value the distinctive benefits which it offers.
The Little Angel Readers make it easy for parents to teach their child to read. Over 90 phonograms are taught, using a variety of proven phonics methods. Child-appealing stories include Catholic family life, saints, Bible and folktales. Series of 4 readers, workbooks, and teacher manual. Grades K-2.
Prayer books, best-selling children's scriptural rosary book-- Speak Lord, I Am Listening.
TAN Books has been the publisher you can trust with your faith for over fifty years, specializing in traditional, Catholic titles, especially those on and by the saints. In 2014, we founded TAN Homeschool in order to serve the next generation of Catholics. Since then, our Story of the Bible and Story of Civilization product lines have delighted young readers and satisfied parent’s longing for quality, Catholic content. The best is yet to come with all sorts of exciting new things we have set to be released in the coming years!
Math curriculum specifically designed for Homeschoolers. Math 3 through Pre-Calculus. Teaching Textbooks is approved by Seton Home Study School as a replacement math curriculum for Saxon Math.
Thomas Aquinas College is a genuinely Catholic college where original works replace textbooks and class discussions replace lectures. Aiming at truth in the major arts and sciences, students grapple with prominent and pivotal works of Western civilization: Plato, Aristotle, St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas, Homer, Shakespeare, Newton, Einstein, Madison, Tocqueville, and many others. With this broad, integrated education, graduates go on to successful careers in fields ranging from medicine and law to journalism, higher education, and religious vocations. The College’s student body comes from 37 states and 9 foreign countries, and is 95% Catholic. As well, over 40% come from homeschool or distance learning programs. To find out more about the College or Summer Program for high school students, speak with Scott Benigar, Associate Director of Admissions, in the vendor area or visit our website.
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.
Vintage Holy Statues
For nearly 3000 students from 40 states and 35 countries, the search for the right college has led them to Walsh University. Here, on the 136-acre main campus and satellite campuses in Akron, Canfield, and just outside of Rome, Italy, they have found that learning transcends the classroom, caring faculty help students aim higher, and leadership requires more than intellect. As an independent, Catholic university, we encourage individuals to act in accordance with reason guided by the example and teachings of Jesus Christ. Our aim is to develop students' mind, body and spirit - this is Walsh's distinguished tradition and the heart of its appeal.
Wyoming Catholic College offers a liberal arts education in three dimensions—mind, body, and spirit. We accomplish this by immersion: immersion in the profound truth of our Western tradition in the Great Books; immersion in the challenging beauty of mountains and wilderness in our Outdoor Leadership Program; and immersion in the divine goodness of our Catholic spiritual heritage in liturgy, sacraments, and community. Wyoming Catholic is also the the closest Newman Guide College to Denver, just 6 hours away, and offers four-year, full-tuition scholarships for Colorado students each year.
Friday, June 19
9:00am – Registration/Rosary
10:00 – 10:45am
5 Steps to Better Behavior
Often homeschooling succeeds or fails based on students’ behavior. Discipline can be tough to enforce, but is not complicated to understand. Ginny offers five simple ideas to get you started.
Teacher Survival 101
This talk covers tips and strategies on setting personal ground rules and principles for maintaining morale and avoiding burnout. Certified teacher, former disciplinarian, and a homeschooling father of 3, Mr. Marmalejo will provide his personal pathways and insights for handling the daily trials and joys of homeschooling.
Shielding Your Family Against Homeschool Envy
Weighed against your nephew’s perfect test scores and your sister’s immaculate house, your homeschooling household may leave you feeling less than successful. But God’s blessings are there in the midst of the chaos and dirty dishes.
11:00 – 11:45am
This talk will consider the nature of Catholic leadership, as rooted in discipleship, requiring character formation, and ordered to the good. It will also discuss practical ways of helping our children see the importance of the leadership roles they must take on in our present historical and cultural moment.
Understanding and Teaching Children with ADD/ADHD or Autism
Have you ever felt that there are days when no one understands your day-to-day struggles with teaching your child who has these learning disabilities, or days you just want to give up? Take heart; you are not alone, and there is help for you. This presentation covers the issues and struggles parents encounter teaching children with these learning difficulties.
15 Important Things I’ve Learned in 15 years of Homeschooling
This will be a high energy talk with everything from teaching our kids how to pray, to mom taking care of herself, to frequenting the sacraments, to saying NO to too many extracurricular activities.
12:00 – 2:00pm Vendor Area Opens/Lunch
(Vendor Area remains open for the rest of the conference)
2:00 – 2:45pm
Feeling disconnected? Prayer is a bore? Falling into old habits? These symptoms could be a case of lukewarmness. Listen to a talk on the cause and the cure for this spiritual virus.
Creating an Atmosphere of Love and Learning in the Home
An atmosphere of love, learning, and levity can change the whole game in your homeschool. Mary Ellen will share tips on how to create an atmosphere that encourages discipline, enjoyment, love of faith and family, in which the children will come to love learning.
North Ballroom – Teen Program
Scrupulosity and Other Ailments of the Devout
The closer we grow to God, the more we appreciate that sin is such a terrible offense against Him. However, it is possible to be so focused on the offense of sin that we don’t appreciate the great mercy and grace God gives us. Learn how important prudence and grace are in our efforts to grow closer to God.
3:00pm – 3:45pm
You’re a Better Parent Than You Think!
Anyone who works with children today is having his confidence, peace of mind, and authority undercut by widespread myths of “experts” and the media. Dr. Ray identifies several of the most pervasive of these myths, and helps moms and dads realize they are better parents and teachers than they might think.
North Ballroom – Teen Program
The Cost of Discipleship: Taking Up Our Cross
What does it really mean to follow Christ? What is He asking of me? Will I be happy? Our lives are part of a great epic story, and each of us has a role to play. In saying yes to follow Christ, we also are saying yes to helping others see that they have a great call. To follow Christ is not easy, but there is nothing greater, and nothing else that can bring us true joy.
4:00pm – 4:20pm
The Miracle of Marriage
When God says, “They are no longer two, they are one,” He is teaching us about a work that He has begun. But given human sinfulness and frailty, His work requires nothing short of a miracle. Even the best marriages have tensions. But God’s graces and mercies are not exhausted, and couples need to learn how to persevere through difficulties to the miracle of unity.
How to Be a Homeschool Supermom
What does it take to be a Homeschool Supermom? Superpowers, of course–and every homeschool mom is equipped with superpowers to provide an incredibly satisfying Catholic homeschool experience that saves souls! Homeschool dads can have the same powers too.
North Ballroom – Teen Program
Dreaming Dangerously: Finding and Pursuing Your Life Dreams
It’s a great big world out there, and as a young adult, you’re trying to find your way. You need to make a living, but you also want a life. What about those scary words, “career,” “vocation,” “calling”? Relax. Breathe. In this talk, I share stories and practical tips designed to provide you with the confidence and starting foundation you need to discover and pursue your life dream.
5:00 – 6:30pm Vendors Sales/Dinner
6:30 – 7:15pm
Reclaiming American Fatherhood
Faced with the inability to have more children due to Robin’s cancer, Shak and Robin decided to become foster parents. In all, they have foster-parented 46 children, and adopted four. In a world running away from fatherhood, Shak explains the joys of fatherhood and his deep appreciation for the difference a Godly father can make—both in the family and in American society.
Communication Technology and Our Kids: What are We Risking?
Managing our children’s use of technology has become a paramount issue for our time. By making a close examination of the nature of human communication, this talk will illustrate some of the serious risks that our culture’s forms of “disembodied communication” pose, as well as encourage parents to maintain an atmosphere at home that is truly worthy of the human person.
North Ballroom – College Fair
College Fair 2015
Admissions representatives from Catholic colleges around the country will be giving 5-minute presentations about their respective institutions. This is perfect for teens and parents. Our participating colleges include: Aquinas College, Belmont Abbey College, Christendom College, Franciscan University of Steubenville, Northeast Catholic College, Our Lady Seat of Wisdom, St. Gregory’s University, Thomas Aquinas College, Thomas More College of Liberal Arts, and Wyoming Catholic College.
7:30 – 8:15pm
Fighting Mad: Practical Solutions for Overcoming Anger
Are you angry? Why? How does your anger impact the other members of your family? Dr. Ray cuts through the psychobabble to present a realistic picture of anger and other emotional issues, and then offers practical solutions for overcoming them.
Simplifying Your Domestic Church
This talk will present tips on how to declutter and organize your domestic church. These tips come straight from Abby’s book entitled Simplifying Your Domestic Church: A Spiritual Journal to Help Declutter, Organize and Systemize the Home.
9:00pm – Day Ends
Saturday, June 20
9:00am – Registration/Rosary
9:30 – 10:15am
Walking with the Women Saints
Former presidential speechwriter Colleen Carroll Campbell shares her own journey of faith in the company of the women saints, based on her bestselling book, My Sisters the Saints: A Spiritual Memoir. Colleen, who is herself a homeschooling mother, unpacks the lessons the saints teach us about living our Catholic faith joyfully and genuinely in today’s culture, as we journey toward our eternal home.
The Catholic Vision and Practice of Sports
Learn why play and sport are essential to who you are as a person. Listen to fascinating stories about incredible athletes who exhibited virtue under the most difficult circumstances. Learn the secrets to world-class performance and how your mental, physical, and spiritual gifts can be doubled so that in all things God may be glorified.
10:30 – 11:15am
Protecting Our Nation’s Heritage Through Homeschooling
This talk will be a broad discussion about the course of our nation, its founding principles, and how those principles are under threat in the 21st Century. How should homeschoolers respond to recent currents in American history, and how will those responses change the future course of history?
Family-Centered Living in the Domestic Church
Joyfully live the Church year with your family. Learn what steps you can take to organize your home and time in a way that flows naturally into the Church’s liturgical seasons. Michele will share her tips on time management and organization to help you integrate the liturgical year into your family life in a systematic and organic way.
11:30am – 12:15pm
Put Excellence at the Center of Your Curriculum
Faith binds us together, but Catholic homeschooling parents often differ when choosing curriculum and teaching styles. Learn why excellence should be at the center of every homeschooling home, and how to foster it in yours.
Homeschooling Expectations vs. Reality
When you start out homeschooling, you have an image of what it will be like for you and your kids. You jump on this journey and throw your whole self into it, sometimes with blinders on. What happens when your child hits a speed bump, or if your family hits potholes along this journey? How do you pull yourself back together, find your way, and form a new plan?
12:30 – 2:00pm Lunch Break/Vendor Sales
2:00 – 2:45pm
Homeschooling in the Hard Times
Having homeschooled through the loss of her oldest child, the death of her mom, unemployment, and a health crisis for her husband, Mary Ellen Barrett has a unique perspective on keeping the homeschool fires burning during the worst of times. Learn some ways to cope with school at the foot of the cross.
Trust Parents: Why Engaged Parents are Essential in Building Lifelong Learners
Parents are the key to a successful education. The secret? You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to help your child succeed. Drawing on a rich set of research from sources like the Harvard Family Research Project, child development experts, and various social sciences studies, this talk provides an argument for the power of trusting parents.
3:00pm – 3:45pm
The Beauty and Necessity of Routines
This talk will present the importance of night, morning, school, and other routines, and how helpful they can be in allowing us to school our children effectively, as well as live more peaceful and balanced lives. This talk will be very practical for all moms, regardless of where they are in their homeschooling journey.
The Real Story of the Crusades
Have you heard the story about the Crusades? How they were bloody wars of conquest by greedy Europeans bent on the destruction of peaceful Muslims? There's only one problem with this story: it's totally false. In the Real Story of the Crusades, historian Steve Weidenkopf replaces the prevailing anti-Catholic narrative with a factual account of Christendom's struggle to liberate and defend the Holy Land.