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Friday, June 22, 2018
9:00am to 9:00pm

Saturday, June 23, 2018
9:00am to 4:30pm


Fredericksburg Expo and
Conference Center

2371 Carl D. Silver Parkway
Fredericksburg, VA 22401


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Sr. Helena Burns

Sister Helena Burns is a member of the Daughters of St. Paul, an international congregation founded to communicate God’s Word through the media. She has an M.A. in Media Literacy Education; a B.A. in theology and philosophy from St. John’s University…

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Prof. Joseph Pearce

Prof. Joseph Pearce is a native of England and editor of the St. Austin Review, an international review of Catholic culture, series editor of the Ignatius Critical Editions, and executive director of Catholic Courses. The internationally acclaimed author of many books, which include best-sellers such as…

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Mr. Martin Cothran

Mr. Martin Cothran is a writer and teacher who lives in Danville, Kentucky with his wife of 30 years in close proximity to their four children, two daughters-in-law, and their first grandchild. He is the director of the Classical Latin School Association and editor of the Classical Teacher magazine, a quarterly periodical for parents and professional educators…

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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

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Fr. Jeffrey Kirby

Fr. Jeffrey Kirby, STD, is a Catholic priest of the Diocese of Charleston, South Carolina. He shepherds two parishes in north-central South Carolina. He holds a doctorate in moral theology from the Holy Cross University in Rome and a Master of Arts in Philosophy from the Franciscan University of Steubenville. Father Kirby serves as an Adjunct Professor of Theology at Belmont Abbey College and has authored several books…

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Fr. Zachary Akers, FSSP

Fr. Zachary Akers, FSSP, is the fourth of six children born into a very Catholic family in northern Virginia. His priestly vocation was certainly fostered by loving and pious parents, very supportive siblings, good priestly examples, and a very active involvement in parish life. Some of his recreational interests are playing a variety of sports…

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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…

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Fr. Edward Hathaway

Fr. Edward Hathaway currently serves as the rector of the Basilica of St. Mary in Alexandria, Virginia. Father Hathaway served as parochial vicar of St. Andrew the Apostle Church in Clifton (1995-99) and the Cathedral of St. Thomas More in Arlington (1999-00). He was pastor of St. John the Beloved Church in McLean (2000-05); St. John the Baptist Church in Front Royal (2005-07); and St. Veronica Church in Chantilly (2007-2015)…

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Fr. Ken Geraci

Fr. Ken Geraci, CPM, lived the life of the prodigal son for most of his young adult life. Raised in a nominally Catholic family, who only lived the externals of the faith, Fr. Ken left the Catholic Church for many years. During that time he earned a business degree and worked as a business profession in Advanced R&D and software testing…

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Cheryl Hernandez

Mrs. Cheryl Hernandez is a stay-at-home mother, happily married to her husband of thirty years. They have nine chidlren (seven girls and two boys) and have been homeschooling for twenty-one years. Their four oldest are Seton graduates, with the fifth graduating this June and beginning the University of Dallas in the fall…

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Susie Lloyd

Susie Lloyd was born into a large Catholic family that spanned the baby boom through the hippie and preppie decades. She was educated in parochial and public schools and a parent-run catechetical center. She is a frequent contributor to various Catholic magazines. She has won two Catholic Press Association awards for her columns in Faith and Family…

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Fr. J. D. Jaffe

Fr. J.D. Jaffe grew up at St Michael parish in Annandale, VA where he attended parochial school there from K-8th grade. He graduated from Annandale High School and graduated from the College of William and Mary, with double major in Biology and Religious Studies. He attended St Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia for one year, and then the North American College in Rome…

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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…

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ABCatholic offers a variety of Catholic children’s books, dvds, cds, toys, activities and much more! Stop by our booth the first 25 customers receive a free gift.

A Lost Sheep Catholic Store

A Lost Sheep Catholic Store is a homeschooled family owned business that provides inexpensive books and gifts to further the faith of the Church, different parishes, and families wherever they may be. We are a mobile store that moves between events, activities, and conferences to provide the best avaiabilty that we can.

American Life League – Culture of Life Studies Program

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.

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.

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.

Ave Maria University

Ave Maria University is a Catholic, liberal arts institution of higher learning devoted to Mary the Mother of God, inspired by St. John Paul II and St. Teresa of Calcutta, and dedicated to the formation of joyful, intentional followers of Jesus Christ through Word and Sacrament, scholarship and service.

Behold Publications

Behold Publications is the publisher of the popular Little Flowers Girls’ Club and Blue Knights Catholic Boys’ programs as well as other Catholic programs for girls and boys ages 5 and up. These programs have been recognized by several Catholic bishops as preferred alternatives to secular scouting groups. Behold Publications also publishes American Catholic historical fiction for children and books to encourage homeschool parents.

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.

Benedictine College

Founded in 1858, Benedictine College is a Catholic, Benedictine, residential, liberal arts college located on the bluffs above the Missouri River in Atchison, Kansas. The school is proud to have been named one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report as well as one of the top Catholic colleges in the nation by First Things magazine and the Newman Guide. It prides itself on outstanding academics, extraordinary faith life, strong athletic programs, and an exceptional sense of community and belonging. It has a mission to educate men and women within a community of faith and scholarship.

Bonsai Books Publishing

Bonsai Books Publishing creates salutary Catholic books for children and also produces various postcards and notecards. We believe that a good book can impress upon young minds excellent moral standards and a sense of virtue. Inspired by Christian beliefs our books strive to capture the hearts and imaginations of the next generation, while presenting simple stories rooted in traditional values.

Catholic Education Center

The Catholic Education Center, LLC provides catechist courses and resources. We are expanding to provide children’s resources to faithfully teach the faith.

Catholic T-Shirt Club

By wearing Catholic T-shirts, you’re automatically sharing the Gospel with everyone you meet! We have heard countless stories of people’s lives being positively affected just by seeing the messages on our T-shirts. Join the movement, share your faith with Catholic T-shirts!

Catholic Schoolhouse

Catholic Schoolhouse not only publishes a 3-year cycle of memory work for your family, it is also comprehensive in scope and sequence. It’s a foundation to build a true,one-room schoolhouse for your family. Joining a Catholic Schoolhouse chapter brings you right into the middle of a loving, prayerful community of national and international families.

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.

Classic Learning Test

CLT was founded in 2015 by a team of educators, standarized test professionals, and diverse business experiences that sought to create a better way for students, families, and educators to display academic ability. Among standardized college entrance exams, The Classic Learning Test (CLT) provides the most accurate and rigorous measure of academic formation, accomplishment, and potential. The Classic Learning Test (CLT) invites students to wrestle with works of the greatest minds in history across literary and mathematical content. Rich material reflecting both theistic and secular perspectives benefits and enriches the student in the test-taking process.

Demme Learning/Math-U-See

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.

Deo Gratias Company

The Deo Gratias Company is a Catholic, family-owned company founded in 2016. We understand that there is a growth of social media due to an increase in modern technology and our young people interact with secular media more than ever before. That is why our mission is to use modern media to educate and inspire young people to not only learn the Faith, but to imitate the Saints who achieved the ultimate goal: Eternal Happiness. That is why we produce practical, Catholic flash drives as well as Graphic Novels of the Saint, which are packed with sound catechesis and historical accuracy! Our products are one-of-a-kind and are truly holy treasures in a modern world!

Discovery Toys

Discovery Toys specializes in high quality, kid powered learning products for children of all ages since 1978. Our toys, books and games are 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.

EWTN Global Catholic Network

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.

Fr. Jeffrey Kirby

Fathers of Mercy

The Fathers of Mercy is a Roman Catholic Congregation of Priests whose primary Apostolate is preaching parish missions and retreats, with an emphasis on the Sacraments of the Holy Eucharist and Confession.

Franciscan University of Steubenville

At Franciscan University of Steubenville, 20% of our students come from a Homeschool education. We embrace the rigorous academic demands of the Catholic intellectual tradition, “consecrating itself without reserve to the cause of truth,” (Ex corde Ecclesiae). Our professors encourage and expect the highest academic achievement in every discipline, seeing faith and reason as allies, not enemies. Truth from any source is from the Holy Spirit, St. Thomas Aquinas tells us, so our faculty boldly pursue every truth, guiding and encouraging our students along that ennobling path. God is the foundation, inspiration, and destination. Franciscan University of Steubenville follows the example of St. Francis of Assisi in finding its identity at the heart of the Catholic Church. We embrace the teachings of Sacred Scripture, Sacred Tradition, and the Magisterium with a spirit of Christian humanism that relates all learning to Jesus Christ. At Franciscan University of Steubenville, you’ll grow in mind, body, and spirit through the integration of faith and reason.

Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP)

The work of the Fraternity of St. Peter is centered upon providing a full Catholic formation for the faithful in places where it serves through the liturgy of the Traditional Mass. Along with this formation of the faithful through the traditional mass and catechism, the FSSP has worked extensively in the formation of other priests, in particular through training them to offer the Traditional Mass and to appreciate the in the historical, liturgical and theological principles which formed it through the centuries.

Hillside Education

Language Arts and Liturgical Year resources; Catholic homeschool magazine; Latin mass liturgical magazine.

Holy Family Media

We are a family-owned and operated apostolate dedicated to education and evangelization. We offer a wide variety of whoelsome and orthodox books, CDs, adn DVDs for adults, teens, and children. Materials focus on family life, prayer, spirituality, and Church Teaching. Take advantage of the DISCOUNT TABLES where you will find used books and curriculum, scratch and dent, $1.00 CDs and savings up to 70% off!!!

Holy Family Press

We publish Catholic books and media including Activity/Coloring books for children,DVDs and dramatized audio CDs for the whole family.

Holy Heroes

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

We connect your Catholic homeschool to the experts. And in the spirit of the New Evangelization and in the light of Pope St. John Paul II’s teaching on the domestic church, Homeschool Connections seeks to use technology to enhance a homeschool family’s educational efforts by providing them the needed resources to achieve this endeavor. We aspire to help parents with their education of their children in two respects: (1) to provide free, informative webinars for parents; and (2) to provide affordable and engaging courses from University-level professors and practitioners for students.

Homeschool Legal Defense Association

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.

Hosea Initiatives

Hosea Initiative an educational non-profit, offers “Becoming a Witness for Life” Catholic curriculum for grades 9-12, an effective means to present America’s history of abortion-on-demand, analyzing worldview, current culture, and the powerful conversion story of Dr. Bernard Nathanson from atheist abortionist to Catholic pro-life advocate. An essential homeschool tool! Avaiable around June 1st, if not before, at

Illuminated Ink

Unique educational Catholic games, toys, and craft kits.

Institute for Excellence in Writing

Andrew Pudewa’s award-winning curriculum Teaching Writing: Structure and Style and other writing helps: literature, grammar, and spelling programs for home-educating families.

John Paul the Great Catholic 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.

Kolbe Academy

Kolbe Academy is committed to the Church’s vision that Catholic Education be authentically Catholic, academically challenging, and accessible to all who desire it. For almost 30 years, Kolbe has partnered with parents, co-ops and starter schools, to offer a classically focused curriculum that is delivered via traditional homeschooling, live online classes, and blended self-paced instruction. Kolbe’s approach to education offers multiple options to best implement its world-class curriculum, while remaining flexible to meet the needs of families all over the world. Kolbe Academy has all the materials and tools necessary – course plans, tests, answer keys, books, and optional grading and testing services – to achieve the dream of authentically Catholic, academically rigorous and affordable home education.

Mary’s Books

Publisher of “In the Footsteps of the Saints” series and workbooks. We carry many used books for all ages. We also carry a variety of religious art and other religious items.

Memoria Press

Memoria Press creates quality, easy-to-use classical education materials for home, charter, and private schools. We are dedicated to passing on the classical heritage of the Christian West through the liberal arts and the great works of the Western tradition. Explore our large selection of classical homeschool resources including Pre-K through 10th grade complete curriculum packages.

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.

Mount St. Mary’s University

Founded in 1808 in the Catoctin Mountains of Maryland, Mount St. Mary’s University is home to 1500 undergraduates on a beautiful, traditional college campus, with a seminary and the National Shrine Grotto of Lourdes. Faithful to Ex Corde Ecclesiae, we are a student-centered Catholic university engaging the world. Our robust core curriculum, rooted in the Catholic intellectual tradition, is complemented by a wide array of majors, extensive athletics and recreation programming, and a strong record of internship and career placement.

Northeast Catholic College

Northeast Catholic College is a residential Catholic liberal arts college in New Hampshire. The College is one of only 20 colleges in the U.S. to be named to the Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College. Northeast Catholic offers a Great Books education rooted in the Catholic intellectual and spiritual traditions. We offer 5 majors, Philosophy, Theology, Literature, Political Science and Great Books, and a concentration in the Fine Arts. Our fidelity to the Magisterium of the Church is a source of joy for students, their parents, the faculty, and the entire collegiate community.

Our Lady Seat of Wisdom College

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

Pauline Books and Media is the publishing house of the Daughters of St. Paul, a religious congregation dedicated to evangelization through the media. We publish Catholic books, music, and DVDs to help the whole family grow in faith and love for Jesus. This year, Sr Maria Grace Dateno, author of the Gospel Time Trekker series, will be at the booth, as will Sr Helena Burns, in between speaking for the Parent Track on Catholic principles in the use of media. Special offer this year—for every book you buy, choose one FREE from the bargain table, while supplies last!

Prof. Joseph Pearce

Queen of Heaven Academy

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 to learn more or email

Rolling Acres School

The curriculum provider for R.A.S. Online Academy and Schola Rosa: Co-op & Home Curriculum. R.A.S. Online Academy (7th – 12th Grade) fosters Catholic identity through a liberal arts and great books inspired classical curriculum. Schola Rosa provides a robustly Catholic, classical curriculum for Pre K – 12th Grade at an affordable family rate.

Sacred Heart Books and Gifts

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.

Secret Garden Educational Pathways

Secret Garden Educational Pathways is a Catholic company offering in-home special education, literacy and math remediation therapy taught by experienced and qualified teachers in a Catholic environment that is safe and supportive. The methods we use are research-based and effective, with a focus on cognitive therapy and multi-sensory remediation. Our goal is to provide professional, quality and wholesome support for your students.

See You in Heaven

See You In Heaven book, the life and writings of Rosie Gil, a homeschool mother of eight children. The book was written at the request of the Bishop of Birmingham. Her cause is being looked into. Many of Rosie’s writings on motherhood is available. The book is widely read and praised.

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, Seton offers a $30 per child discount on a full enrollment (grades PreK-12).

Seton Used Books

There is only a handful of conferences where Seton sells the used books that families return to us over the year. This one-day only sale is your only chance to pick up these great deals.

Shiller Math

See amazing results with Montessori-based, hands-on ShillerMath and ShillerLearning Language Arts. Includes color lesson books, songs,& manipulatives. There’s zero lesson preparation! With free downloads of replacement consumables, one kit works for the whole family. Easy placement with diagnostic testing.

St. Augustine Academy Press

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.

Stone Tablet Press

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.

TAN Books – St. Benedict Press

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!

Teaching Textbooks

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.

The Catholic University of America

The Catholic University of America, founded in 1887 by the U.S. Catholic bishops with the support of Pope Leo XIII, serves as the one and only national university of the Catholic Church in the United States. The University is a thriving center of scholarship, campus life, research, and internship opportunities in our nation’s capital of Washington, D.C.

Academic options range across 12 schools and 120 disciplines. We offer undergraduate and graduate students a profound intellectual experience, within a faithfully Catholic environment, with opportunities to work closely faculty members to conduct scholarly and scientific research.

This experience takes place on the largest and greenest campus in Washington, D.C., granting students access to all that our dynamic city offers in addition to a thriving campus community offering residential living, Campus Ministry, and Division III athletics. .

The Road to Bethlehem

The Road to Bethlehem is an innovative, Faith-based educational adventure game designed by Catholic parents from Poland. It weaves together education, evangelization and fun – ideal for parents and homeschoolers.

It is imbued with Catholic values – players face moral dilemmas and consequences of their choices. They make collective decisions, perform physical and intellectual tasks (body, mind, spirit). It develops skills, values, talents and knowledge (integral education – following teachings of St. John Paul II) and strengthens emotional bonds within family and with The Holy Family and saints.

Thomas Aquinas College

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.

Thomas More College of Liberal Arts

Thomas More College is a four-year Catholic liberal arts college that combines intensive reading of the Great Books with lectures and seminar discussions placing those works in their historical, cultural, and theological context. Students are trained to see in the many facets of Beauty the single face of Truth.

University of Dallas

The University of Dallas is a private, Catholic liberal arts university dedicated to developing the whole person: mind, body, soul. UD offers students a rigorous and comprehensive Core curriculum, a solid foundation for spiritual growth, an opportunity to participate in our nationally recognized study-abroad Rome Program, and a lively campus community.

University of Mary

Ave Maria University is a Catholic, liberal arts institution of higher learning devoted to Mary the Mother of God, inspired by St. John Paul II and St. Teresa of Calcutta, and dedicated to the formation of joyful, intentional followers of Jesus Christ through Word and Sacrament, scholarship and service.

University of Navarra

The University of Navarra is based on the Christian inspiration promoted by St. Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer, the founder of Opus Dei. The aim of this prelature of the Catholic Church is to help people seek the fullness of Christian life through their work, family life, and ordinary activities.

The University’s Christian inspiration is reflected in its desire to remain faithful to the Church and its Magisterium, in its reflection on their teachings, in its respect for Christian principles in research, in its promotion of personal dignity and rights, and in the sense of service that it seeks to lend to its activities.

The University teaches theology courses as a part of all degree programs and organizes a wide range of activities open to all members of the academic community who are interested in deepening their knowledge of the person of Jesus Christ and the Catholic Church, or receiving pastoral care from the chaplains, in a context of religious freedom.

Usborne Books and More

The future of our world depends on the education of our children. We deliver educational excellence one book at a time. We provide economic opportunity while fostering strong family values.

Vintage Holy Statues

Walsh University

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

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 22

9:00am – Registration/Rosary

10:00 – 10:45am

West Ballroom Parent Track

A View From Over the Hill

Susie Lloyd

Susie lets you in on what she has learned after 25 years of homeschooling. Listen to fun tips for zealous, new homeschoolers; burned out, veteran homeschoolers; and homeschooler wannabes.

East Ballroom Parent Track

How to Talk to God About the Big Questions

Fr. J. D. Jaffe

Fr. Jaffe will explore prayer and discernment. His talk will help you to teach your children to understand the will of God. What are the ways in which we can think about, talk about, and pray about the bigger questions of life? Who am I? Why do I exist? Why does God care about me? What does God want from me?

11:00 – 11:45am

West Ballroom Parent Track

The War Against Knowledge and What to Do About It

Martin Cothran

There is a rival philosophy of education that undergirds the problems schools have been experiencing since the beginning of the 20th century of which Common Core is only one manifestation. What is it, and how do we make sure it doesn’t destroy the education of our children?

East Ballroom Parent Track

Avoiding the Anti-Beatitudes and Pursuing Lasting Happiness

Fr. Jeffrey Kirby

This talk explains how the anti-beatitudes, far from leading to happiness, tear down and rob us of happiness. Fr. Kirby points to Jesus Christ as the saint-tested and centuries-proven source of authentic peace, true joy, and radical happiness.

12:00 – 2:00pm Vendor Area Opens/Lunch
(Vendor Area remains open for the rest of the conference)

2:00 – 2:45pm

West Ballroom Parent Track

Stressed to Blessed: The Interior Life of the Homeschooling Parent

Fr. Edward Hathaway

The sanctity of everyday, seemingly mundane, life provides a wonderful opportunity for us to practice virtue and gain graces. This talk will cover how to cultivate and grow holiness, build a strong marriage, and keep your focus on Christ while raising a family in this world.

East Ballroom Parent Track

Order: The Key to Successful Homeschooling and Family Life

Cheryl Hernandez

This talk shows us how having order in your life will actually multiply your time, allowing you to teach more effectively and manage your home more efficiently. With order, you can meet the calling God has given you to homeschool and to raise a family for His glory.

3:00pm – 3:45pm

West Ballroom Parent Track

R U a Digital Catholic?

Sr. Helena Burns

Do you use digital media? Are you Catholic? That makes you a digital Catholic! How can we use new media and social media in a way that is humanizing and not de-humanizing? How can we use new media and social media for the New Evangelization and to do Spiritual Works of Mercy?

East Ballroom Parent Track

Honor Thy Husband: Happy Husband, Happy Homeschool

Mary Ellen Barrett

In a world that increasingly diminishes and ridicules men and fathers, it is extremely important that we not only honor our husbands but also raise our sons to be good, strong, godly men. A wife’s role in this cannot be understated as she sets the tone of the home.

4:00pm – 4:45pm

West Ballroom Parent Track

Respecting the Man the Boy Will Become

Martin Cothran

A father tries to explain to mothers why they can’t make sense of their boys. Why do they fight with each other? Why are they obsessed with doing dangerous things? Why can’t they sit still? Martin will give useful advice and a list of great boys’ literature which will not only help your student make sense of his own actions, but will help you to understand him.

East Ballroom Parent Track

A Perfect Model for Purity: The Witness of St. Maria Goretti

Fr. Jeffrey Kirby

This talk examines the life of child-martyr, St. Maria Goretti. Fr. Kirby will illustrate Maria’s great holiness in the midst of tremendous suffering, how Maria’s life of purity and virtue reflect on the Beatitudes and how she, along with her family, lived them each day.

5:00 – 6:30pm Vendors Sales/Dinner Break

6:30 – 7:15pm

West Ballroom Parent Track

The Catholic Literary Revival

Prof. Joseph Pearce

Three hundred years of persecution against the Church in England took place until the conversion of Blessed John Henry Newman. This talk explains the Catholic cultural revival that gave to the world the works of Hopkins, Chesterton, Belloc, Eliot, Waugh, Tolkien and many others.

East Ballroom Parent Track

Parenting Principles for Raising Holy Children

Cheryl Hernandez

Behavior and discipline problems with our children can result in difficulties in our homeschool and family life. Cheryl Hernandez explains how, by using simple parenting principles, starting when they are young, we can form our children in character and virtue.

7:30 – 8:15pm

West Ballroom Parent Track

Raising Holy Children and Sanctifying Your Spouse

Fr. Zachary Akers, FSSP

The vocation of husband and wife includes more than raising holy children; it also involves sanctifying your spouse! Through the example of Sts. Louis Martin and Marie-Azelie Guerin—the parents of St. Therese of Lisieux—this talk will stress the importance of focusing on both of the primary duties of marriage.

East Ballroom Parent Track

The History of the Papacy

Fr. Christopher Pollard

Some popes are interceding for us in heaven. Most of them probably still depend on our prayers. Learn to love the Papacy by learning about the popes, both the villains and the heroes.

9:00pm – Conference Ends

Saturday, June 23

9:00am – Registration/Rosary

9:30 – 10:15am

West Ballroom Parent Track

Help for the Desperate Homeschooler

Susie Lloyd

Susie shares her success story, which involves families working together with other homeschooling families while still remaining primary educators.

East Ballroom Teen Track

Free Encounter with Jesus

Fr. Ken Geraci

Learn the value of meeting with the merciful God in the Sacrament of Penance, and how every time we confess our sins to the priest, we experience a liberating encounter with Jesus. This talk will show God’s patient love for us through the institution of the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

10:30 – 11:15am

West Ballroom Parent Track

How Homeschooling Can Save Souls and the World

Mary Ellen Barrett

Like the Irish monks who labored to preserve the culture that was being destroyed by barbarians, so too do Catholic homeschooling parents protect and preserve the Faith and Catholic traditions in modern society.

East Ballroom Teen Track

Catholic Themes in the World of Narnia

Prof. Joseph Pearce

The Chronicles of Narnia are among the most popular books ever written, rivaling the popularity of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Lewis, like his friend Tolkien, was inspired in his storytelling by orthodox Christianity. Although Lewis was not a Catholic, Professor Pearce will show how the Narnia stories are steeped in orthodoxy.

11:30am – 12:15pm

West Ballroom Parent Track

Parenting the Media

Sr. Helena Burns

Today’s parents need to train their children with principles grounded in reality—and virtual reality! Luckily, virtuous principles will help parents navigate both realities, and discern helpful and harmful uses for media. Sr. Helena will provide practical tips and strategies for “parenting the media” to develop a prudent approach for the use of technology for our children.

East Ballroom College Fair

College Fair 2018

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:

12:30 – 2:00pm Lunch Break/Vendor Sales

2:00 – 2:45pm

West Ballroom Parent Track

How Busy Parents Prioritize: A Survival Guide

Melissa Savage

Taking on new projects and volunteering can be great, but we always need to keep in mind that our time and energy are precious. As homeschooling parents, our families have a prior claim. Are you wearing too many hats? How can we get everything done that is important to us?

3:00 – 3:45pm

West Ballroom Parent Track

The Liturgical Year and Family Formation

Fr. Zachary Akers, FSSP

The Church is like a wise mother who cares for us through the practice of observing the liturgical year. This talk will show us how the observances of the liturgical year can be instrumental in forming a holy, Catholic family.

4:30pm – Conference Ends