UPDATE: Due to temporary health issues, Ginny Seuffert has had to cancel her speaking engagement at the conference.

 

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Friday, June 21

9:00am – Registration/Rosary

10:00 – 10:45am

West Ballroom Parent Track

The Catholic Art of Memory

Dr. Kevin Vost

Dr. Vost will explain how Sts. Albert the Great and Thomas Aquinas revived and transformed the ancient Greco-Roman “art of memory,” provide a live demonstration with the audience, and show how teachers and students can adapt these ancient methods to learn and remember just about anything.

East Ballroom Parent Track

What Mommy Needs: How To Give It Your All Without Giving It All Up!

Krista Thomas

Whether you’re new or seasoned in the homeschooling dynamic, there’s much to glean from Krista’s talk based on many years of up-and-down experiences. This talk will infuse hope and happiness int he homeschool lifestyle, and offer helpful strategies to help carry you through in faith, hope, and charity.

11:00 – 11:45am

West Ballroom Parent Track

On the Other Side of Fear

Hallie Lord

This relatable, touching, hopeful talk is the beautiful story of how one young woman learned to live in God’s will without fear.

East Ballroom Parent Track

The Jesuit Martyrs of Virginia

Fr. Andrew Fisher

In 1570, nine Spanish Jesuit missionaries arrived in Virginia and began preaching the gospel among the local people. A few months later, they were martyred by the native people. In 2002, the Catholic Church began teh cause of canonization for these martyrs.

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

How to Pray the Mass

Fr. Ken Geraci

Many people complain about being distracted or bored at Mass. However, the majority of Catholics have never been taught how to pray the Mass. This talk will explain the mystical realities of the Mass, and it will offer practical and actionable things to do to enter more fully into the Mass.

East Ballroom Parent Track

Confessions of a Homeschooling Mom

Amy Kalscheur

Is it just me? Am I alone in this? In “Confessions of a Homeschooling Mom,” I open up and tell you about the real reason why I homeschool, the mistakes I’ve made, and the thing that irritates me the most. Through my personal witness, I hope that you can learn the lessons I’ve learned,
and rest assured that you’re not alone out there.

3:00pm – 3:45pm

Ginny had to cancel her talk due to temporary health issues, but we are thrilled to have Dr. Ray Guarendi cover the same topic that Ginny would have addressed.

West Ballroom Parent Track

Discipline: Making it Work

Dr. Ray Guarendi

East Ballroom Parent Track

The Freedom of Going to Confession

Fr. J. D. Jaffe

Confession should be a peaceful moment of encountering God’s merciful love and forgiveness, but for many, it is not so. In this talk, we will look at useful ways of examining our conscience and how to focus more on virtue and less on vice. We will discuss how to avoid common pitfalls, like
scrupulosity and how to make a devotional confession.

4:00pm – 4:45pm

West Ballroom Parent Track

What Do You Want of Me, Lord?

Hallie Lord

In this talk, Hallie shares stories from her life to illustrate how we can discern God’s Will and then find the courage to follow Him wherever He may lead.

East Ballroom Parent Track

I Think I Can: A Parent’s Guide to Storytelling

Celeste Behe

The early Christians lived in a storytelling culture, so it’s no wonder that, in instructing the people, Jesus “did not say anything to them without using a parable.” Today, the Church still recognizes the usefulness of stories for religious instruction. This presentation will explain the value
of storytelling as a teaching method and will offer tips for incorporating stories into your homeschool curriculum.

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

6:30 – 7:15pm

West Ballroom Parent Track

Good Habits Make a Great Homeschool

Mary Ellen Barrett

Even as our houses need the occasional freshening up, so too do our habits and routines. This talk will help you discover the tools that you need to develop good habits and keep homeschooling flowing peacefully all year.

East Ballroom Parent Track

How to Think Like Aquinas

Dr. Kevin Vost

As a practical guide to happiness and holiness through perfection of your intellectual powers, this talk builds upon St. Thomas’ presentation of the parts of the virtue of prudence or practical wisdom, and addresses topics like improved memory, learning, studiousness, and reasoning abilities.

7:30 – 8:15pm

West Ballroom Parent Track

Nurturing Confidence for Homeschooling

Fr. Bjorn Lundberg

Have you faced discouragement as you homeschool? Have setbacks affected your confidence as you educate your children? How can you persevere in the face of obstacles as you form your children in a hostile and post-Christian culture?

East Ballroom Parent Track

Get Out and Go!

Amy Kalscheur

The Mass gives us our direction—go. As homeschoolers, we are still bound by this order. How do we balance our duty to our children at home and our responsibility to the Church? We get out and go! This talk covers practical ideas for families of every size to help in their communities.

9:00pm – Conference Ends

Saturday, June 22

9:00am – Registration/Rosary

9:30 – 10:15am

West Ballroom Parent Track

Literature and the Lame

Eleanor Bourg Nicholson

It is all too easy to lament the decline of popular fiction, but how do we battle it, especially when peers (even in the homeschool ranks) often wield copies of J. K. Rowling, Stephenie Meyer, or (Heaven forbid) E. L. James? Learn practical tools for encouraging appreciation of literature in
its most enjoyable representations.

East Ballroom Teen Track

Who is Jesus Really?

Dr. Ray Guarendi

How do we know Jesus is really God—that He is who He claims to be? Reason and logic can help us to make that decision.

10:30 – 11:15am

Ginny had to cancel her talk due to temporary health issues, but we are excited to have Mary Ellen Barrett give a second talk.

West Ballroom Parent Track

Homeschool Socialization: Debunking the Myth

Mary Ellen Barrett

A light-hearted but factual look at the real way that homeschooling properly socializes children to function as well-rounded, moral adults. Mrs. Barrett offers encouragement and advice about how socialization really works in the Catholic homeschool.

East Ballroom Teen Track

Owning One’s Faith

Fr. Ken Geraci

Is there enough evidence in your life to convict you of being a follower of Jesus Christ? There should come a time in everyone’s life to take personal responsibility for their Faith journey. This talk will give practical ways for making the Faith personal by means of developing a daily plan of prayer.

11:30am – 12:15pm

West Ballroom Parent Track

The Holy Family as Exemplar of the Christian Family

Fr. Thomas Petri

The family of Jesus Christ included a mother who was immaculately conceived and a father whom the Bible refers to as just. Relying on the Church Fathers and St. Thomas Aquinas, Fr. Petri will focus on the life of the Holy Family as an exemplar for every Christian family. By God’s grace, the Holy Family was exceptional; by the same grace, our own families can grow in holiness.

East Ballroom College Fair

College Fair 2019

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

Raising a 1 in 100 Child Against a Culture No Longer On Your Side

Dr. Ray Guaredi

Good parents are finding themselves battling against the immoral forces of the modern culture. This presentation offers what to watch out for and how to counter those forces.

3:00 – 3:45pm

West Ballroom Parent Track

Surviving the Trenches

Eleanor Bourg Nicholson

More than the exhausting (though exhilarating) challenges of toddlerdom, adolescence can be an intimidating prospect for even the most seasoned of homeschooling parents. Learn from a “survivor” (3rd grade through high school) of the trials, tribulations, and triumphs of high school at home.

4:30pm – Conference Ends